Clinical Pastoral Education: Overview

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Clinical Pastoral Education and Spiritual Care Department


Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital
Attn: Spiritual Care
3931 Louisiana Ave. S;
Suite 510
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

Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital will not be offering a summer 2019 CPE internship

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

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 an expanding awareness of self, others, and the Divine. Their contemplative approach encourages authentic expression of emotional and affective experience, 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.

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 2020-21

Applications are being accepted for the 2020-2021 Residency year. Complete all sections of the ACPE application and submit via email to

The residency begins on August 24, 2020 and runs through the end of August 2021. 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.

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.