Austere wondered what it was, so here’s a little explanation. CPE is Clinical Pastoral Education. Hands-on chaplain training. One could do this training at a hospital, a nursing home, a correctional facility or a rehabilitation center. Basically, it’s practice supporting people in their spiritual lives during times of crisis. I’m doing I did my unit at University of Minnesota Medical Center (the fall semester of 2006) which means that lots of the patients were really seriously ill and came here from long distances because their local health facilities aren’t up to treating them.