Professional Certificate in Pastoral Supervision

A Course for Clergy, Pastoral Care Team Leaders, Lay Ministers, Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Chaplains, Pioneer Ministers and Spiritual Directors to develop understanding and skills in reflective practice in pastoral and ministerial settings.

NB The course is full and we are currently operating a waiting list for Oct 2021.

The Church in our current climate faces both crisis and opportunity.  Reduced clergy numbers mean that the tasks of ministry need to be reviewed, prioritised and structured as never before. The changing nature of local ministry increasingly requires pastoral ministers to oversee teams and develop skills in line management, supervision and reflective practice, in order to enable one another to survive and thrive amidst the pressures of 21st century ministry. As the Church nationally recognises that ongoing support for ordained ministers and active lay people is more vital than ever, we endeavour to encourage and resource this important ministry of watching over one another in love.

What are the course aims?

The current emphasis upon ministerial development means that the church needs practitioners with supervisory skills to facilitate creative reflection on the work of ministry. Within a widening variety of settings, chaplains have an important role to play in fostering skills of reflective practice – in relation to spiritual care – within multi-disciplinary teams. In addition, spiritual direction is increasingly seen as a life-giving ministry to the whole church and spiritual directors need opportunities to reflect on their practice and receive supervision for their work. Equally, pioneer ministers, pastoral team leaders and counsellors and psychotherapists working with people of faith find themselves grappling with the on-going integration of spirituality, vocation and professional identity. 

How will I Learn?

Your development as a supervisor will be monitored through essay writing, seminar presentation, peer supervision activities and audiotaped sessions and assessed by yourself, your peers and the group facilitators. Assignments are designed to contribute to your practice and will form part of a portfolio of evidence of professional competence in pastoral supervision. 

Who is the course for?

This course, which has been running since 2010, may be of interest to you if:

  • You would like to gain an in-depth understanding of pastoral supervision and effectively use it to support your ministry
  • You would like to foster and develop skills in spiritual care within multi-disciplinary teams
  • You would like to extend your existing line management capacity, by offering supervisory input and reflective practice to team members
  • You would like to draw on both theological and psychological understandings of Christian mission and ministry in a variety of settings
  • You would like to offer non-threatening supervision and reflective practice to a range of pastoral practitioners.

How do I qualify?

The course is suitable for you if:

  • You are currently in pastoral and ministerial working your context
  • You have supervisory responsibilities within your setting where you can practise and apply your learning
  • You have good listening skills
  • You comply with your Code of Ethics

What will I gain on completion?

On successful completion:

  • You will be able to give and receive pastoral supervision, working as a pastoral supervisor with individuals and within groups. 
  • You will have met the training criteria for accreditation by the Association for Pastoral Supervision and Education
  • The award of Professional Certificate in Pastoral Supervision is made by the Institute of Pastoral Counselling and Supervision .

What are the course credentials?

The course was originally developed in conjunction with the Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham. It is recognised by the Association for Pastoral Supervision & Education.  

When and where does the course take place?

The Professional Certificate in Pastoral Supervision teaching takes place at the Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute, 30 Park Row, Nottingham, NG1 6GW

Course Dates

It will be delivered in a series of six two-day workshops on Wednesdays and Thursdays. As each workshop builds on the learning of the previous one, a commitment to all twelve days is essential.

13 – 14 Oct 2021 24 – 25 Nov 2021

19 – 20 Jan 2022 16 – 17 Mar 2022

27 – 28 Apr 2022 15 – 16 Jun 2022

The course is now recruiting well. It is likely to consist of at least some online elements until the risks around the coronavirus can be minimised

What is the course fee?

The course fee is £1150.

Payment can either be made in full at the start of the course or in 4 instalments of £300.

 How do I apply? 

You can contact us by 

SPTI, Thiskney House,
2 St James’s Terrace,

Please either email your completed Application Form to or send it to:

IPCS Admissions @ SPTI
Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute,
2 St James’s Terrace,
NG1 6FW.

Free Online Taster Sessions

13th May, 22nd June & 7th July 2021

Why not join our free online Taster Session and find out more about the course, participate in a case study discussion, be interviewed and discover if the training meets your requirements? To book a place: