Clinical Pastoral Education
Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) through Centura Health is an innovative and transformative model for spiritual care education that draws students from all over the world. The Centura Health CPE program is accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education for Level I, Level II and Supervisory CPE. We currently offer both year-long CPE residency opportunities as well as single unit CPE internships.
Through critical reflection on patient care in verbatims and seminars, peer group consultation, and individual supervision, students learn the art of building supportive, healing relationships with patients and loved ones in the here-and-now moments of crisis, suffering, and transition. Along with the staff chaplains, CPE residents and interns are an integrated part of the spiritual care team and often take on leadership roles in the department as part of their professional development. The CPE program at each site is open to seminarians, spiritual and religious leaders, lay persons, and other students of ministry.
Clinical Pastoral Education is a dynamic learning experience that blends active ministry service to patients, their loved ones, and staff with engaged and supervised reflection. Members of various faith traditions are drawn to CPE to activate their caregiving passion and develop pastoral caregiving skills from reflection with peers and their supervisor on the many facets of the human condition—physical, emotional, spiritual, social and relational. Spiritual and theological reflection, relational systems and “living human webs” of care are explored together.
The learning opportunities for each of our program sites include the following topics:
- Advance Directives
- Behavioral Health
- Death and Dying
- Empathy & Compassionate care
- End of life or Terminal Diagnosis Care (Palliative Care)
- Family Systems Theory
- Grief, Loss, and Mourning
- Healing and Meaning-making
- Biomedical Ethics
- Spiritual Assessment
- Trauma and Crisis Care
- Worship and Ritual
- Health and Wellness (inpatient and outpatient)
- Working as part of an interdisciplinary care team
There are also opportunities during a unit to learn collaboratively with the other CPE sites within Centura Health.
St. Anthony North Health Campus – Westminster, CO
Rev. Janet Barriger, M.Div., ACPE Certified Educator
Littleton Adventist Hospital – Littleton, CO
Rev. Dr. Judith Roska, ACPE Certified Educator
St. Anthony Hospital – Lakewood, CO
Shannon Burk, M.Div., ACPE Certified Educator, Director of Mission and Spiritual Care
Our ACPE-accredited CPE programs require a minimum of 400 hours of learning for each unit, approximately 300 hours spent in clinical ministry, and 100 hours of group and supervised reflection and learning. Clinical time includes a variety of learning opportunities, including regular visitation during the week, with referrals and introductory visits, and on-call responsibilities to meet emergency needs within the hospital. Opportunities for ministry and relational care include care to patients, their families and loved ones, and staff in the hospital and some of our outpatient settings.
The year-long CPE residency programs at each site cover three CPE units including fall extended, winter/spring extended, and summer intensive units. A prior unit of CPE and formal graduate level theological education is required to be considered for admission into the residency program. CPE residents are full-time hospital associates with salaries and benefits including Paid Time Off (PTO) and eligibility to participate in the Centura Health Benefits Plan.
Single Unit Internship
Centura Health CPE programs offers single unit CPE internships throughout the year and include fall extended, winter/spring extended, and summer intensive units. There is no stipend for single unit units.
Tuition cost per unit: $1,250.
To apply for the Year-Long Residency Program or Single-Unit Internship, please complete the Centura Health ACPE Application. A completed ACPE application, Bachelor's Degree (or Master's Degree in the case of the Residency Program), and an interview are required for consideration for admission. Attention is given to developing a CPE group with optimal possibility of learning (i.e., diversity). Centura Health CPE programs all encourage early applications.
There is no application fee. A non‑refundable $250.00 admissions fee is required upon acceptance into a Single-Unit Internship and is applied toward tuition. A refundable $250.00 admissions fee is required upon acceptance into the Residency.
Centura Health CPE programs are accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education. ACPE is the premier, Department-of-Education-recognized organization that provides the highest quality CPE programs for spiritual care professionals of any faith and in any setting. We do this through a rigorous accreditation and certification process for centers and educators that provide CPE. The depth of our training enables students to realize their full potential to strengthen the spiritual health of people in their care as well as themselves. For more information, visit ACPE.
Littleton Adventist Hospital
Littleton Adventist Hospital is a full-service medical center that has provided compassionate health care and quality treatment for more than 20 years. Our medical teams specialize in cardiology, orthopedics, neurology, cancer care and women’s and children’s services. The hospital is home to a Level III NICU, a Level II Trauma Center and a nationally accredited breast center. Littleton Adventist Hospital is one of 15 hospitals in the Centura Health system of care and is part of the Adventist Health System.
Chaplains at Littleton Adventist Hospital work closely with other department personnel in an effort to meet the spiritual needs of the patients both within the hospital and identified patients within the community. Chaplains initiate contact with patients in all areas of the hospital and consult with patients, families, significant others and hospital staff as referred and requested.
The chaplains also provide consultation to managers regarding employee problems, team development and stress debriefing after critical incidents. Services are provided to individual employees and family members, including assessment of personal stressors, counseling and referrals to treatment providers and community resources.
Littleton Adventist Hospital offers full-time year-long CPE Residency positions. We also offer CPE intern positions throughout the year.
St. Anthony Hospital & OrthoColorado Hospital
St. Anthony Hospital is a Level I Trauma Center that includes Flight for Life Colorado, the first air-medical transport program in the country, serving a nine state region. Our program offers students clinical experience in trauma, emergency, intensive care, medical surgical units, inpatient rehabilitation, oncology, biomedical ethics, and palliative care among other specialties. Association of Professional Chaplains (APC) Board Certified staff chaplains also provide mentoring to CPE students.
OrthoColorado Hospital is an orthopedic hospital that specializes in joint replacement, spine surgery, wrist and hand surgery, foot and ankle surgery and trauma and sports medicine. The hospital building is located on the St. Anthony Hospital campus. The CPE program has a placement agreement with OrthoColorado Hospital where residents gain clinical experience in this unique setting.
St. Anthony Hospital offers full-time year-long CPE Residency positions. We also offer CPE intern positions during the summer.
St. Anthony North Health Campus
St. Anthony North moved from its former location in north Denver to St. Anthony North Health Campus in early March 2015 located in the north central suburbs of metro Denver. We continue to support the spiritual and emotional needs of the patients and staff at our former site, now the 84th Avenue Neighborhood Health Center (NHC) with their Emergency Department and various outpatient clinics. Our neighborhood at 144th is booming with human development that seeks to dwell with the beauty of nature. Our health campus strives to connect to its natural surroundings in its construction and reflections of nature by over 400 artists throughout the facility.
CPE residents and interns cultivate the art of providing spiritual and emotional care in both inpatient and outpatient settings, integrated into the various departments and systems of medical care provided for healing, well-being, and wholeness. Learning and serving are woven together at St. Anthony North Health Campus, which hosts a vibrant Family Medicine Residency program, along with other internships in various departments. Teamwork and whole person care hold great value in our learning and service at St. Anthony North Health Campus and 84th Avenue NHC. Please see information about our affiliation with Planetree International, their 10 Components of patient-centered care and our continuous movement toward patient-centered care and culture.
St Anthony North Health Campus offers year-long CPE Residency positions (both full-time and part-time). We also offer CPE intern positions throughout the year.