Clinical Pastoral Education

Grow spiritually and professionally when you take part in the Essentia Health Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program. Benefit from firsthand experience and prepare for a career providing compassionate support and healing ministry to patients, loved ones, and staff.

CPE Training

Work with knowledgeable instructors who will supervise your ministry development at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth, Minnesota, or another approved site. Whether or not you’re ordained, the CPE program can help you build skills in:

  • Pastoral care – Giving emotional and spiritual support
  • Personal integration – Developing behaviors and attitudes to engage in an authentic way with others
  • Professionalism – Acting with skill and competence
  • Spiritual formation – Helping others grow in their faith and faith expression

Inclusive Ministry

The basis of Essentia’s CPE program is the Judeo-Christian tradition of mercy and justice, but focuses on ecumenical, inclusive practice. You’ll learn pastoral skills that honor diversity to serve people from all faiths and backgrounds. Learn more about spiritual care at Essentia.

Accredited CPE Program

The CPE program at Essentia has prepared more than 400 people for professional chaplaincy work in health care settings, nursing homes, and parishes. Rest assured you’ll receive high-quality training because our program is an accredited member of the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE).

Apply Today

Submit your application to the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) website.

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