Perth Community CPE Centre

Centre Director: Michelle Benjamin
Clinical Pastoral Educator: Helen Vester 


The Perth Community CPE Centre welcomes applications for CPE from all those interested in developing their pastoral/spiritual care skills. In 2023 we will be offering part-time CPE, in person in Perth and potentially either online or in person in a regional area.
Expressions of interest and applications are now being accepted.

If you wish to enrol in CPE for credit with the University of Divinity, please read here.
CPE could count as 1/3 of a Graduate Diploma of Pastoral Care at University of Divinity.

Please read below for CPE information and upcoming courses. Email with any questions and for an application pack.

Michelle Benjamin - Centre Director and Clinical Pastoral Educator
Qualifications: ACPEWA Clinical Pastoral Educator, Bachelor of Applied Science (Nursing Primary Care), Graduate Diploma in Christian Studies, Graduate Diploma in Spiritual Direction.

“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.”

Helen Vester - Clinical Pastoral Educator
Qualifications: ACPEWA Clinical Pastoral Educator, Bachelor of Theology (distinction), Master of Arts (Theological Studies), Graduate Diploma of Education (distinction). Bachelor of Technology (1st class honours)

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.”

CPE Semester 1A 2023

Clinical Pastoral Educator: Helen Vester
Group Work: Thursdays; 8:00am – 1:30pm most weeks, 8:00am – 4:30pm on some occasions
Mode: Online via Zoom
Applications closed

CPE Semester 1B 2023

Note date change

Clinical Pastoral Educator: Michelle Benjamin
Group Work: Mondays
Mode: In person in Como.
Applications closed


CPE Full Year 2023

Clinical Pastoral Educator: Helen Vester
Group Work: 13/14 March, 10/11 July and 27/28 Nov – in person in Perth. 20 March-26 June: fortnightly on Zoom. 17 July-1 Sept: No group days. 4 Sept-13 Nov: fortnightly on Zoom
Mode: Mix of in person and Zoom
Applications closed

CPE September 2023 start

Clinical Pastoral Educator: Helen Vester
A possible CPE group starting in September.
Please email to express interest.

CPE 2024

Clinical Pastoral Educator: Michelle Benjamin or Helen Vester
Multiple CPE programs starting in person or online; semester 1 or full-year.


Course Details (Part-time)

Facilitator:  Michelle Benjamin or Helen Vester

Dates:            See above.

Group work: 1 day/week at a Perth location, online, or at a regional location if sufficient numbers. Full year program- mostly fortnightly.

Group size:   A maximum of  6 participants will be accepted in each group.
Up to 8 participants if two facilitators present.

Individual supervision: 10 hours of individual supervision are included

Placement:  200 hours in your own pastoral context, or as arranged by the Perth Community CPE Centre.

Cost:              $2100 (plus travel supplement for regional area)
For participants enrolled through the University of Divinity (UD), UD fees will apply.
FEE Help is available for UD enrolments.

Note:              Credit towards a qualification at another academic institution to be negotiated by the applicant.

For enquiries and an application pack, please contact
Michelle Benjamin and Helen Vester