Graduate Certificate in Professional Supervision
This course provides professional training in supervision for those in the caring professions who have a responsibility of support and oversight for others. The Graduate Certificate of Professional Supervision is an accredited course with the Australian Association of Supervision.
Professional supervision facilitates an ongoing conversation between a person’s soul (motivation), role (responsibilities) and context (enabling and limiting factors of practice). It attends to systemic wellbeing: the wellbeing of the practitioner; the wellbeing of the supervisee and the wellbeing of the organisation within which the work is set.
The course brings together theory and practice and is delivered through group based learning (intensive days), follow up video lectures and small group practicums. The course invites applications from experienced practitioners in any of the people-helping professions (counselling, ministry, chaplaincy, pastoral settings, etc). Participants will examine different models of professional supervision and how they are applied in clinical, community and pastoral contexts, in keeping with industry standards and a Christian worldview.
The course structure is based on one semester (each of 13 weeks duration) with four subjects taught across the semester, or up to two years part-time*.
- 4 core subjects (40 credit points)
To qualify for award of the Graduate Certificate in Professional Supervision, a candidate shall accrue an aggregate of at least 40 credit points, including satisfactory completion of the core subjects.
*Please note: This course is currently available for part-time study only.
For more information see the Student Handbook.
Applicants with Recent Secondary Education (within the past 2 years)
This course of study requires the completion of a higher education qualification by an authorised institution. Applicants with recent high school education only are not eligible for direct entry into this course.
Applicants with Vocational Education and Training (VET) Study
This course of study requires the completion of a higher education qualification by an authorised institution. Applicants with a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification only are not eligible for direct entry into this course.
Applicants with Higher Education Study
Applicants whose highest level of study enrolment since leaving secondary education is a higher education qualification must demonstrate the completion of an AQF Level 7 Bachelor degree (or higher) in any discipline by an authorised institution for admission into this course.
Applicants with Work and Life Experience
Applicants seeking entry into this course may be eligible for Professional Entry where they can demonstrate a minimum of 5 years’ relevant work experience in a managerial or professional leadership role. This may include:
- Managers and leaders in non-government organisations which act to further social or cultural outworking of Christian ministry; or
- People who are fulfilling positions of responsibility including team or industry leadership.
Applicants must submit a copy of their CV with a cover letter outlining how they meet the above criteria, or equivalent.
Essential Entry Requirements
All applicants must submit a Statement of Intention as part of their application for admission into this course. This should include the email and phone contact details for at least one professional referee.
The Program Director or delegated representative may conduct a pre-admission interview for applicants as part of their application for admission into this course. As part of this interview, applicants will be assessed on the presence of some fundamental human capacities, their self-awareness and relational capacity, capacity to understand and practice ethical behaviour and willingness to follow the PACFA Code of Ethics, capacity to reflect on and learn from experience, and willingness to participate in a planned and structured client contact setting.
All students are required to complete the new Working with Children Check online before they will be allowed to participate in professional practice subjects. Students will be classified as a ‘volunteer’.
Overseas students are required to demonstrate their English proficiency skills. Such students admitted into our programs must attain an overall IELTS (or equivalent) score of 6.5 (with no score below 6.0 in any of the four skills areas). IELTS (or equivalent) is not required for applicants who have undertaken five years of required higher education study (or equivalent) in English from an approved country or who have completed a Certificate IV or higher qualification awarded in English under the Australian Qualification Framework by an authorised institution or registered training organisation.
Delivery Mode*: Face-to-Face (Campus class), Online Live (Zoom class), Online Recorded
Locations**: Hobart, Sydney and Online
Duration***: 6 months full-time/up to 2 years part-time
Intakes: Semester 1, Semester 2
* Our study modes are flexible so you can mix-and-match different modes throughout your course to fit your needs. For example, a face-to-face student can choose to attend some classes online or an online student may choose to take some subjects face-to-face (please note: This course is currently being delivered online only (via zoom livestream, and/or pre-recorded lectures)).
** Some subjects may only be available in certain study modes each semester. Please check the timetable for the most up-to-date information. Face-to-face classes can be delivered weekly or via intensives, where the subject is delivered in a block over consecutive weekdays and/or weekends. Some subjects must be completed face-to-face to meet professional accreditation requirements.
*** This course is currently available for part-time study only.
Course Learning Outcomes
- integrated understanding of key issues, theoretical concepts and practices within professional supervision context;
- knowledge of various approaches used in professional supervision within the Christian worldview framework;
Demonstrated ability to:
- critically apply knowledge developed for use in professional supervision;
- use critical, evidence-based and innovative thinking skills to analyse and synthesise ideas and theories from other disciplines related to professional supervision;
- effectively communicate ideas and proposed solutions to peers and general audiences;
- identify and critically evaluate new developments and scholarship in professional supervision;
Application of Knowledge and Skills:
Demonstrated ability to:
- articulate appropriate solutions to emerging professional supervision challenges;
- evaluate broad conceptual frameworks in professional supervision;
- critically and independently apply the knowledge and skills required as an informed professional supervisor.
Students who complete the Graduate Certificate in Professional Supervision will be upskilled in alignment with and accredited by the Australian Association of Supervision in their current people-helping roles to supervise those working in clinical and pastoral settings including:
- Ministers & other clergymen
- Pastoral Carers
- Youth Workers
- Community Workers
- Health Workers
For more information on the suite of student support services available, please see our Student Services section.