Professional Supervision for Ministry Workers

An introduction to professional pastoral supervision covering transformational learning, reflection on action, and the developmental model of supervision, intended as professional development for ministry practitioners. This subject is one of the core subjects of the Graduate Certificate of Professional Supervision and is also available as a specialisation in the Doctor of Ministry. Ordinarily students begin participation in supervision practice for PC051 alongside enrolment in PC023. 

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Subject Details

Mode Extensive
Workload  Extensive; two two-day teaching blocks in semester one
Status  Core (Graduate Certificate of Professional Pastoral Supervision)
Subject code PC023
Prerequisites  Available to eligible ministry practitioners
Teachers  Len Firth, Kate Beer


  1. Professional Supervision; Clinical Supervision vs Ministry/Pastoral Supervision 
  2. Transformational Learning; Running a Supervision Session and Contracting; Review of Relational Skills; Use of Self in Supervision 
  3. Reflection on Action and the Pastoral Action Cycle: Cyclical and Process Models of Supervision; Supervision of Supervision and Supervision Practice   
  4. The Developmental Model of Supervision; Self Awareness as a supervisor 

Study Expectations
In this extensive, you will join in two two-day blocks of face-to-face classes, totalling four days of classes for the semester. You will be expected to engage with online resources (video and/or reading) and complete set assessment tasks in between face-to-face blocks. 


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