Westmead Centre


Welcome to the Westmead Centre for Clinical Pastoral Education

Director for the Centre For Clinical Pastoral Education at Westmead Hospital
is Rev Morris Sing Key (Acting Level 3 CPE Supervisor)

Email : (msingkey@gmail.com)      mob: 0432062271

Postal Address: c/o Chaplain’s Department, Westmead Hospital, PO Box 533 Wentworthville NSW 2145

Rev Morris Sing Key  has been a Chaplain for 25 years in Sydney Hospitals and a CPE Supervisor for about 20 years. His research interests include models of Pastoral Care and Spiritual Assessment and Theological Reflection. He is an adjunct lecturer at Morling College in the Master of Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care program . Morris also is available for Professional Individual Supervision at his Office at the REN Building at Westmead Hospital.

Academic Accreditation:
As a Member Institute of the Sydney College of Divinity, the NSW College of Clinical Pastoral Education provides Master of Arts degrees specialising in Chaplaincy and Pastoral Supervision, and gives credit for Basic and Advanced Units of CPE.


(1) Introductory level (40 hours)
(2) Basic level (400 hours)
(3) Advanced level (400 hours)


This is the minimum requirement to join a hospital chaplaincy team: The introductory CPE course is suitable for lay people, theological students and clergy wanting an orientation into pastoral care in the hospital environment and also insight into the needs and vulnerability of hospital patients and their families. The principles of this course can be translated across into other Pastoral Care settings.
This course may be available over one intensive 40 hour week or one day a week over 5 weeks.

Students will also be introduced to theological reflection, spiritual assessment and pastoral care models during this course. The course will help participants become more aware of their listening and responding skills, understand the power of empathy, have a better understanding of the needs of hospital patients and provide students with an opportunity to explore and examine a case study (verbatim) of a visit to a patient by a chaplain or a CPE trainee.

The 40hr INTRODUCTORY course acts as a pre-requisite for the BASIC 400hr course and is the minimal hospital requirement for any volunteer pastoral carers to visit in NSW Hospitals.

The tuition fee in 2019 for Introductory CPE courses will be $350.00 which includes the cost of the CPE certificate. A minimum number for the course to proceed is normally 8 participants.

The Next 40hr INTRODUCTORY CPE Programs will be:

Christian Group:  Monday 14th to Friday 18th January 2019

Multi-Faith group: Monday 1st to Friday 5th July 2019

Christian Group:  Monday 8th to Friday 12th July 2019

Christian Group: On 5 consecutive Thursdays in October / November 2019 

October 24th  & 31st  & November 7th , 14th  & 21st





Please download the form, sign it and send to msingkey@gmail.com



NEW COURSE DETAILS FOR 400 Hour Basic CPE Program 2019:

There will be one course offered in Semester 1

400 hour CPE Unit Part-time Basic conducted on Wednesdays running from January – June 2019. The 3 day orientation for this course is from Mon 28th to Wed 30th  January 2019. Then we will meet each Wednesday from 8.00 am to 4.00pm until 19th June 2019

Please note that the usual pre-requisite for this course is a 40hr Introductory CPE course or its equivalent.

There will be one course offered in Semester 2

The 3 day orientation for this course is 22nd , 23rd  & 24th July 2019

Then we will meet each Wednesday from 8.00 am to 4.00pm until 11th December 2019


PLEASE NOTE, FEES FOR OUR 400-HOUR BASIC COURSES IN 2019 are $1545.00 + $50.00 (admin) + CPE Certificate ( $155.00) = Total 0f $1750.00

The Students enrolled in the MA (Chaplaincy) degree program. The unit of CPE will be $1545.00 (plus various NSW College & SCD admin fees). The Cost for an Advanced CPE Unit is TBC.


Please down load the form and send additional requirements to msingkey@gmail.com



40 Hour Introductory CPE Unit for 2018

5 Fridays in NOVEMBER 2018

2nd, 9th , 16th , 23rd and 30th

Still a few places left in program