Clinical Pastoral Education

These programs offer male and female trainees the opportunity to learn from their own pastoral interactions with residents in an aged care setting using the action-reflection method of supervised pastoral training under the guidance and instruction of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) accredited mentors.

In 2014, the CPE programs will incorporate supervised training at two health care sites:

4 March – 1 April: Introductory CPE
Macquarie Hospital, North Ryde NSW
5 Tuesdays, 8:30am-3:30pm

6 May – 3 June: Introductory CPE in Aged Care Ministry
St Basil's Homes, Lakemba NSW
5 Tuesdays, 9:00am-4:00pm

10 June – 11 November (excluding school holidays):
Basic Unit of CPE in Aged Care Ministry
(includes both Introductory CPE programs above)
St Basil's Homes, Lakemba NSW
20 Tuesdays, 9:00am-4:00pm

Progression from the shorter introductory CPE courses into the full program is determined by the mentor/supervisor after the first two 5-week periods.

The CPE programs can be undertaken as a discrete qualification on their own, issued by the NSW College of Clinical Pastoral Education Incorporated, or as accredited units within the Bachelor of Theology, Diploma of Christian Studies, Graduate Diploma of Arts or Master of Arts programs of the SCD.


1.   The size of the trainee group is limited to a maximum of eight persons.
2.   Applications for interested persons external to St Andrew’s should be received by the end of January. Contact the Registrar for more details.


In 2014, the fee for Clinical Pastoral Education is $900 per semester for undergraduate students and $1200 per semester for postgraduate students. FEE-HELP is available (conditions apply).

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