Opportunities to advance your vocation in spiritual care and chaplaincy

We offer Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital to provide spiritual and clinical education that equips students to become deeply and uniquely effective in their ministry.

Our CPE program seeks to deepen each student’s spirituality and faith; strengthen pastoral identity and personal authority; encourage development of skills that provide spiritual care for patients; integrate lived experience and professional expression; and generate greater interpersonal (and self) awareness. Our innovative curriculum includes didactic instruction and small group reflection.

Program clinical settings include all areas of a major regional hospital, such as cancer care, the emergency center, inpatient hospice, intensive care units (ICUs), a family birth center, neurology, palliative care, surgery and more. Students can also learn and practice at the Heart and Vascular Center, Melrose Center for eating disorders and Struthers Parkinson’s Center.

Methodist Hospital’s CPE learning environment

We invite students to explore their learning and ministry with us from an inclusive, holistic perspective:

  • Collaboration with hospital staff
  • Facilitated peer dialogue
  • One-on-one consultation with the CPE Certified Educator
  • Partnership with a chaplain mentor
  • Personal goal setting
  • Reflective evaluation process
  • Team approach to patient care
  • Theological and spiritual reflection
Current offerings

Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital is not offering a summer 2020 internship.

We offer a full-time, year-round, three-unit residency that begins at the end of August and runs through the following August. This program is led by Mirjam Berger, ACPE certified educator and director of the spiritual care department at Methodist Hospital, and Shawn Mai, ACPE certified educator and manager of the CPE program. Together, they lead a program that cultivates an expanding awareness of self, others and the Divine and how this informs the spiritual care provided by each student.

Unique features of our CPE program

Integrative health modalities like hand massages, meditation and breathing exercises will be part of the spiritual care practice. 

The Enneagram will be used as a model for deepening self- and interpersonal awareness throughout each unit of CPE.

Research literacy for the discipline of spiritual care will be taught and practiced.

Program details for 2020–2021

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2020–2021 Residency year. Complete all sections of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) application

The CPE Application Guide (PDF)  will help you to fill out the application. Please submit your application via email to shawn.mai@parknicollet.com.  There is no application fee.

The residency begins on August 24, 2020 and runs through August 31, 2021. The stipend for the year is $35,568.00. Tuition for the year is $1,250.

Residents have a regular workweek: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. On-call responsibility is additional and rotated among the resident group and on-call staff. On-call hours on weekday evenings will be reimbursed at $73.70 per weekday evening or overnight, and weekend days will be reimbursed at $134 per 24-hour day. Residents are provided with a meal for weekend on-calls.

Personal and some family medical and dental coverage is available at no or low cost (though standard copays and deductibles are the resident’s responsibility). There are 20 days of paid time off (PTO), which includes vacations, holidays and sick leave. Vacations are coordinated with the group and CPE Certified Educator; they can be scheduled during recess weeks between units

Certified Educator Candidate education

This course is offered for experienced spiritual care professionals who have completed a CPE residency program and have satisfied Level I and Level II outcomes. Certified Educator students work with individuals and groups in Level I CPE while continuing their personal and professional development through advancing the integration of theory and practice. Certified Educator students also participate in the Twin Cities CPE Supervisory Consultation Group.

For more information, contact Shawn Mai at shawn.mai@parknicollet.com.  

This course is offered for experienced spiritual care professionals who have completed a CPE residency program and have satisfied Level I and Level II outcomes. Certified Educator students work with individuals and groups in Level I CPE while continuing their personal and professional development through advancing the integration of theory and practice. Certified Educator students also participate in the Twin Cities CPE Supervisory Consultation Group.

For more information, contact Mirjam Berger at mirjam.berger@parknicollet.com.

CPE accreditation and student rights

The Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital CPE program is accredited for Level I CPE, Level II CPE and Certified education by:

The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc.
55 Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard, Suite 835,
Atlanta, GA 30308
Phone: 404-320-1472 
Fax: 404-320-0849
Email: acpe@acpe.edu
www.acpe.edu

Park Nicollet, which includes Methodist Hospital, does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, faith group or national origin.

The Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital CPE program guarantees to its students the right to inspect and review education records, to seek to amend them, to specify control over release of record information and to file a complaint against the program for alleged violations of these Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) rights.