Clinical Pastoral Education Courses 2024 (400 Hours)


Pastoral Education Seminar Room

Level 3 De Lacy Building and Virtual (Microsoft Teams).

Date details:

Semester 1: 
Dates:  13th  Feb to 5th  June 2024  
Tuesday – Class accept orientation, MUE & EUE to be scheduled
Placement: St Vincent’s Hospital Campus.

Semester 2: 
Face to face
Dates:  23rd July to 27th November 2024 
Tuesday - Class accept orientation, MUE & EUE to be scheduled 
Placement: St Vincent’s Hospital Campus. 

Summer Intensive Unit (4 days/week)
Please contact the CPE Centre for more information

Year Long Unit Group 1: IN PERSON
Dates: 22/23 Feb, 21/22 Mar, 18/19 Apr, 16/17 May, 13/14 Jun, 18/19 Jul, 15/16 Aug, 19/20 Sept, 17/18 Oct & 14/15 Nov 2024

Year Long Unit Group 2.  VIRTUAL
Dates: 29 Feb & 1 Mar, 27/28 Mar, 11/12 Apr, 23/24 May, 6/7 June, 25/26 July, 22/23 Aug, 26/27 Sept, 24/25 Oct & 21/22 Nov 2024
Classes: Two days a month on Thursday & Friday per dates above. 
Placement: One day a week at St Vincent’s Hospital Campus or workplace for pastoral practitioners.  

Then there is no need for the year Long clinical Pastoral Education Course (400 hour).  

Course application forms:  CPE 1 CPE2 

Course registration and payment link: 

Register & pay online

Program overview:

CPE programs at St Vincent’s
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.

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

CPE program involves:

  • Weeks in teaching sessions: 
    18 weeks + 3 days extra (orientation, Mid- Term /End-Unit Evaluation). 5 hours a week.  
    10 months for the Year Long Unit
  • Group work: 105 hours scheduled, students must attend a minimum of 90 hours. 
  • Individual Supervision: 10 hours. Students must complete 10 hour of individual supervision
  • Clinical Placement:  150 hours.  Learning from one’s experience of providing Pastoral Care to patients and their families (Minimum of 150 hours of clinical practice)
  • Study and assignment: 4 hours per week 
  • Responding to the vulnerable and to people experiencing crisis. 
  • Working with a small group to develop one’s knowledge and skills
  • Reflecting theologically and growing your understanding of the theology/philosophy that informs your praxis
  • An opportunity to work alongside other members of the healing team


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

Key topics:

  • The Role of Pastoral/Spiritual Practitioner
  • Principals that informs Pastoral Boundaries/Ethics
  • Spiritual Care Australia (formation)
  • Pastoral Intervention; Listening skills, inviting the patient’s story, Empathy, Validation, responding to existential questions and exploring spiritual/emotional needs. 
  • Becoming a reflective Pastoral/Spiritual practitioner, supervision a reflective space for learning; taking charge of my learning.
  • Theological Reflections; my theology of Pastoral Practice, Methods of Theological Reflection, understanding suffering and responding to what tradition/faith offers in pastoral practice. 
  • Spiritual assessments; hopes, values, dreams and resources.
  • Understanding culture
  • Grief and Loss
  • Documenting Pastoral Visit/Intervention
  • Group dynamics
  • Self care: a theology and practice
  • Appropriate use of Pastoral/spiritual resources; prayer, ritual/liturgical, sacraments. 

Who should attend:

Pastoral Care Practitioners, Chaplains, Seminarians, Parish Pastoral Workers, volunteers, healthcare professionals, those wishing to explore suitability to work in this field, those seeking to develop their capacity to provide spiritual care and those seeking to deepen their search for  a deeper spiritual meaning in life.

Course enquiries:

Helena Naif (Sr), 8382 2119

Course Pre-requisites:

CPE Introductory Course.


SCD award students:
Undergraduate Units: P7265, P7266.  
Postgraduate Units: P8165, P8166, P9267.

Non award students:    
Basic Unit: $2,200/unit or $1,550 for SVHA staff

Maximum number of students:



Participants are encouraged to bring their own lunch.


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Cancellation policy:

Registration Fees will be refunded in full if Pastoral Education Centre is notified a month before starting date, 80% two weeks before starting date, 50% two weeks after starting date. No refund will apply for cancellation a month after starting date.


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