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26 May 2023

Full-Time Interfaith Chaplain Resident (CPE Residency Program) 

Oregon Health Authority – Posted by Oregon Health Authority Salem, Oregon, United States

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Interfaith Chaplain Resident (CPE Residency Program)

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Oregon Health Authority

Salary Range:

2823-3546 per month

Interfaith Chaplain Resident (CPE Residency Program) SR12

Job Description:

The Oregon State Hospital currently has multiple openings for our 12-month, accredited Clinical Pastoral (CPE) Residency Program.

If you are a Religious or Spiritual Leader seeking to enhance your ability to minister to others, our program is designed to do just that. This unique opportunity runs from August 14, 2023 until August 14, 2024 and successful applicants will receive salary and benefits. This is a limited duration program. The Oregon State Hospital does not charge tuition for units of CPE and the cost for any educational supplies will be less than $100/unit.

What is CPE?

Clinical Pastoral Education is interfaith professional education for ministry. It brings theological students and ministers of all religious/spiritual/humanist traditions (pastors, priests, rabbis, imams and others) into supervised encounter with persons in crisis. Out of an intense involvement with persons in need, as well as the feedback from peers and teachers, students develop new awareness of themselves and the people to whom they minister. From theological/philosophical reflection on specific human situations, they gain a new understanding of ministry. Within the interdisciplinary team process of helping persons, they develop skills in interpersonal and interprofessional relationships.

What is Spiritual/Pastoral Care?

Just as the theory and philosophy behind modern pastoral care are not dependent on any one set of beliefs or traditions, spiritual/pastoral care itself is guided by a broad framework. This involves personal support and outreach and is rooted in a practice of relating with the inner world of individuals from all walks of life.

We encourage you to take the time to visit our website to learn more about the important work we do at Oregon State Hospital https://www.oregon.gov/oha/OSH/Pages/index.aspx

Duties & Responsibilities:

As a Clinical Pastoral Education Resident (limited duration employee) at the Oregon State Hospital, you will provide spiritual care to clients, visitors, and staff; lead spiritual care groups and religious/spiritual services. You will also conduct spiritual assessments and interventions at our Salem campus and/or, potentially, our Junction City campus. You also participate in a yearlong ACPE accredited program with other residents/students to enhance your spiritual and professional development.

*This posting is a full time limited duration position represented by SEIU. 

If you fulfill the most current educational requirements of ACPE, Inc., you will earn four units of CPE through ACPE, Inc., The Standard for Spiritual Care & Education, which is nationally recognized as an accrediting agency in the field of clinical pastoral education by the U.S. Department of Education. The OSH CPE program has been in existence since 1957, providing high-quality clinical education in spiritual care over the decades.


We’re seeking compassionate religious/spiritual leaders with at least a bachelor’s degree (relevant master’s preferred) and a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (preferred, but not required). You must have previous pastoral care/spiritual care experience and/or comparable experience that demonstrates your ability to:

  • · Compassionately and empathically visit clients, their visitors/families, and staff throughout the hospital to lend them spiritual and religious support as needed.
  • · Conduct spiritual assessments and consult with staff concerning patients’ beliefs, practices, customs, or cultures that affect recovery or responsiveness to recovery.
  • · Be a resource to staff for referral of patients who may benefit from client-centered spiritual/religious counseling.
  • · Provide care that is sensitive to and both supportive anrespectful of all aspects of a patients’ and coworkers’ identity, including race, culture, gender identity, religion/spirituality, sexual orientation, immigration status, ability/(dis)ability, socioeconomic status, etc. in congruence with OSH values, mission, policies, and procedures.
  • · Provide spiritual support to staff to promote positive relationships and a sense of teamwork/community.
  • · Articulate and communicate the spiritual needs of patients to their care team and other chaplains/spiritual caregivers.
  • · Assist in providing memorial services and other religious/spiritual practices and special events; , both to individual faith groups and interfaith groups.
  • · Work with other clinicians, staff, community clergy, and staff chaplains.
  • · Provide spiritual support, treatment mall integration, and psychiatric recovery to assist clients to become independent, healthy, and safe.
  • · Integrate and promote the DHS/OHA core values of integrity, stewardship, responsibility, respect, and professionalism in all phases of service.
  • · Function effectively in crisis or under stress and assist clients to engage in theological and spiritual reflection appropriate to the client’s religious/spiritual preference or perspective, without proselytizing or imposing one’s own worldview.
  • · Engage in the Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program with openness to feedback and intentionality for skill development and professional formation.
  • · Possible participation in the on-call rotation with staff and other CPE Residents.
  • · Demonstrate sensitivity to diverse religious, spiritual, and cultural practices and values and be able to advocate for the client’s rights and dignity, always honoring their religious, spiritual, and cultural perspective and practices.

For the OSH ACPE Program:

  • · Engage actively in the supervised group and individual learning process according to ACPE Standards and the OSH ACPE accredited program’s curriculum and syllabus for each unit of training
  • · Receive and implement feedback from the ACPE Certified Educator, peers, chaplain mentors, and others for ongoing professional development and effective care of those served.
  • · Complete all educational assignments and other requirements of the ACPE accredited program.


Share this role online (there may be a referral fee*)

How to Apply

How to apply:
  • · Complete the online application found at www.acpe.edu and submit it to cpe@dhsoha.state.or.us for review by the ACPE Educator.
  • Attach a resume to www.oregonjobs.org REQ-126474 be sure to outline the experiences that make you eligible for this position.
  • · Attach a Cover Letter outlining how your experience aligns with what we are looking for and your desire to be participate in this program.
The Oregon Health Authority is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer committed to work force diversity and anti-racism.

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 20,000 - 40,000.

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