This unit provides the opportunity to research and develop supervisory skills and understanding through specialisation, including theological reflection as it informs values and practice. Areas of specialisation may include Professional Supervision in a variety of contexts including Spiritual Direction; Ministry; Health; Education; Pastoral; Chaplaincy; Leadership; Coaching; Group Supervision; Group Relations; Continuing Professional Education; Ecumenical and intercultural contexts. Selection of areas of focus will be planned with students ahead of the start of the unit. Focus areas will be examined through presentations, theoretical and research input, and practice in small groups. Students will explore their specialised focus area through ongoing critical reflection and reflective practice. Exploration will also be through a major essay which integrates the special focus area with the overall learning and experience gained during the course. Regular personal reflective practice is recommended to support role-based engagement.

Unit code: PS9015M

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 knowledge and understanding of a selected area of research in supervision


Reflect theologically and critically on a specialised practice and implementation of professional supervision


Demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of a range of different contexts and traditions in which professional supervision is used.


Apply advanced supervisory skills and techniques in professional supervision in relation to an area of special focus.


Demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of a range of different contexts and traditions in which professional supervision is used.

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 (%)
Annotated Bibliography - Annotated Bibliography

Critically engage with a group of texts relevant to an area of special focus.

2000 20.0
Report - Case Study and Poster Presentation

Evaluation of the case study poster as presented by the student.

2000 30.0
Project Report or Project Journal - Research Project

Part One: Research Proposal 500- words. Part Two: Research Project.

4000 50.0

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

Unit record last updated: 2022-11-29 15:13:10 +1100