The Territory Yarning Map
‘Ministry is a demanding calling to live out. Whether the ministry is ordained or lay, it needs support, encouragement, and space for growth and learning from experience – both our own and other people’s.’  – Nick Helm
Supervision has its origins in the clinical human service fields of psychology, psychiatry and social work. As that model for support has been adopted more broadly, it has come to be known as ‘professional supervision’.
The Territory Yarning Map constitutes a form of professional supervision, but was developed by Kate Beer in 2019 as an alternative model, aiming to respond and provide for the particular cultural and linguistic challenges and needs of Aboriginal ministers who live and work in remote regions in the Australian Northern Territory, while still satisfying the functions and requirements of mainstream professional supervision. Although The Territory Yarning map was developed for the Aboriginal context, feedback suggests that it may also be of value to those offering intercultural supervision in other contexts.
The Territory Yarning Map is an entirely visual resource, which presents a sort of visual contract, or agreed track for a reflective, learning conversation. Because ‘traditionally, pastoral care and counselling is a ministry done to whites by whites’, the Territory Yarning Map also utilises some consciously different nomenclature in order to attend to potentially unhelpful power dynamics. These are explained in the information that comes with the Map.
Your purchase of the Territory Yarning Map includes:
- a machine-washable, cotton Yarning Map (83cm x 62cm)
- written information for supervisors, explaining how to use The Map in inter-cultural supervisory contexts, the meaning of the symbols and the history and scholarship behind the development of the Map.
- a machine washable, matching cotton bag for storage
- permission to use the map in your private supervision practice.
- a donation from the sale of each Map will go towards the costs of providing ongoing ministry support for Aboriginal Church Leaders in North Australia.
- Postage within Australia is included in the cost.
Buying the Territory Yarning Map
To purchase, fill out the details below (Australian customers only), or email Kate at email@example.com
Private online training sessions: These last 45 minutes and are conducted over zoom. If you purchase a map plus private training session, I will contact you by mobile to arrange a mutually agreeable time.
To organise group training sessions, please contact Kate on firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss prices and options.
(Please note that due to COVID related impacts, there have been some supply issues for fabric which have been causing delays beyond my control.)
If you have more questions about the Map, wish to use it in teaching or a public setting, or for overseas customers please also use the above email address.
 Nick Helm, ‘Introduction – Help!’, in Finding Support in Ministry, eds. Nick Helm and Philip Allin, (Cambridge: Grove Books, 2002), 3.