Registration and Certification Committee (R&C)

The Registration and Certification Committee shall consist of the Chairperson, The President of the Association (ex-officio) and not less than four members and not more that six members, at least three of whom shall be members of the Association. (Constitution, Article 16.1)

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Michelle Benjamin – Chairperson

Michelle has thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of the experiential learning model used in Clinical Pastoral Education, which has equipped her to care for a diversity of people in complex contexts.  Michelle is accredited by ACPEWA as a Level 2 Supervisor.  She has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Nursing Primary Care), and Graduate Diplomas in Christian Studies and Spiritual Direction.  She is currently Centre Director of the St John of God CPE Centre and maintains a small private practice in supervision.

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.”

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Cheryl Meta – Secretary

Cheryl holds a Bachelor of Theology with a minor in counselling. She completed units of Clinical Pastoral Education in 2007 and 2011.  Currently employed as the Pastoral Services Coordinator at St. John of God Mt. Lawley Hospital, Cheryl enjoys being an active part of the ongoing life of ACPEWA.

Geraldine Taylor

Membership Application

MEMBERSHIP is open to those who have completed at least one unit of CPE or to those who have demonstrated an interest in the work of the Association.

SUPERVISORY MEMBERSHIP is open to those accredited as a Level I CPE Supervisor or granted status to act as a Level I CPE Supervisor and having practised as a professional person in this field for at least 12 months.

FELLOWSHIP is open to those accredited as a Level III CPE Supervisor and having practised as a professional person in this field for at least 12 months.

HONORARY FELLOWSHIP is open to those recommended by the Management Committee and approved by the AGM for having made an outstanding contribution to CPE in WA.

Full details of membership criteria can be found in the Constitution.

To download an Application for New Membership Form, please click here,

Royal Perth Hospital CPE Centre Report

FEBRUARY 2017

 “If you can do pastoral care at Royal Perth, you can do it anywhere”, or so said one of our 2016 graduates.  The RPH environment continues to stimulate and challenge our CPE students, where they encounter people suffering intensely through illness, injury, violence, addiction, isolation, homelessness, loss—indeed the full gamut of human experience.  Our students also encounter fantastic acts of heroism, bravery, resilience and healing among the patients and their loved ones whom they serve, and the clinicians and support staff alongside whom they provide compassionate and effective care.  Having completed my second year of service at RPH, I consider it an honour and privilege to serve within this venerable institution, to accompany our students through their CPE journeys, and to celebrate with many of our graduates as they begin careers as spiritual care professionals.

Like every other program at RPH, CPE has had to become leaner, more efficient, and more focused on long-term sustainability.  We no longer have an administrative assistant; the unexpected blessing in this is that CPE has become more integrated into the operations of the hospital system.  It is gratifying count as partners staff from a variety of departments and services.  Another result has been the automation of our administrative functions, for example on-line application and pre-enrolment processes.  Our applicants seem to be quite satisfied with the clarity and user-friendliness of these processes.

As anticipated in my report last year, CPE has been tasked with creating additional revenue streams, deepening our collaboration with education programs within and beyond the hospital, and offering our services to a wider audience.  Our new reporting relationship within “Consumer Engagement” has heightened our program’s visibility, and has opened the door for us to initiate new venues of spiritual care for staff, including an annual staff event we call “Blessing of the Work of Your Hands”, the creation of a quiet meditative space in the new staff lounge, and the provision of wellbeing programs for medical interns.

The CPE adjunct faculty team now includes approximately twenty experts in a variety of clinical, spiritual, and human service fields from throughout the hospital and WA; these professionals are providing excellent theoretical material which the students apply in their clinical practice, as well as the beginning of a professional network for our graduates.  After a very successful trial of a “Bush CPE” experience, we have incorporated a multi-day camping experience into most of our programs, during which students face a variety of problem solving and team building opportunities, present their midterm evaluations, and deepen their bonds as a community of practice.  One student said it well:  “We left as four individuals; we returned as a group.”  Another reflected, “In sleeping on the ground I faced my worst fears.  When I returned to the hospital I wasn’t so scared of the patients and staff.”

I am grateful for the people whose hard work and partnership makes CPE what it is at RPH:  Todd Gogol (Director, Consumer Engagement), Rich Read (Coordinator, Pastoral Care), Helen Vester (Acting Level 1 Supervisor), and Tim, Geraldine, Pep, Ken, Francis, Arnel, and all the other RPH Chaplains, and John Barendrecht and other leaders within the Uniting Church who make my employment here in Australia possible.  The challenges, support, freedom, and creativity I experience in my role as CPE Centre Director at RPH has been a gift which I do not take for granted.  I look forward to many years of service and ministry in this role.

Respectfully Submitted,

Michael Hertz, Centre Director

 

Management Committee Members

The Management Committee must consist of at least eight committee member which includes the office bearers (Constitution, Article 11.2)

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President – Michelle Benjamin

Michelle has thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of the experiential learning model used in Clinical Pastoral Education, which has equipped her to care for a diversity of people in complex contexts.  Michelle is accredited by ACPEWA as a Level 2 Supervisor.  She has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Nursing Primary Care), and Graduate Diplomas in Christian Studies and Spiritual Direction.  She is currently the Centre Director of the St John of God CPE Centre and maintains a small private practice in supervision.  Michelle finds renewal in gardening, reading, music, walking, being part of a church community, friends and her grandchildren.

Treasurer – 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.”

 

Vice President – position vacant

 Secretary – Cheryl Meta

Cheryl holds a Bachelor of Theology with a minor in counselling. She completed units of Clinical Pastoral Education in 2007 and 2011. Currently employed as the Pastoral Services Coordinator at St. John of God Mt. Lawley Hospital, Cheryl enjoys being an active part of the ongoing life of ACPEWA.

 

Member – Rani Wood

Member – Dean Griffiths

Member – Sarah Simpson