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

  • Fall 2023 Extended CPE program, September 5, 2023 – December 22, 2023.
    This program has been filled.
  • Winter/Spring 2024 Extended CPE program, January 23, 2024 – May 10, 2024.
    This program has been filled.
  • Summer 2024 Intensive CPE program, May 28, 2024 – August 2, 2024.
    Application deadline: November 17, 2023. Applications will be reviewed as they are received beginning on October 2, 2023.

*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.