Pastoral Supervision

Two practical courses in Cambridge delivered by leading practitioners to develop your skills in using supervision for supporting those amongst whom you minister. They are delivered by APSE accredited supervisors and educators.

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These intensive courses cover both the theory and practice of supervision. They are theologically rich, psychologically informed and contextually sensitive.

Both courses have a strong emphasis on experiential learning and across the five immersive days participants will be given time and space to explore the theory of supervision, practice supervision skills and reflect on the learning. In the six months following the intensive week participants will practice supervising and need to find an Accredited Supervisor who will supervise them on their supervision as well as their ministry to help to embed their learning and develop their practice.

Certificate in Pastoral Supervision
13th to 17th July 2020
12th to 16th July 2021

Initial training for those who have oversight of colleagues, team members or peers or who are interested to explore the skill set of a pastoral supervisor. Some may have already attended a basic skills course, but this is not a requirement. The aim of the course is to offer a learning experience where participants can explore the theory and practice of supervision, experience and reflect on what supervision is (and is not!) and build confidence to practice the core skills of pastoral supervision.  Creative methods and facilitated triads are part of the learning process.

This course provides 35 hours towards the APSE accreditation requirement of 70 hours training. The Diploma course provides the second 35 hours and the necessary skill development to operate professionally as a supervisor. Information about APSE accreditation routes can be found here.  It is not normally possible to take both the Certificate and Diploma courses in the same calendar year.

During the taught component of the course

  • Self-evaluation of dispositions, skills and knowledge
  • Tutor feedback on dispositions, skills and knowledge
  • Peer feedback on presentation

 Final Portfolio

  • A verbatim account of one supervisory session with a 2,000 word commentary reflecting on its processes
  • References from two supervisees
  • A reference from an Accredited Supervisor
  • 3,000 word essay articulating the nature of pastoral supervision and giving a rationale for its use in the participant’s context. The essay should engage with the literature of pastoral supervision and give examples of the benefits of pastoral supervision from the participant’s own experience.

Diploma in Pastoral Supervision
20th to 24th July 2020
19th to 23rd July 2021

A 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.

Assessment of the Course

During the taught component of the course

  • Self-evaluation of dispositions, knowledge and skills
  • Tutor feedback on dispositions, knowledge and skills
  • Presentation of a review of a selected supervision text

Final Portfolio

  • A 3,000 word report analysing the dynamics and development of one supervisory relationship (at least 6 sessions) conducted during the training period.
  • 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 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.

Course Tutors

The Revd Dr Jane Leach
Senior Accredited Pastoral Supervisor and Educator, APSE
Principal, Wesley House
Connexional Director of Supervision, Methodist Church in Britain

The Revd Diane Clutterbuck
Senior Accredited Pastoral Supervisor and Educator, APSE



  • Residential                          £900
  • Non-residential                    £600

Some bursaries may be available for church-based ministers.

The course fee includes marking of the supervision that takes place in the six months following the course but not the cost of that supervision itself.



The courses start at 9am and finish at 5pm, except on the last day when we finish at 1.00pm.

The residential courses are offered on a bed and breakfast basis.

We are in the centre of Cambridge within easy walking distance of cafes, restaurants and supermarkets. Participants are also welcome to use the common kitchen facilities to make lunch and dinner.

There is no parking at Wesley House. We recommend non-residential delegates use public transport and Cambridge’s park and ride facilities.

We invite participants to join us for college worship during the course, should they like to.


To apply

Email us to apply, with details of any Supervision training you have undertaken, your experience of Supervision and how you plan to use this training.

“Pastoral Supervision is a relationship between two or more disciples who meet to consider the ministry of one of them in a way that is intentional and disciplined. Such and arrangement allows each person being supervised to give an account of their work, to explore their responses, review their aims and develop their strategies and skills.” (Leach and Patterson, Pastoral Supervision a Handbook (Second Edition) SCM 2015; p.1)