Pastoral Supervision

Pastoral Supervision is:

a regular, planned, intentional and boundaried space in which a practitioner skilled in supervision (the supervisor) meets with one or more other practitioners (the supervisees) to look together at the supervisees’ practice

a relationship characterised by trust, respect, confidentiality, support and openness that gives the supervisee freedom and safety to explore the issues arising in their work

spiritually/theologically informed – works within a framework of spiritual/theological understanding in dialogue with the supervisee’s world view and role

psychologically informed – draws on relevant psychological theory and insight to illuminate intra-personal and inter-personal dynamics

contextually sensitive– pays attention to the particularities of setting, culture and world-view

praxis based– focuses on a report of work and /or issues that arise in and from the supervisee’s practice

a way of growing in vocational identity, role competence, self-awareness, spiritual/theological reflection, quality of presence, accountability, response to challenge, mutual learning

attentive to issues of fitness to practice, skill development, management of boundaries, professional identity and the impact of the work upon all concerned parties.