Professional Supervision for Ministry Workers

Unit Overview
This unit will provide advanced training in professional supervision to the level required for accreditation and recognition as a professional supervisor by the Australasian Association of Supervisors (AAOS).

The dates for when this unit is offered varies. Please visit the timetable by clicking here for the most up to date information.

Unit Details

Workload  Extensive; 8-10 hours per week plus supervision is given and received
Status  Elective
Subject code PC023-812_912
Prerequisites  48 credit points, level 8
Teachers  Geoff Broughton and Len Firth

Unit Content

  1. Course Introduction; 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


Dr Geoff Broughton is Lecturer in Christian Theology and Practical Theology at St Mark’s National Theological Centre in Canberra, a partner in the School of Theology of Charles Sturt University. He has taught various courses in Australia and the USA in youth ministry, popular culture, ethics and Christian spirituality. Through St Mark’s Geoff is involved in clergy training, formation and the teaching of professional supervision.

Archdeacon Len Firth is a Lecturer in Bible and theology at Ridley College for NESB students as well as being a missional facilitator as an Archdeacon in the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne. He has been an active supervisor for students in ministry placements in both parish and Bible teaching contexts. He is also involved as a coaching supervisor and has recently completed a Graduate Certificate in Professional Supervision through St Mark’s (as taught in the Ridley course 2018). He is an accredited facilitator of Ministry Renewal Retreat groups.

Study Expectations
In this unit, you can expect to be guided through a variety of learning activities that are designed to develop your understanding of and skills in Professional Supervision. You will be required to provide supervision and to be under the professional supervision of your supervision of others. The unit is designed to be delivered in two on-campus intensives each of two days’ duration. Students should allow 8-10 hours of study time per week for this advanced postgraduate unit.


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