The History of CPE in Qld

‘Consultation on Clinical Pastoral Education’ was the theme of a meeting held at St. Francis College on January 31, 1967.  Convening this meeting was a group called ‘the Clergy-Doctor Group of Brisbane’, who consisted of members from various groups attempting to fulfil the needs of theological students and full time pastoral workers to have some understanding of the medical and psychological issues which impact on pastoral work.

As we know, CPE had its beginnings in the USA when the Rev. Anton Boisen saw a similar need after he endured some time in hospital as a patient.  About 1925 he conceived the phase “Living Human Documents” and this has continued to this day to be a basic concept for clinical education for Pastoral Associates.

That 1967 “Consultation’ in Qld was the starting point for all the effort and organisation which went into that first CPE course which commenced in June 1970. But between 1967-69 that effort included appointing a steering committee which made a study of CPE courses in Australia and overseas before it prepared a draft Constitution. The greatest recommendation was the establishing of a more substantial supervised course for training parish clergy of various denominations and pastoral workers for students and supervisors.

QICPE has come a long way since those tentative but significant beginnings. In 1983 a major change took place culminating in a CPE course that set in place the process we recognize today; but CPE has continued to grow and develop to be one of the finest training programmes in experiential learning available to Pastoral Care Associates.

The Institute became an incorporated body on the 25 June 1990 and a member organisation of the Australian New Zealand Association for Clinical Pastoral Education at its inauguration on 29 June 1990.

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Word Document:  QICPE Application 2024



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International Students (those currently living outside Australia):

Owing to additional processing requirements and the potential of other challenges, all international student applicants must contact the secretary, Annie, at at least 3 months prior to the closing date for applications for the selected CPE Unit.  International applications should only be sent after contacting the QICPE Secretary and receiving a go-ahead to commence the application process.



*Please note this list is not exhaustive and may be changed.

** Because of the nature of the CPE group process, class sizes are limited to a minimum of 3 students and a maximum of 6 students.  Therefore, potential students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.



Total Course costs - $2450 (Increasing to $2650 in 2025)***  

  • Application and Processing fee - $50 ($51 if paying by credit card) (due with written application and BEFORE the interview.  Non-refundable.  N.B.  The application fee is course location specific and supervisor specific.  If you withdraw your application after an interview, any further applications to a CPE course require a new application and processing fee to be paid.)
  • Acceptance of Course offer- $200 ($204 if paying by credit card) (due after interview and before course starts.  Non-refundable.)
  • Course fee - $2200 ($2239 if paying by credit card) (due before the fourth day of the course after which time it is non-refundable.  The course fee includes one year's membership to QICPE Inc.) 

*** Subject to change with notice.  Pensioners and volunteers may apply for a $300 discount if needed.

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