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Professional Supervision

Professional supervision is an important and expanding field of practice. The provision of high-quality supervision services within both clinical and pastoral contexts is central to the health and wellbeing of those that minister to and support others and to those who are being ministered to.

Professional supervision is a forum for reflection and accountability that maintains a focus on experiential learning. Supervision is a contractual, relational, collaborative and reflective process that facilitates the growth and development of the individual and their ethical and professional practice. Professional supervision holds a dual focus in ensuring optimal outcomes for clients and the professional development and self-care of the supervisee.

To meet professional association requirements, clinical practitioners such as counsellors and psychotherapists have for many years been required to regularly attend clinical supervision. The Royal Commission’s finding (recommendation 16.45), that “each religious institution should ensure that all people in religious or pastoral ministry, including religious leaders, have professional supervision with a trained professional,” further supports the importance of professional supervision in an expanding range of contexts.

Please note: Entry into training as a professional supervisor requires a minimum of 5 years’ experience in your field of expertise eg 5 years experience in pastoral ministry or chaplaincy for training as a pastoral supervisor and 5 years clinical practice experience for training as a clinical supervisor.

Your pathway to accreditation as a professional clinical or pastoral supervisor is commencing in 2021 with the provision of two new units of study.

Semester 1, 2021:

CPS801 – Theory & Practice of Professional Supervision

will be co-taught with

PC023 – Professional Supervision for Ministry Workers

Semester 2, 2021:

CPS802 – Advanced Theory & Practice of Professional Supervision

will be co-taught with

PC024 – Advanced Professional Supervision for Ministry Workers

Currently these units can form part of a Graduate Certificate of Counselling or a Graduate Certificate of Divinity. Please contact us for more information about these or other awards into which these units can be credited.


Pastoral Stream (PC023 / PC024)

Students wishing to complete the Pastoral stream should apply using the Bible & Theology application process.

Clinical Stream (CPS801 / CPS802)

Students wishing to complete the Clinical stream should apply using the Counselling, Chaplaincy & Spiritual Care application process.