The church in our current climate is at a time of both crisis and opportunity. Reduced
clergy numbers mean that the tasks of ministry are needing to be reviewed, prioritised
and structured as never before and that appropriate support to parish ministers,
who are having to manage change and take on additional responsibilities, is more
vital than ever. The new Clergy Terms of Service Measure, with its emphasis on support
to and appraisal of office holders means that the church needs senior clergy who
have supervisory and consultancy skills to be able to offer a safe as well as challenging
enough environment for creative reflection on the priorities and tasks of ministry
to take place. In addition, the changing nature of ministry at local level means
that full time clergy are increasingly the leaders of teams and, among other skills,
need to develop skills in line management supervision and reflective practice.
The Certificate in Reflective Practice has been developed to address this cluster
of training needs. It is a substantial course which draws on both theological and
psychological understandings of the mission and ministry of both lay and ordained
Learning and assessment
The course operates as a learning community where participants’ ministerial experience
is valued as the raw material for learning, and is built on through a variety of
learning activities, including teaching input, student-led seminars and exercises,
reflective practice groups and peer support groups. Within these groupings, participants
will support and assess their own and others’ development, through self, peer and
tutor assessments, essays, seminar presentation, peer supervision exercises and
audio taped and transcribed sessions. Assignments are designed to contribute to your
practice and will form part of a portfolio of evidence of professional competence
in reflective practice and consultancy.
The award of the Certificate in Reflective Practice will be made by the Institute
of Pastoral Counselling on successful completion of the course.
The course is designed for clergy and spiritual directors who:
are currently engaged in pastoral work in their context
have incumbent status or supervisory responsibilities within this setting.
have at least 2 separate situations (group or individual) in which they offer reflective
practice or consultancy
have taken a pastoral module as part of their training and have learnt and practised
good listening skills.
comply with their Ethical Code
The 2010-2011 Certificate in Reflective Practice is being offered in partnership
with the diocese of Southwell and Nottingham. It will run over the course of a year
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. The
dates of workshops for 2010-2011 are:
6th and 7th Oct 2010
24th and 25th Nov 2010
2nd and 3rd Feb 2011
16th and 17th March 2011
11th and 12th May 2011
29th and 30th June 2011
Cost and venue
The cost of the course is £300 and lunch, tea and coffee will be provided during
each training day.
The venue is yet to be decided but will be within the diocese of Southwell and Nottingham.
Application forms can be obtained from Catriona Gundlach (firstname.lastname@example.org)
and applicants will be expected to attend an interview day on 2nd September.
Photos above by David Green Last