This unit introduces both the theory and practice of Professional Supervision. It will be explored through theoretical input, group work, and supervision practice. Elements include active listening, using theological and critical reflective practices, goal setting, case studies and evaluation, developing feedback and intervention skills, ethics and duty of care, contracts and models of supervision, intercultural dynamics in supervision, together with an introduction to key psychological aspects including projection, transference and power in supervision. Regular journaling will support theological reflection and reflective practice. In this unit supervision of individuals is the focus of the experiential learning. This unit includes 3 hours individual supervision on supervision of the student by a supervisor trainer.

Unit code: DP8011M (Approved)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Proposing College: University of Divinity

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Learning outcomes


Apply understanding of key concepts of professional supervision including active listening and theological reflective practice.


Reflect critically on the processes and dynamics of supervision.


Evaluate a range of supervisory approaches and techniques.


Demonstrate understanding of key aspects of psychodynamics in the context of supervision.


Apply and critique techniques of supervision of individuals in an experiential learning setting.

Unit sequence

First unit in a sequence of three in the Graduate Certificate in Professional Supervision: DP8011M Foundations of Professional Supervision, DP8012M People, Ethics, and Practice in Professional Supervision, DP8013M Inclusion, Power and Culture in Professional Supervision. Not available for individual unit enrolment, for audit or as part of other courses.


Theoretical input, theological and critical reflection, analysis of case studies, modelling of skills, small group work enabling supervision and feedback, supervision practice, guest lecturer presentations.

Indicative Bibliography


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Reflection - Initial reflection

Reflect on one or more key concepts of professional supervision demonstrated through your initial responses, experiences or observations of supervision so far within this unit.

1500 15.0
Case Study - Case Study 1

Written study and evaluation of a case, following an in-class oral summary.

1500 20.0
Case Study - Case Study 2

Written study and detailed evaluation of supervisory techniques of a case, following an in-class oral summary.

1500 25.0
Essay - Integrative Essay

Integrate and demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of the foundations of Professional Supervision drawing on your own, observed, and studied supervisory experiences within this unit.

2500 40.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 13 Oct, 2020

Unit record last updated: 2020-10-13 10:30:29 +1100