Introduction to Supervisory Practice

This postgraduate unit introduces the supervisory trainee to the practice of pastoral supervision. It includes the philosophy and practice of Clinical Pastoral Education, the place of theology, psychology and sociology in pastoral supervision, the Supervisory Alliance – goals and objectives, supervisory processes and interpersonal relationships, a history of Clinical Pastoral Education in the USA and Australia, models of supervision, the supervisory report, and ethical and professional considerations in supervision.

Study Level



Christian Life and Ministry

Sub Discipline

Pastoral Theology

Credit Points



P8577 Clinical Pastoral Education 1,
P8578 Clinical Pastoral Education 2,
P8580 Supervised Ministry 3, and
Formal application and acceptance into the course.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. demonstrate an ability to use several models of pastoral supervision and critically analyse their usefulness
  2. exhibit a sophisticated ability to deal with issues of interpersonal dynamics within a supervisory alliance
  3. distinguish between pastoral supervision and therapy
  4. interpret how the wider social and professional context affects their work as a pastoral supervisor
  5. formulate the principles that underpin their practice of pastoral education.
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