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Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)

at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center


Description of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)

PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend is fully accredited for Level I/II CPE by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education. With our experienced and respected supervisor and spiritual care team, our hospital’s focus on the spirituality of healing, the integration of complimentary modalities of healing into the CPE program and the strong support of our hospital administration, PeaceHealth Sacred Heart offers the highest quality pastoral education. Our program is located on the bank of the McKenzie River by an old forest grove. From this tranquil and reflective sanctuary we emerge to minister to those facing the conflicts and traumas of life and death, walking with them through their darkest valleys with acceptance and hope.

In Level I, CPE students will learn about CPE and specialized ministry, make significant self-discoveries, take risks in initiating professional relationships, and identify their own strengths and weaknesses as spiritual care givers. In Level II, CPE students will develop advanced skills related to pastoral reflection, formation, competence and specialization.

In both levels, students will work as part of an experienced and supportive team of board-certified chaplains and will have opportunities to learn from our team of music-thanatologists, massage therapists, local clergy and lay ministers, musicians, artists and labyrinth guides. CPE students will find warm welcome from physicians, nurses and professionals from other disciplines and will have many opportunities to care for a large number of people in a variety of crisis situations.

Beginning in June 2016, we will offer a 10-week Summer Intensive CPE Unit from June 1 through Aug. 13. We also offer part-time or “extended” units of CPE that begin in September and January. Each extended unit lasts approximately 19 weeks. Students must be able to spend one full day (Wednesdays) in classroom activities, one half day once per month and an additional 16 hours engaged in caring for patients. Each part-time student provides a night of on-call coverage and an evening shift weekly. Effort is made to design each student’s clinical schedule in a way that meets the needs of their work outside of CPE; however each student must complete 300 hours of clinical time to earn one unit of CPE.

For more information email Rev. Steven Gomes  (and Rev. Gomes' alternate email), CPE Supervisor, or call him at (303) 564-0312 (mobile) or (541) 222-2275 (office). Or call Spiritual Care at Sacred Heart Medical Center (541) 222-2245. To apply for an upcoming unit, complete the standard Association for Clinical Pastoral Education application and send to Kim Wofford along with a $50 application fee.

Thoughts From Our Graduates

What some of our graduates say about their experience of CPE at Sacred Heart:

Father Ken Olsen
Greek Catholic Church
2004 CPE graduate
Chaplain, Sacred Heart Medical Center

When I started taking CPE, I was looking for something of an enhancement of pastoral skills that I already possessed. I saw it, in anticipation, as just a little fine-tuning to gear up to specializing in hospital work. What I encountered was a life-changing experience that led me to a whole new understanding of God and my relationship with God. I discovered a God of surprises who drew me into a Sacred moment and invites me to continue seeing the profoundly sacral in every person I meet. CPE didn’t change my faith; it released it.

Rev. Dalesha Hall
Free Methodist Church
M.Div., George Fox Seminary, Portland
2005 CPE graduate
Holistic Care Supervisor, Hospice of Sacred Heart

The supervision I received from Janet throughout the program was insightful, professional, and encouraging in my development as a Chaplain. Because of this CPE program at Sacred Heart Medical Center, I felt prepared to enter into full-time professional chaplaincy. The challenging environment brought opportunity for growth, development, and success.

Rev. Micki Shirey
United Church of Christ
M.Div., Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, Mass.
2004 CPE graduate
Manager/Chaplain, Sacred Heart Medical Center

Among the many strengths of the CPE program at Sacred Heart is the clinical setting itself and the strong integration of pastoral care as a part of overall patient care. I was challenged continually as a chaplain intern to step into the already well developed role for chaplains at Sacred Heart. Rev. Janet Hanson was a vital part of my personal and professional development during my CPE experience. I deeply appreciate her ability to perceive the ways my practice of ministry differed from my theology of ministry. She challenged me to integrate theory and practice in ways that not only make be a better spiritual caregiver, but also help me continue to grow in my ministry.

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