Professional Supervision in the Field

Professional Supervision in the Field
Starts from:Tue, February 27, 2018 5:30PM - 8:30PM
Campus Location

29 College Crescent,Parkville,Victoria,Australia

Course Feature
  • 30 point unit
  • Disciplines This unit is cross-listed with the disciplines of Spirituality (DS) and Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies (DP).
  • Pre-requisites DS8021J Individual Ministry Supervision and DS9131J Peer and Group Supervision
Class Description

DS9331J / DP9331J – Full year, 30 point unit

This unit aims to assist already-practicing supervisors from a range of multidisciplinary fields including: spiritual direction, ministry (religious and lay), counselling, psychotherapy, allied health and leadership.

Students will explore the necessary professional skills that are to be demonstrated and integrated in order to equip them as practitioners in professional supervision. Topics include: maintaining confidentiality in mandatory disclosure issues or other critical situations; navigating cultural, religious, political differences and/or language difficulties; identifying/dealing with difficulties in the supervisory process.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. describe professional skills necessary to implement a supervisory process with a supervisee;
  2. critically evaluate appropriate feedback on supervisee holistic wellbeing;
  3. analyse skills necessary for a supervisee to identify and respond to a range of complex situations;
  4. outline skills necessary to enable a supervisee to develop and maintain effective professional practice within ethical and legal standards;
  5. critically review supervision sessions and reflective practice.


DS8021J Individual Ministry Supervision and DS9131J Peer and Group Supervision


Rev Dr Cecilia Francis


Tuesday evenings during Semester 1 and 2

First class commences 27th February 2018


5:30pm-8:30pm, Tuesday evenings


Centre for Theology and Ministry, 29 College Crescent, Parkville VIC 3052


For academic credit                       $4,800 (30 point, full year unit)

Not for academic credit                $3,400


Bernard, J. M., & Rodney K. Goodyear. Fundamentals of Clinical Supervision, 5th ed. Boston, MA : Pearson, 2014.

Bumpus, Mary Rose and Rebecca Langer. Supervision of Spiritual Directors: Engaging in Holy Mystery. Harrisberg, PA: Morehouse Publishing, 2005.

Campbell, Jane M. Becoming an Effective Supervisor: A Workbook for Counsellors and Psychotherapists. New York, NY: Taylor & Francis Group, 2000.

Campbell, Jane M. Essentials of Clinical Supervision. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2006.

Carroll, Michael and Margaret Tholstrup. Integrative Approaches to Supervision. London, UK: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2004.

Carroll, Michael and Maria C. Gilbert. On Being a Supervisee: Creating Learning Partnerships. London, UK: Vukani Publishing, 2005.

Frawley-O’Dea, Mary Gail and Mary E. Sarnat. The Supervisory Relationship: A Contemporary Psychodynamic Approach. New York, NY: The Guilford Press, 2001.

Gilbert, Maria C. and Kenneth Roy Evans. Psychotherapy Supervision: An Integrative Relational Approach to Psychotherapy Supervision. Maidenhead, UK: Open University Press, 2000.

Hawkins, Peter and Robin Shohet. Supervision in the Helping Professions, 4th ed. Maidenhead, UK: Open University Press, 2012.

Health Education and Training Institute. The Superguide: A Handbook for Supervising Allied Health Professionals. Sydney: HETI, 2012.

Page, Steve & Val Wosket. Supervising the Counsellor: A Cyclical Model, 2nd ed. New York, NY: Taylor & Francis Group, 2008.

Paterson, Michael and Jessica Rose. Enriching Ministry: Pastoral Supervision in Practice. London, UK: SCM, 2014.

Scaife, Joyce. Supervision in Clinical Practice: A Practitioner’s Guide, 2nd ed. New York, NY: Taylor & Francis Group, 2009.

Shohet, Robin. Passionate Supervision. London, UK: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2008.


  • Cecilia Francis


    Cecilia is Director, Institute for Ministry Development Inc. and part-time Emily Gavan Lecturer in Practical Theology and Coordinator of Supervised Theological Field Education at Trinity College Theological School. As a qualified Clinical Pastoral Educato...