Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)

About Our CPE Program

The Department of Spiritual Care and Education at BIDMC is accredited by the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) to provide Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)* programs for Level 1 and 2 students and Certified Educator Education.

ACPE Certified Educator: Rev. Dr. Burkhard Weber
Tuition: $1000, due upon admission to program
*financial assistance/relief may be available upon acceptance to the program
Application fee: $75 (must be mailed to the address below, payable to BIDMC)

Applications accepted via email or sent to:

Dept. of Spiritual Care and Education, Feldberg 110
Attn: Ciara Cheli
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
330 Brookline Ave
Boston, MA 02215


Email Ciara Cheli or call 617-667-3439.

Upcoming CPE Programs

  • Summer 2024 Intensive CPE program
    This program will not be offered in 2024. Details regarding the Fall 2024 program application will be posted in the spring of 2024.
  • 2024-25 Super-Extended CPE Program, October 8, 2024 – April 11, 2025
  • Application deadline: April 12, 2024. Applications will be reviewed as they are received beginning March 1, 2024.

*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.