Professional supervision is an important and expanding field of practice. The provision of high-quality supervision services within both clinical and pastoral contexts is central to the health and wellbeing of those that minister to and support others and to those who are being ministered to.
Professional supervision is a forum for reflection and accountability that maintains a focus on experiential learning. Supervision is a contractual, relational, collaborative and reflective process that facilitates the growth and development of the individual and their ethical and professional practice. Professional supervision holds a dual focus in ensuring optimal outcomes for clients and the professional development and self-care of the supervisee.
To meet professional association requirements, clinical practitioners such as counsellors and psychotherapists have for many years been required to regularly attend clinical supervision. The Royal Commission’s finding (recommendation 16.45), that “each religious institution should ensure that all people in religious or pastoral ministry, including religious leaders, have professional supervision with a trained professional,” further supports the importance of professional supervision in an expanding range of contexts.
Morling College is developing a Graduate Certificate of Professional Supervision encompassing both clinical and pastoral streams. Grounded in a Christian Worldview, this training will provide students with a transformative learning experience, providing excellent, high quality training and preparation for accreditation as a professional supervisor. It also provides a unique opportunity for both clinicians and pastoral ministry workers to learn from and contribute to the growth and development of the other.
Please note: Entry into training as a professional supervisor requires a minimum of 5 years’ experience in your field of expertise eg 5 years experience in pastoral ministry or chaplaincy for training as a pastoral supervisor and 5 years clinical practice experience for training as a clinical supervisor.
Your pathway to accreditation as a professional clinical or pastoral supervisor is commencing in 2021 with the provision of two new units of study.
Semester 1, 2021:
CPS801 – Theory & Practice of Professional Supervision
will be co-taught with
PC023 – Professional Supervision for Ministry Workers
Semester 2, 2021:
CPS802 – Advanced Theory & Practice of Professional Supervision
will be co-taught with
PC024 – Advanced Professional Supervision for Ministry Workers
From 2022 and subject to accreditation by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency and the Australian College of Theology, these units will be transferred into a newly accredited professional supervision award.
HOW TO APPLY
Pastoral Stream (PC023 / PC024)
Students wishing to complete the Pastoral stream should apply using the Bible & Theology application process.
Clinical Stream (CPS801 / CPS802)
Students wishing to complete the Clinical stream should apply using the Counselling, Chaplaincy & Spiritual Care application process.