This unit continues and deepens the theory and practice introduced in Foundations of Professional Supervision. Supervisory practice is further explored through theoretical and practical sessions including a focus on ethical and other frameworks to evaluate processes and address issues that emerge. Safeguarding and other professional standards, legal and regulatory frameworks are specifically addressed and integrated. Assignments offer options to explore denominational and contextual issues. Theological and critical reflection, psychodynamics and self-care are key elements of the unit. Regular journaling will support theological reflection and reflective practice. Supervision of groups 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: DP8012M (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


Evaluate key processes and techniques of professional supervision.


Reflect on the dynamics of trust, the role of ethics, and the reflective cycle as used in professional supervision.


Observe, analyse and evaluate, with reference to contemporary literature, a range of supervisory interactions.


Apply legal, ethical and regulatory frameworks including safeguarding in the context of professional supervision.


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

Unit sequence

Second unit in a sequence of three in the Graduate Certificate of 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 (%)
Case Study - Case Study 1

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

1500 20.0
Reflection - Ethical Reflection

Using critical and theological reflection consider one or more ethical considerations in professional supervision drawing from or demonstrated by the dynamics of case examples.

0 15.0
Case Study - Case Study 2

Written study and evaluation of the dynamics and other supervisory issues and techniques of a group supervision case, following an in-class oral summary.

1500 25.0
Essay - Integrative Essay

Integrate and demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of ethical and other key issues in supervision drawing on your own, observed, and studied supervision experiences within this unit including group supervision.

2500 40.0

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

Unit record last updated: 2020-10-13 10:29:59 +1100