Fundamental Principles of Pastoral Supervision

This graduate unit introduces students to the cornerstone concepts of professional supervision within the context of a range of ministry and social welfare environments.

Study Level



Christian Life and Ministry

Sub Discipline

Pastoral Counselling

Credit Points




Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. identify and critically analyse relevant approaches to pastoral supervision with reference to their usefulness in the various life experiences of a client;
  2. critically distinguish between pastoral supervision and other forms of support relationships such as spiritual mentoring, professional coaching, therapeutic counselling or spiritual directing;
  3. develop effective skills of listening, inquiry, and personal reflection with interpersonal empathy appropriate to the supervisory relationship;
  4. reflect critically on the process of integrating spirituality with emotional well-being in the context of ministry work and practice;
  5. establish a framework of relevant ethical and regulatory principles to inform effective pastoral supervision.
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