Clinical Pastoral Education Program

Spiritual Care

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 (12 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


12 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 2016-2017

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.

Senior Staff Chaplain and CPE Supervisor

The Rev. Charles Orme-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.