Clinical Pastoral Education is a key component of the professional training and certification for hospital, jail and prison chaplains as well as for clergy caring for those who have special needs in a time of crisis. Our purpose is to provide experience based theological education for seminarians, clergy, and faith community nurses, of diverse cultures, ethnic groups and faith traditions.

 The lack of local educational opportunities results in a shortage of qualified individuals who can provide professional pastoral care to our valley neighbors and families. Recognizing this disparity between the great need for qualified pastoral care and the lack of educational opportunities, CPE of Central California set out to bring an accredited training program to central California.