MIN525 Professional Supervision (8)

This subject introduces students to the key aspects of professional supervision in both clinical and pastoral contexts. The students will learn advanced skills and knowledge in a range of areas, including how to establish and manage a supervision relationship; how to provide professional supervision in ministry, community sector, and professional contexts; how to undertake professional reflection; how to plan group interventions; how to provide ethical and pastoral advice; and how to apply legal and ethical responsibilities within professional and ministry contexts.


Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Canberra Campus
Canberra Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: MIN525. 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

Enrolment Restrictions

Only available to student enrolled in Master of Ministry Articulated Set and Master of Pastoral Counselling Articulated Set



Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate advanced knowledge and skills in professional supervision within a ministry or professional context;
  • be able to demonstrate advanced communication skills to justify and interpret professional decisions to religious practitioners and laity;
  • be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of ethical approaches to professional supervision in ministry or professional contexts and articulate a personal ethical approach for the professional implementation of their own practice;
  • be able to demonstrate knowledge of legal principles and obligations applicable to professional supervision in ministry and professional contexts;
  • be able to demonstrate high-level personal autonomy and accountability in the execution of professional supervision; and
  • be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the importance of a professional supervision methodology as a critical and constructive enterprise for reflective practice in ministry and professional contexts.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • historical development of professional supervision practice
  • advanced professional supervision models applied to pastoral and clinical contexts
  • advanced theological reflection on professional and pastoral supervision with implications for the Australian context
  • complex relational skills and use of self-reflection in supervision
  • personal development as a supervisor, including developing self-awareness as a professional supervisor
  • creative techniques for professional supervision
  • contracting 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 responsibilities within professional supervision, including understanding of the application of professional codes and working within multi-cultural contexts
  • self-care, prevention of burnout and vicarious traumatisation

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of MIN525 in Session 2 2020. 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 %
Reflective essay
Full supervision session and self critique
Integration essay

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 2.25 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

As part of subject assessment students are required to complete 18 hours comprising 8 hours of professional supervision as a supervisee and 10 hours as a student supervisor. 

Residential School

This subject contains a 4 day Compulsory Residential School.

Professional supervision requires that online students receive a set number of face-to-face teaching hours in order to meet minimal industry standard requirements for future professional accreditation.

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 process.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.