2020 Glasgow Course

The current Certificate and Diploma in Pastoral Supervision cohort began in Glasgow in  January 2020 at the Ignatian Spirituality Centre, Scott Street, Glasgow


Certificate Module One          January 7; February 4; March 3; March 31;

Certificate Module Two         April 28; May 26; June 30; July 28

Diploma Module                     October 13; November 10; December 8; January 12


Supervision & Mission Introductory Workshop (Module One: Part One)  Jan 7; Feb 4

The theological and theoretical basis for supervision; pastoral supervision within ministry and mission; differences between supervision, line management, spiritual accompaniment and personal therapy; establishing expectations; structuring the supervisory time


Toolkits and Frameworks for Pastoral Supervision (Module One: Part Two) Mar 3; Mar 31

Core skills & competencies for supervising; power and vulnerability; developmental phases in supervision; tools for getting participants and their work into the room; eliciting, tracking and exploring the supervisory focus; building the bridge from reflection back to practice.


Behind the Scenes, Beneath the Words (Module Two) Apr 28; May 26; Jun 30; July 28.

Working with the ‘then and there’ in the ‘here and now’; dynamics between supervisor, supervisee, context and culture; unspoken and unconscious factors in supervision; creative methods for accessing what is really going on; collusion, avoidance and sabotage.


Professional Integration & Independent Learning (Module Three & Four) Dates to be confirmed

Personal, vocational and professional integration; theological reflection; integrative theoretical and praxis base for supervision; team and group supervision; professional practice issues.

Fees:                            £800 for Certificate; £1200 for Certificate and Diploma taken together.

Eligibility:                   The course is open to anyone in ministry, lay and ordained.

Offering Supervision: Participants build up a practice log of 10 hours of supervision to gain the certificate and 25 hours for the Diploma.          

Being Supervised:      Participants are required to engage in monthly supervision with an approved mentoring supervision to embed their learning and practice.

Accreditation:            The course meets the training hours required for accreditation with APSE (Association for Pastoral Supervision and Education)

Application Process:  Applicants are asked to complete an application form, nominate a referee and be interviewed (in person, by phone or by skype/zoom). A fee of £45 is charged to cover the application process.  

Training Team

Rev Dr Michael Paterson. Michael is a priest of the Scottish Episcopal Church, founding member of the Association for Pastoral Supervision & Education (APSE) and Director of the Institute of Pastoral Supervision & Reflective Practice. His published works include Pastoral Supervision: A Handbook 2nd Edition (SCM 2015) and Enriching Ministry through Pastoral Supervision (SCM 2014). Further details from

Rev Ian Taylor. Ian is a Parish Minister in Bishopbriggs, Glasgow who has supervised students and colleagues for many of the ministries of the Church. Since 2010 he has been involved in pastoral supervision through the development and delivery of the Church of Scotland Supervisors training programme. He is motivated by a desire to make a difference in the work practice and lives of those whom he supervises. This ‘super vision’ will hopefully benefit both the supervisee and those with whom they work.

Rev Liz Crumlish. Liz has been a Church of Scotland minister for 25 years, working in Hospital Chaplaincy and Parish ministry and is currently involved in coaching and mentoring ministers and congregations through cultural change in Path of Renewal. Liz obtained a Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling and volunteered for a time at the Tom Allan Centre in Glasgow. She has a Diploma in Palliative Care and has also completed the Diploma in Pastoral Supervision with the Institute of Pastoral Supervision and Reflective Practice.

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New Publication

To commemorate the first ten years of the Journal of Practical Theology, Nigel Rooms (Editor) and Zoe Bennet (former editor) selected a number of articles which they deemed to showcase good examples of practical theology writing over the period. IPSRP is delighted to report that Michael Paterson and Ewan Kelly’s article ‘Values-based Reflective Practice: A Method developed in Scotland for Spiritual Care Practitioners’, Practical Theology Journal, 6.1 (2013) 51-68 as part of that collection.  Routledge have now brought out a hardback edition of the collection entitled Practical Theology in Progress: Showcasing an Emerging Discipline, London, 2018. IPSRP is proud to be playing a part in the development of practical theology in the UK.

British & Irish Association for Practical Theology (BIAPT)

Michael Paterson will be delivering one of the keynote addresses at the British & Irish Association for Practical Theology (BIAPT) Annual Conference at the University of Warwick 10-12 July 2018.

Discipled by Praxis: Soul and Role in Context

Love it or hate it, reflective practice is here to stay. But with no agreed definition, clear telos, or recognisable formula, its use presents practitioners with a plethora of theoretical, ethical and practical questions. This presentation traces the development of the practice, identifies prevailing strands within the extensive literature and explores why close encounters of a reflective kind cause some people to flourish and others to flounder. Weaving theory and praxis together, it argues for a missional approach to reflection which engages soul, role and context in dialogue and underlines the invaluable pedagogical and formative character of praxis. The presentation will include samples of creative forms of theological reflection drawn from the presenter’s own experience.