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.Download our brochure
This course is intended to train people to work as:
This course will also allow for:
1 year part-time
St Mark’s National Theological Centre, 15 Blackall Street BARTON ACT 2600
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.
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.
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.
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).
Session 1: Begins 1 March, ends 30 June 2019
Session 2: Begins 1 August, ends 30 November 2019
|Brisbane (Milton)||8 - 9 March||13 - 14 September|
|Canberra||18 - 19 March||3 - 4 June||12 - 13 August||14 - 15 October|
|Melbourne (Scoresby)Please note that the Melbourne campus will be offering the Pastoral Stream only.||1 - 2 March||11 - 12 October|
|Perth (Bentley)||29 - 30 March||25 - 26 October|
|Sydney (Parramatta)||11 - 12 March||6 - 7 May||5 - 6 August||21 - 22 October|
|Parramatta||Susan Marcuccio||9 - 10 March||4 - 5 May||3 - 4 August||19 -20 October|
|Macquarie Park, Sydney||Geoff Broughton||12 - 13 March||7 - 8 May||6 - 7 August||22- 23 October|
|Brisbane||Nicky Lock||6 - 7 March||18 - 19 September|
|Melbourne||Geoff Broughton||28 -29 February||14 - 15 May||31 July - 1 August||18 - 19 September|
February intake: 15 February
Mid-year intake: 15 July
For applicants seeking Recognition of Prior Learning for 2019 intake, closing date for applications is 1 November.
Session 1: 1 April
Session 2: 1 September