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Clinical pastoral education

The Alberta Consortium for Supervised Pastoral Education offers unit-based and course-based spiritual care education programs. Placements for clinical pastoral education (CPE) are within health care and community settings of the Calgary and Edmonton areas. All Alberta CPE programs are offered according to the certification standards of the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care/Association canadienne de soins spirituels (CASC/ACSS).

CPE is an experience-based approach to learning practical skills and competencies for ministry. It combines qualified supervision and group reflection with clinical learning about spiritual and pastoral care. CPE programs are open to ordained and lay persons studying theological education. As well, students in other disciplines who seek to learn in the field of spiritual assessment and care, and are keen to walk in the shoes of spiritual care practitioners, are welcome to apply. CPE aims to assist learners in achieving their full personal, vocational and professional potential.

CPE programs are offered at educational centers throughout Canada and keep with educational and clinical opportunities. Students learn about spiritual and pastoral care in general, pediatric, psychiatric and long-term care health facilities, as well as correctional centers and a variety of community-based locations. Each educational program is connected to a theological college. Teaching supervisors are certified by CASC/ACSS.

In Alberta, CPE is in a process of redevelopment. CPE programs are offered in partnership with Alberta Health Services (AHS), Covenant Health, St. Stephen’s College and Ambrose University. There are steps being taken to establish and solidify an Alberta Consortium of stakeholders interested in “educating to create competent, compassionate spiritual care and pastoral counselling providers to meet the needs of Albertans” (Vision statement of the Alberta Consortium for Supervised Pastoral Education).

2019/20 CPE dates

Extended CPE Unit/Program (Calgary and Edmonton)
Tuesdays/Wednesdays (to be determined)
September 3, 2019 to March 19, 2020
Deadline for Applications: May 31, 2019

Summer Intensive Course-Based CPE Practicum (Edmonton)
May 4 - July 17, 2020 (5 days/week; 11 weeks)
Deadline for Applications: January 17, 2020

2018/19 CPE dates

Extended CPE Unit (Calgary and Edmonton)
Tuesdays/Wednesdays (to be determined)
September 4, 2018 - March 21, 2019

Course-Based CPE Practicum (Edmonton)
Mondays/Tuesdays (to be determined)
September 4, 2018 - March 21, 2019.

Summer Intensive CPE Unit (Calgary and Edmonton)
May 13 - July 26, 2019 (5 days/week; 11 weeks)
Deadline for Applications: January 25, 2019

Summer Intensive Course-Based CPE Practicum (Edmonton)
May 13 - July 26, 2019 (5 days/week; 11 weeks)
Deadline for Applications: January 25, 2019

Applications are being accepted for the following 2018/2019 CPE programs:

  • Autumn Extended Unit and Autumn Extended Course Based CPE Practicum programs applications deadline: Friday, June 1st, 2018, with screening interviews to be scheduled during the month of July.
  • Summer Intensive Unit and Summer Course-Based Practicum applications deadline: Friday, January 25, 2019, with screening interviews to be scheduled at the end of January and beginning of February.


CPE application & screening process

1) Contact one of the Alberta Intake Supervisor-Educators with any questions you may have.

Calgary/Southern Alberta: Kathy Mashall-Spate

Edmonton/Northern Alberta: Darlene Pranke

2) Download and complete the Application Form and compile all required documents listed in the application form. Submit this material to Kathy or Darlene (whichever CPE Intake Supervisor-Educator is closest to you geographically).

3) Applicants are notified that their application has been received. Following the application deadline, we will notify applicants whether or not they have been selected for an interview.

4) You will have an opportunity to meet a team of people who teach in the CPE program if you are invited to a screening interview. The interview is a two-way process. You are discerning whether you want to move forward in CPE and the team is discerning your suitability for the next available CPE program.

5) You will receive a Letter of Offer from the Supervisor-Educator if you are selected to participate in the next available CPE program after your interview. You need to have this letter before you can register at either Ambrose (for a CPE Unit) or St. Stephen’s (for a course-based CPE Practicum).

6) Register for CPE at one of the two designated theological colleges Upon receiving your Letter of Offer. In your letter, you will be instructed to register for SC 715/716: CPE Unit through Ambrose University, Calgary, or for CPE 5889: Course-Based CPE Practicum through St. Stephen’s College, Edmonton.

Note: Depending on your location, you will still need to register through either Ambrose for a CPE Unit or St. Stephen’s for a Course-Based CPE Practicum. Academic credits for all CPE program offerings are transferrable to your College, Seminary or University.

Letter of Recommendation for CPE

CPE course fees

The cost of both a CPE Unit and a Course-Based CPE Practicum are. $2,400.00. This fee is payable with registration. Successful completion of a CPE unit or course-based practicum will result in 6 academic credits at a theological college.


Please contact one the following Intake Supervisor-Educators for more information about both CPE Unit and Course-Based CPE Practicum program offerings.

Rev. Kathy Marshall-Spate
Certified Supervisor-Educator
Intake CPE Supervisor, Calgary & Southern Alberta
c/o Spiritual Care Services
Foothills Medical Centre
1403-29 Street NW
Calgary, AB T2N 2T9
Phone: (403) 944-0945 

Dr. Darlene Pranke, Provisional Supervisor-Educator
Intake CPE Supervisor-Educator, Edmonton & northern Alberta
c/o St. Stephen’s College
8810 – 112 Street
Edmonton, AB T6G 2J6
Phone: (587) 785-1536