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Edinburgh Training Courses 2017-18

Supervision & Mission 29 Sep & 27 Oct

Two day introductory workshop exploring pastoral supervision and its place within ministry and mission; differences between supervision, line management, spiritual accompaniment and personal therapy; opportunities for soulful supervision within the course group

Toolkits & Frameworks 24 Nov & 19 Jan

Two day course exploring working agreements; power and vulnerability in supervision; core skills & competencies; eliciting, tracking and exploring the supervisory focus; getting beneath the stories practitioners tell to the heart of the matter; building a bridge from reflection back to practice.

Taken together Supervision & Mission and Toolkits & Frameworks meet the training requirements for accreditation as a General Accredited Supervisor with APSE.

Certificate in Pastoral Supervision 16 Feb, 16 Mar, 13 Apr, 18 May

Those who have successfully completed Supervision & Mission and Toolkits & Frameworks (or an equivalent short skills based course elsewhere) can enroll on this certificate level course which pays attention not only to the ‘then and there’ of the pastoral scenario (ie the material supervisees bring to supervision) but also to the ‘here and now’ of the supervision session (in the dynamics between supervisor and supervisee). Course content includes context and culture in supervision; stakeholders and organisational dynamics; unspoken and unconscious factors in supervision; collusion, avoidance and sabotage.

Upon completion of this course participants will have met the training requirements for accreditation as a Senior Accredited Supervisor with APSE. .

Diploma in Pastoral Supervision 15 Jun, 14 Sep, 19 Oct, 16 Nov

Upon completion of the certificate, this professional course is open to those who accompany others and focuses on four key areas: theological reflection; integrative practice; team and group supervision; professional practice. In addition students work on a project of personal interest.

Full details from:
Rev Dr Michael Paterson
Director, Institute of Pastoral Supervision & Reflective Practice

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

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.

Certificate in Reflective Practice and Pastoral Supervision : October 2017 – June 2018

This course is taught over a year in six 2-day workshops, leading towards a ‘Certificate in Reflective Practice & Pastoral Supervision’.

The course fee is £836.

For more information: DOWNLOAD COURSE POSTER

Free Taster Day :  Thursday 21st September

From 11:00 – 15:00 at Sherwood’s Park Row building.

For course information, to try out some exercises and be interviewed for the course. To book a place go to to download the Booking Form.

Who is the course for?

This course has been running for six years and is designed for:

  • Ordained and Lay Ministers
  • Spiritual Directors and Chaplains
  • Pastoral Care Team Leaders
  • Counsellors, Psychotherapists and Clinical Supervisors

How do I qualify?

This course is suitable for you if:

  • You are currently engaged in pastoral and ministerial work in your context
  • You have supervisory responsibilities within your setting
  • You have at least 2 separate situations in which you offer pastoral supervision
  • You have good listening skills
  • You comply with your professional Code of Ethics

What will I gain on completion?

On completion:

  • You will be able to give and receive pastoral supervision, working as a reflective practitioner with individuals and groups
  • You will have met the training criteria for accreditation by APSE
  • The award of ‘Certificate in Reflective Practice & Pastoral Supervision’ is made by the Institute of Pastoral Counselling
  • The course is recognised by APSE, by the Institute for Pastoral Supervision & Reflective Practice and endorsed by the Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham

Who are the course facilitators?

Margaret Bazely, Anissa Chung, Chrissie Hosking & Ruth Layzell. All are members/accredited by APSE and practising pastoral therapists and supervisors

Where does it take place?

The course is delivered at Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute, Nottingham NG1

What are the course dates?

  • 18 & 19 Oct 2017
  • 15 & 16 Nov 2017
  • 31 Jan & 1 Feb 2018
  • 9 & 10 May 2018
  • 7 & 8 Mar 2018
  • 20 & 21 Jun 2018

How to apply?

To book a place on Taster Day, go to to download the Booking Form and email it back to Shelley Bowyer at To obtain more course information, see the course brochure at