Professional Training in Pastoral Supervision

The next intake of the Certificate and Diploma in Cross-Professional Pastoral Supervision will commence in late 2020/ early 2021 in Central Scotland.

Introductory Workshop (Module One: Part One)  

What is supervision? What makes it pastoral? How does it differ from clinical supervision, line management, spiritual accompaniment or counselling? Contracting for share expectations; structuring the supervisory time

 Toolkits and Frameworks (Module One: Part Two) 

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) 

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)

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

Fees:                            £900 for Certificate; £1300 for Certificate & Diploma taken together.

Eligibility:                   The course is open to anyone who supports the work of others through management, training, reflective practice or supervision.

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 supervisor 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

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), Enriching Ministry through Pastoral Supervision (SCM 2014) and Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Pastoral Supervision Revisited & Revisioned (IPSRP 2020). Further details from

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.

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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