This unit focuses on integrating advanced understanding of ethical, legal and regulatory frameworks with advanced practical work and preparation for employment. Supervision skills will be further developed in a small group environment to examine the particularities of differing supervisory contexts. Advanced techniques in group supervision is a focus. Employment contexts are examined, exploring and encountering the practical matters and skills needed to be effective in diverse working environments. Presentations by practitioners, including issues raised in contemporary research, will support development of advanced knowledge and skills. Regular journaling will support theological reflection and reflective practice. This unit includes 3 hours individual supervision on supervision of the student by a supervisor trainer.

Unit code: DP9015M

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Proposing College: University of Divinity

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Learning outcomes


Demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of ethical and legal/regulatory issues in professional supervision.


Reflect theologically and critically on the practice and implementation of professional supervision.


Demonstrate advanced knowledge of a range of different supervisory contexts.


Apply advanced supervisory skills and techniques in group supervision.


Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a selected area of research in supervision.

Unit sequence

Second unit of the sequence of three in the Graduate Diploma of Professional Supervision: DM9014M Advanced Professional Supervision, DM9015M The Work of the Professional Supervisor, DM9016M Special Focus in Professional Supervision. Graduate Certificate in Professional Supervision (or equivalent) is a pre-requisite. Not available for individual unit enrolment, for audit, or as part of 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 (%)
Case Study - Case Study 1

Written study and evaluation of a case that raises ethical or regulatory considerations including supervision strategies available or explored, following an in-class oral summary.

1500 20.0
Critical Review - Research review

Critically examine and evaluate an area of research relevant to supervision through review of journal article/s or other published sources.

1500 20.0
Case Study - Case Study 2

Written study and evaluation of the dynamics and other supervisory issues and techniques of a group supervision case that has ethical or regulatory issues, following an in-class oral summary.

1500 20.0
Essay - Integrative Essay

Integrate and demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of addressing and providing effective supervision where there are ethical or legal or regulatory issues drawing on your own, observed, and studied supervision experiences within this unit including group supervision.

3000 40.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 13 Oct, 2020

Unit record last updated: 2020-10-13 10:27:59 +1100