Centre for Clinical Pastoral Education

Who we are

Thank you for your interest in learning more about us.  We offer competency-based, transformative education designed to enhance the compassion offered by healthcare professionals, spiritual and religious caregivers, educators, counsellors and others who tend to people during key moments of the human experience.  If you or your organisation provides any type of care for people facing sickness or death,  danger or opportunity, loss or healing, change or growth, punishment or restoration or any other experience of spiritual or emotional distress—please read on.  

Why CPE?

The CPE experience is designed to enhance self-awareness and compassion of caregiving professionals so that they can more effectively foster resilience and wellbeing in those they serve. The education methods used in CPE were developed in the 1920s and have been continually refined over the past century.  There are few, if any, other courses which so effectively blend personal reflection, small group work, theoretical content and practical experience. 

Innovation

Clinical Pastoral Education is part of Royal Perth Hospital’s innovative and nationally-recognised Centre for Wellbeing and Sustainable Practice.  The Centre provides care for patients, their loved ones and staff through a team of professional chaplains.  Our wellbeing professionals provide one-on-one care for doctors, facilitate peer support groups for the Junior Medical Officers, and advocate for systemic changes to enhance wellbeing across the hospital.  Our CPE Centre Director and CPE Supervisor run CPE courses in a variety of formats.  This busy and dynamic environment provides our CPE students many opportunities for learning. 

Diversity

We strive to facilitate diverse student groups, including women and men of various ethnic and cultural backgrounds, ages, spiritual perspectives and professional affiliations. We are committed to providing equal opportunity in our admissions process without discrimination based on age, gender, race, national origin, disability, religious affiliation, sexual orientation or family situation. 

More information:


CPE IN WA, AROUND AUSTRALIA AND INTERNATIONALLY

Association for Clinical Pastoral Education in Western Australia

Australia and New Zealand Association for Clinical Pastoral Education

Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (USA)

Contact Information

Michael Hertz, Centre Director:   michael.hertz@health.wa.gov.au

Helen Vester, Supervisor:  helen.vester@health.wa.gov.au or rphcpe@gmail.com

Tracy Turner, Program Assistant:  tracy.turner@health.wa.gov.au

Location: Royal Perth Hospital, Wellington Street Campus, Level 3, L Block

Telephone: (08) 9224 2482