Clinical Pastoral Education 40 hour Unit 2022


Pastoral Education Seminar Room
de Lacy Building  Level 4, St Vincent's Hospital and ONLINE

Date details:

19th – 21st and 2nd - 4th February, 2022: online
9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th March & 6th/13th April 2022: Face-to-face
27th – 29th April and 18th - 20th May 2022: online 
19th – 21st October & 2nd – 4th November 2022: Face-to-face
Closing date for enrolment is 7 working days prior to course commencement.

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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. 

Through an action reflection model of learning students - 

  • Grow in their knowledge and understanding of the pastoral role
  • Develop skills that enable them to be more effective 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:

  • History of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)
  • History of CPE at St. Vincent’s Hospital 
  • Pastoral/Spiritual Care: Creating reflective space for story telling
  • The role of Pastoral/Spiritual Care practitioner /Who are we?
  • Spiritually supportive, listening, exploring skills
  • Practical pastoral care sessions and reflection. 
  • Listening Skills
  • Grief and Loss
  • Suffering: Pastoral Response
  • Reflective Journals: Waiting Self, Relational Self, Vulnerable Self, Mortal Self & Beloved Self. 
  • Boundaries: Physical, emotional and Spiritual. 
  • Spiritual Care Australia Standards.
  • Compassion and vulnerability.

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


$525 inc GST



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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.


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