Registration and Certification Committee (R&C)

The Registration and Certification (R&C) Committee is a sub-committee of the ACPEWA Management Committee. It is delegated responsibility for the aspects of ACPEWA’s business related to maintaining standards for CPE Centres, programs, supervisors and educators and for aspects of accreditation. The Chair of the Registration and Certification Committee meets regularly with others from within ANZACPE as part of the ANZACPE Professional Standards Committee. If you are interested to understand more about the standards we work to, or are interested to learn how to become a Clinical Pastoral Supervisor or Educator, please ask for the contact details of the R&C Committee Chair.



Helen Vester – Chairperson

Helen utilises a strengths based approach in her roles as a Provisional Clinical Pastoral Education Consultant and professional supervisor in private practice. She holds a Bachelor of Theology (distinction), Master of Arts (Theological Studies), Graduate Diploma of Education (distinction) and Bachelor of Technology (1st class honours). Helen seeks to widen her experience and knowledge through membership of ACPEWA, ANZACPE (Australia and New Zealand Association of Clinical Pastoral Education) Ltd and AAOS (Australasian Association of Supervision). Helen’s background is as a Hospital Pastoral Practitioner, Prison Chaplain and High School Teacher.  She currently facilitates CPE programs for the Perth Community CPE Centre and the Queensland Institute for CPE, as well as co-facilitating a theory unit for Sydney College of Divinity. She is also an adjunct lecturer (CPE) for University of Divinity.


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 Clinical Pastoral Educator.  She has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Nursing Primary Care), and Graduate Diplomas in Christian Studies and Spiritual Direction.  She is currently Centre Director for Perth Community CPE Centre and maintains a small private practice in supervision.

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. She has a Diploma in Pastoral Studies, Bachelor of Theology and  Masters in Social Science (Counselling). She is also a licensed Anglican priest in the Diocese of Perth.


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.  Cheryl recently retired from her role as Pastoral Services Coordinator at St. John of God Mt. Lawley Hospital. Cheryl enjoys being an active part of the ongoing life of ACPEWA.