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 affiliated with The Mental Health CPE Centre.

In 2021, the CPE programs will incorporate supervised training at two health care sites:

4 March – 1 April: Introductory CPE (40 hours)
Location: Cumberland Psychiatric Hospital, NSW
5 Thursdays, 8:45am-3:15pm

4 May – 16 November: Basic CPE in Aged Care Ministry (400 hours)
Location: St Basil's Homes, Lakemba NSW
25 Tuesdays, 8:45am-4:00pm (except during NSW public school holiday periods)

If at any time public health orders in NSW prohibit onsite visits to these care facilities by supervisors and trainees then these visits will be replaced by training sessions conducted through Zoom video-conferencing.

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 Mental Health CPE Centre (registered with the NSW College of Clinical Pastoral Education Inc.), or as accredited units with academic credit towards certain undergraduate and postgraduate courses of the Sydney College of Divinity.

Cross-institutional study for academic credit may also be available upon request. 


1.   The size of the trainee group is normally limited to a maximum of six persons.
2.   Applications should be received during December 2020, but not later than 12 January 2021. Please contact the Registrar for more details.


In 2021, the tuition fee for Clinical Pastoral Education (18 credit points) is $2,340 for undergraduate students and $2,880 for postgraduate students. FEE-HELP is available (conditions apply). Payment plans may be available under certain circumstances. Please contact the Registrar for more details.

Last updated: 1 November 2020

Whilst every effort is made to avoid changes to the published information, St Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Theological College reserves the right to amend its timetables and schedules without notice at any time.