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Clinical pastoral education

The Alberta Consortium for Supervised Pastoral Education offers 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. Supervisor-Educators are certified by CASC/ACSS.

In Alberta, CPE programs are offered in partnership with Alberta Health Services (AHS), Covenant Health, St. Stephen’s College and Ambrose University. Steps have been 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).

2022/2024 CPE dates

Extended CPE Unit (Calgary and Edmonton)
Sept 6-9, 2022 (four days orientations) to March 24, 2023 (2 days/week)
Deadline for Applications: May 27, 2022

Summer Intensive CPE Unit (Calgary and Edmonton)
May 1-5, 2023 (five days orientation) to July 14, 2023 (5 days/week)
Deadline for Applications: January 13, 2023

Extended CPE Unit (Calgary and Edmonton)
September 5-8, 2023 (Four days Orientations) to March 22, 2024 (2 days/week)
Deadline for Applications: May 26, 2023

Summer Intensive CPE Unit (Calgary and Edmonton)
May 6-10, 2024 (five days orientation) to July 19, 2024 (5 days/week)
Deadline for Applications: January 12, 2024

2020/2022 CPE dates

Extended CPE Unit (Calgary and Edmonton)
Sept 8-11, 2020 (four days orientations) to March 19, 2021 (2 days/week)
Deadline for Applications: May 29, 2020

Summer Intensive CPE Unit (Calgary and Edmonton)
May 3, 2021 to July 16, 2021 (5 days/week)
Deadline for Applications: January 8, 2021

Extended CPE Unit (Calgary and Edmonton)
September 7-10, 2021 (four days orientations) to March 18, 2022 (2 days/week)
Deadline for Applications: May 28, 2021

Summer Intensive CPE Unit (Calgary and Edmonton)
May 9, 2022 to July 22, 2022 (5 days/week)
Deadline for Applications: January 7, 2022

Please Note: If there is student interest, there may be opportunity for an Intensive Unit to be offered alongside the fall unit of 2021-2022.

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 University or St. Stephen’s College.

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 University or St. Stephen’s College. 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 a CPE Unit is $2,600.00. This fee is payable with registration. Successful completion of a CPE unit will result in 6 academic credits at a theological college.


Please contact one the following Intake Supervisor-Educators for more information about CPE 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, Certified 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