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SuperVision Conference

Equipping the Saints for Transformative Ministry

Supported by Charles Sturt University (CSU) and AnglicareSA, St Barnabas College (SBC) is hosting a four day conference with Dr Michael Paterson of The Institute of Pastoral Supervision & Reflective Practice. Michael is an Anglican priest, psychotherapist, spiritual director, pastoral supervisor and trainer based in Fife, Scotland. He is consultant to the NHS Education for Scotland Spiritual Care and Chaplaincy Unit. He is course director for professional training in supervision in Scotland and a frequent conference speaker and workshop leader. Michael sits on the editorial boards of Practical Theology and the Journal of Health & Social Care.

The event will be held on February 10 -13, 2020 at St Mark’s Residential College, 46 Pennington Terrace, North Adelaide.

Early Bird Registration for the full conference is $280 and lasts until 13/12/19

After this period, General Registration is $350.

Single day registrations are subject to availability, please register your interest through Eventbrite as below.

The course will cover topics such as:

  • Introductory teaching about what supervision is/isn’t.
  • Models of supervision
  • Reflective Practice
  • Accountability
  • Boundaries
  • The supervisor/supervisee relationship.
  • Contracting into a supervision arrangement.
  • Ethical dimensions of supervision.
  • Transformational possibilities within the supervisory arrangement

This conference has come about as a response to the findings and recommendations of The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Particularly, it was recommended that professional supervision be made mandatory for church workers. This conference would therefore be of interest to theological students, clergy, lay ministers, church workers, institutional leaders and ministry practitioners wanting to explore supervision or train as supervisors.

Graduate Certificate in Ministry Students

The conference can act towards a credit for the Graduate Certificate in Ministry (Supervision stream) through CSU, offered by St Barnabas College in Adelaide. This is a four subject course which St Barnabas College is offering over 2 years (1 subject per semester). The cost of the course may be deferred through FEE-HELP for eligible students.

It runs as follows:

Session 1 March – June 2020 MIN401 Supervision in Ministry
Session 2 July – October 2020 MIN525 Professional Supervision
Session 3 March – June 2021 MIN419 Practical Issues in Contemporary Theology
Session 4 July – October 2021 MIN400 Reflective Practice in Ministry

Michael Paterson’s Conference input will cover the teaching component of the course, with supervisory participation (required for assessment) being monitored by SBC staff throughout the March-June Semester.

Students who enrol in MIN401 before the conference will not be charged for the conference per se, but will be asked to pay $80 to cover the meals package for the four days.

If you wish to explore enrolment in the Graduate Certificate, please contact The Rev’d Dr Cathy Thomson (principal designate). Do this before you complete the Eventbrite process.

Tickets are available for purchase on our Eventbrite page.

If after having attended the conference you would like to enrol in the Graduate Certificate in Ministry, this could be possible, but must be done quickly to meet CSU deadlines. It will also involved the payment of both CSU fees in addition to conference fees.

If you have any further queries, contact Academic Administrator, Dr Damian Szepessy.


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