Clinical Pastoral Education 40 hour Course 2024


Microsoft Teams online platform
Pastoral Education Seminar Room
De Lacy Building, Level 3 - St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney

Date details:

Time: 9am - 3.30pm
15th- 17th & 29-31 January 2024: Virtual
21, 28 Feb; 13, 20 March & 3rd April 2024: Face-to-Face
5, 12, 19, 26 February & 11, 18 March 2024 : Face-to-Face at All Saints Catholic Church
8-10 & 29-31 May 2024: Virtual
7,14, 21 August & 4,11,18 September 2024: Virtual
2-4, 30-31 October & 1 November 2024: Virtual

Closing date for enrolment is 2 weeks prior to starting dates.

Download Application form:

Download the application form here
For more information, please see our brochure 

Online registration and payment link:

Course overview:

St Vincent’s Hospital is one of Sydney’s leading health care institutions with a long tradition in educating healthcare professionals including pastoral care practitioners.

St Vincent’s recognises that spiritual care is an integral part of patients’ healing and well-being. It has a dynamic pastoral care department that responds to the spiritual care needs of patients, their families and the staff.

The Clinical Pastoral Education Centre was established in 1981 by Sr. Margaret Lee.  The Centre offers Introductory, Basic, Advanced and Supervisory Education programs. 

At the end of this Introductory CPE course students will be able to:

  • Grow in their knowledge and understanding of the pastoral role.
  • Develop pastoral skills especially to gain listening skills that enable them to be reflective pastoral/spiritual practitioners.
  • Deepen their awareness of the spiritual needs, hopes and resources of others and
  • Become more aware of their values, beliefs, attitudes, and assumptions.


Participants are encouraged to bring their own lunch, alternatively there is a cafe within St Vincent's Hospital. Tea & coffee will be provided.

Key topics:

1. Identify the scope and boundaries of Pastoral Care.
2. Define the role of Spiritual and Pastoral Care
3. Demonstrate a capacity for reflective pastoral practice.
4. Articulate their motivation as Spiritual and Pastoral carers.
5. Demonstrate an awareness of how they relate with others including understanding Relational Dynamics in Pastoral practice.
6. Begin the process of reflecting theologically.

Who should attend:

Pastoral Care Practitioners, Chaplains, Parish Pastoral Workers, volunteers, healthcare professionals, those wishing to explore their suitability to work in this field, those seeking to develop their capacity to provide spiritual care.

Course enquiries:

Sr. Helena Naif, 8382 2119





For parking options, please click here 

For public transport links, please click here

Cancellation policy:

Registration Fees will be refunded in full if Pastoral Education Centre is notified in writing a month before the starting date: 80%, 50% will be refunded if notification in writing is received a week before starting date. No refund will apply a week after starting date.


St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney does not accept responsibility for any act or omission on the part of the Seminar/Conference/Event organiser/presenters. No liability is accepted for inaccuracy, misdescription, delay, damage, personal injury or death.

Privacy policy:

St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney collects personal information provided on this registration form for the intended purpose of processing your seminar/event registration.