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.

Park Nicollet offers a full-time, year-long, 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, who is also the CPE Program Manager. 

Together, they lead a program that cultivates the heart of the discipline of professional spiritual caregiving, an expanding awareness of self, others, and the Divine. The faculty of the Park Nicollet CPE Center includes professional spiritual care practitioners who provide clinical coordination and mentoring for the residents.  The Spiritual Care Team at Methodist Hospital received the Health Partner’s Presidents Award for Excellence for its work in demonstrating Clinical Excellence, Inclusion, Transformation in 2020.

The curriculum focuses on developing compassionate and generative listening and speaking, and bold engagement around the suffering and healing of others. The curriculum includes the use of the Enneagram for deeper personal and interpersonal awareness and relationship skills; spiritual, religious and cultural diversity education; professional and bioethics knowledge and skill development; the art of spiritual assessment and clinical documentation.

 

Clinical Areas

Methodist Hospital offers a variety of clinical setting assignments for chaplain residents including ICU, Cardiac Advance Care, Orthopedic, Neurology, Family Birth Center, and General Medical Surgical Floors. We have specialized residency positions in Palliative Care and Hospice. And, in combination with assignments in the hospital we offer an offsite placement at Struthers Parkinson’s Center.

Program details for 2021–2022

Applications are being accepted for the 2021-2022  Residency year. Complete all sections of the ACPE application and submit via email to: shawn.mai@parknicollet.com.

The residency begins on August 23, 2021 and runs through the end of August 2022. Here are some of the initial details:

  • The stipend for the year is $35,568.00.
  • Residents have a regular work week of 8:00am-4:30pm, Monday – Friday.
  • On-call responsibility is additional and will be rotated among the resident group and on-call staff. On-call hours on weekday evenings will be reimbursed at $73.70 per weekday evening/overnight, and weekend days will be reimbursed at $134 per 24-hour day.
    Residents are provided with a meal for on-call days. Parking in the parking garage is free for Residents.
  • Personal and some family medical and dental coverage is available at no or low cost (though standard co-pays and deductibles are the resident’s responsibility.)
  • The program tuition for the year is $1,250: $550 for the first unit and $350 for each unit thereafter.
  • There are 20 days of Paid Time Off (PTO), which includes vacations and holidays and sick leave. Vacation times are to be scheduled during the recess weeks between units and coordinated with the group and educator.

 

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.