WHAT IS CPE?

Based in process learning, CPE in 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 combining theological reflections and psychotherapy theories.

WHO CAN APPLY

 Anyone can apply. We cater to those in ministry, healthcare, pastoral care, Stephen's ministry, CPE CPE is created for to 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

$700/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

Fayetteville, AR

Arkansas Children's Northwest

Springdale, AR

Regency Long Term Care

Springdale, AR

Highland's Oncology Group

Fayetteville, AR

Rogers, AR

Butterfield Trail Villiage

Fayetteville, AR

Circle of Life Hospice

Bentonville, AR

Springdale, AR

Freeman Health System

Joplin, MO

Meet Our Supervisors

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Executive Director & Supervisor

BETH SNYDER, M.A.

Beth serves within the hospital and hospice setting as a chaplain, specializing in infants and pediatrics. She has trained healthcare professionals and ministers within the region.

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Training Supervisor

CJ MALONE, EdD.

CJ serves as Director of Pastoral Care at Washington Regional Medical Center and Training Supervisor with CPEI.

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Training Supervisor

LARRY MITCHELL, Ph.D.

Larry served as the Director of Pastoral Care and Clinical Pastoral Education at Washington Regional Medical Center. He's also serves as a local pastor.

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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. 

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CHARLIE BROWN, Ph.D.

Associate Supervisor

Dr. Charlie Brown serves as chaplain and Associate Supervisor at Washington Regional Medical Center.

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SCOTT MARTIN, M.A.

Associate Supervisor

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

Click here to download our informational brochure.