An Overview of the Journey

NZACPE monitors the formation process of Clinical Pastoral Supervisors/Educators/Consultants in terms of the Standards established by the Australian and New Zealand Association for CPE.

The usual process (described in its simplest steps) is as follows:

  1. A theology degree (or equivalent), and
  2. at least five year’s ministry experience, and
  3. at least three Units of CPE.


Acceptance as a Provisional Clinical Pastoral Supervisor, where you work as an apprentice alongside a designated Clinical Pastoral Educator, until you believe you are ready to present yourself for accreditation as an Clinical Pastoral Supervisor (Level One)

Accreditation as a Clinical Pastoral Supervisor (Level One)

You may staying working at this Level One (being reviewed every 5 years), or work towards Accreditation as a Clinical Pastoral Educator (Level Two)

Acceptance as a Provisional Clinical Pastoral Educator (Level Two)

This Acceptance permits you to conduct CPE courses solo, but under the close supervision of a designated senior Clinical Pastoral Educator, until you believe that you are ready to present yourself for Accreditation as an Clinical Pastoral Educator (Level Two)

Accreditation as a Clinical Pastoral Educator (Level 2)

You may stay working at Level 2 (being reviewed every 5 years) or work towards Accreditation as a Clinical Pastoral Educational Consultant (Level 3)

Accreditation as an Clinical Pastoral Educational Consultant (Level 3)

Searching review processes (conducted by a committee of Supervisors/Educators/Consultants) precede each step. Rigorous academic standards and pastoral skills are required at all Levels. Accreditation at Level 2 is regarded by some Universities to be the equivalent of a Masters in Ministry degree.

Comprehensive Reviews of every accredited Clinical Pastoral Supervisor/Educator/Consultant are conducted at regular intervals throughout a Supervisor’s/Educator’s/Consultant’s practice.

The Journey towards Level One

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The Journey towards Level Two

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Bibliography for CPE Supervisors/Educators

The bibliography that follows is by no means exhaustive: 

Asquith, Glenn H. Jr. (ed) (1992) Vision from a Little Known Country: A Boisen ReaderDecatur: Journal of Pastoral Care Publications

Bernard, Janine M., and Goodyear, Rodney K. (1998). Fundamentals of Clinical Supervision (2nd Edition). Boston: Allyn and Bacon

Boisen, A. (1936) Exploration of the Inner World. New York: Willett Clark and Co

Bond, Meg and Holland, Stevie. (1998). Skills of Clinical Supervision for Nurses. Buckingham, Philadelphia: Open University Press

Brown, Allan and Bourne, Iain. (1996). The Social Work Supervisor. Buckingham, Philadelphia: Open University Press

Cooper-White, Pamela. (2003). Shared Wisdom: Use of Self in Pastoral Care and Counseling. Minneapolis: Fortress Press

Cutcliffe, J., Butterworth, T., Proctor, B. (2001). Fundamental Themes in Clinical Supervision. Routledge

Driscoll, J. (2000). Practicing Clinical Supervision. A Reflective Approach. Bailliere Tindall

Dryden, Windy and Thorne, Brain. (1991). Training and Supervision for Counselling in ActionLondon: Sage Publications

Feltham, Colin, and Dryden, Windy. (1994). Developing Counsellor Supervision. London: Sage

Foskett, J. and Lyall, (1988). Helping the Helpers: Supervision and Pastoral Care. London: SPCK

Gerkin, Charles V. (1984). The Living Human Document. Nashville: Abingdon

Gilbert Maria C., and Evans Kenneth. (2000) Psychotherapy Supervision: an integrative relational approach to psychotherapy supervision. Buckingham, Philadelphia: Open University Press

Haber, Russell. (1996). Dimensions of Psychotherapy Supervision: Maps and Means. New York: W.W.Norton

Hall, Charles E. (1992). Head and Heart: the Story of the Clinical Education Movement. Decatur: Journal of Pastoral Care Publications.

Hawkins, P. and Shohet, R. (2006). Supervision in the Helping Professions.(3rd Edition). Open University Press

Hemenway, Joan E. (1996). Inside the Circle: a Historical and Practical Enquiry concerning Process Groups in CPE. Decatur: Journal of Pastoral Care Publications

Kadushin, A. (1992). Supervision in Social Work (3rd Edition). New York: Columbia University Press

King, Stephen D. W.(2007) Trust the Process: A History of Clinical Pastoral Education as Theological Education. Lanham, MD: University Press of America

Knowles, Malcolm S. (1986) Using Learning Contracts. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass

Lawton, B. and Fulham, C. (2000). Taking Supervision Forward. London: Sage

Leach, Jane and Paterson, Michael. 2015. Pastoral Supervision (2nd Edition). London: SCM Press

Maclean, Anne. (2002). The Heart of Supervision. Wilmington, Topdog-g Publishing

McMahon and Patton, W. (eds). (2001). Supervision in the Helping Professions: A Practical ApproachPearson Education

Mulligan, John, and Griffin, Colin. (eds.) (1992). Empowerment through Experiential Learning: Explorations of Good Practice. London: Kogan Page

O’Donoghue, K. (1998). Supervising Social Workers: A Practical Handbook. Palmerston North: School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work, Massey University

O’Donoghue, K. (2003). Restorying Social Work Supervision. Palmerston North: Dunmore Press

Pohly, Kenneth. (1993). Transforming the Rough Places: The Ministry of Supervision. Dayton OH: Whaleprints

Powell, Robert C. (1975) Fifty Years of Learning Through Supervised Encounter With Living Human Documents. The Association of Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc

Pyle, William T., and Seals, Mary Alice (eds) (1995). Experiencing Ministry Supervision: A Field-Based Approach. Nashville: Broadman and Holman

Scaife, J. (2001). Supervision in the Mental Health Professions: A Practitioner’s Guide. New York: Brunner-Routledge

Steere, David E. (ed) (1989) The Supervision of Pastoral Care. Louisville: Westminster/John Knox

Weiner, J., Mizen, R. and Duckham, J. (2003)  Supervising and Being Supervised: A Practice in Search of a Theory. Palgrave

Wepa, D. (ed). (2007). Clinical Supervision in Aotearoa/New Zealand: A Health Perspective. Auckland: Pearson Education

Williams, Antony. (1995). Visual and Active Supervision. New York: W.W.Norton

Woods, C.Jeff. (1995). User-Friendly Evaluation: Improving the Work of Pastors, Programs and Laity. Alban Institute

plus

The Journal of Supervision and Training in Ministry published by The Journal of Pastoral Care Publications beginning Vol 1, 1977.

This publication is now called Reflective Practice: Formation and Supervision in Ministry and is available online at http://journals.sfu.ca/rpfs/index.php/rpfs

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