This unit introduces students to the principles and practice of peer and group supervision which complement individual ministry supervision. Students will be helped to grow in the skills of facilitating peer and group supervision. Students will learn how peer and group supervision can: (i) optimise learning processes during initial formation, and (ii) provide supervisors with opportunities for ongoing professional development in their professional ministry practice, (iii) enhance the appreciation of the value and importance of a peer support network.

Unit Code: DS9131J

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Spirituality

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Jesuit College of Spirituality

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Learning Outcomes


Define and differentiate between individual, peer and group supervision


Analyse current models of peer and group supervision, and relate theories of peer and group supervision to their own professional and ministry setting;


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


Relate principles of Relational Psychodynamics to peer and group supervision;


Develop a personal approach to peer and group supervision supported by current literature and research;


Evaluate their strengths and areas for growth in the provision of peer and group supervision in the light of feedback from lecturers and fellow students.

Unit sequence

A compulsory unit in the Graduate Certificate in Supervision


Lectures, personal reflection, sharing in peer supervision groups, supervised practice. Within each session, time will be devoted to the practice of peer and group supervision processes by way of live interviews, videos, verbatims, case studies and role-plays.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

In class presentation of 20 minutes, with student handouts and a 1000 word essay on the topic (Total equivalent of 2,000 words)

2000 25.0

5000 word assessment. Student have a choice of: Generic topic on Peer and Group Supervision, its applications;

Or Literary review on Peer and Group supervision

Or Reflective Practice on a Peer and Group supervision session conducted by the student or describing a personal experience of being supervisee. Students will use an autoethnographic method when describing a personal experience.

5000 75.0

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

Unit Record last updated: 2019-11-01 09:30:18 +1100