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Frequently Asked Questions: CPE


What Does CPE Prepare a Person to Do?

CPE serves as a part of preparation for parish ministry, chaplaincy, lay ministry, teaching and counseling. A Chaplain’s learning contract may be focused toward integration of theological, psychological, and pastoral insights into pastoral functioning for parish work. The contract may be designed with a career goal of chaplaincy or pastoral counseling in mind. CPE at Beverly Hospital helps the Chaplain develop the capacity for the pastoral and spiritual care of individuals, families and systems.

What Can I Expect from the CPE Learning Environment?

CPE at Beverly Hospital helps the Chaplain develop a learning environment that is supportive, stimulating and safe, and one which makes the risks of interpersonal learning and growth worth taking. Providing a safe learning environment with opportunities to grow in faith and confidence in ministry is the hallmark of the Beverly Hospital CPE Program. The essential elements in the Beverly Hospital CPE Program include:

  • Actual practice of ministry to persons
  • Detailed reporting and evaluation of that practice
  • Pastoral supervision
  • A process conception of learning
  • A theoretical perspective on all elements of the program
  • A small group of peers in a common learning experience
  • An individual contract for learning

How do I apply for the Clinical Pastoral Education Program at Beverly Hospital?

You can obtain an application from this website by clicking on the “Application” link. Your application and all relevant materials should be mailed to:

Sr. Sara-Ann Buckley, SND
Director of Pastoral Care
Beverly Hospital
85 Herrick Street
Beverly, MA 01915

Once we have received your completed information we will contact you. We may or may not proceed with an interview, depending upon your qualifications as a potential Chaplain.

What are the requirements for enrolling in CPE?

All CPE applicants must demonstrate:

  • Ability to function within a pastoral role
  • Motivation for challenge and personal growth
  • Willingness to be a contributing member of a small peer group
  • Ability to support persons of diverse religious traditions
  • Capacity to be a team member and communicate professionally

What are the deadlines for applying to the CPE program at Beverly Hospital?

We receive applications on a continuous basis. We set up interviews in the order that we receive the application for a specific unit. Once the unit is full, we will put applicants on a “wait list”.

What are the dates of the CPE programs at Beverly Hospital?

  • Summer Intensive unit: The unit begins the 3rd week of May on a Monday (Tuesday if the Monday falls on Memorial Day) and ends the 1st week of August on a Friday.
  • Fall Compressed unit: The unit begins the 1st Tuesday in September and ends the 2nd week of December on a Thursday (Closing Ceremony).
  • Spring Compressed unit: The unit begins the 1st Tuesday in January and ends the 2nd week of April on a Thursday (Closing Ceremony).

What is the cost of the CPE programs at Beverly Hospital?

There is a $25 application fee. Tuition per unit is $1,000. Once accepted to the unit, there is a $200 non-refundable deposit which will be credited towards your tuition.

What are the different types of CPE at Beverly Hospital?

Beverly Hospital offers Level I and Level II CPE. The outcomes of each level must be completed before moving to the next level. CPE at Beverly Hospital is offered in single units.

Do I have to be ordained to participate in the CPE program?


Can I get academic credit for CPE?

Most seminaries and theological schools grant academic credit for CPE. Please contact them directly for this information.

Can I get CPE credit for previous work/ministry experience?

No. ACPE credit is not granted for previous work experience. However, you previous work/ministry experience will be considered during your application process for admission.

Do I need CPE to get certification as a chaplain or pastoral counselor?

The Association of Professional Chaplains, the National Association of Catholic Chaplains and the National Association of Jewish Chaplains and other organizations certify chaplains. The American Association of Pastoral Counselors trains and certifies pastoral counselors. Some CPE is required as a prerequisite. Please contact these organizations directly regarding their requirements.

Can I do CPE online or through some other distance learning process?

Beverly Hospital does not offer distance learning programs.

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The Beverly Hospital CPE Center is Accredited for
Level I and Level II CPE
by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc.

Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc
One West Court Square, Suite 325
Decatur, Georgia 30030
(404) 320-1472