GradCertProfSupervision Award Summary

Graduate Certificate in Professional Supervision (GradCertPSupervision)

 AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate
Entry Requirements A three-year AQF 7 award in the field of philosophy and religious studies (Australian Standard Classification of Education field 0917 – Philosophy and Religious Studies); or in the field of social work, social science, counselling, or psychology.

At least 5 years professional experience within a helping profession and a recommendation from their employer, professional association, or ordaining body.

Duration          6 months full-time, or 2 years part-time
Mode           Full-time, part-time.
Structure Four compulsory units (36 credit points) with a concentration in Counselling.
English Proficiency Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally require a minimum IELTS (or equivalent) score of 7.0 in all bands of the test.

Admission

International students intending to study or studying on a student visa cannot enrol in the Graduate Certificate in Professional Supervision.

Domestic students should contact the Registrar of the teaching college for enrolment and fee details.

Graduate Profile and Rationale

The Graduate Certificate in Professional Supervision is designed for those possessing a three-year undergraduate degree in ministry/theology or an allied helping profession who wish to pursue a further qualification in the area of supervisory practice as part of their continuing education.

The Graduate Certificate in Professional Supervision focuses on building supervisory leadership capacity for people involved in a wide scope of religious and/or non-profit and/or community-focused enterprises. Students may be working for denominationally based organisations in education, welfare, aged care, local church or other ministries requiring specific leadership training for ministry or mission.

Outcomes

Graduates will have added advanced knowledge and skills in supervisory leadership to their theological education to enhance their work in the religious sector.

Knowledge

Graduates will have:

    • specialised theoretical and technical knowledge related to the practice of professional supervision to aid in the development of high quality, ethical and safe practitioners in ministry, community work and allied people helping professions,
    • an advanced understanding of the principles of inquiry and methods applicable to supervision theory and their application to real-world professional practice.

Skills

Graduates will demonstrate advanced cognitive, technical and communication skills in leadership within a ministry-related body of knowledge, so that they are able independently to:

    • analyse critically, evaluate, and apply information to complete a range of activities associated with supervision in a ministry-related context;
    • analyse, generate and provide solutions to complex problems to guide the effective supervision of employees or volunteers in a religious, non-profit, community organisation;
    • transmit knowledge, skills and ideas through coherent and sustained leadership to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Applications of Knowledge and Skills

Graduates will have the ability to:

    • apply knowledge and skills in a way that demonstrates autonomy, well-developed judgment, adaptability and responsibility for effective supervision in religious, non-profit, and/or community-focused enterprises.

Articulation to Other Awards

Students are eligible to articulate to the Graduate Diploma in Professional Supervision or the Master of Professional Supervision.

ACADEMIC REGULATIONS for the Graduate Certificate in Professional Supervision

1 Admission to Candidature
1.1 An applicant for admission to candidature for the Graduate Certificate in Professional Supervision will:
1.1.1 hold a three-year AQF 7 award in the field of philosophy and religious studies (Australian Standard Classification of Education field 0917 – Philosophy and Religious Studies) from an accredited Australian tertiary institution; or
1.1.2 hold a three-year AQF 7 award in the field of social work, social science, counselling or psychology; or
1.1.3 hold, from a university or other tertiary institution, qualifications approved by the Student Support and Administration Committee as equivalent to such an award; and
1.1.4 have at least 5 years of professional experience within a helping profession and a recommendation from their employer, professional association, or ordaining body.
1.2 Notwithstanding the provisions of this regulation, the Student Support and Administration Committee may require an applicant to demonstrate fitness for admission as a candidate for this award by carrying out such work and/or sitting for such examinations as the Student Support and Administration Committee may determine.
1.3 In exceptional cases, an applicant may be admitted as a candidate for a Graduate Certificate in Professional Supervision, if the applicant submits evidence of other academic and professional attainments to the Student Support and Administration Committee.
1.4 A Candidate for the award will be designated as full-time or part-time. A student is designated as full-time if enrolled in 27 credit points or more in a semester or part-time if enrolled in less than 27 credit points per semester.
1.5 No candidate for the award may be concurrently enrolled in any other undergraduate or postgraduate course within the Sydney College of Divinity or any other tertiary institution, unless approval has been granted by the Academic Board.
1.6 Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction will normally be required to demonstrate competency in English by an IELTS (or equivalent) result of 7.0 in all bands of the test, and may be required to attend such English language courses as prescribed by the Sydney College of Divinity.
1.7 Application for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Professional Supervision program is made to the Registrar of the appropriate Teaching Body offering the program.
2 Course Structure
2.1 The Graduate Certificate in Professional Supervision requires the completion of the following four compulsory units.

  • C8166 Well-being and Resilience for People Helpers
  • C8170 Fundamental Principles of Pastoral Supervision
  • P8105 Foundations of Ethical Professional Practice
  • P8172 Practice of Pastoral Supervision

Note: If compulsory units have been completed in the award used for admission into the Graduate Certificate in Professional Supervision, they are to be replaced with one or two appropriate electives.

2.2 The candidate will complete the necessary 18 credit points in the sub-discipline of Counselling to achieve a concentration in Counselling.
2.3 Units coded “A” are not counted towards a concentration or specialisation in any discipline or subdiscipline.
3 Period of Candidature
3.1 The period of candidature for the award will normally be 0.5 year full-time (1 semester) and up to 2 years (4 semesters) part-time.
3.2 In certain circumstances, the Student Support and Administration Committee may grant extensions to the period of candidature.
4 Leave of Absence
4.1 The Student Support and Administration Committee may grant leave of absence from the Graduate Certificate in Professional Supervision. The period of leave will not be counted as part of the period of candidature for the award.
4.2 The period of leave will normally be one semester, after which a candidate may apply for a further period of one semester, or will be required to complete candidature.
5 Assessment
5.1 The assessment of subject units will be in the manner approved by the Academic Board, in line with the College’s established guidelines.
5.2 Academic Board may require students to present themselves for oral examination.
5.3 Academic and non-academic misconduct will be penalised in accordance with the regulations of the Sydney College of Divinity, whose stipulations are severe.
6 Credit and Recognised Prior Learning
6.1 A candidate may seek credit for previous accredited study and/or Recognised Prior Learning up to a maximum of 9 cps in the Graduate Certificate of Professional Supervision.
6.2 Special consideration for credit (up to 18 cps) may be given to Clinical Pastoral Education students if the Student Support and Administration Committee deems any CPE units on the SCD Register of Units as equivalent to the units required for this Course.
6.3 Credit can only be granted for units that are from an equivalent award or institution and have outcomes, content, demand hours, and assessment equivalent to that of units in the SCD award.
6.4 Credit for Recognised Prior Learning may be granted subject to a successful application.
7  Saving Clause
7.1 Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, the Academic Board of the Sydney College of Divinity may, in any case in which it may deem it appropriate to do so, vary, dispense with or suspend any requirement or prescription by these regulations, and report forthwith to the Council of the Sydney College of Divinity.

 

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