Clinical Pastoral Education: Program Curriculum

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Clinical Pastoral Education

Spiritual Care Department


Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital
Attn: Spiritual Care
6500 Excelsior Blvd.
St. Louis Park, MN 55426 

An innovative curriculum of didactic instruction and small group reflection invites students to explore their learning and ministry from an inclusive, holistic perspective. We seek to:

  • deepen each student's spirituality and faith while strengthening pastoral identity and personal authority
  • develop clinical and pastoral skills for providing spiritual care for patients
  • provide integration of lived experience and professional expression
  • generate greater interpersonal and self awareness

CPE is a unique learning experience combining theological and personal reflection with direct and meaningful engagement of the human condition, leading to greater effectiveness in ministry. 

Park Nicollet's CPE program encourages and supports learners, and offers a variety of clinical settings in which to become prepared. Some of the most challenging and wonderful work I've experienced came through my CPE residency. - former student