As of Fall 2017, everyone who has completed our CPE program and wanted to work in chaplaincy has found employment as a chaplain. This includes five who are presently with Kaiser Permanente in the Northern California region. One of them has become a Spiritual Care department manager and CPE supervisor-in-training.
Isn’t this employment success rate uncommon?
Yes, it is. It’s not typical. In fact, it’s very unusual.
What has made it possible?
We attribute it to several things. Since we do not offer a “sampler” program for those who wish to sign up and try out a unit of CPE at a time but only offer a true professional chaplaincy training program, our interns and residents are more highly motivated (and typically more qualified coming in) than you’ll find in most programs. Also, when we launched the program at Kaiser Permanente in January 2013 we made a commitment to providing the very highest quality, cutting-edge clinical chaplaincy training. That means our graduates bring a lot to the table in the job market. But that’s not all. We make a commitment to support our graduates as they seek employment and board certification. By collaborating with CPSP chapters we provide ongoing mentoring and a collegial environment of peer support and peer review to promote success in getting a job in the field of chaplaincy and continuing to grow professionally once in the field.