This course aims to provide trainees with a creative and professional learning experience. It will blend both theoretical and practical aspects of supervision while developing the confidence and competence to offer pastoral supervision in a wide range of contexts. The course aims to support trainees:

  • Become grounded in current supervisory theories and frameworks and attend to the hidden dynamics within the supervisory relationship.
  • Work ethically, recognising the interpersonal, organisational, and professional challenges posed by
    supervision and reflective practice.
  • Attend to the hidden dynamics within the supervisory relationship.
  • Attain the necessary skill and confidence to supervise in a wide range of contexts.
  • Progress (if desirable) toward accreditation as a supervisor with the Association for Pastoral Supervision and Education (APSE)

Spread over nine days this course blends interactive workshops (face to face and online) with independent study. The course is offered in partnership with the Carmelites at Boars Hill Retreat Centre, Oxford.

Residential Modules: Oct 31st – 2nd Nov 2024 &15th – 17th May 2025
Online Module: 17th Jan; 31st Jan; 14th Feb 2025


The two residentials will take place at:
Carmelite Priory
Chilswell Lane
Boars Hill

Application forms and further information contact Tony Nolan:

Trainers: Susan Woodhead and Tony Nolan

Susan is a supervisor, qualified acupuncturist, a trained counsellor, and a trained conciliator. A Fellow of the British Acupuncture Council, Susan trained in supervision at Metanoia and lectured at the medical school of Southampton University. She is a supervisor and mentor within the health professions and has for many years been involved in the ongoing professional development of those working within the therapeutic, health and acupuncture world. Susan also trained as a spiritual director with SPIDIR.

Tony is a senior accredited supervisor (APSE) and a member of both the Supervisors Association of Ireland and the Institute of Pastoral Supervision and Reflective. He holds
postgraduate qualifications in Consultative Supervision and, Conflict Resolution as well as professional qualifications in mindful-based supervision, mediation, and group facilitation. Tony is an experienced supervisor, group facilitator and trainer of supervisors. Currently he has a freelance practice in Salisbury.



Successful applicants can apply for a grant worth 25% of the course fee.

Interviews will take place in Sept 2024 (online).