This unit contributes to equipping students to provide individual supervision in a variety of disciplines— that is, supervision conducted on a one-on-one basis between a supervisor and a supervisee. The student will learn how to supervise (i) students in ministry formation (for example, those in formation to be a spiritual directors or pastoral carers), Coaches and Counsellors, and (ii) qualified practitioners (for example, persons who have completed their formation as spiritual directors or pastoral carers, coaches and counsellors). This unit will specifically focus on supervision within the tradition of Ignatian paradigm and assumes a basic knowledge of its fundamental principles. Students will learn about supervision as a process to maintain adequate standards of professionalism and a method of consultancy to widen the horizons of professionals and experienced practitioners in coaching, counselling, and ministry formation. The unit will focus on the development of skills, attitudes, approaches and knowledge. This five-day intensive unit aims to foster in practitioners, sustained growth in the competencies for Individual Supervision.

Unit Code: DS8021J

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit Discipline: Spirituality

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Jesuit College of Spirituality

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Learning Outcomes


Define individual supervision, including the issues of confidentiality, ethics, quality control and legal concerns


Analyse current models of individual supervision


Demonstrate an understanding of the contemplative stance to supervision and its relationship to Ignatian Spirituality;


Relate basic principles of Relational Psychodynamics to individual supervision


Develop a personal approach to individual supervision which is supported by current literature and research


Evaluate their own strengths and areas for future growth in the provision of supervision in the light of feedback from lecturers and fellow students

Unit sequence

This is a compulsory unit with the Graduate Certificate in Supervision


Lectures, personal reflection, sharing in groups, analysis of practice (video and role play)


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

4500 word theoretical Essay which reviews and evaluates the major literature on Individual supervision. The essay will require the student to synthesise and evaluate the theoretical understanding of individual supervision presented in this unit.

4500 67.0
Oral Presentation

In class presentation of 20 minutes, including supply of student handouts and a 1000 words reflection on the topic. (Total workload equivalent to 2500 words)

2500 33.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 30 Sep, 2019

Unit Record last updated: 2019-10-31 14:59:20 +1100