Graduate Certificate Professional Supervision (Clinical)(Pastoral)

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Grad Cert Professional Supervision (Clinical) (Pastoral)

A caring supervisory relationship can transform the challenge in providing pastoral care into opportunities for a flourishing professional life. This course trains mid-career carers to offer that supervisory relationship to others.

A well-trained supervisor listens carefully to supervisees, enables them to reflect upon their experiences of care, and empowers the supervisee to grow as a professional and as a person.

Our 10706NAT Graduate Certificate Professional Supervision (Clinical) (Pastoral) course is unique, and has been developed to meet the needs of people both in pastoral ministry and professional counselling. The Australian community now expects better standards of accountability for those in caring roles. Our structured and caring approach to competent supervision will help you to meet this need.

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.

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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


St Francis Theological College

Central Coast

Kincumber Anglican Church


Ridley College


Entry requirements for Clinical Stream

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 of five years’ experience in their relevant field.

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


  • A copy of relevant previous awards gained, e.g. an undergraduate degree or higher qualification in Counselling, Psychotherapy, Psychology, Social Work, Social Science
  • Résumé
  • One professional reference attesting to five years of clinical experience


Entry requirements for Pastoral Stream

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. Such environments might include churches, counselling organisations, ministries, or community services.

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

Applicants must be Australian or New Zealand citizens, Australian permanent residents, or hold a permanent humanitarian visa.


  • A copy of relevant previous awards gained, e.g. an accredited Diploma or Advanced Diploma level or higher qualification in Theology or Ministry or equivalent.
  • Résumé
  • One professional reference attesting to five years’ experience in a relevant environment


Certain applicants with particular experience may wish to apply for both streams of the GCPS. This pathway involves some additional assessment, and an increased cost. Applicants wishing to apply for both streams need to demonstrate that they meet the admission criteria for both pastoral and clinical streams. For further information about this, please contact St Mark’s.

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

The course is comprised of two streams– clinical and pastoral. Each stream is made up of 4 core units plus 2 electives per stream. The stream completed is determined by the relevant background of the applicant.

CORE (4)

  • SUPEMS001 Establish and manage the supervision relationship
    This unit provides an approach to “contracting” with a supervisee, in order to find their needs and aspirations. It also develops preliminary competence in engaged active listening.
  • SUPPPS002 Provide professional supervision
    You will learn how to conceptualise the supervisory task. Since supervision includes reflection on relationships with people who are not in the room, you will receive a “framework” by which to help your supervisee reflect upon these complex relationships, and their own reactions to them.
  • CHCGRP004 Deliver structured programs
    In the context of the supervisory relationship, it is important for the supervisor to intentionally lead each session, and the overall supervisory experience. This unit develops such intentionality while also retaining emotional connection with the supervisee.
  • PSPGEN035 Provide workplace mentoring
    Supervisors set the conditions under which a supervisee can grow in professional competence. Even without knowing technical aspects of the supervisee’s work, this unit trains supervisors to astutely discern with a supervisee how to develop as a professional.

ELECTIVES (choose 1 stream)

Pastoral Stream: 

  • DEFCHP002 Provide ethical and pastoral advice
    Pastoral carers often work with those in ethically and morally difficult situations. This unit will assist a supervisor to analyse such situations with the supervisee, so that the supervisee will have more creative and helpful responses.
  • CHCPRP006 Lead own professional development
    The supervisor is not a counsellor or a therapist for the supervisee. This unit shows supervisors how to enable pastoral supervisees to take responsibility for their own professional life and personal wellbeing.

Clinical Stream: 

  • CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
    There are legal and moral minima to which all counselling supervisors and supervisees must comply in their professional practice. This unit overviews these requirements, and shows how to meet them in an orderly and integrated way.
  • CHCPRP007 Work within a clinical supervision framework
    Clinical counsellors are required to undergo supervision for their case load. This unit outlines how to conduct and participate in such supervision.


This graduate certificate 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.

Our course fees are outlined on our Fees and Payment Options page.

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).


Session 1: Begins 1 March, ends 30 June 2021
Session 2: Begins 1 August, ends 30 November 2021

INTENSIVES February intake 2021

BrisbaneClinical and PastoralNicky Lock and Dale Keenan5-6 March
16-19 June
17-18 September
Sydney (closed session)Pastoral Geoff Broughton and Kate Beer 5–6 November 202011–12 February 29–30 April10–11 June
MelbournePastoral Geoff Broughton18–19 Feb20–21 May5–6 August16–17 September
Central Coast Clinical and PastoralSusan Marcuccio 11–12 March 6–7 May5–6 August21-22 October


February intake: 15 February
Partners in Ministry special intake: 20 October 2020

For applicants seeking Recognition of Prior Learning for 2021 intake, closing date for applications is 1 November.


Session 1: 1 April
Session 2: 1 September

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