Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)

About Our CPE Program


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 Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE), 55 Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard, Suite 835, Atlanta, GA 30308 404-320-1472, 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
Application fee: $75
Download ACPE application.
Download fillable reference form.
Please use this form when requesting references (one academic, one religious, and one personal) from three individuals.

Applications accepted via email or sent to:

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

Questions? Email Jaime Riggs or call 617-667-3439.

Upcoming CPE Programs

  • Fall 2021 Extended CPE program, September 7 – December 15, 2021.
    This program has been filled.
  • Winter/Spring Extended CPE program, January 18 – May 4, 2022.
    This program has been filled.
  • Summer 2022 Intensive CPE program, May 24 – August 4, 2022.
    Application deadline: November 15, 2021
  • Super-Extended (Semester) CPE program, October 11, 2022 – April 12, 2023.
    Application deadline: April 15, 2022. This program will require 16 hours of weekly participation over the course of 25 weeks. The regular Fall and Winter/Spring Extended programs will not be offered this fall and spring.

*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.