Clinical pastoral training (“clinical pastoral education,” or CPE) is the established way to become qualified clinical pastoral caregivers (chaplains) to those in crisis, facing uncertainty, or experiencing distress or grief. This includes the sick and dying and their loved ones.

Kaiser Permanente (KP)  in collaboration with the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy (CPSP) offers the highest quality cutting-edge CPE training at Northern California hospitals in Vallejo and Vacaville, in Sacramento, and also in the Central Valley (Modesto and Manteca).

Using an action-reflection model of pastoral care in challenging, real-life settings, our chaplains-in-training receive challenging training that is psychodynamically and culturally based in a multi-faith environment. We’re proud that ours is a cutting-edge program. Students who complete it can expect to be among the most highly qualified pastoral caregivers anywhere.

Many who take CPE desire a career in chaplaincy. Others do so to improve their self-awareness, to refine and integrate their own theology, or to prepare them for other ministries.

Successful completion of 4-quarters (units)/1-year of CPE is required for board certification as a clinical chaplain/pastoral counselor.