This unit builds on the foundational CPE unit, DP9100S, Clinical Pastoral Education Level 1. To gain certification as having completed a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at this Advanced Level the Candidate will be required to meet with a selected panel of professional people including representatives of pastoral, supervisory and theological traditions. The panel's task is to ensure the Candidate for Advanced Level Certification is competent in all four phases of the experiential cycle of learning. The Candidate for CPE Advanced Certification is required to engage in pastoral ministry in ways that demonstrate competence in each phase of the cycle of learning at an Advanced Level. At this meeting the Candidate will be required through prepared documents and personal interview to demonstrate concrete experience, reflective observation, pastoral and theological conceptualisation and active experimentation. At the Advanced Level freedom to depart responsibly from a Level 1 format is important, as is the Candidate’s personal security in the absence of well-defined roles and boundaries.

Unit Code: DP9273S

Points: 48.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Stirling Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Develop goals to extend their “learning edges” in this area


Begin, develop and conclude pastoral interactions with people with varied experiences in creative and integrated ways


Identify and respond to the person's spiritual needs and resources in ways that contribute to the person's wellbeing


Engage professionally with inter-disciplinary staff and confront hard choices of truth and power appropriately


Reflect on their experience of spiritual care in their writing, with a group of peers and with their supervisor as they work towards their goals and objectives


Critically reflect upon the particulars of their encounters and pastoral experience in the light of general spiritual/theological themes and concepts.


Demonstrate a strong awareness of their identity as a spiritual carer and articulate a preferred style of practice, assessing its appropriateness, strengths and limitations.


Identify, develop and integrate general pastoral principles from reflection on their pastoral practice


Consider and adopt a variety of pastoral stances and strategies pertinent to the professional practice of pastoral care

Unit sequence

DP8273Z or foundational unit of CPE completed before 31 December 2014 AND Permission to undertake the CPE Unit at Advanced Level from the CPE Centre Director prior to enrolment.


Supervised peer group review of presentations of spiritual care and other materials Individual supervision Group didactic sessions Presentation to Accreditation Panel


Description Weight (%)

Statement of Learning Goals (200 words)


Reports of spiritual care with people (8 of) (approx. 6000 words)


Faith/spirituality and ministry story (min 100 words)


Case study (2500 words)


Mid term evaluation paper (2500 words)


Final evaluation paper (2500 words)


Essay (1500 words)


Presentation to Panel (EACH learning outcome MUST be demonstrated clearly and competently for this task to be passed)


Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 16 Oct, 2019

Unit Record last updated: 2019-10-31 11:29:20 +1100