Welcome to our Coram Deo practitioner-supervision programme. The way that we advance supervision is not from the old perceived notion of someone looking over your shoulder. It is more of a relational and collaborative journey. In some cases the idea of ‘apprenticeship’ might be fitting, and in other cases the notion of ‘mentorship’ or ‘coaching’ describe it better. What it is, is unique, and it gets serious about you, your journey of growth as a practitioner.
Rekindle your passion
Embrace the journey
Practitioner supervision is for anyone who wishes to become ‘better’ in their helping-role: more aware, intentional, passionately engage without losing themselves building recognition and a portfolio of helping in that role.
Intake every season or anytime
For Counsellors, Coaches, Leaders, Managers, Teachers, Pastors, Psychologists, Professional facilitators and all helping-type roles.
Supervision is formally a process of development for either new practitioners or among professional peers who has been practicing for some time already. Many professional bodies nowadays require ongoing supervision.
The two compulsory aspects of the supervision programme involve a set amount of individual supervision conversations and a certain amount of hours spent with people in your chosen modality (counselling, coaching, leadership other).
Our programme is open to various helping-role (teachers, parents, managers, leaders, and more) but there are some terms that you have to be aware of.
The primary reason for why we can offer non-discipline specific supervision is that we adopt a social-scientific framework that makes it possible, i.e., narrative practice. While its roots can be found in narrative therapy as we’ve been training on it for two decades, its application goes far beyond counselling.
The recommended requirement is that the prospective student should have undergone a sufficient amount of prior learning in narrative practice (such as the Coram Deo advanced certificate or recognised other provider). If not then the programme is still open to helping practitioners but with certain terms: As long as they realise that the framework within which our supervisors work is predominantly narrative. Thus we will still be working with stories (your story [professional and otherwise], that of our cultures, or society) but the outcome is not to train you in how to work with stories. Also if you have adopted a strong theoretical inclination (such as we have for narrative) we will not be focusing on other approaches. That being said, together we can invite other supervisors (outside of a narrative approach) for a certain amount of your sessions. Speak to us about the possibilities.
You can come from any helping modality but the same applies as above: Though you can come from any helping modality (coaching, counselling, mentoring, psychology) you have to know that the way it will be facilitated will mostly be dealt with from a narrative approach.
Description and value
A practitioner development programme incorporating multiple aspects of our lives (both personal and professional) into a transformative one-year journey. (May be extended in some cases)
- 10 one on one supervision meetings
- 45 hours role required conversations
- Part of a learning community
- Accreditation by the University of Pretoria
- Facilitated from a narrative perspective
- Allowing for faith based conversations
- A community that speaks to the inherent loneliness of leaders and other professional roles
- Becoming more mindful about what makes you a better and balanced practitioner
- Offers a reflective learning space for challenges practitioners might experience
- Recognised by SignoPro, a cross-professional association
- Access to the supervision community after the formal programme at a reduced fee in order fulfill requirements that your profession might set for ongoing supervision (or simply aimed at continued practitioner growth).
Online and select geographic regions with most students convening in Pretoria.
Extended faculty at Coram Deo (or your choosing) or with certain terms and conditions you may approach external supervisors.
Below (in Afrikaans) Dr Jo Viljoen and Annerine Riga talks about the value of undergoing supervision for helpers.
Section for Coram Deo narrative students
To an extent you can focus your supervision journey on specific themes as complemented by modules from the specific year’s Continued Learning programme.
A related concept in different helping industries is CPD. If supervision is taken together with the Continued Learning programme (that is CPD) we refer to it as the Third Year of studies at Coram Deo.