Individual & Group Supervision

Supervision is an essential requirement for anyone involved in pastoral ministry. Heart of Life endeavours to uphold the integrity of this ministry by offering Individual or Group Supervision, where pastoral journeys are shared, and skills and sensitivity increased through professional guidance.

To arrange individual or group supervision with one of Heart of Life’s supervisors, email us or call (03) 9890 1101.

Heart for Life (H4L) Group Supervision Lunchtime Program – Book Here

1pm to 2pm, 8 x 1st Wednesday of month – April to November 2022 (Cost $200)

Group supervision is offered to those in individual ministry through the H4L program. The group will be supported by a Heart of Life Supervisor to provide professional group supervision as well as professional development. Topics are tailored to meet the needs and interests of the group, with guest speakers engaged as required.

The H4L group may be joined at any time during the program (with a reduced fee payable).

Supervisors are also available through the following organisations:

Recognised Supervisors (additional to the Heart of Life Supervisor team):


paul-beirne-web-new Emeritus Professor Paul Beirne, MA, MDiv, DMin, PhD, Cert Spir Dir (Siloam),
Supervisor: Australasian Association of Supervision

Paul Beirne is a Recognised Supervisor.

has been involved in spiritual direction and pastoral formation since 1977, and participated in the first Siloam Program for the Formation of Spiritual Directors in 1980. He was Director of Heart of Life from January 2014 until his retirement at the end of 2021.

Paul is an Emeritus Professor of the University of Divinity, and holds an MA in East Asian Studies from Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, a Masters in Divinity from Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, a Doctor of Ministry from Chicago Theological Seminary, and a PhD from the School of History, Philosophy, Religion & Classics at the University of Queensland. Paul has an academic and pastoral interest in the spiritual and mystic traditions of East Asian religions and the symbols immanent in these traditions.

Nicole Rotaru, BA, GDEd, CPE, B Social Work, GD Arts Therapy, M Supervision (MIECAT), Cert Supervision (UD)

Nicole Rotaru is a Recognised Supervisor.

Nicole is a member of the Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea (ISMAPNG) formed in 2011. She was a member of the leadership team for the former Melbourne Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy, 2006-2011. She has over 45 years of experience working with adults and children in a range of settings including: education, palliative care, health, counselling/play therapy, refugee camps, development, safeguarding, spirituality and private practice.

Nicole values the place of supervision in her own professional practice. Gaining further insight into herself and exploring ethical issues have assisted her in encountering the people in her ministry. She remains committed to supervision and is passionate about offering both individual and group supervision that facilitates a deepening of insight and transformation. One of the delights of supervision has been encouraging the use of imagery, story, song and scripture as a way of deepening and expanding reflection on experience.