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(Updated Oct 2021)
To apply for a course, download one of the following files, complete it with your details, and then email it as an attached document to the CPE Centre of your choice:
The current cost of CPE within Aotearoa/New Zealand is: $2,200.00.
If you are not a New Zealand Citizen/Resident, you need to consider the following issues before you apply to study CPE in New Zealand.
In order to gain a visa to study in A/NZ, your intended course of study must be:
- a course that is approved by the NZ Qualifications Authority (NZQA) provided by an Institution approved by NZAQA; NZACPE is too small an institution be a NZQA approved provider, so we offer CPE through Laidlaw College, a NZQA approved provider; therefore you will need to become a Laidlaw College student, and apply to study CPE through Laidlaw College; see laidlaw.ac.nz
- at least a 60 credit ‘qualification course’; CPE is 45 credits, so you would also need to complete another 15 credit paper with Laidlaw College to attain, for example, a 60 credit Graduate Certificate in Theology
An overseas person wanting to study in NZ must pay the full cost of any ‘qualification course’ (unlike NZ citizens who pay less, with the NZ Government paying the remaining cost). The current cost for an overseas person is $NZ 140.00 per credit; so a 60 credit course will cost you a total of $NZ 8,400.00 which must be paid upfront to the training institute (i.e. Laidlaw College) before a visa will be issued by the Government.
Other issues you need to consider:
- most NZ CPE Units are extended over 14-17 weeks
- in NZ there are no institutions that offer a stipend whilst a person undertakes CPE
- all accommodation and personal costs need to be met whilst a person undertakes CPE
- a person undertaking CPE and providing pastoral ministry within any Government institution (e.g. a hospital), and within most other NZ institutions (e.g. church agencies) needs to have a new NZ Police Clearance; plus, an overseas person needs to have a very recent Police Clearance from the country/countries where they have recently lived
If you believe that you can meet the above issues, you are welcome to complete an Application Paper. You need to apply to one of the CPE Centres listed on this website, be interviewed by a CPE supervisor from that Centre, and be accepted by that Centre before you apply to study through Laidlaw College.
CPE and Other Educational Providers
More information coming soon…
Bibliography for CPE Participants
Anton Boisen, one of the founders of CPE, encouraged his students to pay careful attention to both their own self and the people in their care. He urged his students to ‘read these living human documents’, first-hand living source materials rather than second-hand statements found in textbooks. However, CPE supervisors/educators do point CPE participants to relevant literature as they endeavour to develop their pastoral skills.
The bibliography that follows is by no means exhaustive:
Boundaries: when to say yes, when to say no, to take charge of your life – Henry Cloud / John Townsend
Coming to Grief – Pam Heaney
Companioning the Bereaved: a soulful guide for caregivers – Alan D. Wolfelt
Dibs in Search of Self – Virginia Mae Axline
Henri Nouwen: Wounded Healer – William Ruddle
People Skills: how to assert yourself, listen to others, and resolve conflict – Robert Bolton
Personhood and Presence: self as a resource for spiritual and pastoral care – Ewan Kelly
Swift to Hear: facilitating skills in listening and responding – Michael Jacobs
Talking Past Each Other – Joan Metge and Patricia Kinloch
Talking Together: Korero Tahi – Joan Metge
The Gift to Listen : The Courage to Hear – Cari Jackson
The Mutuality of Care – Roy Herndon Steinhoffsmith
The Power of Listening: building skills for mission and ministry – Lynne M Baab
The Practice of Pastoral Care: a post-modern approach – Carrie Doering
The Sacred Art of Listening – Kay Lindahl
The Skilled Helper: a systematic approach to effective helping – Gerard Egan
The Skilled Pastor: counselling as the practice of theology – Charles Taylor
Transforming Communication: leading-edge professional and personal skills – Richard Bolstad / Margot Hamblett
Wounded Healer – Henri Nouwen