St John of God Health
Care offers an accredited ecumenical Clinical Pastoral
Education (CPE) program of education and formation
in pastoral care, with the aim of developing a person’s
self-awareness, professional competence, theological understanding
and Christian commitment.
We now offer the course in Western Australia and Victoria. The
courses can be completed on either a full-time or part-time
Clinical Pastoral Education is one of the
first steps in pastoral formation and is a program of education and
formation. A Unit of CPE is the first step to acquiring grounding
in the action reflection process. Subsequent units will consolidate
the experience and learning achieved. The more practice and
experience, the more competent a participant will become, which in
turn will increase their chances of becoming part of a professional
The program uses the action-reflection model
of adult learning and employs a variety of methods including formal
teaching, pastoral work in the clinical setting, group work and
Action component – the actual provision of
pastoral care within a real life hospital setting, designed to
develop an understanding of the psychological, theological and
spiritual concerns of people across a range of settings.
Reflection component – the exploration of the
pastoral experience and the dynamics present with its theological
and spiritual dimensions. This includes reflecting and presenting
to supervisors and peers on the experience of offering pastoral
Click on the link below for a detailed fact sheet that
provides further information about the centres and the courses that
Education Centre Fact Sheet
We offer courses at our centres in Western Australia and
Victoria. Click on the relevant link below to find out about course
dates and locations.
In WA, courses are accredited through the
Association of Clinical Pastoral Education Western Australia Inc
(ACPEWA), and in Victoria, through the Association of
Supervised Pastoral Education Victoria (ASPEA Vic). For
more information about these standards, contact the organisations
How do I get more information?
We encourage prospective applicants to contact
us for an informal discussion.
Contact Catherine Poulose-Paries at the
Clinical Pastoral Education Centre in WA on (08) 9382 6200 or
Contact Bernadette Wurlod in Victoria on (03) 5563 4588 or
via email Bernadette.Wurlod@sjog.org.au.
We recommend the following resources as a
starting point in your exploration of Clinical Pastoral
For more information about St John of God Health
Care pastoral education please contact
Tel: (08) 9213 3636