Professional Development

Spiritual Health Association supports the ongoing professional development of spiritual care practitioners from a diverse range of backgrounds.

A monthly Professional Development Program is provided in partnership with Spiritual Care Australia (SCA) - the professional association for the sector, and the Australia New Zealand Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ANZACPE).

The program is delivered via Zoom on the second Wednesday each month from March to November with a break in July. Each session runs from 1.30pm-3.30pm AEDT / AEST.

Spiritual Care Australia manages registrations for the PD program. Please click on the links below to view program details or to register for the session/s you wish to join. A more detailed program and the Zoom link will be sent to registered participants a day before/ on the day of the session.

Program Registration

2022 sessions are currently being finalised and will be confirmed in February. Session registrations and whole year individual /  group registration will be available to purchase through Spiritual Care Australia.

Current finalised topics and dates as follows:

9 March - (CORE 1) Rituals Part 1: meeting diverse cultural and religious needs across different care settings. Theoretical presentation by Sheryl Carmody.

13 April - BONSTATO in the Royal Perth Bentley Group: A good state of being. Presented by Michael Hertz.

11 May - (CORE 2) Mental health and trauma: how COVID and lockdowns have affected the community. Presented by Joy Bowen.

15 June - Spiritual care in the aged care sector.

10 August - (CORE 3) Rituals Part 2: meeting diverse cultural and religious needs across different care settings. Panel discussion with Nicole Sultana and Mauz King. 

14 September - Music therapy in spiritual care.

12 October - (CORE 4) Integration of spiritual needs into model of care: Consistency across different sectors. Presented by Spiritual Health Association.

9 November - Tips to get the best out of supervision. 

Each session begins with a guided reflection; an opportunity for participants to come together in contemplation before the presentation. This shared ritual time is a chance to reflect together in a space that is inclusive of different faiths, worldviews, and philosophies, and honours the spiritual backgrounds that enrich our growing community of spiritual care practitioners.

Specific details about each month’s program will be provided in our eNews. Click here to subscribe and scroll down to the bottom to "Stay up to date".

The 2022 program is currently in development. If you have any suggestions for professional development topics, please contact communications@spiritualhealth.org.au.