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Clinical Pastoral Education for your vocation in spiritual care

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

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.
We Work, Floor 4
120 West Trinity Place
Decatur GA 30030
Phone: 404-320-1472
Fax: 404-320-0849
Email: acpe@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.