Our chaplaincy training program is fully accredited by the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy (CPSP), recognized for setting and maintaining the highest Standards for clinical chaplaincy and chaplaincy training anywhere in the world. CPSP celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2020.

Nearly a century ago Anton T. Boisen started the clinical pastoral movement and developed clinical pastoral training. As such he is the father of clinical chaplaincy. Boisen believed that a chaplain must go beyond offering religious or spiritual resources but to deeply understand what is actually going on in individuals in the midst of their crisis, distress, loss, grief or perplexity from their own point of view and to help them in their struggle for meaning and purpose. CPSP was founded in 1990 as a reform movement in the world of professional chaplaincy to hold fast to this vision and how to train people for it. With this in mind, training programs such as ours and CPSP’s clinical chaplain certification process are strictly focused on the competencies that define excellence in clinical chaplaincy.

CPSP accredits training programs in clinical chaplaincy, pastoral counseling, pastoral psychotherapy and clinical pastoral supervision.

CPSP confers certification upon members who successfully complete four units of training, meet professional competencies set out in the CPSP Standards, participate in an on-going process of peer review and peer support in a chapter, aspire to fulfill the CPSP Covenant and commit to the advancement of the discipline of clinical pastoral care. Certifications include Board Certified Clinical Chaplain, Associate Clinical Chaplain, Pastoral Counselor and Associate Pastoral Counselor. Diplomate certification is awarded to Pastoral Psychotherapists and Supervisors of training.  CPSP also awards credentials in Hospice and Palliative Care and for Clinically Trained Ministers.

The Nautilus Pacific Chapter – CPSP oversees and is responsible for the Kaiser Permanente – Northern California training program.  Nautilus Pacific is CPSP’s oldest and most respected chapter based on the West Coast.

In addition to the Kaiser Permanente program, Nautilus Pacific diplomate supervisors conduct training at sites in Fairfeld, Santa Barbara and Bakersfield, California, and also in Italy. Its members include a former president of CPSP, the Rev. Dr. Bill Scar, who was Nautilus Pacific’s founder and first diplomate in 1995. David Roth, PhD, who heads up the Kaiser Permanente program, is a diplomate member of Nautilus Pacific and a distinguished leader in the clinical chaplaincy field.