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 2020, the CPE programs will incorporate supervised training at two health care sites:

3 March – 31 March: Introductory CPE (40 hours)
Location: Hornsby Hospital, NSW
5 Tuesdays, 8:45am-3:15pm

5 May – 17 November: Basic CPE in Aged Care Ministry (400 hours)
Location: St Basil's Homes, Lakemba NSW
25 Tuesdays, 8:45am-3:15pm (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 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 2019, but not later than 13 January 2020. Please contact the Registrar for more details.


In 2020, the tuition fee for Clinical Pastoral Education (18 credit points) is $2,160 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: 21 November 2019

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.