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Clinical Pastoral Education

Clinical Pastoral Education Program
The Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program at Yuma Regional Medical Center (YRMC) educates persons of all faiths to provide comfort, love, and support to patients and their families during their hospital experience. YRMC is accredited to offer Level I, Level II, and Supervisory Clinical Pastoral Education. The CPE program is accredited by:

The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc.
One West Court Square, Suite 325
Decatur, GA 30033
Phone: 404-320-1472
Fax: 404-320-0849

The CPE Residency Program at YRMC is recognized nationally for its exceptionally high standards. The year-long residency program at YRMC provides adult education that offers an empowering learning environment, which encourages personal, professional, and spiritual growth. Through Action-Reflection-Action, students learn how to provide spiritual and emotional support to individuals of all faiths and beliefs to help comfort them in their time of need.

Students will experience a wide range of unique opportunities to practice ministry within an interdisciplinary team environment. For example, students will work with trauma situations, grief, process end of life issues, crisis intervention, educate and initiate Advance Directives, and become certified approachers for organ and tissue donation through Donor Network of Arizona. YRMC typically offers four to six (4-6) residencies each year and supports each residency with a stipend.

Prerequisites: To apply for residency, candidates should have successfully completed a Graduate Theological Degree from a Council of Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) accredited school. In addition, it is preferred but not required that prospective students completed one unit of CPE, is in good standing with their faith group, and have the love and support of their family and support system.

The Extended Program
For individuals who wish to participate in the CPE experience while maintaining their current employment, YRMC may offer a one day per week program on an as-needed basis. When offered, the program typically requires one day per week and lasts 4-6 months.

Supervisory Education
YRMC is accredited to offer CPE in Supervisory Education. However, YRMC does not offer Supervisory Education at this time.

How to Apply
Download and complete the CPE Application or visit the ACPE website at Please return the application by fax or mail to:

Joseph Yao-Kotay, MDiv., BCC
ACPE Associate Supervisor
Yuma Regional Medical Center
Department of Spiritual Care and Care Advocacy
2400 S. Avenue A
Yuma, AZ 85364
Phone: 928-336-3065
Fax: 928-336-7510

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