Our Supervisors

Michelle Benjamin

Michelle is a Level 2 Supervisor, having been awarded her credential in 2015.

Academic: Bachelor of Applied Science (Nursing Primary Care), Graduate Diploma in Christian Studies, Graduate Diploma in Spiritual Direction.

Professional:  Michelle is the Centre Director for the St John of God Health Care CPE Centre.  She also maintains an independent supervisory practice.  She is an active and committed member of ACPEWA, having served as Vice President, President and Secretary of the Management Committee and Chair of the Registration and Certification Committee.

“Supervision of another who is testing a call to furthering their development as a pastoral person and professional is a privilege.  As I accompany another in this journey, I work in such a way that the term “The Living Human Document” can become more real and appreciated.”


Dianne Bertolino

Diane is an Acting Level 2 Supervisor.  She is not currently engaged in supervisory practice.

Academic:  Diane has a Doctorate in Philosophy, a Master of Theology, a Master of Divinity and a Bachelor of Arts.

Professional:  Diane serves as Head of the Chaplaincy and Spiritual Services Department at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and Queen Elizabeth II Medical Centre.

“The unique experiential learning facets of Clinical Pastoral Education uncover many aspects of self-discovery.  My supervisory style is to accompany the student through the discovery process—mentoring, challenging and helping them to see and to process what they are discovering in a safe environment where they set the agenda.  I believe it is the supervisor’s role to create an environment that is conducive to learning about one’s self and one’s professional practice, and the impact of that practice on other people.”

Michael Hertz

Michael is an Acting Level 3 Supervisor, who is learning the Western Australian culture and context after supervising in American healthcare systems since the early 1990’s.

Academic: Bachelor of Science (Bacteriology), Master of Divinity

Professional:  Director of The Centre for Clinical Pastoral Education at Royal Perth Hospital

“I seek to ground all aspects of my practice in theory, including human and personality development, group dynamics and process, ethics, psycho/social/spiritual assessment, reflective practice and mindfulness.  I incorporate expressive arts along with healing rituals from a variety of cultures and spiritualities into the curriculum.  The human brain learns best through play, therefore I seek to create a stimulating and creative learning environment.  My deepest satisfaction is witnessing professional development in my students, which I measure in terms of deepened awareness of their strengths and limitations, heightened emotional and relational intelligence, increased compassion, and enhanced competence in providing effective care for those in spiritual distress.”

Pat Kelly

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Pat is a Level I Supervisor, ACPEWA’s first in regional Western Australia.

Academic:  Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Graduate Diploma in Counselling, Diploma in Frontline Management, Diploma in Theology.

Professional:  Pat is the Pastoral Services Manager at St. John of God Hospital in Bunbury.

“I have worked in healthcare for over forty years, during which time I have become a passionate supporter of the Clinical Pastoral Education model of learning.  As a supervisor, I use a transformational teaching and learning model, and I mentor students in such a way that allows for self-discovery and reflective practice.  It is satisfying to see the resulting skilled practitioners providing compassionate care at the bedside.”

Wendy McKay

Wendy is an Level 2 Supervisor at St. John of God Health Care.

Academic:  Diploma of Teaching, Graduate Diploma in Special Education, Bachelor of Theology

Professional:  Senior Pastoral Practitioner at St. John of God Hospital Murdoch

My CPE supervisory philosophy is that people engaged in CPE can explore their story alongside the story of another. People are living human documents from which we can learn.  The intersecting space of one’s own story, emotions, skills, values, beliefs and theology opens up the conversation for us to learn from where these attributes may sit similarly or differently from another to whom we offer pastoral ministry. From our new understandings we can explore together how this may assist or hinder our attempts to offer pastoral presence in hearing and sitting alongside another at often vulnerable times in their lives.  The CPE group model of adult learning is an educational space which is safe enough yet also trusting enough to wonder, explore, learn and grow together using different learning strategies to enable us to become stronger in our own pastoral identity, in the pastoral competencies we use and in understanding the pastoral theological stance from which we live in the world.  Each CPE group is a new opportunity to see people grow and it is a privilege to work in this context.

Judith Peterkin

Judith is a Level 2 Supervisor, now retired after twenty-five years as the Director of Clinical Pastoral Education at Royal Perth Hospital.

Academic:  Diploma in Pastoral Studies, Bachelor of Theology, Masters in Social Science (Counselling)

Professional:  Judith is an accredited Level 2 clinical pastoral supervisor and a supervisory member of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ANZACPE).  She is also an honorary fellow of ACPEWA and President of the ANZACPE.  Judith is a licensed Anglican priest in the Diocese of Perth.

“Within my small supervisory practice, I function as an independent CPE supervisor with a reflective focus on pastoral and supervisory identity.”

Helen Vester

Helen is an Acting Level 1 Supervisor studying the art and science of supervision at Royal Perth Hospital.

Academic: Bachelor of Technology, Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education, Master of Arts in Theological Studies, Bachelor of Theology (in progress)

Professional:  Helen works as a Senior Pastoral Practitioner at St. John of God Hospital in Murdoch.  She has previous experience in prison chaplaincy. “I offer students a framework in which they can offer intentional spiritual care, rather than just a friendly chat. Many hospital patients are not religious, so I encourage students to embrace a postmodern world where many people encounter spiritual distress from within a non, or minimally religious, framework. I want students to build confidence offering clients an opportunity to experience the sacred.  As St Francis of Assisi is quoted to have said “Preach the Gospel at all times. When necessary use words.”  In my supervisory relationship with each student, I endeavour to balance affirmation and encouragement with challenge to new learning. I am convinced that CPE is a path towards maximum growth and learning.”