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Clinical Pastoral Education

Uniting CPE – The John Paver Centre is one of 11 Supervised/Clinical Pastoral Education Centres in Victoria.

Traditionally associated with hospital settings, the Centre offers the same accreditation to people engaged in a range of community-based pastoral care roles, either as an employee or volunteer.

Participants are placed in diverse settings, such as prisons, forensic and community mental health, disability, schools, aged care, congregations and hospitals.

Supervised/Clinical Pastoral Education (SPE/CPE) is a rigorous action-reflection process of education focused on enhancing pastoral identity, skills and responsiveness. Feedback and learning is gained from small-group peer interaction and individual supervision.

Established in 2010, the Centre is named in honour of Rev Prof John Paver, who was passionate about CPE as a means of personal and professional formation for ministry. He was Director of Ministry Studies at the Melbourne College of Divinity and, in 1993, was appointed Professor of Ministry with the Uniting Church Theological Hall.

The Centre is registered with the Association for Supervised and Clinical Pastoral Education in Victoria (ASACPEV) and its programs are run in conjunction with the equipping Leadership for Mission division of the Synod of Victoria and Tasmania.



For information about program schedules and placements, contact Centre Director Andy Calder on 0417562556 or at [email protected]

Participants are required to supply evidence of an agency or organisation’s support for the duration of a placement. By negotiation, an on-site Administrative Supervisor will also be appointed.

Applications are welcome from students pursuing academic studies with the University of Divinity.

For more information regarding UD/CPE accreditation and processes, contact Allison Whitby, Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Program Director, School of Professional Practice, University of Divinity on +61 3 9853 3177 or [email protected]


Admission requirements

  • Submit a written application, including referees and placement arrangements
  • Be available for a potential interview
  • Sign a Code of Ethics Agreement



An SPE/CPE graduate is accredited with one unit (either Level 1 or Level 2) by ASACPEV. University of Divinity students gain credit according to undergraduate or post-graduate enrolment.


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