Supervision, Leadership and Reflective Practice

Supervision, Leadership and Reflective Practice
Starts from:Thu, December 31, 2020
Campus Location

175 Royal Parade,Parkville,Victoria,Australia

Course Feature
  • PRE-REQUISITES DS8021J Individual Ministry Supervision
  • 2021 This unit is not being offered in 2020 however, will be considered in the planning of the 2021 timetable. If you are interested in studying this unit, please email us at to register your interest.
Class Description

In this unit students consolidate their supervision competencies to identify and respond to situations that supervisors face in practice. Through an Ignatian discernment framework and by the application of contemporary theories, students acquire skills to guide supervisees in addressing the challenging situations that arise in professional practice.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Apply contemporary theories of supervision to supervisory practice;
  2. Analyse current models of supervision in contemporary literature and research;
  3. Demonstrate contemplative approaches to supervision practices;
  4. Evaluate and articulate their own strengths, weaknesses and opportunities in supervising others.


Rev Dr Cecilia Francis


This unit was delivered in 2019 and will be offered again in 2021..



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


For academic credit                       $2,640

Not for academic credit                $1,320


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  • Cecilia Francis


    Rev Dr Cecilia Francis is Director of the Institute for Ministry Development Inc. As a qualified Clinical Pastoral Educator (ASACPEV Inc.), Cecilia provides training, professional supervision and ministry development programs for individuals and groups fo...