Welcome to the Gosford Hospital Centre for CPE. This Centre provides Courses in CPE that focus on the provision of pastoral care in an acute-care hospital. Both the CPE Introductory Unit (40 hours) and the Basic Unit (400 hours) are offered. In most cases the Introductory Unit is a requirement to continue to the Basic Unit of study. In the Basic Unit trainees gain experience in pastorally caring for patients in different wards or day therapy rooms at Gosford Hospital.
ACTING CENTRE DIRECTOR Ms Gwen Vale (Level II) has been supervising with the NSW College of CPE since 2008. Gwen has pastoral experience at both the parish level and at the John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle. She has a degree in Theology from Charles Sturt University and a particular interest in ecumenical dialogue and its role in pastoral theology and practice.
GOSFORD HOSPITAL CO-ORDINATING CHAPLAIN Rev'd Frank Wortley (Acting Level I) has had extensive supervisory experience as a Chaplain in the Armed Forces. He is passionate about the need to have well-trained volunteers working in the hospital as pastoral carers and visitors and welcomes the opportunity for volunteers to train with the College in 2015.
COURSES OFFERED IN 2015
This 40 hour course prepares volunteers who want to pastorally care for patients as hospital visitors. It provides the minimum requirement for all authorised visiting within NSW Health Department Facilities.
Topics discussed include the ethos of pastoral care, listening skills, self-awareness, grief and loss issues, wellness, hospital protocols, role-plays of visiting and discovering our spirituality.
AN INTRODUCTORY UNIT WILL COMMENCE ON WEDNESDAY, 21ST OCTOBER AT THE NARARA UNITING CHURCH AND WILL CONTINUE WEEKLY UNTIL 25TH NOVEMBER.
APPLICATION FORMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE FROM GWEN VALE (firstname.lastname@example.org)
This 400 hour course allows trainees to engage in active listening at the bed-side with patients, to reflect on the conversation in either a group situation or privately with their supervisor, then to carry the learning from these encounters to the next conversation with a patient.
Two Basic Units are planned for 2016, both commencing in February.
One will be held over 6 months with group work each Wednesday. This unit will require a commitment of about an additional 8 hours a week spent in conversation with patients.
The second will be an Extended Unit meeting once a month on a Friday afternoon and all day Saturday for 10 months. Trainees will need to to spend about 4 hours a week in the hospital visiting.
Expressions of interest are now being encouraged and interviews will be held in December this year following the Introductory Unit.
COURSES AT WYONG HOSPITAL__
It is hoped to begin CPE courses at Wyong Hospital towards the middle of next year.