The NSW College of Clinical Pastoral Education delivers higher education awards as a Member Institution of the Sydney College of Divinity (CRICOS Provider: 02948J)

Setting the standard in the provision of quality education and supervision in spiritual care.


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Welcome to the NSW College of Clinical Pastoral Education web site. The College 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 New South Wales College of Clinical Pastoral Education is a Member Institute of The Sydney College of Divinity and a Member Association of the Australian New Zealand Association of Clinical Pastoral Education

President’s Welcome

On behalf of the College Council I extend a warm welcome to you. It is an exciting time beginning new studies. It can be a time filled with both eager anticipation and nervous energy. A time often filled with lots of questions… What will it be like? Who will I meet? What is expected of me? Am I ready for this? If this is your experience may you take comfort in the knowledge that you are in good company. Like so many of us who have gone before you, we to, had those same questions, anxieties and concerns.

This year (2023) the College celebrates its 60th anniversary. In April 1963 the Council for Clinical Pastoral Education in NSW was formed, after a number of planning meetings which took place during 1962. Its aim was to promote Clinical Pastoral Education activities in NSW. The Council could not have foreseen the changing educational, theological, social and cultural revolution that would occur over the following decades. During this time, with a shift in focus to the provision of education of chaplains, pastoral carers and supervisors, the name was changed from Council to College. This College is still meeting, planning and working together, “with the vision of providing quality pastoral education and supervision for those attending to the spiritual needs of all members of our modern community.”

Extending across New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory the NSWCCPE offers both in-person and online learning opportunities to meet your specific needs. The education team here at NSWCCPE come from a diverse range of professional, academic and religious backgrounds. CPE supervisors engage in a rigorous supervisory formation process to ensure that the quality of supervision and education meets best practice standards with a strong ethical framework at its core. Grounded in an action-reflection learning model, NSWCCPE will not only assist you to develop the skills you are seeking by supporting you to thrive in your pastoral practice, it will help contribute to the development of your pastoral identity.

A Member Institute of the Sydney College of Divinity (SCD), NSWCCPE provides both Award and Non-Award programs in Clinical Pastoral Education. We offer programs for those new to the arena of spiritual care, extending from CPE 1 to CPE 2 and through to CPE 3 which is a unit for pastoral/spiritual care practitioners who are keen to consolidate their professional skills in specialised areas of pastoral ministry and practice. For spiritual care practitioners & chaplains seeking to develop their abilities into the fields of education and supervision, NSWCCPE in conjunction with SCD, offer a M.A Program in Pastoral Supervision. Critically aware of the challenges for many to access education, NSWCCPE provides scholarships to Aboriginal and rural communities for CPE programs as well as scholarships to approved applicants wishing to undertake training as a CPE Supervisor.

In collaboration with our CPE colleagues across Australia and New Zealand, NSWCCPE is committed to providing common standards in education and supervisory training, offering pathways in supervisory formation, with the opportunity to learn from leaders in supervision and spiritual care from across the globe. At the forefront of spiritual care education, we work closely with industry to ensure the education provided by NSWCCPE will assist you to respond to the needs of the communities and industries you serve. As individuals, as committees, and as an organisation, NSWCCPE remains committed to the delivery of quality education in pastoral care and supervision. 

If you are a new student, someone returning to further studies, or a CPE graduate about to commence supervisory training, may you enjoy your experience with NSWCCPE. Welcome to the College community.


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