ASPE Annual Conference

The Association for Pastoral Supervision and Education (APSE) is hosting their 9th Annual Conference on Tuesday and Wednesday 4-5 September 2018 at Vanbrugh College, University of York.

The conference will explore the impact on supervisors of supporting supervisees who experience or secondarily witness trauma and severe stress. This is a great opportunity for those who have undergone Supervision Training with the Methodist Church to equip themselves to effectively support those who have experienced trauma and foster self-awareness and self-care.


Keynote Speakers:


Anthea Millar, MA, MBACP (Snr. Accred), Dip.IIP, UKRC

Anthea is a BACP senior accredited psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer, with 35 years’ experience (NHS, Employee Assistance Programmes, social services, and educational and charitable agencies). She is co-founder of Cambridge Supervision Training, and is regularly invited to provide training in trauma and supervision in the UK and abroad, most recently in the USA, Canada, Ireland, Bulgaria and Romania. Increasing understanding of the most effective ways to work with trauma through specialised training is a long-time concern. Her first career as a speech and language therapist, specialising in neurological trauma, set the scene for her interest in both psychological and physical trauma. Anthea has written many articles and chapters on psychotherapy, super-vision and trauma, and is co-author of the book ‘Practical Supervision’.

Conference Theme: Trauma Informed Supervision
How can we ensure our supervisees are working effectively and safely with those who have been traumatised? Recent major innovative developments draw on a holistic biopsychosocial approach that challenge the focus on trauma memory resolution alone. As such, it is vital to keep abreast of the approaches emerging from research-based practices, and to understand the core principles of safe practice. Our supervisees are secondary witnesses to the trauma and severe stress experienced by our clients. There is the risk of vicarious trauma, secondary traumatic stress, compassion fatigue and burnout for the supervisor. So, understanding the neurophysiology behind these trauma exposure responses, and appropriately ensuring both our supervisees’ and our own self-care, are essential supervisory skills. Anthea will outline some of these recent developments, and also the challenges of vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue, putting these in a framework that identifies key areas of understanding for trauma-informed supervision.


Major Maureen Doncaster, MACC, BA (Hons) Phil & PsychRegional Well Being Officer and Critical Incident Care Co-ordinator – The Salvation Army UK & Rep. of Ireland
Maureen has been a Salvation Army officer for more than 35 years. She qualified in Critical Incident Stress Management and for 8 years was responsible for co-ordinating the training for Salvation Army post-incident responders. From July 2018 she will co-ordinate the Critical Incident Care programme within the Well Being Department of The Salvation Army.
Maureen is a registered counsellor with ACC and is trained in Christian Mindfulness, Post Trauma Care, NLP, Coaching and Mentoring. She is passionate about helping people through difficulties to a place of healing and growth.

Conference Theme: Well Being of the Whole Self
In working with the issues presented to us in Pastoral Supervision, we hear, see, feel and are affected by the experience. This may result from listening to one traumatic event or from the cumulative effect of listening and caring for many. Our work has the potential to disturb, distress and cause us secondary trauma. Self-care and self-awareness is vital to our overall well-being and fitness to practise. Maureen writes: “The Salvation Army has recognised the need to care for our officers and employees who face daily the trauma of others and can be exposed to first-hand traumatic experiences themselves.


         I will outline:

  • the policies, procedures and processes we employ to look after those within our church and social services work
  • the teaching and learning programmes that provide awareness of the effects of trauma and build resilience in individuals and teams
  • how we train our post-incident responders, and
  • how we encourage self-care and awareness.”


Workshops Include:


  1. Current research in Pastoral Supervision related issues: Professor Peter Gubi
  2. Resourcing Ourselves, Resourcing Others – attention to Breath and Body: Jenny Williams
  3. Pithead Time for Clergy – Developing Reflective Practice Groups: Jan Korris


More information about the conference and booking, please see the conference brochure or visit:

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