Hunter CPE Centre

Welcome to the Hunter Centre for Clinical Pastoral Education. This Centre celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2018 and is recognised as the main provider of pastoral/spiritual care training in the Hunter and Mid-North Coast regions.

The Hunter Centre offers pastoral/spiritual care training at the John Hunter and Calvary Mater Hospitals in Newcastle and, from time to time, in other suitable locations in the Hunter and Mid-North Coast regions. Introductory courses are conducted regularly in Newcastle and in other locations as requested.

Supervisors

Ms April MacNeill (Central Coast)

Centre Director

April is a Pastoral Educator and Supervisor. A former Pastoral Care Manager, and practitioner at the Calvary Mater Hospital in Newcastle, April has a background in healthcare as an Intensive Care Nurse. April has a special interest in raising awareness of pastoral/spiritual care in critical care environments and in pastoral research. She is a Provisional CPE Educational Consultant with ten years of supervisory experience.

Mrs Gwen Vale (Newcastle)

Gwen is a former music teacher with considerable experience of pastoral ministry in both the church and hospital context. A Provisional CPE Educational Consultant, she has been supervising CPE students since 2008.

The Reverend Canon Roger Zohrab (Newcastle)

Roger is the Anglican Chaplain and Pastoral Care Coordinator at John Hunter Hospital. A priest with many years’ experience in parish and chaplaincy ministry, Roger has counselling training and experience in spiritual direction. He is a Provisional Clinical Pastoral Educator.

Ms Roslyn Wetzler

Roslyn joined the Hunter Centre in 2022 as a Provisional CPE Supervisor. Ros has a background in community and school chaplaincy, with some focus on pastoral care of people with disabilities. She has been working in  hospital pastoral care in Newcastle since 2019. Ros has post graduate qualifications in Chaplaincy and in Disability Studies, and is enjoying the new learnings in Supervisory training.

Ms April MacNeill (Central Coast)

Centre Director

April is a Pastoral Educator and Supervisor. A former Pastoral Care Manager, and practitioner at the Calvary Mater Hospital in Newcastle, April has a background in healthcare as an Intensive Care Nurse. April has a special interest in raising awareness of pastoral/spiritual care in critical care environments and in pastoral research. She is a Provisional CPE Educational Consultant with ten years of supervisory experience.

The Reverend Canon Roger Zohrab (Newcastle)

Roger is the Anglican Chaplain and Pastoral Care Coordinator at John Hunter Hospital. A priest with many years’ experience in parish and chaplaincy ministry, Roger has counselling training and experience in spiritual direction. He is a Provisional Clinical Pastoral Educator.

Mrs Gwen Vale (Newcastle)

Gwen is a former music teacher with considerable experience of pastoral ministry in both the church and hospital context. A Provisional CPE Educational Consultant, she has been supervising CPE students since 2008.

Ms Roslyn Wetzler

Roslyn joined the Hunter Centre in 2022 as a Provisional CPE Supervisor. Ros has a background in community and school chaplaincy, with some focus on pastoral care of people with disabilities. She has been working in  hospital pastoral care in Newcastle since 2019. Ros has post graduate qualifications in Chaplaincy and in Disability Studies, and is enjoying the new learnings in Supervisory training.

Rev Dr Barbara Howard

Barbara was the first Centre Director and has supervised courses and units for the past 25 years. While no longer actively engaged in supervising courses and units of CPE, Barbara continues to provide education in her role as a consultant with the centre and the wider CPE community.

Ms Judy Hollingworth

Judy has been studying with the Hunter Centre since 2016 and became a Provisional CPE Supervisor in 2023. Her interest in pastoral care developed from involvements in palliative care - as a primary carer, a volunteer, an advocate for improved services in her regional community and former board member of Palliative Care Australia.  She has also worked as a pastoral care practitioner in aged care and hospitals.

What courses are offered?

Introductory CPE (40hrs)

This course is an introduction to the theory and practice of pastoral/spiritual care. It is a qualification required by NSW Health for those wishing to become hospital visitors. It covers such topics as listening skills, empathy, grief and loss, self-awareness and hospital procedures. It is conducted over six days from 9am to 4pm. A certificate is awarded on completion.

Foundational Units of CPE (CPE 1 and CPE 2) (400 Hours)

These courses are aimed at providing intensive training in pastoral/spiritual care by means of supervised group and individual reflection on pastoral conversations. Using an action/reflection method, they require students to complete 150 hours of clinical work (pastoral visiting) in assigned hospital wards or other approved locations, together with 90 hours of group work, 10 hours of individual supervision and 150 hours of reflection/reading/seminar preparation and verbatim writing. Applicants are interviewed prior to acceptance into the course.

Advanced CPE Unit (CPE 3)

This course is an introduction to the theory and practice of pastoral/spiritual care. It is a qualification required by NSW Health for those wishing to become hospital visitors. It covers such topics as listening skills, empathy, grief and loss, self-awareness and hospital procedures. It is conducted over six days from 9am to 4pm. A certificate is awarded on completion.

Modes of Delivery

CPE 1, 2, 3 units are offered in four possible modes. Not every mode is offered each year. See course dates and details.

Mode 1

Full-time: 11 weeks between mid-November and mid-February with a three week break over Christmas/New Year. Students attend Monday to Friday for 40 hours per week.

Mode 2

Part-time: 22 weeks- February to July or July to November- 20 hours per week- group work is held on one day per week- eight hours of clinical work are required each week

Mode 3

Extended: 9 months (38 weeks)- the group work is conducted as intensives on Friday afternoon and Saturday once a month. Four hours of clinical work are required each week.

Mode 4

Intensive: 6 months- this mode is offered at Port Macquarie- the group work is conducted as 6 x 15 hour sessions (Wednesday afternoon to Friday afternoon) each month for six months. It involves eight hours of clinical work each week.

The group work is conducted at John Hunter Hospital or at another facility by agreement with the student and the facility in question. The maximum number accepted into a Basic CPE group is six students.

Who can apply?

  • Parish workers and volunteers
  • Those wishing to work in pastoral and spiritual care and chaplaincy
  • Nurses/teachers interested in holistic care
  • Those seeking more effective ways to care for people’s spiritual needs
  • Those wishing to discern their suitability to be a pastoral or spiritual carer
  • Those interested in pastoral/spiritual care in Aged Care Facilities

 Course Dates

2024

Introductory Courses

Newcastle:  12 February  - 18 March (Mondays for 6 weeks).

Maitland: May 13, 20, 27, June 3,17,24 (Mondays)

Taree: 9 April - 14 May (Tuesdays for 6 weeks).

 

400 hour CPE Units

The Hunter Centre will offer 400 hour Foundational and Specialist Units (CPE 1, 2, 3) commencing in February 2024. Applications are now open for consideration  by the Centre. Acceptance in a Unit is after interview and these will be held in late October 2023. The closing date for applications is October 13 2023.

There will be a unit at the John Hunter Hospital - Unit Orientation will be over two days on Feb 16th and 17th. The remaining group meetings will be held on Friday afternoons and all day Saturday monthly until September.

The Hunter centre will also be running a unit in Port Macquarie on the following dates - Feb 23,24, March 22,23, April 26,27, May 24,25, June 21,22, July 26,27, August 23,24 and Sept 27,28

Students should be prepared to spend at least 5 hours a week in placement to attain the 160  hours required for the Unit. Placements will be negotiated with the Centre by the student on acceptance.

All enquiries and applications to The Reverend Canon Roger Zohrab

Chaplains’ Department

John Hunter Hospital

Locked Bag No 1

Hunter Region Mail Centre 2310

Separate forms for enrolment in Hunter Centre CPE 1, 2, 3 courses and enrolment in the MA (Chaplaincy)

Introductory enrolment forms will be forwarded to enquirers on request

What is the cost?

Introductory Course

$500.00

Foundational CPE 1

$2200.00

Foundational CPE 2

$2200.00

Advanced CPE

$2200.00

The above fees include the cost of the CPE certificate.

Academic Recognition

As a Member Institute of the Sydney College of Divinity, the NSW College of Clinical Pastoral Education provides Master of Arts degrees specialising in Chaplaincy and Pastoral Supervision, and gives credit for Basic and Advanced Units of CPE.

Students with a Bachelor degree or other relevant qualification may enrol in a Master of Arts (leading to a Specialisation in Chaplaincy) which is offered by the NSW College of CPE through the Sydney College of Divinity. Students undertake three core units of CPE (CPE 1, 2, 3) and receive 54 credit points, half the course work.

The remaining 54 credit points may be gained by enrolment in related courses (such as theology, Biblical studies, pastoral counselling) offered through the other member institutes of the Sydney College of Divinity.