ICPCC Conference – 2019

Welcome to the 2019 ICPCC Congress in Malacca, Malaysia

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the Local Planning Committee, I am pleased to announce that we have completed the ICPCC’s website and all the relevant planning works.

You can now log on to http://www.icpcc.net for the Online Registration, placing Advertisements, and making Donations.

On the HOME page you will see a big red word “Register now”. When you click on to this word it will take you to the Official Online Registration portal. Alternately, you can bypass the ICPCC’s website and go straight to the Official Online Registration portal.

Here’s the link to the Official Online Registration page.

Please know that the last day for the early bird offer is 30th November, 2018. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Congress please do not hesitate to contact me.


Annie Wong


Tributes to David Larsen

It is with sadness that the Australasian CPE family  learnt of the death of Rev David Larsen on Saturday, February 24th, 2018, in St Andrews Hospital, Toowoomba.

David was a long-time supervisor and member of the Queensland Institute for CPE, and of ANZACPE. He was 81 years of age.

We extend our sympathy to Audrey and their family, and pray God’s comfort on them in their grief.


We invite you to use this page as a way of sharing your tributes to David. You may do this simply by accessing the ‘Leave a Reply’ segment at the bottom of this page, and your contribution will then be added to this page.


From Judith Peterkin, President of ANZACPE:

David was a long-standing and faithful member of QICPE and ANZACPE. He was a Queensland representative in the early discussions around forming ANZACPE held in 1986-1989. From the formation of ANZACPE in 1990, David has attended and represented QICPE at almost all our Supervisory Conferences and AGMs. For many years he was the ANZACPE Treasurer.

Later in his CPE journey, David ventured into the supervisory training of new supervisors, gaining Level III supervisory accreditation. In 2008-9, he graciously took up the invitation from ACPEWA to engage with a successful supervisory training programme in Western Australia, being responsible for the nurture and formation of three supervisors. Similarly, in Queensland, he has been the backbone behind their supervisory training programme and the developing strengths of QICPE.

At a personal level, David demonstrated his love of Christ, as well as his ability to engage with other faiths. He was known for his gentle and insightful supervisory conversations and in his building of supervisory alliances. There was no pretentiousness with David in the grounded way he demonstrated his presence with us. We will miss him.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Audrey and their family members and loved ones, as well as all our colleagues in QICPE, in this time of grief and mourning for David in their loss.


From long-time friend and colleague, Jenni Wegener:

Since my first connections with David in 1977, I experienced him as a “Pastor” in the true sense of the word. His fierce independence together with growing compassion for his fellow travellers fuelled his constant desire to learn and understand more about how people experience and interact with each other and their God.. For David the heart of being a parish pastor meant preaching the liberating grace of God’s love and keeping up contact with those in his care – responding quickly to moments of crisis, as well as the ordinary moments of people’s lives. His interest and care was accompanied by a phenomenal memory for names and significant events and relationships in their lives.

Already involved in CPE in its rudimentary form, he experimented with different models of individual and group learning and facilitation, often on the edges of acceptance and without recognition by pastor colleagues and leadership in the Lutheran Church. In spite of this, many pastors continued to take their own CPE journeys with him. I began my own CPE journey with one of his groups in 1980. It is a mark of David’s humble, generous and hospitable spirit, that he could move with such easy openness from being one of my earliest supervisors, to seeking consultation with me as an Educator peer in later years, avidly mining resources I had come across for his own ongoing learning, on many occasions.

Geographical isolation from CPE peers did not discourage him, utilising first phone and then Skype and face time for his own supervision and with some supervisees, and to maintain connections with valued colleagues. As CPE horizons expanded, David became the first supervisor that I am aware of to actively support and foster to the point of accreditation, a supervisor from a non Christian tradition. Working with Buddhist nun Nina Davis, he embraced the challenge of discovering the places of connection and divergence in their espoused values and beliefs, demonstrating how the gifts of Grace and new Life stretch and transcend religious boundaries enriching pastoral identity. At an ANZACPE conference in Brisbane, he and Nina presented the outcome of this engagement with typical humility and frankness. His faithful participation in the CPE community invigorated him. David was always ready to respond to another’s invitation, offering supervisory and educational support to supervisors and directing CPE units in Darwin and Perth. In the same way he worked to expand the QICPE community, fostering the development of the association, its standards and processes with local colleagues, as well as the opening of new centres across wider Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Toowoomba and in 2018, plans to conduct a regional unit in south east Qld.

David has been one of our CPE fathers, a quiet pioneering presence not seeking recognition, yet richly deserving of the outpouring of respect for his integrity and courage from many colleagues. Always alongside has been Audrey, a backbone of hospitality and warmth, with her own wisdom and love for those she met through David’s ministry.

Dave was firstly my and Gordon’s wise mentor and friend, someone who cared deeply about our life and wellbeing. Dave was a man who reflectively championed my development as a pastor with my own call, before I saw this would be lived out through chaplaincy, supervision, and as a Clinical Pastoral Educator. We have been greatly blessed to know him and Audrey so well, and will miss his earthy, blunt, compassionate presence deeply.


At the bottom of this page. . . From:

Michelle Benjamin (WA CPE)

John and Margie Virgin (SA/NT CPE)

Rosemarie Say (NSW CPE)

Cathy Ridd

Thich Thong Phap (SA/NT CPE)

A faithful attendee at ANZACPE Supervisors’ Conferences, David is pictured here with Audrey and some of his CPE colleagues at the 2017 Conference in Perth.



Common Standards – at last!

The new common Standards for Foundational (formerly Basic) and Advanced CPE, as well as for Level I Supervision, have received their final perusal by the ANZACPE Executive Committee, and will now be used by all Associations within ANZACPE.

The proposed Standards were a major item at this year’s ANZACPE Conference in Perth, and you can read more about that aspect of the conference by clicking here.

The final versions of the Standards are now available through the Resources page of this website.

Adopting these Standards marks a significant milestone in the history of CPE in Australia, and it is hoped that they will act as a further unifying factor in the ongoing work of the Association.


Roy Bradley – Tributes


Roy Bradley died on Saturday, August 26th, in the Austin Hospital, Heidelberg, Vic, with his wife, Margaret, and other family members present. His funeral took place on Monday, September 4th, in his home church of St Philips Anglican Church, at 11:00 a.m.
The ANZACPE community extends its sincerest sympathies to Margaret and the family, together with its deep appreciation and gratitude to Roy for his outstanding contribution to the CPE movement in Australia and New Zealand.


We invite you to use this page to pay your tribute to Roy. If you would like to do this, go to the bottom of the page, and submit your contribution through the ‘Leave a reply’ box. Friend and colleague Allison Whitby says: ‘Roy was a great story teller – against himself very often- and a great story maker. It would be wonderful to have some of these stories on the web.’



Roy & Judith in Perth. Roy spent seven years in Perth as a supervisor.


As a pioneer of CPE in Australia, Roy was well-loved and admired by so many of us as a wise colleague, a truly empathic chaplain, a skilled clinical pastoral educator and a warm and insightful friend.
Judith Peterkin (ANZACPE President)



While Roy contributed to the world of CPE in a variety of the ANZACPE Associations, his CPE home base was in Victoria. In 2011 Graeme Gibbons produced an appreciation of Roy for ASACPEV (formerly ASPEA), which was published in that Association’s website. You can access that article by clicking here.


Clergy News
28 August 2017

Roy Bradley died suddenly on Saturday afternoon August 26th in Melbourne.

After studying at Melbourne University and Trinity College, he was ordained Deacon in Ballarat in 1952 and priested that same year, also in Ballarat.

He served as Curate in Horsham (1952); Priest in Charge in Natimuk (1953-57); Rector of Kyabram (1957-59); Chair of the Department of Chaplaincies in the Diocese of Melbourne (1959-74); was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in 1963; Chaplain to Royal Perth Hospital and Director of Pastoral Care (1975-82); Warden of the Avalon Community, Melbourne (1982-87) and as Consultant on Pastoral Care to the Archbishop of Melbourne (1987-92). Roy retired in Melbourne in 1992.

We give thanks to God for the life and ministry of the Reverend Roy Bradley and pray for Margaret and their family and friends at this difficult time. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

The Most Reverend Dr Philip Freier
Archbishop of Melbourne


Roy Alexander tells the story behind this picture: ‘I presented Roy with an award that I collected on his behalf at the ACPE Conference in Washington earlier that year, in recognition of Roy’s pioneering work in CPE in Australasia.   The regions in the USA had been asked to nominate a person from each region whose contribution to CPE was outstanding, the awards to be presented at the ACPE Conference.   This was the 75th anniversary of Boisen’s early work.   While the South Pacific region was not part of ACPE they graciously agreed to include us in the awards.   ANZACPE nominated Roy Bradley for this award which, as I said above, I accepted in Washington on his behalf and then passed onto Roy at the ANZACPE Conference.’


From Roy Alexander, New Zealand:

“My first contact with Roy was at the New Zealand Hospital Chaplains’ Conference, in Palmerston North, where Roy was the keynote presenter.  But, my ongoing contact with him was from 1989 when I had my first engagement with the organisation that in 1990 officially became ANZACPE.   Roy was on my review committee in Canberra in 1991 where I was recommended for Level II accreditation.   His presence and interaction with me on that occasion was memorable and reflected his wisdom, warmth and humanity.   I will remember Roy for above all else for those attributes.   Many of the younger supervisors in New Zealand will not have had any direct contact with Roy.   However they, too, will have been enriched by Roy’s wisdom and influence through their Australian colleagues whose supervisory work had been directly influenced by Roy.

My NZACPE colleagues join me in giving thanks for Roy’s life and being, for his wisdom, for his legacy and for his humanity.”






From David Larsen and the Queensland CPE members:

QICPE have asked me to include our greetings for the family of Roy. I and Keith McCollum are about the only ones up here who would remember Roy. I have memories of a wise man who could find the way through difficult situations. He was also on one of my reaccreditation committees so i remember him with fondness and respect.

On Behalf of QICPE

David Larsen


From Peter Powell, NSW.

Dear fellow supervisors,

Like many, I am struck by the end of an era with the death of one of the giants of the CPE movement. Probably none of us, least of all Roy, will ever realise how many lives we affect in supervisory ministry. I hope when we write up our memories we will be brave enough to add the eccentric and the difficult, as well as the creative and joyful, in order that we honour a true picture of the great man.

Allow me to add one eccentric story in that may not be in the memory of others. When we were celebrating the first anniversary of ANZACPE in Canberra (was it 1987 or 1988?) a large cake with one candle was prepared for the celebration. At the opportune moment Roy, picked up a very large knife, looked over at me and sister Evelyn Crotty and said – in a warm friendly, but from our point of view patronising voice – ‘Let’s ask the two most junior supervisors to cut the cake’. As Evelyn and I walked across the very large room I said quietly, and with a mischievous twinkle in my eye, ‘Do you want to stab him with the knife or will I’. Roy never knew!

I missed you all in Perth and look forward to meeting up again in Hobart.




From the South Australia Association, who remember with fondness Roy’s trips to our part of the world. In this picture Roy is back and slightly off-centre. Front and left is Dean Brook, with Bizz Jelly alongside of him. Far right is Bob Kempe.


From Dean Brook.

Thank you for this space to respond to the sad loss of Roy Bradley and to those who have added to the picture of Roy’s magnificent contribution to CPE. He was my supervisor in my first quarter of training and for my last quarter some years later. One of the many great qualities that Roy brought to CPE was his ability to meet people at their point of need. He did it with his patients, with his students, with colleagues and with hospital staff no matter what their status. His influence will be felt for generations to come.


From the Association for CPE in WA –

ACPEWA executive and members extend their deepest sympathy to Margaret and the extended family in the sudden death of Roy. We are grateful to Roy and his family for their vision and generosity to move to Perth and bring CPE here in the mid 1970’s.

Roy’s work of pastoral formation of clergy and laity at the CPE centre at Royal Perth Hospital built a foundation of skilled chaplains and compassionate clergy that has impacted healthcare in WA to this day.

Roy is remembered for his genuine and truly empathic pastoral ministry over many years. He modelled a pastoral leadership style that valued his own human story, inclusive of wondering and suffering and was able to mirror and recognise these qualities in the stories of others.

We send our thought and prayers across the Nullabour to all who mourn Roy’s passing at this sad time.

His legacy lives on.

Wendy McKay
ACPEWA President


Hi all,

Many warm memories come to me as I think of Roy and all he offered me at an important point in life. I am pleased to hear of the intention to honour his memory in our own Association and in ANZACPE.

Dan Murphy


I never met Roy but his name is very familiar to me as I have heard it spoken and seen it written with some significant reverence.

I feel like a relative I never met but have been deeply impacted by has gone.

Liz Dyson








Supervisors’ Conference – 2017

St John of God Retreat Centre, Shoalwater, WA.
First tie up your camel. That was the conference theme, and it does actually make sense! As more complete conference details become available, check out the web pages for further information on this.

Around 50 CPE supervisors from all parts of Australia and New Zealand gathered from Aug 13th-17th at the St John of God Retreat Centre in Perth for this year’s ANZACPE Conference. Despite the stormy weather outside for most of the week, the atmosphere inside the conference venue was warm, warm, energetic and productive. There were important discussions and decisions around common standards, accreditation, and relationships with other like-minded bodies. We took time to reflect on aspects of supervisory practice. Held our Annual General Meeting. Worshipped together. And enjoyed times of just being together to chat and bond.

During the three days prior to the conference ten supervisors presented before review committees for accreditation or re-accreditation at various supervisory levels.

For a full report on the Conference, click here.

Conference participants at work – some of them, at least!




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.


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.