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Pastoral Education

Mission and Values

Pastoral Education

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 basis.

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.

We offer courses at our centres in Western Australia and Victoria. 

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 multi-disciplinary team.


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 written evaluations.

Key elements

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 care.

Fact Sheet

Click on the link below for a detailed fact sheet that provides further information about the centres and the courses that are offered.

Clinical Pastoral Education Centre Fact Sheet

Course Information

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.

WA Clinical Pastoral Education Centre

Victorian Clinical Pastoral Education Centre


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 directly.  

How do I get more information?

We encourage prospective applicants to contact us for an informal discussion.

Contact Wendy Mckay, Western Australia St John of God Clinical Pastoral Education Centre Director on (08) 9382 6200 via email 


or Bernadette Wurlod in Victoria on (03) 5563 4588 or via email Bernadette.Wurlod@sjog.org.au.

Further reading

We recommend the following resources as a starting point in your exploration of Clinical Pastoral Education. 

For more information about St John of God Health Care  pastoral education please contact
Tel: (08) 9213 3636
Email: info@sjog.org.au