Clinical Pastoral Education

Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center offers clinical pastoral education (CPE), bringing together theological students and ministers of all faiths (pastors, priests, rabbis, imams and others) into supervised encounter with persons in crisis.

Our programs help students develop new awareness of themselves as persons and of the needs of those to whom they minister. Students will also develop a new understanding of ministry and skills in interpersonal and inter-professional relationships. We’re also accredited for Level I and II and Supervisory CPE by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education and offer ACPE Certified CPE™.

Spokane Clinical Pastoral Education programs:

ACPE Certified Educator

Rev. Kent A. Schaufelberger supervises the Spokane Clinical Pastoral Education programs at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center.

Rev. Kent A. Schaufelberger supervises CPE from his 40 years of ministry and experience as a hospital chaplain. He is ordained and endorsed for specialized ministry by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, a Board Certified Chaplain by the Association of Professional Chaplains and a Certified Educator by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education.

Kent has developed and led specialized grief recovery groups and programs for crisis and emergency response. He has supervised CPE students for more than 25 years in a variety of clinical venues in California, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. His educational philosophy is collegial and relational. He is presently serving as a member of the Pacific Region Peer Review committee and a member of the ACPE’s Standards Committee.

Rev. Schaufelberger will retire in January, 2019. His successor may make changes in the schedule of units provided at Providence Sacred Heart CPE Center. Please check this page for ongoing units of CPE into 2019.

Upcoming Units

Each offer credit for one Unit of Level I or II CPE. Application fee: $35.


2018-2019 Residency

June 12, 2018-May 31, 2019
Three year-long stipend Resident positions with benefits. Credit for four Units of Level I or II CPE.
Tuition: $500/unit

Distance Learning Resident Position

Sept 10, 2018-May 31, 2019
Three unit stipend Resident positions with benefits located at Chaplaincy Health Care, Richland, WA. Credit for three Units of Level I or II CPE
Tuition: $500
Applications accepted through May 15, 2018

Fall Evening Internship

Sept 17-Dec 20, 2018
5:30-9:30 p.m.
18 weeks of part-time scheduled class and clinical rotations at Providence Urban clinical sites.
Tuition: $500
Applications accepted through May 26, 2018