Chaplaincy Australia is pleased to offer professional development opportunities again in 2024 for Supervisors, Supervision Interns and Mentors.

For more information on these sessions contact [email protected]


Date & Time: Thursday 2nd May, 11am – 12.30pm

Title:  “Hospitable Supervision and Mentoring – Holding Space for Diversity in Complex Times”

Gather with other members for a lively exploration of the diversity of perspectives we encounter as supervisors and mentors in these complex times.  We will reflect together on maintaining hospitality, professionalism and integrity when our supervision and mentoring spaces become the arena for difficult conversations, polarized personal or political views or controversial issues that challenge our own belief systems, faith perspectives or personal ethics. We will discuss ways of creating safe, hospitable environments for our clients, given the complex worlds they work and minister in.  We will also consider our own values, experiences and needs in the process – introducing breath prayer as a self-care tool.

Presenter:  Alison Martin

Alison is a qualified Professional Supervisor and member of the Australasian Association of Supervision (AAOS). 

A qualified Social Worker and Christian counsellor, Alison has over 25 years experience in ministry, leadership, counselling and community engagement across church, community, health and education sectors.  She is passionate about supporting and strengthening the well-being, development and practice of those in front-line work with people in ministry, leadership, chaplaincy, education, therapeutic and allied health settings.

To register email [email protected]

To join as a member, click here:


This is an opportunity to informally connect with other Supervision Interns, ask questions and share how you are going in your supervision journey. Find encouragement, support, professional connection and information while you are gaining the experience required to become a Recognised Supervisor.  It’s a great group for those who are new to Chaplaincy Australia and/or supervision. It’s optional, free for current Intern members and around lunch time, so BYO food and drink 🙂

Facilitated by Recognised Supervisor & National Supervision & Mentoring Coordinator, Alison Martin

Tuesdays, 12 noon – 1:00pm (AEST)

  • 12 March
  • 4 June
  • 20 August
  • 19 November

For more information, email: [email protected]


Come and join this regular, informal gathering online with other Recognised Supervisors, ask questions and share how you are going in your supervision journey.
Find encouragement, support, and professional connection with other supervision practitioners of varying backgrounds and experience.  It’s a great opportunity for those who are new to Chaplaincy Australia, geographically or professionally isolated or are looking to network with colleagues, while keeping in touch with what’s going on in the world of supervision. 
All current CA Recognised Supervisor members are welcome. 
Free, optional and around lunch time, so BYO food and drink 🙂
Hosted by Recognised Supervisor & National Supervision & Mentoring Team Member, Alison Martin
Online via Zoom – simply join using the link in your invitation email, which will be sent to all eligible supervisors prior to each session.
Save the dates;
Wednesdays, 12 noon – 1:00pm (AEST)
  • 31 July
  • 25 September
  • 20 November
For more information, email: [email protected]




Thursday 18 July 11 – 12.30pm MEMBER ONLY 

(CA Supervisors, Interns and Mentors)

Topic: “Mentoring and Supervision in Intercultural Spaces”

Description: This interactive session will focus on considerations when communicating across cultural differences and strategies for effective intercultural communication.

 Presenter: Professor Lily Arasaratnam-Smith

Bio: Professor Lily Arasaratnam-Smith is Deputy Vice President Faculty at Alphacrucis University College and has over 20 years of teaching, research, and training expertise in intercultural communication. Originally from Sri Lanka, she has lived in four countries and is a committed Christian. She is internationally known for her work in intercultural competence and is the President-Elect of the International Academy for Intercultural Research.


To register email [email protected]


Online OPEN Professional Development Workshop

Monday 26 August 2024

7.00 – 9.00pm

Topic: Pursuing Positive Mental Health for ourselves and those we serve

This workshop is designed for supervisors, mentors, chaplains, pastors and anyone wanting to ensure that they are operating in Positive Mental Health.  It is focussed on the skills required to identify signs and symptoms of degrading mental health in ourselves, but also in our clients.  We will also explore response strategies and some of the pitfalls that we need to avoid.    

This practical workshop will challenge you to deeper self-awareness and self-care and will also build your confidence in broaching those  challenging  conversations around mental health with those we serve.   

Guest presenter:  Ralph Estherby

Ralph is National Director of Chaplaincy Australia and member of the Religious Advisory Committee to the Services for the ADF.  Across these roles he oversees and supports the work of more than 700 chaplains across multiple sectors of the Australian community.  

Ralph is a gifted communicator and a passionate leader who believes that Christ has answers for every life, and that true fulfillment can only be found in Him.

Ralph and his wife Narelle have been in ministry since 1988 and have a wide pastoral experience including 27 years as Senior Pastors.  

His experience as a Senior Military Chaplain provides him with great insight into leadership, trauma, grief and loss.  He has been regularly teaching on Mental Health First Aid since 2015 and is a Principal Master Trainer.

His broad experience and his exposure to both Pastoral and Chaplaincy ministry roles equip him to be a resource to those seeking to explore and expand their influence in meeting the needs of their community. 

$120 for 2 hour online workshop 

Special price $30 for CA members (CA Supervisors, Interns, Mentors, Chaplains & Associates)

To become a CA Member Click here

For more information email Frank Van Der Korput [email protected] or Kim Robertson [email protected]