What Chaplain Interns do in CPE

Our Chaplain Interns and Residents learn by serving as hospital and hospice chaplains at Kaiser Permanente facilities and then sharing and reflecting upon their experiences with their supervisor and fellow interns and residents.

Working beside board-certified clinical chaplains they provide clinical pastoral care to in-patients and their loved ones, to out-patients, and to those in hospice care, as well as to staff members.

Each chaplain-in-training is assigned to units and departments that provide opportunities to experience a variety of care settings with their unique ministry challenges. They provide rotating 24-hour on-call coverage (in Vallejo and Vacaville) and get an opportunity to become skilled in facing crises and meeting unanticipated immediate needs.

The principal learning in CPE is at the bedside. However, Chaplain Interns and Residents also meet regularly as a cohort group with a clinical supervisor to share case conferences, for didactic seminars, to share theological reflections and for an interpersonal group relations seminar. There is also a regularly scheduled hour-long, one-on-one session with the clinical supervisor that is devoted to the trainee’s own unique interests and particular situation.