The Washington Association for Infant Mental Health

RSC: Additional Considerations

< Reflective Supervisor/Consultant Qualifications

Peer Supervision (defined as colleagues meeting together without an identified supervisor/consultant to guide the reflective process) while valuable for many experienced practitioners, does not meet the reflective supervision/consultation criteria for endorsement, even if one of the peers has earned endorsement at Category III or IV-Clinical. The provider of RSC is charged with holding the emotional content of the cases presented. The ability to do so is compromised when the provider is a peer of the presenter. Unnecessary complications can arise when the provider of RSC has concerns about a peer’s ability to serve a particular family due to the peer’s emotional response AND the provider and peer share office space, for example.

Consistency of Supervision/Consultation: RSC is most effective when it occurs in the context of a relationship that has an opportunity to develop by meeting regularly with the same supervisor/consultant over a period of time. Therefore, WA-AIMH expects that endorsement candidates will have received the majority of the required hours from just one source with the balance coming from no more than one other source. RSC may be obtained through a combination of individual and group hours.

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