Qualifications in Professional Supervision
From 2021. the Adelaide College of Divinity will be offering two newly developed awards in Professional Supervision (also referred to as Pastoral Supervision, and Pastoral Practice in other education contexts).
At the conclusion of this course of study and reflection, participants will be able to:
Identify the presenting signs to help prevent ministry burnout
Promote practices that lead to increased capacities for adaptability and imagination in uncertain times
Encourage self-giving and not self-depleting ministry practices for the well-being of all.
Exemplify Christ-centred leadership characteristics in the vital areas of self-awareness, discipleship and mission.
The Course will feature training and mentoring in the areas of:
Supervising for emotional and spiritual maturity.
Learning and applying current Theological Reflection methodologies.
A thorough reading and application of the Uniting Church’s Ministry Code of Ethics
A contemporary survey of theological anthropology: human motivation, will and desire.
Current working models of Christian Leadership
The art of listening and paying close attention to another.
Personality profiling. E.g., The Enneagram and Myers-Briggs
As with all ACD courses, our classes have been developed for flexibility so those who are working and/or have other commitments can be supported throughout the process of studying and discipleship.
The Graduate Certificate in Professional Supervision is comprised of four (4) units/subjects and forms the equivalent of one (1) semester (six months) of full-time study. Each unit is worth 4.5 credit points toward the completion of a TEQSA-accredited, nationally-recognised qualification.
The Graduate Diploma in Professional Supervision is comprised of eight (8) units/subjects and forms the equivalent of one (1) year of full-time study. Each unit is also worth 4.5 credit points toward the completion of a TEQSA-accredited, nationally-recognised qualification.
FEE-HELP (formally HECS) is available for both these awards, ACD staff can assist you with this process when you enrol. For further information on fees and costs please contact Sue Arthur, and for questions regarding course content please contact Rev Dr Sean Gilbert, on (08) 8416 8400 or at
Across Australia, Christian leaders and lay-people are learning to love and serve in new ways.
The findings and recommendations of the RCIRCSA have positioned churches and individuals to demonstrate greater intentionality in responding to revised standards of regulation. In addition to the development of leadership and ministry competencies, the qualifications of Professional Supervision specifically fulfil the requirements of Recommendation 16:45
"Each religious institution should ensure that all people in religious or pastoral ministry, including religious leaders, have professional supervision with a trained professional or pastoral supervisor who has a degree of independence from the institution within which the person is in ministry."
Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.