19.09.2017 – Pastoral Supervision Taster Day

An introductory day for those who want to find out more about pastoral supervision.


Date:  Tuesday 19th September 2017
Time:  10:00 – 16:00
Location:  The Friends Meeting House: 43 St Giles, OXFORD, OX1 3LW
Cost:  £45 (bring your own lunch)
Contact: For further information please contact bob.whorton@ouh.nhs.uk

Please book in for this day by September 5th

Please download and complete this booking form: TASTER DAY BOOKING FORM (docx)

Remember to bring lunch with you (or you can buy food nearby).

About the training day

This introductory day is designed for those who want to find out more about pastoral supervision, or may be thinking about training as a pastoral supervisor. It would also be useful for experienced supervisors who want a refresher day. You may be a counsellor, psychotherapist, lay person with a pastoral ministry, faith leader, spiritual director, chaplain, or someone who is curious about pastoral supervision and wants to find out more. The day will contain theory as well as practice, but the learning will mostly be through participation. We will explore a simple model of supervision together, and consider the question, ‘what is different about pastoral supervision?’ In the course of the day we will draw upon some of the themes from Jane Leach and Michael Paterson’s book – ‘Pastoral Supervision: A Handbook’ (2 nd edition 2015, SCM). Come with an open mind and heart, a willingness to share some of your own practice, and a desire to learn from one another.

Course leader

Bob Whorton has been a chaplain at Sobell House Hospice, Oxford, for the last 11 years and is a Methodist minister. He has studied creative supervision at the London Centre for Psychodrama, and is also a spiritual director. Bob has recently reduced his hours at the hospice and is developing his own supervision and training practice. He is involved in the project within the Methodist Church to provide supervision to all ministers and deacons. Bob is author of Reflective Caring (SPCK 2011), Voices from the Hospice (SCM 2015) and co-editor of Chaplaincy in Hospice and Palliative Care (Jessica Kingsley 2017). His play Swallows, which concerns end of life values, was recently performed in Oxford. Bob is an accredited member of APSE and is the accredited members representative on the APSE executive committee, having a particular concern for training.


The Friends Meeting House is 15 minutes’ walk from Oxford Railway Station and 5 minutes from Oxford Park and Ride bus destinations. Please note that car parking in central Oxford is difficult and expensive, but the city is well supplied with Park and Ride from the A34 (North and South), A420 and A40/M40.