Clinical Pastoral Education | VA Puget Sound Healthcare

CPE Residency and Fellowship at VA Puget Sound Health Care System

Experience learning about clinical spiritual counseling in an intercultural and interfaith context. VA Puget Sound Health Care System is at the center of military and medical resources in the Pacific Northwest. University of Washington medical students, medical residents, and fellows in different specialties rotate between UW Hospital, VA Puget Sound Medical Centers, and Harborview Medical Center (Level 1 Trauma). Working with these students enriches our CPE learning process. We offer cross-disciplinary education, experience with complex spiritual cases, and a greater understanding of military and veteran culture. The VA Puget Sound culture strongly emphasizes teaching in all disciplines related to health care – this is a teaching hospital. The philosophy within VA Puget Sound consistently emphasizes a team approach to patient care.

We consider our CPE program revolutionary, using creative and innovative learning methods to educate pastors to provide relevant pastoral care, not only in the foundations of listening skills and reflective responses, but also in addressing: moral harm, post stress disorder -traumatic (PTSD ), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), substance abuse, gerontology and spinal cord injury medical concerns of our particular patient population. In addition, students can experience the more standard specialties of a large urban hospital: oncology, telemetry and cardiac care units, medical and surgical units, intensive care units, rehabilitation and behavioral health.

The VA Puget Sound Health Care System ACPE program is accredited for all levels of ACPE, including training interns, externs, residents, fellows, and certified educators. All students are under the watchful eye of staff preceptors who work with students as they develop their pastoral care skills and their assigned ACPE Supervisor who works with the student in this unique educational program.

Residency and fellowship positions for 2023

VA Puget Sound Health Care System is seeking applicants for the following positions for the academic year, beginning August 15, 2023 through August 19, 2024:

  • 3 residency positions that will rotate between Geriatrics, Critical Care and Spinal Cord Injury Center (SCI).
  • 4 fellowship positions in geriatrics, substance abuse treatment, mental health and palliative/hospice care

Applicant requirements

Requirements for applicants to this program:

  • US Citizenship
  • Fully vaccinated (or waived authorised)
  • Master of Divinity from an accredited seminary
  • One completed CPE unit

Unique advantages of this opportunity

Here are some of the benefits of VA Puget Sound’s CPE program:

  • Residents: $32,926.00 salary, paid biweekly,
  • Scholars: $35,672.00 salary, paid biweekly,
  • Optional health and life insurance,
  • 10 days off,
  • 9 days sick leave,
  • 11 days paid vacation, and,
  • No application or tuition fees.

Contact us to start your application

Joshua Sendawula, MDiv., PhD., BCC (NAVAC), is the certified educator. Faculty for resident or resident scholarship programs include staff chaplains and leaders in other disciplines.

Interested applicants should contact VA Puget Sound Health Care System ACPE Educator and Program Director, Chaplain Joshua Sendawula, MDiv., PhD, BCC at [email protected] or 206-768-5210.

VA Puget Sound is an accredited CPE center

The Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) is the leading Department of Education (DOE)-recognized organization that provides the highest quality clinical pastoral education (CPE) programs for ministering professionals of any faith and in any setting. We do this through a rigorous accreditation and certification process for centers and educators who provide CPE. The depth of our training enables students to realize their full potential to strengthen the spiritual health of those in their care as well as themselves. ACPE’s mission is to positively impact people’s lives by nurturing connections to the sacred through experiential education and spiritual healing. ACPE’s vision is to create measurable and measurable improvement in spiritual health that transforms people and communities across the United States and around the world.

ACPE values:

  • Diversity and inclusion – demonstrated through cultural humility, caring and collegiality.
  • Integrity – demonstrated through trust, respect and excellence.
  • Curiosity – demonstrated through listening, experiential models, innovation and creativity.
  • Process – demonstrated through action/reflection, listening, experiential and relational models.
  • Service – demonstrated through compassion, authenticity and growth.

ACPE is a nationally recognized accrediting agency in the field of clinical pastoral education by the United States Secretary of Education through the United States Department of Education.

The VA Puget Sound Health Care System CPE Center is accredited to offer ACPE CPE for Level I, Level II educators and certified by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. (ACPE); 4th Floor, 120 West Trinity Place, Decatur, GA 30030; 404-320-1472;

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