Diploma Course

Click here for information about the Diploma course being online held in July 2020 because of COVID restrictions.

APSE logoA creative and professional learning experience for those who have completed the Certificate in Supervision (or an equivalent 35+ hours of supervision training) and want to/already offer a professional level of supervision. The course focuses on developing and monitoring supervisory relationships that support the accountability and flourishing of supervisees within a professional framework.  Creative methods, facilitated triads and group supervision are part of the learning process.

This course prepares participants to submit applications for accreditation to the Association of Pastoral Supervision and Education.  Further practice hours will need to be evidenced beyond those required by this course.  Information about APSE accreditation routes can be found here.

Students have included those already practising as professional supervisors and those seeking accreditation including hospital chaplains, spiritual directors, local clergy, theological educators & CPE supervisors from Australia, Ireland, the UK, and the USA including Anglicans, Methodists, Reformed, Roman Catholics and Salvationists.

  • ‘I learnt an immense amount and I’m still processing some. I have a glimpse of more learning to come.’ Kate Gartside, retired URC minister
  • ‘Wonderful, playful, energetic, thoughtful. The whole process modelled the process of supervision’, Julie Dunstan, supervisor of spiritual directors
  • ‘The way we worked together was excellent – using us all and respecting input offered by participants.’ Donna Ely, Methodist Deacon

Course details

  • The course consists of a taught component of either 5 intensive face to face days, or seven days online for which an attendance certificate is provided to evidence continuing professional development hours.
  • Prior to the start of the taught component about 10 hours of preparation is needed.
  • Following the intensive days, or after the first two online days, participants who wish to receive the full Diploma need to both offer supervision and reflect with a supervisor on that practice, and complete the following portfolio of work:
    • Feedback from two supervisees
    • A reference from an Accredited Supervisor on the basis of at least one completed and discussed process report
    • 3,000 word report analysing the dynamics and development of one supervisory relationship (at least 6 sessions) conducted during the training period.
    • 3,000 word paper articulating the supervisor’s approach to pastoral supervision, commenting on the APSE competencies and making reference to the supervision literature and examples from their own practice.
  • We invite participants to join us for college worship during the course, should they like to.

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