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Clinical Pastoral Education (Specialist)

Building on previous CPE studies, this unit allows the student to extend their skills into specialized contexts, such as aged care, mental health, palliative care and rehabilitation, community-based care, criminal justice, schools or the military.  This specialist context will create a platform for further pastoral and theological development.


Offered: Refer to Timetable

Postgraduate: Level 9 elective 

Discipline: DP Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies


DP9100S Clinical Pastoral Education Level 1

This unit is available for students either after Level 1 or after Level 2 in order to develop their skills.

Students would be able to do CPE Level 1, CPE Specialist and CPE Level 2 as part of a progression, although this may need to be across different awards.


Learning Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. develop goals for their learning which identify their learning edges in a specialist area;
  2. begin, develop and conclude pastoral interactions in the specialist area;
  3. identify and respond to a person’s spiritual needs and resources in their specific context;
  4. demonstrate a sustained capacity to engage with inter-disciplinary staff;
  5. reflect upon their experience of spiritual care in writing, with a group of peers and with their supervisor;
  6. articulate an understanding of spiritual and theological frameworks in their encounters;
  7. demonstrate how the insights gained from theological/spiritual reflection can be incorporated into current and future spiritual care practice; articulate their identity and style of practice as a spiritual carer appropriate to the specialist area.


Report (6000 words) 30%
Journal (1000 words) 10%
Case Study (2500 words) 10%
Summative Reflection – mid-unit (2500 words) 15%
Summative Reflection – end-of-unit (2500 words) 20%
Essay (1500 words) 15%

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*Recommended reading

(No particular readings are set for this unit)