The United Reformed Church Ministries Department has partnered with Westminster College and Wesley House in Cambridge to provide training for the Certificate in Pastoral Supervision. This Certificate is recognised by the Association of Pastoral Supervisors and Educators. Currently the Ministries Department are covering the cost of this course for URC ministers and laypeople with the recommendation of their Synod Moderator.
The Certificate course consists of a taught component of 5 intensive face-to-face days. Following the taught component, those who wish to receive the full Certificate need to (1) offer supervision; (2) engage in reflection with a supervisor on that practice; and (3) complete the following portfolio of work, which includes:
- A verbatim account of one supervisory session with a 2000-word commentary reflecting on its processes
- References from two supervisees
- A reference from an Accredited Supervisor
- 3000-word essay articulating the nature of pastoral supervision and giving a rationale for its use in the participants context. The essay should engage with the literature of pastoral supervision and give examples of the benefits of pastoral supervision from the participant’s own experience.
Future courses to be held at Westminster College are scheduled for:
- November 14-18, 2022
- March 20-24, 2023