About this college
The New South Wales College of Clinical Pastoral Education (NSWCCPE) was formed in 1963 by representatives of the Christian Churches with the vision of providing quality pastoral education and supervision for those attending to the spiritual needs of all members of our modern community. Since then the College has expanded its membership to include representatives from across Christian Denominations and other Faiths. The CPE movement in NSW has expanded to include CPE Centres at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney Adventist Hospital, Westmead Hospital, The Mental Health CPE Centre at Hornsby, John Hunter Hospital, Gosford Hospital, The Southern Tablelands and the NSW Far South Coast.
Choosing NSW College of Clinical and Pastoral Education
NSWCCPE delivers quality education in pastoral care and supervision characterised by excellence in the development of pastoral carers, equipping for effective pastoral relationships, commitment to reflective learning, engagement of theological reflection on life experience, research in and ongoing dialogue on pastoral care and supervision.
Clinical Pastoral Education provides an environment in which ministers, theological students or other persons qualified to offer pastoral care are given the opportunity of becoming a more adequate pastor by entering into personal relationships with people and groups in various kinds of distressing situations. This will usually take place within some appropriate centre, such as a hospital, correctional institution or other clinical situation, where an integrated programme of theory and practice is being carried out, under appropriate supervision by qualified supervisors. Normally, as part of the programme there is group discussion and assessment of pastoral experience and ministration.
Please note that some courses may not be available for enrolment every year, please refer to the college’s website to see their offering for the current year.