PROFSUPV 712 : Critical Approaches in Reflective Supervision

Education and Social Work

2023 Semester One (1233) (30 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Critical exploration of contemporary theories and practice frameworks for reflective supervision in health, counselling and human services. An examination of strategies for ongoing professional development, including reflective practice, critical reflection, communities of practice, and learning organisations. Different modes of supervision (such as peer supervision and interprofessional supervision) will be examined along with creative action methods of supervision engagement.

Course Overview

This course is delivered on-campus through 2 X 2 day block teaching days and is open to students from a range of professions with previous supervisory experience. 

This course explores aspects of professional development and reflective practice. Topics will be drawn from a range and may include:

• Theories of professional development

• Professional learning strategies /learning organisations

• Reflective practice

• Critical reflection 

• Collaborative observation and feedback

• Modes of supervision in the current context

• Interprofessional work

• Creative  action methods of supervision engagement

Course Requirements

No pre-requisites or restrictions

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 5: Independence and Integrity
Capability 6: Social and Environmental Responsibilities

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of of approaches to professional development (Capability 1.1, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2, 5.1, 5.2, 6.1, 6.2 and 6.3)
  2. Apply and explore the skills of critical reflection (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2, 5.1, 5.2, 6.1, 6.2 and 6.3)
  3. Develop effective approaches to workplace learning (Capability 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2, 5.1, 5.2, 6.1, 6.2 and 6.3)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Essay 30% Individual Coursework
Essay 70% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3
Students need to obtain the minimum pass mark of 50%  aggregate total over the two essays and hand in both essays to pass this course.

Workload Expectations

Following University workload guidelines this course is a standard 30 point course and represents approximately 300 hours of study for the semester. For this course, you can expect 24 hours of lectures and class time, which leaves approximately 130 hours for independent study (reading and thinking about the content) and 130 hours for literature research and work on assignments.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

Attendance is expected at scheduled activities to complete components of the course.

The course will not include live online events.

The activities for the course are scheduled as a block delivery.

Learning Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

Recommended course texts
Beddoe, L., & Davys, A. (2016). Challenges in professional supervision: Current themes and models for practice. London, UK: Jessica Kingsley.
Davys, A., & Beddoe, L. (2020). Best practice in professional supervision: A guide for the helping professions
(2nd ed). Jessica Kingsley.
Hawkins, P., & McMahon, A. (2020). Supervision in the Helping Professions (5th ed): Open University Press.
Johnston, L., Noble, C. & Gray, M. (2016). Critical Supervision for the Human Services: A Social Model to Promote Learning and Value-Based Practice. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Scaife, J. (2014). Supervising the reflective practitioner: An essential guide to theory and practice. Routledge.

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.

No feedback available as paper id not run last year.

Other Information

You must have completed an undergraduate degree from a recognised university (or similar institution) and be currently employed in health, counselling, social services, legal services, education, human services, or similar professional context.
You will also need at least three years’ experience in health, counselling, social services, legal services, education, human services, or similar professions.
This course is suitable for students with previous supervisory experience. It may is suitable for students who have completed the PG Cert in Professional Supervision (or similar).

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.

Published on 07/02/2023 05:49 p.m.