This unit is offered at Postgraduate level, but Undergraduate students may enrol in it.



Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is recognised as an educational experience and a dimension of Christian pastoral ministry. Through supervised encounters with people, and the feedback from peers and the people to whom ministry is offered, students develop new awareness of their own humanity and of the needs of those to whom they minister. From theological reflection on specific human situations, they gain new understanding of the human situation.



One unit in Biblical Studies, Systematic Theology and Pastoral Theology & Ministry Studies



At present CPE programmes are available in several centres in Victoria:

Alfred & Community CPE Centre – 9076 3138;

Austin Hospital CPE Centre –

Based at Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital – 9496 2895;

Barwon Health, Geelong Hospital – 5222 4212  or  0409 255 146;

Mercy Centre – Mercy Hospital for Women – 8458 4688;

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre – 9656 1301

Royal Melbourne Hospital – 9342 2155

Southern Health CPE Programme –

Monash Clayton, Pastoral Care Office – 9594 2332

Casey Berwick – 8768 1583

Uniting CPE – the John Paver Centre – 9251 5489




Contact should be made to the association of supervisors in other States or New Zealand for alternatives outside Victoria.


Admission to these units is by selection on the basis of written application and personal interview. Preference may be given to students who have completed two or three years of theological education. Concurrent enrolment in the unit through YTU, as well as through the CPE provider is essential for credit to be obtained.


Contact for application forms should be made to individual Centres. Further information is available on website



Each unit consists of 400 hours of supervised learning in pastoral ministry for a group of between three and six peers, including ten hours of individual supervision, sixty hours of peer group supervision and 150 hours in the practice of pastoral ministry.  60 hours are allocated for personal written reflection on experience and written unit requirements. The unit can be completed over a minimum of ten and a maximum of forty-four weeks.



Progress is assessed by the Clinical Supervisor and will include written reports, case studies, evaluations and theological reflections.