The Washington Association for Infant Mental Health

How RSC Differs from Administrative and Clinical Supervision

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Many supervisors of infant and family programs are required to provide administrative and/or clinical supervision, while reflective supervision may be optional. Put another way, reflective supervision/consultation often includes administrative elements and is always clinical, while administrative and clinical supervision are not always reflective.

Administrative Supervision

Relates to the oversight of federal, state, and agency regulations, program policies, rules and procedures. Supervision that is primarily administrative may have the following objectives:

  • Hire, train, educate
  • Oversee paperwork, write reports
  • Explain rules and policies, monitor productivity
  • Evaluate performance

Clinical Supervision

May be case-focused but does not necessarily consider what the practitioner brings to the intervention nor does it necessarily encourage the exploration of emotion as it relates to the work with an infant/toddler and family.

Supervision or consultation that is primarily clinical will most likely include:

  • Review cases and evaluate clinical progress
  • Discuss the diagnostic impressions and diagnosis
  • Discuss intervention strategies related to the intervention
  • Review the treatment plan
  • Give guidance/advice, teach
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