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Professional Development

Spiritual Health Victoria (SHV) supports the ongoing professional development of spiritual care practitioners, hospital chaplains and volunteer pastoral care workers from a diverse range of faith and professional health backgrounds.

We provide a monthly Professional Development Program (PD Program) for Spiritual Care Practitioners that includes education and supervision. This is in partnership with Spiritual Care Australia Victoria (SCA Vic) - the professional association for this sector, and the Association for Supervised Clinical Pastoral Education in Victoria Incorporated (ASACPEV).

Program management is through our active steering committee, composed of
Heather Tan (SHV)
Alison Powell (SHV)
Shirley Nash (ASACPEV)
David Glenister (ASACPEV)
Cheryl Williams (SCA Vic)
Danielle Moore (SCA Vic)
Gordon Wegener (PD Program Rep)
Hojun Futen (Buddhist Council of Victoria)
Manal Shehab (Islamic Council of Victoria)

The PD Program is held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at different hospitals, and features:

  • Guest educators on a diverse range of issues pertinent to spiritual care
  • Afternoon clinical supervision by supervisors approved by ASACPEV Inc.
  • Casual facilitated afternoon discussion groups for casual and institutional registrants
  • Guided prayer and reflection (in keeping with a multi-faith focus)
  • Morning tea and lunch.

Call us for more information on (03) 8415 1144 or email our Manager- Education and Research:

Click here for the full PD Program Calendar and Presenter Biographical Details 2018

     March PowerPoint Presentation Mary Draper: Voluntary Assisted Dying in Victoria

     April PowerPoint Presentation Cheryl Holmes: New directions for spiritual care in Victoria: What’s the plan?

     May Presentation notes Richard Mallaby: Therapeutic Landscapes and Nature in Healing and the Provision of Spiritual Care
          Extra sources: Grey, Mary C. Sacred Longings: The Ecological Spirit and Global Culture (Augsberg Fortress: 2004)
         Cooper Marcus, Clare and Saches, Naomi A. Therapeutic Landscapes: An Evidence-Based Approach to Designing Healing Gardens and Restorative Outdoor Spaces (Wiley:201

      June PowerPoint Presentation Arati Vidyasagar:  Cross-Cultural Considerations for the Ageing
         Extra sources: Death of a Partner - A practical guide for partners and family
                                 Safeguarding the End of the Rainbow - A guide to help LGBTI people to plan an end of life of their choice

       September PowerPoint Presentation Julie Young and Cath Slarks: Facilitating Spiritual Care Groups
         Extra sources: Making sense of my journey booklet


PD Program Registration Form 2018 PD Program Registration Form 2018 (60 KB)

PD Program Single Month Registration Form 2018 PD Program Single Month Registration Form 2018 (42 KB)



Provision of spiritual care in healthcare contexts is complex and demanding work. In many interactions, a spiritual carer will find that their own existential and spiritual issues are triggered, as they attend to those of the person(s) they are caring for. The carer her/himself is the main resource that is engaged in providing spiritual care, and the responsive listening that is required in spiritual care can be very costly and draining for the carer. Self-care is a high priority responsibility for all who are engaged in this work, and one of the most effective ways to ensure this self-care is to undertake regular professional supervision. It is also important to attend to the professional responsibility to be accountable in this work, and to ensure that continuing learning and development is maximised through reflective practice. Regular professional supervision can contribute strongly to these aspects of responsibility.

Download: Guidelines

A list of accredited Supervisors has been compiled and is available to download. All these Supervisors meet the Guidelines and carry insurance cover.


If you would like to add your name to the list of accredited Supervisors please complete the form below.

Registration of ability to supervise Registration of ability to supervise (45 KB)


Register of Supervisors November 2018 Register of Supervisors November 2018 (486 KB)




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