MIN503 Professional Supervision 1 (8)

This subject introduces students to the key aspects of professional supervision. The students will learn advanced skills and knowledge in a range of areas, including how to establish and manage a supervision relationship, how to facilitate transformational learning for a supervisee, how to provide professional supervision in a range of contexts, how to distinguish professional supervision from other forms of reflective practice, how to undertake professional and theological reflection, and how to apply legal and ethical responsibilities within professional and ministry contexts.


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Canberra Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: MIN503. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Theology

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to establish and manage a contracted and confidential supervision relationship through use of advanced skills in creating rapport and demonstrating empathy;
  • be able to demonstrate facilitation of transformational learning through use of advanced communication, goal setting and evaluation skills;
  • be able to critically differentiate between professional supervision and other professional development practices including, mentoring, coaching, pastoral care and spiritual direction;
  • be able to demonstrate advanced skills in the selection of and use of supervision techniques from a wide range of professional supervision theories and models, demonstrating sensitivity, creativity and flexibility in their approach;
  • be able to critically evaluate ethical issues arising in professional supervision, demonstrating knowledge of ethical and theological approaches to these issues;
  • be able to articulate a personal ethical approach for their own practice, including an ability to recognise and competently address the wide range of ethical and legal concerns in supervision;
  • be able to critically reflect on key issues arising in professional supervision using rigorous, intentional theological reflection; and
  • be able to critically reflect on their own personal process as a professional supervisor.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Historical development of professional supervision practice
  • A range of advanced professional supervision models applied to ministry and clinical contexts including the Functional, Process, Developmental, and Cyclical models
  • Contracting for professional supervision
  • Complex communication and relational skills and use of self-reflection in supervision
  • Creative techniques for professional supervision
  • Working in professional supervision relationships in both individual and group settings
  • Complex professional issues in professional supervision: transference, countertransference, supervision of supervision, boundaries, dual relationships, and evaluation in supervision
  • Advanced understanding of the role of power dynamics in professional and pastoral relationships
  • Multi-faceted ethical and legal responsibilities within professional supervision, including confidentiality, codes of conduct, professional membership obligations, boundary issues, misuse of power, gender relations, multi-cultural contexts, and protection. of children and vulnerable persons
  • Personal and professional development as a supervisor, including developing self-awareness as a professional supervisor
  • Self-care, prevention of burnout and vicarious traumatization
  • Advanced theological reflection in professional and pastoral supervision

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of MIN503 in Session 1 2021. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Contract development with supervisee and reflectio
Skills critique
Critical review
Ethical dilemma
Work placement as a supervisor

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 1.25 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

As part of subject assessment students are required to complete 9 hours of workplace learning, comprising 4 hours of professional supervision as a supervisee and 5 hours as a student supervisor

Residential School

This subject contains a 4 day Compulsory Residential School.

The compulsory residential school will involve experiential and practical sessions where students will be
able to practise professional supervision skills, explore interpersonal dynamics, integrate theoretical
counselling and theological knowledge and develop increasing self-awareness through self-reflective

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2022. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.