WHAT IS CPE?

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Based in process education, CPE is an interfaith group of students learning to navigate the most difficult of circumstances with non-anxious presence.  The key is opening soulful space by doing self-work while integrating theological reflections and psychotherapy theories.  

WHO CAN APPLY

Anyone can apply. We cater to those in ministry, healthcare, pastoral care, Stephen's ministry, CPE is created for those in ministry, healthcare, pastoral care, Stephen's ministry, family ministry, and first responders; however, anyone may apply. Students enter CPE for seminary credit or to fulfill a denominational requirement; others join to deepen pastoral care skills, undergo a journey of discernment or become a certified chaplain. Healthcare professionals and first responders benefit by acquiring a toolbox of skills to utilize when walking with others through situations of crisis  Merchab is committed to providing an environment that is free from any form of discrimination.  This includes, but may not be limited to, race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, sex/gender, sexual orientation, age, or disability. 

CLASS STRUCTURE

CPE is based on experiential learning; students will take the didactic knowledge from the classroom and apply it in a clinical setting. CPE is offered in three forms each including 300 clinical hours and 100 didactic learning.

  1. Intensive: Class meets once a week for 12 weeks.

  2. Traditional: Class is biweekly for five months.

  3. Interactive Online: Class is conducted via online conferencing, allowing for geographic flexibility. Students contract with local settings for clinical hours.

COST

$800/unit

Students may pay in full or divide into two payments.

Clinical sites require background checks and immunization records.

Clinical Affiliate Sites

Washington Regional Medical Center

Arkansas Children's Northwest

Freeman Health System
 

Joplin Community CPE
 

Meet Our Supervisors

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BETH SNYDER, MA, CTP 

Supervisor

Beth is the Director of Pastoral Care at Washington Regional Medical Center.  Beth served within the hospital and hospice setting as a chaplain, specializing in infants and pediatrics. 

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CJ MALONE, Ed.D

Training Supervisor

CJ serves on the Board of Merchab Institute and is a Training Supervisor.  

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Scott Martin, MA

Supervisor

Scott serves as Director of Pastoral Care at Arkansas Children's Northwest.  He is Board Certified as a Pediatric Chaplain with Association of Professional Chaplains. 

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BILL COX, D.Min.

Supervisor

Bill serves as the Assistant Director of Pastoral Care at Freeman Health System. He served as a pastor before becoming a chaplain.

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DOUG LAWSON, D.Min.

Supervisor

Doug has served as a pastor, school teacher, and chaplain. After 25 years of active duty as a chaplain with the U.S. Navy, he entered the healthcare system. 

Click here to download our informational brochure.