This unit provides a foundational framework for action, reflection, and learning in the practice of supervision. It seeks to equip practitioners to: work as supervisors in a variety of pastoral and spiritual care settings; work within individual, peer and group processes; develop further the capacity to reflect upon their own practice; develop a spirituality of supervision. The theory and practice of supervision will be explored through group work and theoretical input. Group work will offer the opportunity to practice supervision and receive constructive feedback. Theoretical input will address: spiritual reflection within a preferred religious tradition; the principles and dynamics of supervision; approaches to individual, peer and group supervision; burnout, self-care and assessment; key psychological aspects such projection, parallel process, transference and counter-transference, power; confidentiality and ethics in supervision.

Unit Code: DP8015S

Points: 48.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit Discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Stirling Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Define (from current literature and research) and illustrate (from practice) the contractual, relational and collaborative processes of supervision of spiritual care practitioners.


Describe and illustrate the ethical and professional practice of supervision in a variety of settings of pastoral and spiritual care.


Outline, evaluate and engage contemporary approaches to individual, peer and group supervision, and illustrate their use in multidisciplinary spiritual care settings.


Integrate a contemplative stance to supervision that engages adult learning principles, referral options, parallel processes, transference and counter-transference.


Respond creatively to peer and lecturer feedback by critically assessing personal strengths and areas for development and growth in the provision of individual, peer and group supervision.


Develop a theoretical and practice-based rationale for spiritual reflection using sacred texts, culture, and experience within a preferred religious tradition.

Unit sequence

  1. Experience of supervision as a supervisee
  2. Admission by interview with admission panel


Lecture, small group work, practice and review.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Essay (3000 words)

3000 25.0

Review and learning critique (3000 words) (may be live interviews, videos, verbatims, case studies, role-plays and reflection on critical incidents).

3000 25.0

Reflective essay (3000 words)

3000 25.0

Review and learning critique (3000 words) (may be live interviews, videos, verbatims, case studies, role-plays, and reflection on critical incidents).

3000 25.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by LTC on 3 Nov, 2016

Unit Record last updated: 2019-11-20 13:05:35 +1100