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ANZACPE is the umbrella organisation for the seven Associations of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) in Australia and New Zealand. CPE was introduced to Australia and New Zealand during the 1960s. Each Australian State and the country of New Zealand formed their own independent CPE Association responsible for the oversight of all CPE matters in their region. All seven Associations shared a common understanding and practice of CPE; however there were some differences in philosophy and practice. To bring greater cohesiveness to the CPE movement in Australasia, ANZACPE was formed in 1990.

ANZACPE does not conduct any CPE courses of its own. Each Member Association is responsible for those, and you can access these Associations via ANZACPE’s website.

ANZACPE’s focus is on developing shared Standards at the various levels of the CPE learning process, and in assisting Member Associations in the Accreditation of their CPE Supervisors/Educators/Consultants.

Diana Goss Professional Papers

In memory of Diana Goss
ANZACPE offers an annual prize of AU$500.00
for an original, fresh and thought-provoking Professional Paper
that enhances the theory and practice of supervision in Clinical Pastoral Education.

Diana Goss


Diana Goss first learnt of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) whilst studying for a theological degree at Union Seminary, New York, USA. She trained in four CPE Centres in the USA before being ‘certified’ as a CPE supervisor by a panel of 12 committee members of the ACPE in 1966.

After returning to New Zealand she began her work in 1967 as the Anglican Chaplain in Porirua Psychiatric Hospital, near Wellington.

Diana conducted her first CPE Unit in Wellington Hospital in 1969 – the first Unit offered in New Zealand. She continued to conduct CPE until her retirement in 1985.

Diana is remembered as a woman of vision who had deep compassion for a wide range of people. She valued realness and abhorred game playing. It speaks volumes that she refused ordination, knowing that it would curb her freedom to exercise her ministry. Nonetheless her Church valued her wisdom, especially in the selection of candidates for ordination training. She contributed to the training of a number of New Zealand CPE supervisors, and supported the formation of an Australian / New Zealand CPE Association.

Diana was truly a pioneer of the Australasian CPE movement.

The ANZACPE established the Annual Professional Paper Award in Diana’s name to foster creative thinking within Clinical Pastoral Education – the passion and focus of Diana’s ministry.


Below are listed some of the more recent Diana Goss Professional Papers:


Submitting a Diana Goss Professional Paper

Your Paper is to be sent as a Word Document to Roy Alexander, accompanied by a stand-alone ‘Information Page’ by 1 June 2021, containing your name, address, phone number, and email address, plus a copy of the following document – Standards for the Diana Goss Professional Paper Award with your section completed.


‘Practical theology faces a number of challenges in the future. One of these is to continue to develop as an academic discipline so that it does not remain the Cinderella of the theological world. Another is that of making fundamental, valued contributions to theology, which are recognized as such by colleagues in the wider theological arena. As it is, the contemporary, practical emphasis of the discipline can make its findings seem ephemeral and quickly dated. A further challenge is for the discipline to continue to demonstrate that it can actually make a difference in practice and so is worth pursuing. These challenges can be summed up by saying that practical and pastoral theology needs to become more academically sophisticated and more theologically illuminative, at the same time becoming more relevant, more practical, and more helpful to practitioners. This is a contradictory and demanding set of imperatives, to say the least.’

Ford, David E. (Ed), Muers, Rachel (2005)
The Modern Theologians: an Introduction to Christian Theology since 1918.
3rd Edition. UK. Wiley-Blackwell. p. 422.