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News Enroll Now for April Chaplain Training Classes

By Tricia Schug

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If you would like to explore becoming a chaplain, a training program at the coast begins in April.

Affiliated with Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital in Newport and Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital in Lincoln City, the Samaritan Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program is open to people of all faith backgrounds. Participants do not need to be ordained; however, students must have basic college education, must be active in a faith group and need a letter of reference from that group to qualify.

The Samaritan CPE program will offer professional and theological training through supervised clinical ministry. Participants will gain the skills, increased confidence and competence to support people dealing with difficult life issues. While students in this program will train in a clinical setting, the education and training will prepare them to serve as a chaplain in all fields, not just the medical industry.

The April CPE unit, which begins Thursday, April 12, will last for 24 weeks and requires 400 hours of training and clinical time. Students will learn through in-class seminars, peer group interaction and field placement. 

An application process can take about 30 days to complete. To apply or to learn more,  including costs and schedule, contact the Chaplain Services department at Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital at 541-574-4751.