Clinical Pastoral Education: Overview

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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 

Personal and Professional Growth in Ministry

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at Park Nicollet Clinic and Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital provides spiritual and clinical education that equips students to become deeply and uniquely effective in their ministry. Please contact Park Nicollet Spiritual Care or Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) supervisor for current programs. Not all units are offered on a regular basis.

Summer Internship - Level I CPE

This is a 400-hour, full-time ministry training experience. It runs for 11 weeks and includes a variety of clinical experiences and emergency on-call coverage. We welcome applications from seminary students, members of religious orders, clergy, and lay people commissioned by a religious community. 

Year Long Residency - Level I and Level II CPE

This full-time program provides advanced clinical training in pastoral care, with a stipend, that begins in September. Prerequisites typically include completion of one unit of accredited CPE and a graduate theological degree or membership in a religious order. Ordination or pastoral experience is preferred, but not required.

Supervisory Education

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