UnityPoint Health - Meriter | Clinical Pastoral Education Program

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Clinical Pastoral Education Program

At UnityPoint Health – Meriter, Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is an educational process providing spiritual care to patients, families and staff while developing pastoral competencies through supervised reflection. The Meriter CPE Program offers a rich learning environment while seeking participants of diverse cultural and religious traditions. The CPE Program is accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) to offer programs of CPE (level I/II).

Program Benefits

As a CPE program participant, you will:

  • Provide a person-centered approach to spiritual care as a member of the interdisciplinary health care team.
  • Take part in a process of learning through:
    • Pastoral practice
    • Verbatim and case studies
    • Integrative theory and practice papers
    • Seminars
    • Peer group and individual supervision
    • Relevant reading
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of your ministry style in relation to the needs of the persons being served while integrating perspectives from pastoral ministry, psychology, theology and other behavioral sciences. This takes place through supervised peer group reflection and individual consultation with a certified ACPE supervisor.

CPE Programs


The Residency Program provides a full year, intensive, postgraduate pastoral care training program. Meriter offers placements in the hospital acute care setting with a three month intensive palliative care rotation. Four units of CPE are completed in a year. Benefits include a competitive stipend, two weeks of vacation, six holidays, medical/dental coverage, and rotating weekends on call. Interviews for this program begin in March.


September - August


Completion of a M.Div. degree (or masters level advanced theological degree), one unit of CPE, pastoral experience and ordination preferable, and completion of Admissions Procedure.

Internship (13 Weeks)

Four times per year, beginning in September, December, March and June, qualified applicants are admitted for an twelve-week, non-stipend internship in conjunction with the Residency Program.


Coincides with unit dates for Residency Program


Completion of Admissions Procedure


13 week internship application

Internship (26 Weeks)

This program is for people from all walks of life who want to achieve the goals of CPE while maintaining their employment. One unit of CPE is completed in six months. A minimum of 15 hours per week of pastoral ministry and education are completed at Meriter. This program is open to lay people, clergy, parish nurses, seminarians and parish visitation personnel. It is well suited for those who serve solo or in isolated settings, and for those who are looking for collegial support.


Begins in August and March


Completion of Admission Procedure


26 week internship application


  • Applications for the March Internship are due December 30. 
  • Applications for the August Internship are due June 15.

For more information, please see the attached document: Clinical Pastoral Education Offerings

Admissions Procedure

Submit a Standard ACPE Application (available in the ACPE Website) or by calling (608) 417-6480.

Admissions Interview

Admission decisions are made on the basis of learning readiness, ability to function in all aspects of the program applied for, and group composition. The program is in full compliance with ACPE standards and with Meriter's Equal Employment Opportunity and Equal Service Opportunity policies and standards.

Tuition (All Programs)

First unit of CPE is $750.
Subsequent units are $550.

Rev. Charles Rogers, Senior Staff Chaplain

The Rev. Charles Rogers, an Episcopalian, was ordained in 2006 and has served as a psychology professor and researcher, a business owner, a parish priest and a CPE supervisor. Chuck joined the Department of Spiritual Care staff in 2010 after serving as a chaplain and CPE supervisor in St. Louis, Missouri. Chuck's primary passion as a CPE supervisor involves the privilege of journeying with the CPE students as they learn about themselves as persons and professionals caregivers. His background in education, science, theology, and developmental psychology is uniquely integrated and practiced as a CPE educator and Palliative care team member.

Rabbi Yonason Meadows, ACPE Certified Educator

Rabbi Yonason "Yoni" Aleksander Meadows was ordained a rabbi by his principal yeshiva (school of higher Jewish learning), Yeshivas Kol Ya'akov, in 2006.  He was also ordained privately by his main teacher, Rav Shmuel Storch, in 2009.  He also studied at yeshivot (plural of yeshiva) in Miami Beach, Florida, New York City, and in Jerusalem, Israel.  He was raised in the Episcopal Church and converted to Judaism twice, once under the auspices of the Conservative movement in 1992 and the second time under the Orthodox Chicago Rabbinical Council in 1996.

Yonason graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with honors in History (1992) and from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work of Yeshiva University with a Masters of Social Work (MSW) in 2002.  After working as a professional fundraiser for several organizations in the New York Jewish community for ten years, he decided to move back to Milwaukee where he grew up along with his wife, Michele, a Human Resources Director at a nursing home/assisted living facility, and his six children.  

Shortly after returning to Milwaukee, he began his first unit of CPE at Aurora Saint Luke's Medical Center, part of the Advocate Aurora Health system.  He followed that first unit with two years of CPE residency.  Yonason was the first CPE student at Advocate Aurora Health to specialize in Behavioral Health as a chaplain resident.  He then embarked upon training to become a CPE Educator, becoming a Certified Educator Candidate in 2015.  Yoni left Aurora to join the Spiritual Care Department at UnityPoint Health Meriter Hospital in September of 2017.  In the short time since he's been at Meriter, he has assumed responsibility for managing the Association of Spiritual Care and the Professional Advisory Group.  He is also providing clinical mentorship of the CPE students as well as rewriting the CPE Handbook and will be supervising an extended group in late February, 2018.  Yoni is planning on meeting committee for the second time for ACPE Certified Associate Educator in November of 2018 or February of 2019.

Yoni loves his work and being part of the CPE Educator community in part because it is a place where he can bring all of the disparate parts of himself – rabbi, CPE educator, chaplain, psychotherapist, social worker – together in the work.  In keeping with his traditional Jewish theology and psychodynamic training, he believes CPE students begin with knowing themselves – what they are feeling as well as what aspects of their lives and families of origin have led them to become who they are today.  He emphasizes Process over Product in his work with students – helping students become better providers of Spiritual Care through awareness of Self and mindful, empathic connection with others.  As an educator, Yoni believes his role is to facilitate the learning process of the students – both as individuals and as a group.  Using such theories as Kondrath's Feelings as Messengers, Carl Jung, and Robert Boyd's Transformative Learning along with his Jewish tradition's rich understanding of the Divine and the human mind and soul, he seeks to provide a safe "holding environment" where students can explore what it means to be human and care for others, rooted in their own unique faith traditions, cultures, and life experiences.