Courses & Training Opportunities

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APSE Members offering regular training

Diane Clutterbuck runs regular courses throughout the UK and Ireland:

Tony Nolan runs regular courses in Wales and elsewhere:

Safe, sustainable & transformative? – Approaches to volunteer supervision in hospital and hospice

Wednesday 23rd March 2016, 10 am – 4 pm : Saint James’s University Hospital, Beckett Street, Leeds, LS9 7TF

Revd Bob Whorton, Chaplain Sir Michael Sobell House Hospice, Oxford
with Revd Adam Clayton, Deputy Head of Chaplaincy Services, Leeds Teaching Hospitals
and Revd Linda Mary Edwards, Priest & Group Analyst

Healthcare chaplaincy seeks to address the whole human person in situations of great personal anxiety. These personal stories are set within a context where healthcare is struggling with resources and a society where public and private attitudes towards spirituality and religion are fast-changing.

For hard pressed chaplaincy and spiritual care departments the use of volunteers can feel like a “double-edged” sword. This day will aim to create a safe space where the paradoxes, anxieties and joys of supervising volunteers can be shared honestly and good practice shared. There will also be some taster sessions of creative and experiential methods which you can use when supporting volunteers.

Cost: £50 (£40 for APSE members), lunch and refreshments included.
For a booking form: contact Geraldine Cunningham at / 0113 2064365
Booking closes: 24th February 2016


1 day per month from October 2015 – July 2016 : Glasgow

Module One: Toolkits and Frameworks for Pastoral Supervision
Module Two: Behind the Scenes, Beneath the Words
Module Three: Group Supervision & Organizational Culture
Module Four: Professional Integration & Independent Learning


Each module contains teaching input, skills practice, group supervision, peer learning opportunities and one tutorial.

Training Hours

Taken as a whole (group days, tutorials, practice hours, supervision on supervision, reading, assignments) the training amounts to 232 hours.


Diplomas are awarded by the Institute of Pastoral Supervision & Reflective Practice –

Tutor: Michael Paterson

Michael Paterson is a counsellor, trainer and supervisor with a national profile in Scotland. He is a graduate in creative supervision from the London School of Psychodrama. He served for several years as chair of Accreditation for the Association of Pastoral Supervisors & Educators (APSE). He is the founding director of the Institute of Pastoral Supervision & Reflective Practice, a community of advanced practitioners specializing in training, research and publication in the field of interdisciplinary supervision and reflective practice. Michael is the lead trainer for the NHS Scotland initiative in Values-based Reflective Practice. His published works include Pastoral Supervision: A Handbook 2nd Edition (SCM 2015) co-authored with Jane Leach and Enriching Ministry: Pastoral Supervision in Practice (SCM 2014) co-edited with Jessica Rose. For details of his training activities, research and publications, see


October 2014 – October 2015 : Nottingham

A Course for Clergy, Lay Ministers, Counsellors and Spiritual Directors to develop demonstrable understanding and skills in reflective practice in pastoral and ministerial settings.

Led by Ruth Lazell and Margaret Bazely who are both members of APSE and IPSRP.

Venue: The Sherwood Institute in central Nottingham. The Course will run over a year starting either in October 2014 or February 2015 depending on recruitment and will be delivered in a series of six two-day workshops.  As each workshop builds on the learning of the previous one, a commitment to all 12 days is essential.

A Course leaflet is available here and a Booking Form here.


21st-22nd October and 25th-26th November, 2015 : Sarum College, Salisbury, Wiltshire


10.30am (Day 1) finish 4pm (Day 2)



Short Course Description

This residential course at is designed for anyone in pastoral ministry, lay or ordained, wishing to develop their skills and understanding of pastoral supervision.  Some of the areas to be covered are:

  • models of supervision
  • establishing a working alliance and reviewing the supervisory process.
  • skills of supervision.
  • attending to the context in which the supervision takes place.

Places are limited to 15 to facilitate an adult learning environment that blends theory and practical skills development.  Participants need to have experience of being in supervision as well as supervising others.  Places are offered on completion of an application process. .

This course meets the current training requirements for general accreditation with APSE (Association of Pastoral Supervisors and Educators).

What previous participants have said about the Course

….. comprehensive  course that offered a wonderful grounding and structure for the practice of supervision.

…….. the training was intense though the variety of activities and the imaginative approaches to supervision offered by the trainers  kept my interest…..

………the course incorporated theory and practical experience in a highly effective way

……….the mixture of input and skills practice made this an effective learning experience for me.

Tutor Biography

Jessica and Tony are senior accredited members of APSE and associates at the Institute of Pastoral Supervision and Reflective Practice.  Jessica is a psychodynamic counsellor, trainer and pastoral supervisor based in Oxford. She is the author of Psychology for Pastoral Contexts (SCM 2013) and co-editor with Michael Paterson of Enriching Ministry: Pastoral Supervision in Practice (SCM 2014).  Tony is a group facilitator, pastoral supervisor and coordinator for Sarum College’s supervision and group facilitation services. He is the author of Supervision as Courageous Conversation in Enriching Ministry: Pastoral supervision in Practice.

For information please contact Tony Nolan: