Our Supervisors

Michelle Benjamin

Michelle is a Clinical Pastoral Educator, 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 of the Perth Community 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.”

Michael Hertz

Michael is a Clinical Pastoral Educator, 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 Clinical Pastoral 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.”

Judith Peterkin

Judith is a Clinical Pastoral Educator, 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 a Clinical Pastoral Educator, enjoying helping others to discover and form their pastoral identity.

Bachelor of Theology (distinction), Master of Arts (Theological Studies), Graduate Diploma of Education (distinction), Bachelor of Technology (1st class honours)

: Helen is a CPE Educator at the Royal Perth Hospital CPE Centre, running part-time CPE courses, a Senior Pastoral Practitioner at St John of God Murdoch Hospital and provides private professional supervision to people working in pastoral care and ministry roles, or in training. She is a supervisory member of ACPEWA and Secretary to ANZACPE – the Australia and New Zealand Association for Clinical Pastoral Education.

“I am passionate about helping people form their unique pastoral identity, informed by their understanding of faith, sources of meaning, purpose and connectedness in life and desire to journey with others through difficult circumstances. I utilise an adult education model grounded in theory, research, self-reflection and experience of the living human document.”

Contact Details: helenvester@yahoo.com.au

Location: Attadale