Pastoral Supervision/Consultant/Supervisor Trainer
"The unexamined life is not worth living." (Socrates)

Pastoral Supervision is a way of reflection, identification, awareness and naming the workplace reality with its challenges and achievements. The supervisory relationship uses storytelling, analysis, questioning of events and creativity to engage with workplace events in ways that shed light on their practice and meaning. While concerned with the workplace, there might also be occasion for personal issues to be shared as is appropriate and to the extent they affect the workplace.

Peter is a pastoral supervisor and supervisor trainer working with people working in christian ministry, chaplaincy, church, community or non-government organisations.

Peter is a Consultant/Supervisor with Transforming Practices Inc.( and is accredited with AAOS(Australasian Association of Supervision). Peter also has a Bachelor of Theology (CIS) and a Masters in Adult Education (UTS).

Peter is trained and experienced in group supervision for those seeking this type of peer group supervision from the same or various workplaces.

Peter also works as a facilitator and/or consultant with community groups, workplace groups or organisations seeking clarity in goals, strategies, assisting workplace team work and efficiency in workplace structures.

Policy and Consent form 
Supervisor/Consultant Supervisor Trainer (AAOS & Transforming Practices Inc)
Senior Accredited Supervisor (APSE - UK)
Bachelor of Theology, Masters Education (Adult)

 I am a Supervisor/Consultant and Supervisor Trainer with Transforming Practices Inc, AAOS  (Australasian Association of Supervision) and Senior Accredited Supervisor with the Association of Pastoral Supervision and Education APSE (UK) providing pastoral Supervision to those in pastoral contexts and in pastoral education/consultation. I also train and supervise supervisors as a Supervisor Trainer.  
My approach to pastoral supervision is outlined below.   

1 What is Pastoral Supervision?
Supervision is a way of reflective practice for people in ministry or working in faith based organisations to learn from experience.  It is a relationship whereby supervisor and supervisee engage in an enquiry into workplace events and practices in order to do it better. (cf. Carroll, M. One More Time: What is Supervision? in Psychotherapy in Australia Vol 13, No 3 May, 2007. p36)

Your choice to enter into supervision with me offers you a professional relationship so you can reflect on your ministry.  For me supervision is a co-creative activity where you can open new aspects of your work and become more effective.  I will support you as a person so you can fulfil your potential in your chosen field of ministry.

While it is always a mutually negotiated relationship, those entering supervision with me can expect to find the following as a guide.  

2 Roles and Responsibilities
As your supervisor I will take responsibility for:
            Giving and receiving feedback
            Monitoring the quality of our relationship
            Fostering a safe place
            Monitoring ethical practice
            Suggesting educational resources
            Referrals to other institutions and professionals if appropriate;
            Sharing my skills, expertise and experience
            Time keeping

As supervisee you will be responsible for:
            Preparing for our sessions
            Presenting your work and relevant issues
            Reflecting on your work in the supervision session
            Clarifying your learning objectives
            Implementing your learning from supervision
            Feedback on how supervision is working

I see pastoral supervision as a process of reflection on ministry or work within a church or religious organisation with sensitivity to church culture or theological/religious context and a working knowledge of theology and spirituality.  Supervision is not spiritual direction even though there may be some crossover here as we reflect on the meaning of work; the context of roles in ministry, the theological context, the systems and structures of the working environment and strategies for the future to bring about desired progress in learning from work experiences.

3. Evaluation and Review
We will regularly evaluate and review our work together and when necessary re-negotiate our session times, frequency, duration and fees, depending on current circumstances.

4. Cancellation
If you need to reschedule or cancel a session, then I request a minimum of 48 hours notice. If you reschedule or cancel within 48 hours of the session, payment will still be required (unless otherwise agreed).

5. Contact between sessions
Please feel free to contact me between supervision sessions if you feel sharing something will enhance our supervisory relationship or you wish to share a joy, difficulty or question. Please let me know if you require a response and I will reply when I can.

6. Confidentiality and Privacy Laws
As your supervisor I will hold your personal and professional information in confidence.  This means I will not, either directly or indirectly use information you share with me or disclose it to anyone without direct permission from you, except in a life threatening situation, the abuse of a minor, terrorism, or other activity I am required to report by law.

As your supervisor I will only take to my supervisor issues that relate to my learning and the quality of my supervision.  In these sessions significant details of your identify and that of your client will be changed in order to keep your identity confidential and that of your client, and any corporate information will remain anonymous.

As your supervisor I will hold a file that contains our supervision agreement, and some notes that may be useful from time to time for follow up. These documents are governed by privacy laws that will protect your private information.

7. Arrangements and Costs
Supervisees are invited to make arrangements to undertake sessions that normally will be 1 hour.  An initial trial arrangement, usually three sessions, will enable us to review on-going supervision arrangements.  This is always negotiable.  Single sessions are available.  Current rates are $100 per hour (No GST is applicable) or by negotiation.  Cancellation policy will be explained at the time of the initial meeting.  Invoices will be sent as mutually agreed.

4. Procedures and Ethics
As well as those outlined in this document, I follow the general policies and ethics of Transforming Practices Inc and AAOS as on their websites:

5 Contact details
Unit 30 63-69 Bonar St Arncliffe NSW 2205. Tel: (02) 9051 1485   Mob: (61) 0439 460 779
Email: petermaher [at]    SKYPE:  petermaher09
ABN:  817 379 67337

Peter Maher - Pastoral Supervision
Supervisor/Consultant, Supervisor Trainer (AAOS) (Transforming Practices Inc)
Senior Accredited Supervisor (APSE-UK)
Bachelor of Theology, Masters Education (Adult)

Consent Form

In supervision with Peter Maher, I consent to records being kept of meetings for the purpose of reflection and to facilitate ongoing supervision.  I understand these will be destroyed when no longer useful for that purpose. 

I have read the privacy policy and I recognise that my privacy and confidentiality will be protected by this policy.

I understand I have access to the information stored and can gain access to my file at any time through contacting Peter Maher.

I consent to the process and procedures as outlined above


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There is no GST applicable Direct Deposit:  BSB 112-879  Acc: 022464261  Name: Peter Maher

What is Reflective Practice for Pastoral Ministry?

Reflective Practcice is a way of learning from experience. With the assistance of a trained consultant/supervisor and a safe environment, people can focus on their ministry and explore ways to develop more effective approaches.

Through a variety of skills, knowledge and personal attributes priests undertake a wide variety of pastoral goals. These can bring great joy and a sense of achievement or they may leave a priest unsure, confused or exhausted. Reflective practice can be a key factor in self-care.

Reflective practice is an opportunity for noticing personal and collective responses to pastoral practice, bringing to the fore cultural and sociological issues that affect ministry. It also gives a person the opportunity to reflect biblically and theologically on pastoral practice.

Peter is a diocesan priest ordained for Sydney diocese in 1976. He has over 30 years experience in parish work. He has also worked in university and hospital chaplaincy and youth work.

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