Individual Ministry Supervision

Individual Ministry Supervision
Starts from:Wed, April 22, 2020 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Campus Location

175 Royal Parade,Parkville,Victoria,Australia

Course Feature
  • Supervision The foundational unit to the Graduate Certificate in Supervision and Graduate Diploma in Supervision.
Class Description

This unit contributes to equipping students to provide individual supervision in a variety of disciplines— that is, supervision conducted on a one-on-one basis between a supervisor and a supervisee. The student will learn how to supervise:

(i) students in ministry formation (for example, those in formation to be a spiritual directors or pastoral carers), Coaches and Counsellors, and

(ii) qualified practitioners (for example, persons who have completed their formation as spiritual directors or pastoral carers, coaches and counsellors).

This unit will specifically focus on supervision within the tradition of Ignatian paradigm and assumes a basic knowledge of its fundamental principles. Students will learn about supervision as a process to maintain adequate standards of professionalism and a method of consultancy to widen the horizons of professionals and experienced practitioners in coaching, counselling, and ministry formation. The unit will focus on the development of skills, attitudes, approaches and knowledge. This unit aims to foster in practitioners, sustained  growth in the competencies for Individual Supervision.


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

  1. Define individual ministry supervision, including the issues of confidentiality, ethics, quality control and legal concerns;
  2. Analyse current models of individual ministry supervision;
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the contemplative stance to supervision and its relationship to Ignatian Spirituality;
  4. Relate basic principles of Relational Psychodynamics to individual supervision;
  5. Develop a personal approach to individual supervision which is supported by current literature and research;
  6. Evaluate their own strengths and areas for future growth in the provision of supervision in the light of feedback from lecturers and fellow students.


Rev Dr Cecilia Francis


Session 1 – Thursday 23rd, Friday 24th and Saturday 25th April 2020

Session 2 – Thursday 7th and Friday 8th May 2020


9:00am to 5:00pm daily


Nadal Classroom

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...