Definition and Ethos

Definition and Ethos

Pastoral Supervision is:

a regular, planned, intentional and boundaried space in which a practitioner skilled in supervision (the supervisor) meets with one or more other practitioners (the supervisees) to look together at the supervisees’ practice

a relationship characterised by trust, respect, confidentiality, support and openness that gives the supervisee freedom and safety to explore the issues arising in their work

spiritually/theologically informed – works within a framework of spiritual/theological understanding in dialogue with the supervisee’s world view and role

psychologically informed – draws on relevant psychological theory and insight to illuminate intra-personal and inter-personal dynamics

contextually sensitive– pays attention to the particularities of setting, culture and world-view

praxis based– focuses on a report of work and /or issues that arise in and from the supervisee’s practice

a way of growing in vocational identity, role competence, self-awareness, spiritual/theological reflection, quality of presence, accountability, response to challenge, mutual learning

attentive to issues of fitness to practice, skill development, management of boundaries, professional identity and the impact of the work upon all concerned parties.

APSE Equality Policy

The Association for Pastoral Supervision and Education (APSE) promotes an active engagement with difference and therefore seeks to promote transparent and open dialogue amongst the various and different faith traditions and contexts of pastoral supervision and pastoral supervision education.

APSE is committed to addressing issues of prejudice and discrimination in relation to age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation as “protected characteristics” of the Equality Act 2010.

APSE keeps its policies and procedures under review in order to ensure that the realities of discrimination, exclusion, oppression and alienation that may form part of the experience of its members are addressed appropriately.