Clinical Pastoral Education Courses 2019 (400 Hours)


Pastoral Education Seminar Room

Delacy Building  Level 4. 

Date details:

Year Long Year Unit;   Two days a month on 

Thursday/Fridays.  Time: 9.30 am – 3.30pm Theory and one day a week for Clinical Placement. 

14/15 March; 11/12 April;  16/17 May; 13/14 June; 25/26 July; 22/23 August; 19/20 September; 24/25 October; 14/15 November & 5/6 December 2019.

Semester Units:  Class Day: Tuesdays. Time: 9.30am – 3.30pm and one day a week for Clinical Placement

Semester 1:   25th /26th February to 24th /25th June, 2019

Semester 2:  29th /30th July to 2nd /3rd December, 2019

Closing dates for applications:

  • Year Long Year Unit closing date is 14th December 2018
  • Semester 1 Unit is 14th December  2018
  • Semester 2 Unit is 26th April 2019. 

In special circumstances, late applications will be considered.

Course registration and payment link: 

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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.

The Clinical Pastoral Education Centre was established in 1981 by Sr Margaret Lee.  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).  5hours a week. 
  • Group work:  110 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)
  • Responding to people experiencing a crisis
  • Working with a small group to develop one’s knowledge and skills
  • Reflecting theologically and growing your understanding of the theology that informs your praxis 
  • An opportunity to work alongside other members of the healing team
  • Study, reflection and assignment: 130 hours




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, 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:

Preferably CPE Introductory Unit.


Academic Award

  • Undergraduate - $ 2,450
  • Postgraduate - $3,080


  • Basic Unit 1,2,3 - $1,800/Unit
  • Advance Unit - $2,150

Maximum number of applicants:



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 a month after starting date.



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