Dr Michael Paterson – Director, Scotland

Michael is an Episcopalian priest, psychotherapist, spiritual director, pastoral supervisor and trainer based in Fife, Scotland. He is consultant to the NHS Education for Scotland Spiritual Care and Chaplaincy Unit and non-executive director of a charity for looked after children. He is course director for professional training in supervision in Scotland and a frequent conference speaker and workshop leader in the UK , Malta and Australia. His doctoral thesis examined the multiple identities of practitioners operating on the edges of professional praxis using performance ethnography and other creative forms of reflection on practice. Michael coordinates Continuing Ministerial Development for the Scottish Episcopal Diocese of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane. Contact: michael [at] ipsrp.org.uk



  • Pastoral Supervision Revisited, A workshop for Methodist superintendents, Llandudno and Cardiff.
  • Pastoral Supervision: Equipping the Saints for Transformative Ministry, Charles Sturt University/St Barnabas College, Adelaide
  • Master Class for Supervision programme leaders and trainers, Canberra.
  • Professional Development workshop for Clinical Pastoral Education faculty and senior practitioners, Sydney.
  • Transforming Practices, Professional Development Day, Parramatta, Australia.


  • Supervision and the Ministry of Elders, Workshop Barclay Viewforth Church of Scotland, Edinburgh
  • Methodist Superintendents National Congress, Oxford and Blackpool. Keynote on Contemplative Vision
  • Pastoral Supervision Revisited and Re-visioned, 2 Keynotes for APSE 10th Anniversary Conference, Lancaster University www.pastoralsupervision.org.uk
  • Supervision workshop for Spiritual Directors, Dayspring Community, Perth, Australia
  • Turning Aside to See: A contemplative approach to reflecting on practice, Perth, Australia
  • Clinical Pastoral Education seminar, Perth, Australia.
  • Personal and professional development workshop, Adelaide, Australia.
  • Transforming Practices, 4 day masterclass in pastoral supervision, Sydney, Australia.
  • Chaplains Forum, Sydney, Australia. Two keynotes and two workshops.


Training in Pastoral Supervision

  • Course Director Certificate & Diploma in Pastoral Supervision & Reflective Practice, Glasgow and Edinburgh
  • Course Director Certificate & Diploma in Cross-Professional Creative Supervision, Edinburgh.
  • Architect, course design and delivery Values Based Reflective Practice, NHS Spiritual Care Scotland
  • Course design and delivery for Community Chaplaincy Listening, NHS Education for Scotland
  • Skills in Pastoral Supervision for Roman Catholic Clergy Archdiocese of Diocese of Malta 2018.
  • Responsible Grace training for Methodist Superintendents across UK, 2017-2018
  • Training in Pastoral Supervision for Church of Scotland, 2017-.


  • NHS Scotland review of chaplaincy education, training and formation 2013.
  • Doctoral research into ministry, education and supervising in the borderlands of praxis (Doctorate in Practical Theology, University of Glasgow, 2016)
  • Research into post graduate formational programme for spiritual care practitioners, Edinburgh.
  • Five Year plan for Values Based Reflective Practice programme, NHS Scotland.
  • Soul, Role and Context as a model for missional supervision


2007     Singing for Our Lives: Positively Gay and Christian. Cairns Publications.

2010     Pastoral Supervision: A Handbook with Jane Leach. SCM

2014     Empowering Ministry: Supervision in Context with Jessica Rose. SCM

2015     Pastoral Supervision: A Handbook, Second Edition with Jane Leach. SCM

2016     Community Chaplaincy Listening: A Handbook for Best Practice, NHS Education for Scotland, Glasgow.

2016     Kinship in the Borderlands of Praxis: A Theological Performance Autoethnography, Doctoral Thesis, University of Glasgow.

2017     Values Based Reflective Practice: A Handbook for Best Practice, NHS Education for Scotland, Glasgow.

2017     Values Based Reflective Practice: Trainers’ Handbook, NHS Education for Scotland, Glasgow.

2018     Childhood Sexual Abuse: Caring for self and others, Redemptorist Publications.

2018     Practical Theology in Progress: Showcasing an Emerging Discipline, London: Routledge.

2020     Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Pastoral Supervision: Revisited and Revisioned, Edinburgh: IPSRP Publications. Available from Amazon.co.uk

2020     Pastoral Supervision: Theological Perspectives, in preparation.

2020     Creative Reflection: An Anthology for Supervision Trainers, in preparation.

Papers and Articles

2004      ‘Surfing the Waves: Formation in Ministry in the Christian Tradition                                   Revisited’ Journal of Adult Theological Education 1:1

2011       ‘Reflective Practice’ Scottish Association of Chaplains in Health Care                                    Soundings 45

2012      ‘Reflective Practice and Supervision as Courageous Conversation’ Scottish Journal of Healthcare Chaplaincy

2012      ‘Sustained from the Inside’ Scottish Journal of Healthcare Chaplaincy

2012      Review of Education and Formation for Health Care Chaplains and Spiritual care Providers, NHS Education for Scotland, Glasgow.

2013      Paterson & Kelly, ‘Reflective Practice- A Method Developed in Scotland for Spiritual Care Practitioners’ Practical Theology 6.1

2014      Emerging Paradigms in Health and Social Care: Disorientation or Reorientation?’ Journal of Health and Social Care Chaplaincy, 2.1

2014      ‘New Wine? New Wineskins? Values-based reflections on the changing face of healthcare chaplaincy.’ Journal of Health and Social Care Chaplaincy 2.2

2015      ‘When the Chaplain is ready the teacher will appear’ Journal of Health and Social Care Chaplaincy 3.1

2015     ‘Supervision, Support and Safe Practice’  chapter in A Handbook of Chaplaincy Studies, London: Ashgate.

2016      Formation Programme for Community Chaplaincy Listening, NHS Education for Scotland, Glasgow.

2019      Discipled by Praxis: Soul, Role and Context in Dialogue, Practical Theology 11.6

Commissioned Research

2013                Education, Formation and Training, Scottish Government Commissioned Report for NHS Education for Scotland.

2018                Five year plan for fostering reflective practice within Health and Social Care in Scotland

Academic Examining

2004-2007       External examiner in theology & pastoral studies, Milltown Institute of Philosophy & Theology, Dublin

2007-2010       External examiner for MA in Supervisory Practice, All Hallows College, Dublin

2018                External examiner for PhD students, University of Canberra, Australia.

2020                Doctoral examiner for Charles Sturt University, Australia.

2020                Doctoral supervisor in Pastoral supervision, AlphaCrucis College, Sydney, Australia

Editorial Boards

I have served on the editorial boards of Practical Theology and the Journal of Health & Social Care Chaplaincy and regularly contribute peer reviews, book reviews and articles to these and other journals. A full list of my publications can be found on www.ipsrp.org.uk. I am also a peer reviewer for SCM and Routledge.