Clinical pastoral supervision is a relational activity grounded in theology and in theories of personality and education. The student and educator meet each other as living human documents, acknowledging the complexities of relationships while at the same time valuing the learning that emerges from faithful engagement with one another.
As a Certified Educator Candidate moves toward competency as clinical pastoral supervisor, a solid theoretical foundation is essential for the Candidate’s practice of supervision. The ability to articulate with clarity the conceptual frameworks that inspire, motivate and inform supervision is one of the qualifications for an educator to function independently. Writing position papers in the areas of theology/spiritual perspective, personality theory and educational theory provides the Candidate the opportunity to demonstrate 1) competent knowledge of theory in the three areas, 2) agility in the application of that theory, and 3) creativity in accessing alternatives to theoretical positions. Demonstration of conceptual and theoretical competence is acknowledged with the passing of the three position papers by certification readers.