Graduate Diploma in Supervision [GDS]

The Graduate Diploma in Supervision provides advanced multi-disciplinary knowledge and skills in the supervision of individuals and groups in the helping professions. Students learn to implement a range of approaches and methods to help supervisees reflect, learn, and nurture support structures in communities, all with a view to safe and sustainable practice. They exemplify and encourage a culture of self-care and care of others and acquire skills to manage a professional supervision practice.

Learning outcomes

Graduates of the Graduate Diploma in Supervision:

  1. have knowledge of advanced skills and processes of supervision within a theological, spiritual and ethical framework;
  2. apply theological reflection and contextual awareness to the process of self-evaluation in order to assist others to realistically assess their professional practice;
  3. apply a reasoned and coherent rationale for peer and group supervision in multi-disciplinary contexts;
  4. assist individuals, organisations and communities to discover and implement new and relevant ways of practice;
  5. apply the skills and processes of supervision in particular contexts (e.g. spiritual direction, chaplaincy, healthcare practice, pastoral ministry, education).

Course structure

The Graduate Diploma in Supervision consists of 144 points comprised of:

DP8015S The Art of Supervisory Practice (48 points)
DP9068S The Practice of Supervision: Practicum (48 points)
DP9017S Supervision in Spiritual Care using Critical Reflection (24 points)
DP9010S Engaging Diversity: Reflection, Discernment, Formation (24 points)

Please note, there are special entry requirements for this course.


An applicant for the Graduate Diploma in Supervision may only be admitted if he or she:

  1. a)  has completed a Statement Supporting Enrolment Form and an interview with a Graduate Diploma in Supervision course advisor; and
  2. b)  the course advisor certifies that the applicant
    1. i) have adequate experience of supervision as a supervisee
    2. ii)  has a reference from a supervisor that indicates a capacity for self-awareness
    3. iii)  have the relevant life experience to undertake the award.

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Follow on study

Graduates may be eligible to proceed to a Master’s degree at the University of Divinity.

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