THE 
CANBERRA & REGION CENTRE FOR 
SPIRITUAL CARE &
CLINICAL PASTORAL EDUCATION

THE 
CANBERRA & REGION CENTRE

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CPE unit

Interns contribution $1450.00

Consisting of 

$1300.00 Course fee

$150.00 for Certificate (optional)


CPE is widely recognised as professional multi-faith vocational training bringing interns into supervised encounters in a variety of circumstances and institutions. Interns develop effectiveness in Pastoral Care through action reflection model of intense involvement with people and through feedback from peers and supervisors.


A Basic Unit of CPE Unit is a Program of (400 hours) duration, full time or its part-time equivalent. Each course can be completed over a minimum of ten (10) weeks or a maximum of forty-four (44) weeks.


400 hours are made of:

10 hours with an Accredited Supervisor provides individual one to one supervision

80 hours group supervision to trainees (normally 4-6 trainees in one group

150 hours of pastoral care in placement.

60 hours for personal reading and written reflection


The Model of Learning.

CPE is a model, which involves adults in experiential learning. It is inclusive of cognitive, psychological, sociological, interpersonal and theological components.


The Method involves a process of supervised action/reflection where trainees:

  • minister with people in a variety of settings and circumstances
  • set and pursue goals and objectives as part of an individual learning contract
  • reflect on, record and present experiences of pastoral ministry, individually and in groups
  • recognise and appropriately respond to the complexity of issues and emotions associated with pastoral experience
  • work towards developing their own theology of Pastoral Care that is both contemporary and functional within the context of their faith tradition
  • evaluate all aspects of the pastoral practice; incorporate new learnings into their perceptions and behaviour.

Model of delivery
Each course can be completed over a minimum of ten (10) weeks or a maximum of forty-four (44) weeks.
Interns in consultation with their supervisor will draw up a personalised learning contract which specify goal(s) and objective(s) for the Unit which are mutually acceptable to the trainee and supervisor.
Interns work at sites which enable them to experience and learn from their Pastoral Care. Interns use an action/reflection model of learning, meet with their supervisor individually and with their peer group and supervisor to reflect on their experience of Pastoral Care.
Didactics and literature are offered to interns as a means of understanding their experience of Pastoral Care.

Expected outcomes
  • become more aware of self as ministers and of the ways that their ministry affects others.
  • develop basic interpersonal skills in actively listening to and appropriately responding to those to whom they Pastoral Care for.
  • clarify their own spiritual journey and faith development and how these relate to pastoral functioning.
  • learn to use the action/reflection model of self-evaluating their relationships in ministry.
  • use individual and peer supervision for evaluation of ministry and for growth in their understanding.
  • use both individual and group supervision for interaction, support, clarification and confrontation as a means of integrating their personal and         pastoral identity.
  • increase theological understanding of issues arising from experience so as to enrich their pastoral identity.
  • learn to discern faith needs of those to whom they minister and to be a supportive presence with structures of prayers, sacrament, Scripture          or other spiritual resources.
  • develop the ability to assess pastoral needs taking into consideration differences in culture, spirituality, ethnicity, socioeconomic backgrounds,       psychological and emotional expression.
  • become aware of their pastoral role as they interact with peers and other professionals.