Peer and Group Supervision

Peer and Group Supervision
Starts from:Mon, April 12, 2021
Campus Location

175 Royal Parade,Parkville,Victoria,Australia

Course Feature
  • Supervision This unit can be undertaken within various awards.
Class Description

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, and

(iii) enhance the appreciation of the value and importance of a peer support network.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:

  1. define and differentiate between individual, peer and group supervision;
  2. analyse current models of peer and group supervision, and relate theories of peer and group supervision to their own professional and ministry setting;
  3. demonstrate an understanding of the contemplative stance to supervision and its relationship to Ignatian Spirituality;
  4. relate principles of Relational Psychodynamics to peer and group supervision;
  5. develop a personal approach to  peer and group supervision supported by current literature and research;
  6. 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.


Professor Margaret O'Connor




Nadal Classroom

Jesuit College of Spirituality, 175 Royal Parade, Parkville VIC 3052

FEES – For 10 cp units. Double for 20 cp units.

Students enrolled for academic credit | $2,266 Domestic Students | $2,925 International Students

Audit students (not for academic credit) | $1,133


* = set texts recommended

**= copy of relevant chapter will be available for students in ARK

Billow, R. M. & R. Mendelsohn, “The peer supervisory group for psychoanalytic therapists,” Group, 11, 1, 1987, 35-46.

**  Castonguay, L. and Hill, C. Insight in psychotherapy. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, 2007.

Greenburg, S.L. et al., “Peer Consultation Groups for Private Practitioners”, Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 16, 3 (1985): 437-447.

** Hewson, Daphne, and Michael Carroll. Reflective Supervision Toolkit, 2016

** Hewson, Daphne, and Michael Carroll. Reflective Practice In Supervision, 2016

* Inskipp, F., “New Directions in Supervision.”, In New Directions in Counselling, edited by R. Bayne, 268-280. London: Routledge, 1996.

** Lewis, G.J. et al. “Peer Consultation Groups for Psychologists in Private Practice: A National Survey.” Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. 19 (1988): 81-86.

Paver, J.E., Theological Reflection and Education for Ministry: The Search for Integration in Theology. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate Publishing, 2006.

Pohly, K., Transforming the Rough Places: The Ministry of Supervision, 2nd ed. Franklin, TN: Providence House Publishers, 2001.

** Proctor, B., Group Supervision: A Guide to Creative Practice, 2nd ed. Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications, 2008.

Pyle, W.T., and M.A. Seals, eds. Experiencing Ministry Supervision: A Field-Based Approach. Nashville, TN: Broadman and Holman Publishers, 1995.

Ward, F. Lifelong Learning: Theological Education and Supervision. London, UK: SCM Press, 2005.

Wilbur, M.P. et al., “Structured group supervision: theory into practice.” The Journal for Specialists in Group Work. 16, 2 (1991): 91-100.

* Williams, Antony. Visual and Active Supervision: roles, focus, technique. New York, NY: W.W. Norton and Company, 1995.




  • Margaret O’Connor


    Professor Margaret O’Connor AM, FACN, MAICD Margaret is Emeritus Professor of Nursing at Monash University, having previously held a Chair in Palliative Care Nursing for 12 years. She has a distinguished career in clinical palliative care, for which she...