This unit aims to assist already-practicing supervisors from a range of multidisciplinary fields including: spiritual direction, ministry (religious and lay), counselling, psychotherapy, allied health and leadership.

Students will explore the necessary professional skills that are to be demonstrated and integrated in order to equip them as practitioners in professional supervision. Topics include: maintaining confidentiality in mandatory disclosure issues or other critical situations; navigating cultural, religious, political differences and/or language difficulties; identifying/dealing with difficulties in the supervisory process.

Unit Code: DP9331J

Points: 48.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Jesuit College of Spirituality

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Learning Outcomes


Describe professional skills necessary to implement a supervisory process with a supervisee;


Critically evaluate appropriate feedback on supervisee holistic wellbeing;


Analyse skills necessary for a supervisee to identify and respond to a range of complex situations;


Outline skills necessary to enable a supervisee to develop and maintain effective professional practice within ethical and legal standards;


Critically review supervision sessions and reflective practice.

Unit sequence

DS8021J Individual Ministry Supervision (old code: DS8115J) DS9131J Peer and Group Supervision (old code: DS9116J)


Lecture, seminar, tutorial, roleplay, online forums. Live supervision, video and feedback from peers and assessors


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Oral Presentation

Live (video) demonstration and critical reflection of the demonstration. (Equivalent to 3500 words)

3500 30.0

Written report (2500 words)

2500 20.0

Supervision Journal Log (2000 words)

2000 20.0
Community Project

Group Project (6000 words)

6000 30.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 30 Sep, 2019

Unit Record last updated: 2019-10-31 10:13:24 +1100