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 2017, the CPE programs will incorporate supervised training at two health care sites:

1 March – 29 March: Introductory CPE (40 hours)
Macquarie Hospital, North Ryde NSW
5 Wednesdays, 8:30am-3:00pm

2 May – 14 November: Basic CPE in Aged Care Ministry (400 hours)
St Basil's Homes, Lakemba NSW
25 Tuesdays, 8:45am-3:00pm (except during NSW public school holiday periods)

Progression from the shorter introductory course into the full Basic CPE program is determined by the mentor/supervisor after the first 5-week period.

These programs may be undertaken as discrete qualifications on their own, issued by the NSW College of Clinical Pastoral Education Incorporated, or as accredited units within the Bachelor of Theology, the Associate Degree of Christian Thought and Practice, the Master of Arts or the Master of Theology programs of the Sydney College of Divinity.


1.   The size of the trainee group is limited to a maximum of eight persons.
2.   Applications should be received by the end of January. Please contact the Registrar for more details.


In 2017, the fee for Clinical Pastoral Education is $950 per semester for undergraduate students and $1350 per semester for postgraduate students. FEE-HELP is available (conditions apply).