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.
The St John of God Healthcare WA and Victoria
Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Centres are registered under the
standards of the Associations of Clinical Pastoral Education in the
states in which programs are delivered i.e. WA and Victoria.
What is CPE?
Clinical Pastoral Education is a programme of
education and formation in the discipline of Pastoral
The methodology is based on the Experiential
Learning Model (ELM) of David Kolb. Participants are invited to
reflect intensively on their practice of care and to present their
reflection to peers on education day. The action component entails
the delivery of pastoral care within a hospital setting. This
specific type of care acknowledges and attends to the human
condition, particularly life’s spiritual and religious dimensions.
The reflection component entails the exploration of the clinical
experience, the dynamics present, and the spiritual and theological
Participation in the CPE programme
will provide opportunities to:
- Grow in knowledge and understanding of your professional and
- Develop skills that will enable you to become a more effective
- Deepen your awareness of each patient’s spiritual needs, hopes
- Become more aware of your values, attitudes and
Who may apply?
- Anyone interested in a career in pastoral
- Those already working in a health related
field (e.g. Care Assistants, Nurses, Allied Health Professionals
etc.) or education (e.g. teachers).
- Pastoral practitioners, Chaplains, Parish
Pastoral associates, Seminarians etc.
What does a part time unit of CPE program involve?
A program is run over 20-22 weeks and involves
a total of 400 hours (approx.) of supervised pastoral care practice
and education consisting of a minimum of:
- 100 hours (approx.) of clinical placement (within St John of
God Healthcare, or at another placement at the discretion of the
CPE Centre director/CPE Supervisor and the appropriate authority at
nominated the outside placement);
- 100 hours (approx.) of group work and individual
- 200 hours (approx.) of reflective practice including
preparation of material outside of group and practicum days.
Practicum days are worked out in consultation with the CPE intern
along with the pastoral services manager of the placement
within St John of God Health Care or at an outside
placement approved by the CPE centre Director and placement
The CPE program demands a great deal of
students, in both time and emotional investment. The
encounters with others can be challenging and reflection on those
encounters may be confronting. The discipline of writing up
journals, case studies and verbatims enhances personal integration
which makes the CPE program a demanding but enriching
process. Students who are new to hospital or healthcare
settings or multi-faith and multi-cultural settings may find
challenges confronting. You are encouraged to speak to the CPE
Supervisor prior to considering applying for a unit of CPE*.
Can I achieve academic recognition?
WA part-time program: St John of God Midland - 8 March to 20 July
Vic part-time program: Melbourne - 4 July to 21 November
Please download the application
Or email: email@example.com
WA and firstname.lastname@example.org
Full applications and referee contacts are
required before applicants can be short listed for interview.
Please Note: all courses offered are
subject to numbers. Minimum 5 – maximum 6. St John of God Health
Care reserves the right to withdraw a CPE unit if there are
insufficient applicants or circumstances change. Late applications
will only be considered if places are available.
3. If your interview is
successful and you are accepted into the program the following will
also be required:
- Copy of a current Police Clearance and Working with Children
Check (for non St John of God Health Care caregivers);
- Completion of Permission To Use Material Agreement;
- Completion of Clinical Placement Agreement;
- Completion of Insurance Form for placements external to St
John of God Health Care (for non St John of
God Health Care caregivers);
- Pre-employment immunisation and Screening Form (for non St
John of God Health Care caregivers).
For further information
*Taken from University Divinity Melbourne
Victoria, Stirling College.