Mental Health CPE Centre

Moving from our previous base at Rozelle Hospital in 2006, we have relocated our Centre to Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital, continuing to offer Introductory and Basic (Foundational) CPE and supervised pastoral education for pastoral practitioners from all Faiths, as well as all Christian denominations. We have run CPE 1, CPE 2 and CPE 3 Units in Mental Health Ministry at Macquarie, Hornsby and Cumberland Hospitals, and Aged Care CPE at the St Basil’s Aged Care Facilities, Lakemba and Kogarah.

Over the 40 years of our Centre’s functioning, we have provided Introductory CPE for Chaplaincy and pastoral care teams throughout the State including at St Leonards for the Buddhist Council of NSW, at Waverley for the Jewish Council, and at Auburn for the Islamic Scientific and Research Academy. The Introductory programs have led to many pastors from those areas proceeding to Basic (Foundational) CPE Units at Rozelle, Macquarie, Hornsby, Lakemba, Cumberland and Auburn, as well as on Zoom specifically to accommodate remote and interstate students.

Our Supervisors

Rev. Alan Galt OAM, Centre Director, CPE Education Consultant

Mental Health Chaplain since 1971; CPE Supervisor, now Consultant, for 42 years; Grandfather; Senior Lecturer in Pastoral Theology; member of the NSW CPE College, previously Council) since 1972. Academic Dean 2008-2017; Consultant for the College’s Buddhist, Islamic, and Korean CPE Units. Teaching the 2022 on-line CPE 1, CPE 2 and CPE3 Units and the SCD Advanced Supervisory Practice Unit for CPE Supervisors.

Mrs Rosemarie Say OAM, Assistant Centre Director, CPE Educator

Began CPE Supervisory training at Rozelle Hospital (2002) Now Supervising Mental Health CPE Units at Macquarie Hospital. MA (Pastoral Supervision); Trained Psychiatric and General Nurse. Child Abuse Prevention Counsellor (7 years) Grief Support Worker (21 years) Aged Care Chaplain (5 years) Mental Health Chaplain (22 years) Co-ordinator of the Macquarie Hospital Chaplaincy Department and Pastoral Volunteers.

Mrs Heather Robinson, Provisional CPE Educator, Executive Secretary NSW CPE College

Previously Supervisor of the Korean language CPE program at at Rhodes. Supervisor of the Mental Health Ministry CPE at Cumberland Hospital in 2022 Volunteer with the Macquarie Hospital Pastoral Care Team for ten years, and with over twenty years experience in pastoral care, including in aged care and mental health ministry. Passionate about the benefits of CPE and began training as a Supervisor in 2014. Four grandchildren keep me busy and young at heart. My interests include music, poetry and gardening.

Rev. Graeme Watkins

Provisional CPE Supervisor
Trained as a Primary School Teacher 1973 - 1975
Ordained as Uniting Church Minister 1982. Father, Grandfather. Chaplain to Kinross Wolaroi UCA School 1990 - 2007
Minister Wesley Mission 2008 – 2014; Lakemba 2015 - CPE Training 2013 - 2016; MA (Chaplaincy) 2017
Provisional CPE Supervisor 2017 - Member of ARPS Committee 2020. Chair of the Mental Health CPE Centre Advisory Committee. Co-supervising the Mental Health Ministry CPE at Macquarie in 2022

Krsnangi (Kristine Darre) Provisional CPE Supervisor.

Hari Krishna Chaplain at St George Hospital and the Mental Health CPE Team; Co-supervising the Aged Care Ministry CPE Unit, based at St Basil’s Aged Care Facility, Lakemba and on Zoom; Currently caring for 2 aged parents who are reluctantly facing placement. Enjoying an on line pastoral education program from the USA. Secretary of the Mental Health CPE Centre Advisory Committee.

Mr Michael Ansky, Provisional CPE Supervisor

Uniting Church Mental Health Chaplain in the Western Sydney Health Area after 30 years working with disadvantaged and marginalised people.
Husband, father and grandfather, and co-supervisor of the New Mental Health CPE Unit at Cumberland Hospital and on Zoom.
Registrar of the Mental Health CPE Centre’s CPE programs.

Assoc Prof Salih Yucel, Provisional CPE Supervisor

Associate Professor of Islamic Studies at Charles Sturt University/Australian Catholic University. Degrees: Bachelor of Islamic Studies, Master of Theology and Doctor of Ministry.
Provisional CPE Supervisor; pioneering CPE for Islamic students in Australia, in Sydney and Melbourne and by Zoom. Grandfather, author of four books and number of articles. Lives in Melbourne.

Assoc Prof Salih Yucel, Provisional CPE Supervisor

Associate Professor of Islamic Studies at Charles Sturt University/Australian Catholic University. Degrees: Bachelor of Islamic Studies, Master of Theology and Doctor of Ministry.
Provisional CPE Supervisor; pioneering CPE for Islamic students in Australia, in Sydney and Melbourne and by Zoom. Grandfather, author of four books and number of articles. Lives in Melbourne.

Rev Sarah Moosoon Kim, Provisional CPE Supervisor

Lecturer at the Iona Columba Korean College.
Co-supervisor and Translator for the Bi-lingual Korean
Basic CPE Unit at Rhodes and by Zoom. Mentors students in their mental health placements at Concord Hospital Mental Health Centre.

What courses are offered?

1. Introductory CPE (40 hours)

We offer the standard Introductory Clinical Pastoral Education program (40 hours) This is the minimum requirement to join any hospital chaplaincy team, and we welcome people of all Faiths.
It is an introduction to the theory and practice of pastoral/spiritual care and has long been the minimum 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. A certificate is awarded on completion.

2. Foundational (Basic 400 hour) Clinical Pastoral Education in Mental Health Ministry, CPE 1, CPE 2 and CPE 3;

Learning to respond to the pastoral needs of distressed and disturbed people struggling on a journey of recovery from mental illness; and in Aged Care Ministry, an opportunity to understand and minister to people in their final, often confusing, stages of life.

CPE 1, CPE 2 and CPE 3 will be offered face to face in 2022 in Mental Health Ministry at Macquarie Hospital; and Cumberland Hospital; and by Zoom only for remote and interstate students; and face to face at Lakemba in Aged Care Ministry. If further lockdowns are necessary, the Cumberland and Lakemba Units will switch to Zoom.

The Macquarie Basic (Foundational) CPE is a unique training opportunity with a limit on numbers. Rosemarie has been involved with mental health since the 1960s. Mental Health is a demanding and sensitive, but fascinating, area to work in, and course participants will be selected carefully. We welcome all Faiths and are looking for people with a heart for mental health ministry to enhance the provision of compassionate effective pastoral care in this vital area. To start training, previous experience in mental health ministry is not necessary, but participants are introduced to the wards under close supervision. Our aim is to achieve a bonded group that will provide a safe, supportive environment resulting in optimal personal growth, learning and enjoyment for its members.

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
  • Kind hearted people with a genuine care for others
  • People interested in spiritual care in Aged Care Facilities

Virtual Hospital Wards

During the Covid Lockdowns when it was not possible to visit residents in the wards or aged care facilities, we experimented in our Zoom CPE Units with creating a library of videos of simulated interviews, in which experienced chaplains, and guests, portrayed people for the students to interview in virtual psych units and dementia wards. The recorded videos are replayed in an almost live interaction which prepares students for the challenges of the actual visiting when in can occur.

2022 Course Dates

Supervisor Course Duration Location Course or Unit

Rosemarie

Graeme

Date & Times:

25 Wednesdays, 2nd March to 21st September 2022, 8.00am to 3.00pm

Macquarie Hospital 400 hour Unit in Mental Health Ministry

Heather,

Mike and Nicola

Dates & Times:

25 Wednesdays, 4th may to 16th November 2022, 8.45am to 4.00pm

Cumberland Hospital 400 hour Unit in Mental Health Ministry

Alan and Krsnangi

Date & Times:

25 Tuesdays, 3rd May to 15th November 2022, 8.45am to 4.00pm

St Basils' Lakemba 400 hour Unit in Aged Care Ministry
Alan

Date & Times:

5th May to 17th November 2022, 1.00pm to 4.30pm

by Zoom, in Mental Health Ministry 400 hour Distance Education CPE

For Information about the Buddhist, Islamic and Korean CPE Units, please contact their relevant organisations.

What is the cost?

Foundational (Basic) CPE 1,2,3

$1,750.00

per student which included the Course Certificate Fee of $175

Introductory CPE

$200.00

$200 per student, which also includes the certificate fee of $75

For further information about the Macquarie program please contact Mrs Rosemarie Say OAM Macquarie Hospital Chaplaincy Coordinator

For further information about the Cumberland, Zoom Mental Health, and Lakemba Aged Care programs please contact the Director of the Mental Health CPE Centre

Rev. Alan Galt OAM

PO Box 469 Beecroft
NSW 2119

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, and Units of Supervisory Training, towards those degree.

Students with a Bachelor degree or other relevant qualification may enrol in:

The Sydney College of Divinity Master of Arts (leading to a specialisation in Chaplaincy) which consists of three core units of CPE (CPE 1, CPE 2, CPE 3) for 54 credit points. The remaining 54 credit points may be gained by enrolment in related courses (such as Theology, Biblical studies, Pastoral Theology and Pastoral Counselling) offered through the other member institutes of the Sydney College of Divinity.

The Sydney College of Divinity Master of Arts (leading to a specialisation in Supervision) includes the three 18 point units of Education in Supervision, plus 6 more 9 point units in related pastoral, biblical and theological studies.

Ready to enrol with NSWCCPE?

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