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 recently returned from Jakarta Indonesia where he spent 2 years with a private Christian University UPH (Universitas Pelita Harapan) as Chaplain to the Medical Sciences Group and Associate Professor in the Medical Faculty lecturing in DPES (Doctor / Patient / Ethics and Society) to medical students in Pastoral Care and Compassion, Listening and Responding with Empathy Skills etc.

Morris 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.

Consultant CPE Supervisor
Diana Davidson (Level 3 CPE Supervisor): (Diana.Davidson@health.nsw.gov.au)

Mrs Diana Davidson is a Level 3 CPE Supervisor and Pastoral Educator.
She has a background in physiotherapy. She did her CPE training at Royal North Shore Hospital, and later was the Pastoral Counsellor for the Intensive Care Unit for ten years. On moving to the Central Coast she became Chaplain for Long Jetty and Woy Woy Hospitals where she lives. She loves to walk to the beach and have a swim. She has three adult children and six grandchildren. She loves her involvement with CPE supervision. Her adult children comment that she has got retirement all wrong.

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 2018 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 8 participants.

The Next 40hr INTRODUCTORY CPE Programs will be:

Multi-Faith group: Monday 2nd to Friday 6th July 2018

Christian Group:  Monday 9th to Friday 14th July 2018

Christian Group: On 5 consecutive Fridays in November:  2, 9, 16, 23, 30 


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NEW COURSE DETAILS FOR 400 Hour Basic CPE Program 2018:

There will be one course offered in Semester 1

400 hour CPE Unit Part-time Basic conducted on Tuesdays running from January – June 2018. The 3 day orientation for this course is from Mon 29th to Wed 31st January 2018. Then we will meet each Tuesday from 8.00 am to 4.00pm until 19th June 2018

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 23rd, 24th and 25th July 2018

Then we will meet each Tuesday from 8.00 am to 4.00pm until 11th December 2018


PLEASE NOTE, FEES FOR OUR 400-HOUR BASIC COURSES IN 2018 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.