This unit integrates and broadens the theory and practice of the preceding two units with particular focus on an advanced understanding of human encounter through critical reflective practice and theological reflection. Trauma, the issues of culture in its many meanings, diversity in its many forms, power in the supervisory relationship, and other power dynamics (e.g., institutional) are explored to enable effective professional supervision of both groups and individuals. Regular personal reflective practice is recommended to support role based engagement. If recommended by the Program Coordinator this unit offers each student 10 logged hours as supervisor, and 4 hours individual supervision on supervision of the student by a UD recommended Supervisor.

Unit code: DP8013M

Unit status: Archived (Minor revision)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Proposing College: Professional Supervision

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Learning outcomes


Apply understanding of culture and inclusion in supervisory practice.


Reflect critically on power dynamics in professional supervision.


Evaluate with reference to contemporary literature, and denominational context where relevant, a range of supervision case studies and strategies to address the issues raised.


Apply understanding of the ethical, practical and legal requirements of practising as a professional supervisor.


Apply knowledge and understanding of supervisory processes and practice in order to professionally supervise groups and individuals, including supervising online.

Unit sequence

Third unit in a sequence of three in the Graduate Certificate of Professional Supervision: PS8011M Foundations of Professional Supervision, PS8012M People, Ethics, and Practice in Professional Supervision, PS8013M Inclusion, Power and Culture in Professional Supervision. Not available for individual unit enrolment in other courses.


Theoretical input, theological and critical reflection, analysis of case studies, modelling of skills, small group work enabling supervision and feedback, supervision practice, guest lecturer presentations.

Indicative Bibliography


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Reflection - Reflection on themes of unit and Essay

Written reflection on your goals in the context of this unit, including areas you plan to explore in your Analytical Essay.

1000 10.0
Case Study - Case Study 1

Written study and evaluation of a case with particular regard to one or more issues of inclusion, power or culture.

1500 15.0
Case Study - Case Study 2

Oral summary of supervisory techniques of a case which you supervise in class followed by a written report including analysis of the dynamics.

1500 30.0
Essay - Analytical Essay

Using theoretical knowledge, and evaluation of your own supervision work, including experiential and reflective practice, and demonstrated by examples of supervisory techniques, practices and outcomes, analyse your understanding and knowledge of professional supervision.

3000 45.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 27 Sep, 2021

Unit record last updated: 2022-11-29 16:20:19 +1100