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Professional Supervision Courses

Study Professional Supervision with Australia's leading supervision trainers

What is Professional Supervision and why is it important?

Professional supervision is about reflecting, not reporting.

It’s a supportive and enabling process where a trained supervisor and supervisee reflect on work practice together. The supervision relationship offers supervisees the reflective time, the safe space, and formal structure to notice, wonder, and realise fresh perspectives on current practice and professional identity.

For those in pastoral and helping professions, this process of reflective practice counters burnout and compassion fatigue, helping you build resilience as you continue helping others. 

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Rev'd Dr Geoff Broughton

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St Mark’s are pioneers and leaders in professional supervision training for pastoral and clinical professions. Learn how our unique blended approach can benefit your ministry and vocation.


Why choose St Mark’s

We’re established and experienced

We’ve been Australia’s leaders in training pastoral and clinical supervisors for 10 years. Our educators are industry experts and advisors with active current professional practices in supervision.

Our courses are accredited

All our courses are accredited with the Australasian Association of Supervision (AAoS). The clinical stream of our Graduate Certificate in Professional Supervision is accredited by the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA)

We offer a unique approach

Our Graduate Certificate in Professional Supervision pioneered a unique, blended approach where both clinical and pastoral streams are taught for most of the course, enriching and rounding your learning.

Our training is widely recognised

Our courses are recommended by numerous church bodies as the preferred standard for their professional supervisors.

Our graduates are highly sought after to provide supervision in church and parachurch contexts. These include the Anglican Church, Chaplaincy Australia, military chaplaincy, major aged care providers, and welfare agencies.


Professional Supervision Course Options

St Mark’s offers three avenues for professional supervision training and study that cater to different academic pathways in VET and Higher Education. All our courses are accredited by the Australasian Association of Supervision (AAoS).

  • 10706NAT Graduate Certificate in Professional Supervision (Clinical) (Pastoral)

    This VET course is unique as students are trained for both clinical and pastoral settings for the majority of the program. Delivered through face-to-face intensives blended with online learning, our course focuses on practice and includes a supervisory component. Our delivery style is also immersive as it models the transformational learning experience of professional supervision. There are flexible admission requirements and the course can be completed in 1 year. Payment plans are available.

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  • Graduate Certificate in Ministry

    Delivered through Charles Sturt University’s School of Theology and taught by the same Lead Trainer from our VET training program, this course is ideal for people looking to explore supervision theories in depth and blend professional supervision study with other Ministry electives. To round off your professional supervision study, you can also opt for an additional elective on Group Supervision as part of your graduate certificate. The course comprises one core subject and three electives, and can be completed in 1-2 years part-time. It also articulates into other postgraduate Ministry courses. FEE-Help is available.

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  • Single Subject Study

    You can opt to study both Professional Supervision subjects on their own through Charles Sturt University. These are the same subjects offered through the Graduate Certificate in Ministry: MIN503 Professional Supervision 1 and MIN525 Professional Supervision 2. Recommended admission requirements. There is no formal award at the completion of both subjects. Both subjects are accredited with AAoS

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Dr Andrew Ball

What our students think

Dr Andrew Ball was Executive Ministry Director for Churches of Christ in the NSW and ACT for 18 years prior to semi-retiring to help those in Christian leadership engage holistically in their own growth and development.  During 2020 in his final year of service, Andrew chose to study the Graduate Certificate in Professional Supervision at St Marks in readiness to help supervise senior leaders.

When finishing his course Andrew reflected on the experience as follows:

“After 35 years in ministry, I’ve seen that life on the front line in ministry is tough. Quality reflective practice is invaluable. I want to commend St Mark’s for your work in supporting ministers/pastors in this way.” 

He believes that isolation and complexity are two critical factors causing many in ministry to flounder and hopes to use his skills, supervision training and experience to help other denominational leaders in their leadership.

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