Residency & Fellowship Program

On 1 January 2016  we proudly announced the launch of paid Chaplain Residencies and also a post-CPE Fellowship program (for already certified clinical chaplains) in the Vallejo and Vacaville (Napa Solano) Clinical Pastoral Training (CPT) program. The first appointments were made starting in March 2016.

Those selected as Chaplain Residents receive stipends for up to four CPE units. There are four residencies.

Additionally, a yearlong, supervised post-CPE Fellowship is devoted half time to providing clinical pastoral care and half time to advanced chaplaincy training, conducting pastoral care research, and providing support to the CPE program. Often the fellowship is reserved for a supervisor-in-training wishing to be certified as a diplomate in pastoral supervision. There is one fellow per year.

The residency and fellowship programs are additions to the innovative Chaplain Intern program that was begun in January 2013.  Both “regular unit” (full-time) and “extended unit” (half-time) chaplain internship opportunities that do not include stipends continue to be available.  All internships do, however, come with full scholarships and other training allowances.

Stipends for residents in 2021 will be $44,000 per annum based on a 48-week training cycle. The fellowship is set at $55,000 for the year. Chaplain residents are assigned to Kaiser Vallejo and Vacaville Medical Centers including the Level II trauma center and the palliative care program, and the regional Kaiser Foundation Rehabilitation Center.

Kaiser Permanente and the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy are committed to serving our very diverse population with a team that is equally diverse. Therefore, we strongly encourage applications from persons who may bring greater diversity to the field of clinical chaplaincy. Those who are bilingual are also strongly encouraged to apply.

There is no closing date for applications. Open residencies will be filled each quarter/unit on a rolling basis. Anyone seeking consideration for a residency should include a letter of interest with their CPE application.