Graduate Certificate Professional Supervision (Clinical)(Pastoral)

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Grad Cert Professional Supervision (Clinical)(Pastoral)

This postgraduate-level course gives counsellors and ministry workers the opportunity to study the theory and practice of professional supervision within a theological framework. 

The clinical stream is designed for experienced counselling and psychotherapy clinicians who wish to develop their supervision ability and practice.

The pastoral stream is for experienced clergy, pastors, chaplains, and ministry workers who are supervising church workers in pastoral settings.

This course is intended to train people to work as:

  • Clinical supervisors of counsellors, therapists, social workers, youth and community workers
  • Pastoral supervisors of clergy, church workers and pastoral carers
  • Supervisors of pastoral care workers in hospitals and aged care facilities
  • Supervisors of students in training

This course will also allow for:

  • Supervisors to upgrade their skills and knowledge
  • Individuals to qualify for membership of professional supervision associations

1 year part-time

  • Classroom-based
  • Online-based
  • Work-based

Newtown Campus

Parramatta Campus

Wahroonga Campus


Admission for Clinical Stream

Entry requirements for Clinical Stream (which includes the elective competency CHCCSL508B Apply legal and ethical responsibilities in counselling practice)

To gain entry into the Clinical Stream of the Graduate Certificate in Professional Supervision (Clinical) (Pastoral) a candidate must have an undergraduate degree or higher qualification in Counselling, Psychotherapy, Psychology, Social Work, Social Science or equivalent.

All applicants must have a minimum five years of experience in their relevant field.

You must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, an Australian permanent resident, or hold a permanent humanitarian visa.

Documents to submit (Clinical Stream)
  • Certified copies of previous awards gained: An undergraduate degree or higher qualification in Counselling, Psychotherapy, Psychology, Social Work, Social Science or equivalent
  • Résumé
  • One professional reference attesting to five years of clinical experience

Admission for Pastoral Stream

Entry requirements for Pastoral Stream (which includes the elective competency DEFCH002C Provide ethical and pastoral care)

To gain entry into the Pastoral Stream of the Graduate Certificate in Professional Supervision (Clinical) (Pastoral) a candidate must have an accredited Diploma or Advanced Diploma level or higher qualification in Theology or Ministry or equivalent and demonstrated experience in a pastoral counselling environment involving the self-directed application of relevant knowledge and a range of communication and counselling skills.

All applicants must have a minimum five years of experience in their relevant field.
You must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, an Australian permanent resident, or hold a permanent humanitarian visa.

Documents to submit (Pastoral Stream)
  • Certified copies of previous awards gained: An accredited Diploma or Advanced Diploma level or higher qualification in Theology or Ministry or equivalent.
  • Résumé
  • One professional reference attesting to five years of ministry experience
  • Proof of at least five years of experience in ministry and in a pastoral counselling environment. (Pastoral counselling experience should evidence the self-directed application of relevant knowledge and the use of a range of communication and counselling skills.To attest to these, please submit:
    • A duty/position statement or job description of your ministry role or job,AND EITHER
      • A second professional reference,
        OR
      • Proof of an accredited Certificate IV or higher level qualification in counselling (please attached a certified copy of your certificate/diploma/testamur)
        OR
      • A recording of a pastoral counselling session (a 30 minute clinical or pastoral counselling session with a 500-word critique of that session (this should be a live session, not a role play, recorded with the person’s written consent).

Competencies in this course are taught using a highly integrated approach. This course requires that you complete the following units of compentency.

The course is comprised of two streams– clinical and pastoral. Each stream is made up of 4 core units plus 1 elective stream. The stream completed is determined by the relevant background of the applicant. (Note: these competencies are in the process of being upgraded.)

CORE (4)

SUPEMS801A Establish and manage the supervision relationship
SUPPPS801A Provide supervision
CHCGRP004 Deliver Structured Programs
PSPGEN035 Provide workplace mentoring

ELECTIVES (choose 1 stream)

Pastoral Stream: 

DEFCHP002 Provide ethical and pastoral advice
CHCPRP006 Lead own professional development

Clinical Stream: 

CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
CHCPRP007 Work within a clinical supervision framework

 

This graduate diploma emphasises face-to-face practical sessions for role play and simulated supervision experiences. This course includes emphasis on group sharing and discussion as a form of assessment. It also requires learners to contract with a supervisee for six sessions of supervision.

Completion of this award in the clinical stream will enable counselling professionals to offer formal supervision to counsellors and other helpers. Completion of this award on the pastoral stream will position clergy to offer professional supervision to clergy and other helpers. (National standards around clergy supervision are likely to emerge after the recent Royal Commission into churches and other institutions.

Australasian Association of Supervisors and Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (clinical entrants only).

Newtown Session Dates

  • Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 February
  • Monday 1 and Tuesday 2 May
  • Monday 24 and Tuesday 25 July
  • Tuesday 3 and Wednesday 4 October

Parramatta Session Dates

  • Monday 13 and Tuesday 14 March
  • Monday 8 and Tuesday 9 May
  • Monday 31 July and Tuesday 1 August
  • Monday 23 and Tuesday 24 October

Ridley Session Dates

  • Friday 4 and Saturday 5 August
  • Friday 13 and Saturday 14 October

Waroonga Session Dates

  • Friday 17 and Saturday 18 March
  • Friday 5 and Saturday 6 May
  • Friday 14 July and Saturday 15 July
  • Friday 6 and Saturday 7 October

Application closing dates

Session 1 application deadline: 15 February 2018
Session 1 late application deadline: 22 February 2018 (Late applications will incur a late fee.)Session 2 application deadline: 15 July 2018
Session 2 late application deadline: 22 February 2018 (Late applications will incur a late fee.)

For applicants seeking Recognition of Prior Learning for 2018 intake, closing date for applications is 1 October 2017.

Expression of Interest

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