NSW College of Clinical Pastoral Education

+61 0420 359 097
P O Box 1983, Woolooware NSW 2230

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.

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.

Study Mode Intensive
Study Terms

Summer Intensive 2021-22: 10 November 2021 - 26 February 2022. Census Date: 1 December 2021
Semester 1: 7 February 2022 - 17 June 2022. Census Date: 11 March 2022
Semester 2: 18 July 2022 - 25 November 2022. Census Date: 19 August 2022
Full Year: 7 February 2022 - 25 November 2022. Census Date: 8 April 2022

Fees Fee for one standard 18 credit point undergraduate unit is AUD$2800.
Fee for one standard 18 credit point postgraduate unit is AUD$3300.
Fee for one standard 9 credit point postgraduate unit is AUD$2700.
Fees vary for non standard units including year long units.
Fees are for 2022.
FEE-HELP is available for eligible students
Registrar Ms Carolyn Dann
Contact the Registrar for admission, study and student support enquiries

Units Offered


  • P7265 Basic Unit of Clinical Pastoral Education 1
  • P7266 Basic Unit of Clinical Pastoral Education 2


  • P8165 Clinical Pastoral Education I
  • P8166 Clinical Pastoral Education II
  • P8176 Introduction to Supervisory Practice
  • P8177 Educational Theory and Practice in Pastoral Supervision
  • P8178 Theological Reflection in the Practice of Pastoral Supervision
  • P9267 Clinical Pastoral Education III
  • P9277 Advanced Practice in Pastoral Supervision
It is hoped that such programmes will make an effective Christian witness to hospitals and other institutions and their professional staffs, leading to a fuller understanding and acceptance of the distinctive contribution of the pastoral ministry.

Milton Coleman Pastoral Care Library

Contact Ms Cheryll Bird
Email librarian@cpensw.com
Phone +61 (0)447 640 698

Milton Coleman Pastoral Care Library is a small single discipline digital library with more than 1,000 volumes in the area of practical theology.  It covers the history of Clinical Pastoral Education, chaplaincy, the various aspects of pastoral care and pastoral supervision. Its special collection is in the area of the History of Clinical Pastoral Education.

The Milton Coleman Pastoral Care Library exists to provide pastoral care resources to Clinical Pastoral Education students, members of NSW College of Clinical Pastoral Education and to assist in the training and research needs of pastoral supervisors and educators.

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.

This page provides basic information about NSWCCPE and the Sydney College of Divinity awards and units it offers. If you are interested in pursuing a Sydney College of Divinity award with NSWCCPE, you are advised to contact NSWCCPE directly.


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