Review Committees – 2016

Review Committee Candidates Wendy Mckay (WA); Liz Dyson (SA); Barbara Hall (NSW); Jenni Wegener (Vic); Val Riches (NZ); Judith Dunbar (NSW); Kath McLean (NZ).
Review Committee Candidates
Wendy Mckay (WA); Liz Dyson (SA); Barbara Hall (NSW); Jenni Wegener (Vic); Val Riches (NZ); Judith Dunbar (NSW); Kath McLean (NZ).

 

Seven supervisors presented to review committees at the 2016 ANZACPE Conference.

Four of these (Liz Dyson, Barbara Hall, Wendy McKay, and Val Riches) were seeking accreditation as Level II CPE Supervisors; two of them (Judith Dunbar and Kath McLean) presented for re-accreditation at Level II, and Jenni Wegener presented for re-accreditation at Level III.

All candidates were successful, and the Association congratulates these people on their wonderful achievements.

The CPE review process is a rigorous, professional undertaking, demanding of all candidates a high level of ability to demonstrate their effectiveness as pastoral practitioners, CPE supervisors, and CPE educators.

In accord with the unique CPE approach to learning, the entire review process is based upon each candidate’s demonstrated experiences as a pastoral person, supervisor and educator, and upon their capacity to reflect upon those experiences in a personal, professional and theological/spiritual framework.

Each candidate spends considerable time and energy in writing up extensive materials for review (as prescribed in the Association Standards). In the lead-up to review, the Association sets up a review committee panel of five supervisors for each candidate, and the candidate forwards their material to their particular committee two weeks prior to review. Thus, by the time the candidate and committee meet there has already been extensive reflection upon the materials presented.

The day of review typically occupies 3-4 hours of quite intensive inter-action between the candidate and committee members. The intention of this time together is to tease out, expand upon and further explore the various important themes and growth areas within the supervisor’s practice. And at the end of that time, based upon the total review experience, the committee makes its affirmations and recommendations.

After all that is concluded, a report is submitted by each review committee to the ANZACPE Professional Standards Committee, which ensures that all due processes have been properly followed, and which then endorses or not the committee’s findings. And, finally, the results of the review are forwarded to the candidate’s local Association for their endorsement.

A successful review process is, without a doubt, a cause for celebration by all who participate in it.


73561861Note: All necessary information for applying for a review committee is available under the Resource menu on this website, and can also be accessed by clicking here.

 

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Move towards common Standards

Working on the Standards!
Working on the Standards!

One of the exciting initiatives from this year’s ANZACPE Conference (see the fuller report under the Conference menu of this website) was the decision by conference to work towards common Standards for CPE across the whole of Australia and New Zealand.

At present each Association develops and modifies, as necessary, its own Standards. This task is usually taken with reference to the Standards of other Associations, and this ensures a central and embracing agreement between the Standards of the various Associations. However, this method of developing Standards means there is a lot of duplicated and probably unnecessary duplication of effort around the Standards. It also at times leads to a certain amount of niggling and again unnecessary little differences across the various Associations.

Thus, it is seen as beneficial to the CPE movement in Australasia to develop a common set of Standards for our region, and including all levels of CPE (from 1st-unit students through to Level III supervisors).

However, the Conference recognised that Associations and Centres do develop CPE programs in a wide variety of ways. Therefore, the decision to work towards commonality was made with the understanding that such Standards and Guidelines are to be broad enough to allow room for individual Associations to shape CPE according to their varying needs, and yet prescriptive enough to provide a united and cohesive understanding and practice of CPE among us.

One person who will have a special interest in - but also a special responsibility for - work on the Standards is Allison Whitby. Allison is the chairperson of the ANZACPE Professional Standards Committee, and is caught here during a more relaxed moment of the Conference.
One person who will have a special interest in – but also a special responsibility for – work on the Standards is Allison Whitby. Allison is the chairperson of the ANZACPE Professional Standards Committee, and is pictured here during a more relaxed moment of the Conference.

This is an incredibly challenging undertaking, and will be the main agenda item of the Executive Committee in the next year. The hope is that a working draft of these Standards will be ready for the 2017 Conference in Perth.

 

Leadership change

Judith Peterkin and John McAlpine
Judith Peterkin and John McAlpine

There was change at the top at the ANZACPE Conference in September.

John McAlpine, president of the Association for the past two years, stepped aside as his allotted time in that position ended, and Judith Peterkin was elected as the new president. John remains on the executive committee, however, as the immediate past president.

In terms of geographic positioning, John and Judith could not be further apart in ANZACPE. John comes from Auckland, New Zealand, where he has served as a CPE supervisor and administrator for many years. Judith lives in Perth, and – like John – has also worked as a supervisor and administrator in the WA CPE Association.

However, in their service within the CPE community the distance between them is much less, and they work happily and positively together as leaders within ANZACPE. The Association thanks John for his calm and astute leadership of the past years, and wishes Judith well in her new role.

The new vice-president of the Association is Bernadette Wurlod, from Victoria.