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Spiritual Care


Welcome to the Spiritual Care Services intranet site at UCSF Health. This site is your resource to information and services provided by chaplains and Spiritual Care Services.

About Spiritual Care Services

Many people find that speaking with a chaplain can help during hospitalization and while experiencing the uncertainty of illness. Chaplains with Spiritual Care Services provide spiritual and emotional support to inpatients, family members, friends, and staff members at the Parnassus Heights, Mission Bay, and Mount Zion campuses. Chaplains are:

  • An integral part of our interdisciplinary health care team.
  • Able to represent many faiths and are able to provide support to patients who are not affiliated with a congregation or faith community. When requested, chaplains can contact a patient’s minister, rabbi, priest, imam, or other spiritual advisor to arrange for a visit.
  • Available 24/7 to be a caring presence, offer spiritual and emotional support, and listen with openness and understanding.

Top Ten Reasons to Call Spiritual Care Services

Scope of Service

Chaplains also are available for times of celebration, prayer and rituals. Patients, families and staff are also encouraged to call a chaplain when they need someone to talk to and are experiencing feelings of:

  • Fear
  • Anger
  • Loneliness
  • Helplessness
  • Hopelessness
  • Anxiety
  • Grief or loss
Clinical Pastoral Education

UCSF Health's Department of Spiritual Care Services provides professional education through its Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program. CPE is a method of learning the practice of spiritual caregiving in a clinical setting under the guidance of educators. Our CPE program was established in 1961 and is fully accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE), which in turn is recognized as an accrediting agency for postsecondary education by the U.S. Department of Education. In CPE, theological students, ordained clergy, members of religious orders, and qualified laypeople serve as chaplain interns in the hospital’s clinical areas and develop genuine caring relationships with patients and their loved ones, as well as employees, in crisis situations. They then reflect theologically and spiritually about those experiences with their peers and CPE faculty. In addition to their practice of spiritual care, students learn by participating in seminars, meeting for individual and group supervisory sessions, studying written case studies and relevant readings, and writing reports.

We encourage and value diversity and aim to attract students from various backgrounds, religious affiliations, and cultures.

For more information about CPE at UCSF please contact:
The Rev. Susan P. Conrad, Manager of Spiritual Care Services
(415) 514-4202
[email protected]

For more information about ACPE Centers:

UCSF’s CPE Website

ACPE’s Pacific Region 

Contact Us

UCSF Box 0356
350 Parnassus Avenue, Suite 210
San Francisco, CA 94143

Phone: 415-353-1941 (Parnassus) or 415-514-4200 (Mission Bay)
FAX: 415-353-8555
For immediate 24/7 response and weekend referrals:

Parnassus and Mount Zion: 415-443-2273
Mission Bay: 415-443-5786 (pager) or 415-476-9720 (Voalte)

Follow us on Twitter: @UCSF_SpiritCare

The Rev. Dr. Peter Yuichi Clark
Director of Spiritual Care Services
E-mail: [email protected]

The Rev. Susan P. Conrad
Manager of Spiritual Care Services
E-mail: [email protected]

For more information about professional healthcare chaplaincy, visit the Association of Professional Chaplains website.

For more information or to send your comments or suggestions, please contact the Rev. Dr. Peter Yuichi Clark, Director of Spiritual Care Services, via e-mail or phone at (415) 353-1941.


The Rev. Dr. Peter Yuichi Clark is director of spiritual care services and came to UCSF in 2010. He is an ordained American Baptist minister, a board certified chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC), and a certified educator in the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE). Peter holds a B.A. degree from Baylor University, a M.Div. degree from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY, and a Ph.D. degree in religious studies from Emory University in Atlanta. He teaches in the UCSF School of Medicine and is professor of pastoral care at the American Baptist Seminary of the West, a member school of the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) in Berkeley. He has served on the ACPE Board of Representatives and as ACPE theory paper editor for the journal Reflective Practice: Formation and Supervision in Ministry, and he is the author of numerous book chapters and journal articles. Prior to arriving at UCSF, Peter has provided chaplaincy care in general hospitals, psychiatric hospitals, continuing care retirement communities, and the United States Air Force Reserve.

The Rev. Susan P. Conrad is manager of spiritual care services and returned to UCSF in January 2014. Susan is an ordained and fellowshipped minister with the Unitarian Universalist Association, a board certified chaplain in the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC), and a certified educator with the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE), having completed her ACPE supervisory training and served as a chaplain at UCSF from 2007 to 2010. Susan holds a B.A. degree from Hampshire College, an M.A. degree in urban planning from UCLA, and a M.Div. degree from Harvard Divinity School. Susan is active in the Unitarian Universalist movement, having served as a chaplain and guest worship leader at her home church and as a mentor for UU chaplains in the fellowshipping process. Susan was named as an “Emerging Leader” in the ACPE Pacific Region, and currently chairs the region’s Development Committee. She has a special interest in conflict transformation, and has been trained in Conflict Mediation with the Community Boards of San Francisco.