What does a successful CPE application look like?Tuition for the first unit at our Center is $650.
1. Length: Questions 1 (a reasonably full account of your life) and 2 (a description of your spiritual growth and development) should be answered separately. Each of these answers should be 2-3 pages long. If you are applying for residency, be sure to update the answers from your intern application.
2. Please read the application questions carefully. We are not looking for any right of wrong answers; we simply want to get to know you better. The chronological details of your life are less compelling to us than examples and stories of accomplishments, challenges and especially the transitions in your life.
3. Here are some suggestions for application questions we have found more challenging for applicants.
Question 1: A reasonably full account of your life. Include, for example, significant and important persons and events, especially as they have impacted, or continue to impact, your personal growth and development. Describe your family of origin, current family relationships, and important and supportive social relationships.
Share stories, moments, examples of events, challenges and accomplishments, life losses and transitions, family and persons that influence and shape who you are today. We value hearing about what is meaningful about them to you.
Question 2: A description of your spiritual growth and development. Include, for example, the faith heritage into which you were born and describe and explain any subsequent personal conversions, your call to ministry, religious experiences, and significant persons and events that have impacted, or continue to impact, your spiritual growth and development.
Describe for us moments or examples of your encounters with the sacred and holy. We would be especially interested in hearing about any transition experiences and how you moved through them.
Question 6: Your impressions of Clinical Pastoral Education. Indicate, for example, what you believe or imagine CPE to be. Indicate if CPE is being required of you. Indicate any learning goals or issues of which you are aware and would like to address in CPE. Finally, indicate how CPE may be able to help you meet needs generated by your ministry or call to ministry.
We would like to know why you are interested in this CPE Center and what would be most challenging for you in this learning environment.
What is the difference between ACPE and CPE?
ACPE refers to Harborview's accrediting body, the Association for Clinical Pastoral Care. CPE means Clinical Pastoral Education and is the title of the educational program.
What is the CPE relationship between Harborview (HMC) and University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC)?
Our CPE program is based at Harborview with educational placement at UWMC. Students in our program serve at both medical centers. HMC and UWMC are part of the UW Medicine system.
When do I find out my primary hospital and unit assignments?
We do our best to accommodate students’ requests, but the final assignment is made upon arrival, considering the needs of the medical institutions and the CPE group.
What is your yearly CPE schedule of units offered?
Fall CPE internship: Late August through late January
How many hours per week are required for a CPE Unit? How is that time broken down?
Summer CPE (Early June through mid-August) is an 11 week full-time (40+ hrs/week) commitment to education in Spiritual Care at our CPE center. Over the course of the unit, a student will have the opportunity to serve 300+ hours of clinical ministry and receive 100+ hours of educational time. Educational time includes verbatim seminars, didactic presentations and discussion, and interpersonal group time. Students also schedule weekly individual supervision.
Fall CPE (late August through late January) and Spring CPE (mid-January through early June) is a 21 week part-time commitment to education in Spiritual Care at Harborview and University of Washington Medical Center. Over the course of the unit, a student will have the opportunity to serve 300+ hours of clinical ministry and receive 100+ hours of educational time. Educational time includes verbatim seminars, didactic presentations and discussion, and interpersonal group time (currently Thursday afternoon). Students also schedule weekly individual supervision.
How many day and overnight on-call
shifts will I be expected to serve a week?
Tuition for all subsequent units is reduced to $500.
Some financial assistance for tuition may be available. Please inquire during your interview.
What days and times do CPE Students have to be available?
Weekly group time is mandatory (the schedule for residents may vary by unit; please discuss at the time of your interview). Some weekend and overnight on-call chaplain shifts are required.
How does a CPE internship fit into my schedule if I have a full-time job?
The Summer unit is a full time commitment.
Fall and Spring CPE units require a flexible work schedule. Weekly group time on Thursday afternoons is mandatory. Individual supervision time, clinical, and on-call shifts are negotiated with the supervisor and peers. Weekend and overnight on-call chaplain shifts are required. Students negotiate on-call chaplain shifts with their peers.
How many students are accepted for a typical unit?
A typical unit includes 4-5 interns and 4 residents.
How do I sign up for sequential units of CPE?
Speak with your supervisor during the unit.
How many units of CPE do I need to
become a certified chaplain?