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    Extended CPE
    Sutter Roseville Medical Center

    The Extended CPE program at Sutter Roseville Medical Center is a satellite program of Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento which is accredited for Levels I and II CPE and Supervisory CPE by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. (ACPE)

    Who should apply?
    Extended CPE is designed for those unable to attend a full-time CPE program. These may include:

    • Working adults
    • Seminary students
    • Lay ministers
    • Clergy wishing to increase their skills
    • Those exploring an interest in ministry
    • Individuals seeking self growth

    How long is the program?
    Unlike full-time CPE, which is an 11 week intensive program, the Extended CPE program one or two units spread out over 8 months. It typically begins around the first week in September and concludes around the last week in May.

    What is the time commitment?
    We have two Extended programs at Sutter Roseville, a 12 hour per week program and a 24 hour per week program. One unit of CPE at Sutter includes 100 hours of individual and group supervision and 300 hours of ministry within the hospital setting.
    The 12 Hour Extended program divides this up into 12 hours each week. These are divided into two categories. Students will receive 1 unit of CPE at the completion of the 9 month program.

    • 4 hours for group meetings on Wednesdays from 12:30-4:30pm.
    • 8 hours of clinical time on the floors. These hours are flexible to better work with individual student schedules.
    • Students will receive 1 unit of CPE at the completion of the 9 month program.

    The 24 Hour Extended program divides this into 24 hours per week These are divided into two categories.

    • 7 hours of group meetings on Mondays from 12:30-3:30pm and Wednesdays from 9:00am to 1:00pm.
    • 17 hours of clinical time on the floors. These hours are flexible to better work with individual student schedules.
    • Students will receive 2 units of CPE at the completion of the 9 month program.

    Is there a stipend?
    The 24 hour program includes a $10,000 stipend for a 2 unit (9 month) commitment.

    What will I learn?
    CPE provides a relational learning environment, which involves mutual trust, respect, openness, challenge, conflict and confrontation. This training fosters growth in self-reflection, pastoral formation, and pastoral competence, which includes knowledge, perspective, and the development of clinical skills.

    CPE at Sutter is student focused and is based upon an adult model of education. Students assume responsibility for their ministry and learning, while working as professionals within the hospital. The educational approach relies upon group process, is clinically based, and is grounded in the dialogue between theology and the behavioral sciences.

    What does CPE prepare a person to do?
    CPE serves as a part of one's preparation for community ministry, chaplaincy, lay ministry, teaching, pastoral counseling and spiritual leadership in any faith tradition. Many theological schools require one unit of CPE as a part of a theological degree program. Other schools accept a year of CPE as the required intern year of ministry for a theological degree program.
    Those seeking employment as a health-care Chaplains are generally required to have complete 4 units of CPE in addition to a Master’s Degree in a theological field.

    Some students, after completing several units of CPE, choose to enroll in Supervisory CPE working toward certification as a CPE supervisor. In Supervisory CPE, the student learns the theory and practice of supervision and has an experience of supervising CPE students under the guidance of a CPE supervisor. A number of theological schools, which are members of ACPE, have graduate degree programs which combine academic study and Supervisory CPE.

    To enroll please fill out an application.

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