Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)*

The Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) is a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. The Department of Spiritual Care and Education at BIDMC is accredited by the national Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE), 55 Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard, Suite 835, Atlanta, GA 30308 (678) 636-6220, to provide Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) programs for Level 1 and 2 students and Certified Educator Education.

Tuition: $1000, due upon admission to program

Click here to download ACPE application.

Click here to download a fillable reference form.
Please use this form when requesting references (one academic, one religious, and one personal) from three individuals.

Application fee: $75

Questions? Contact the Rev. Burkhard Weber at bgweber@bidmc.harvard.edu or 617-632-8101

Applications accepted via email or sent to:

Rev. Burkhard Weber
Dept. of Spiritual Care and Education, Feldberg 110
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
330 Brookline Ave.
Boston, MA 02215

Upcoming CPE Programs

  1. Summer 2020 Intensive program: May 26, 2020 – August 6, 2020. This program has been filled.
  2. Fall 2020 Extended CPE program, Sept 1, 2020 – Dec 17, 2020. Application deadline: April 15, 2020
  3. Winter/Spring 2021 CPE program: Jan 18, 2021 – May 6, 2021. Application deadline: Nov 15, 2020
  4. Summer 2021 Intensive program: May 25, 2021 – Aug 5, 2021. Application deadline: Nov 15, 2020
  5. Fall 2021 Extended CPE program, Sept 8 – Dec 2021. Application deadline: April 16, 2021

For the two extended CPE-programs in fall 2020 and winter/spring 2021 we are preferably looking for candidates who want to do two consecutive CPE-units. This is a preference, not a condition.

*What is CPE?

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is theological and professional education for theological students, ordained clergy, members of religious orders and qualified laypeople. This interfaith program integrates training in a clinical setting with seminar, group process and one-on-one work with an accredited supervisor. Consequently, CPE trainees actively serve people in crisis while strengthening their personal, professional and theological capacities through reflecting upon, understanding and growing from the lived experience of ministry. Intensive interaction with peers, staff, seminar leaders and the supervisor helps trainees to develop new awareness of themselves as persons and professional pastoral care providers.