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Professional Development

Spiritual Health Association 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 (SHA)
Alison Powell (SHA)
David Glenister (ASACPEV)
Cheryl Williams (SCA Vic)
Danielle Moore (SCA Vic)
Ann Anderson (PD Program Rep)
Pauline Nash (PD Program Rep)
Hojun Futen (Buddhist Council of Victoria)
TBA (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 Facilitated Discussion Groups - small groups coordinated by ASACPEV Supervisors and others experienced in group facilitation to discuss the morning education session, and any implications for work practice.
*  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 office:

    Click here for the full PD Program Calendar and Presenter Biographical Details 2019

    PD Program Registration Form July 2019 PD Program Registration Form July 2019 (270 KB)

    PD Program Single Month Registration Form July 2019 PD Program Single Month Registration Form July 2019 (206 KB)

         March PowerPoint Presentation - Professor Lynn Gillam - Ethical Decision making

         April PowerPoint Presentation - Dr Alan Gijsbers - Spiritual Care for people with addictions

         May PowerPoint Presentation - Kāren Lunney - What's in a Name?


    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.


    Register of Supervisors July 2019 Register of Supervisors July 2019 (171 KB)




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