This unit extends and integrates supervisory knowledge and practice, including theological reflection as it informs values and practice. Skills and strategies are developed including active listening, theological reflection, narrative therapy techniques, and critical reflection, for use in differing and complex contexts. Advanced theoretical and practical sessions, case studies and personal scenarios, and practice in small groups of both individual and group supervision, will support the exploration of more challenging supervisory situations. A range of advanced techniques will become familiar including further theoretical input and practice in the psychodynamics of parallel process, transference, counter-transference and resistance. Regular personal reflective practice is recommended to support role-based engagement.

Unit code: PS9014M

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit discipline: Professional Supervision

Proposing College: Professional Supervision

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Learning outcomes


Demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of supervisory processes and practice.


Reflect theologically and critically on complex situations in supervision


Demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of psychodynamics in effective supervision.


Apply advanced supervisory skills and techniques in individual and group supervision.


Demonstrate capacity to evaluate and reflect upon own work as supervisor.

Unit sequence

Unit PS9014M must be completed before PS9015M and PS9016M but the latter two units do not have to be completed in sequence.


The pedagogical model for this unit focuses on engagement with theory and best practice, analysis of case studies, critical reflection, peer-to-peer learning, modelling of skills, and supervision practice. Four (asynchronous) Peer Group sessions will enable the student practitioners to practice and think together in a sustained manner throughout the unit.

Indicative Bibliography


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Variant 1

Critical Review - Critical Reflection

Critically reflect on an aspect of your experience finding, making and taking up the role of Professional Supervisor.

1000 10.0
Case Study - Case Study Analysis in Class

Part One: Assessment of the student in the role of professional supervisor. Part Two: 500 word reflection on one aspect of the assessment experience.

1500 30.0
Report - Case Study and Poster Presentation

Part One: Evaluation of the case study poster as presented by the student. Part Two: 1000-word reflection on one aspect of the assessment experience.

2500 20.0
Essay - Research Essay

Critically evaluate a contemporary approach to professional supervision.

3000 40.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Prof Albert Haddad on 29 Nov, 2022

Unit record last updated: 2022-11-29 15:10:32 +1100