Reflective, Relationship-Based Practice is at the Heart of IECMH
Refection is a lifelong developmental process that is influenced by past experiences, the current situation,
and how an individual's neurological system processes information. When prenatal to five professionals build their own internal reflective capacity and engage in reflective practice in the course of their work with families, we are better able to be attuned and responsive to the needs of those in our care.
Reflective Supervision is a specialized type of supervision
Reflective supervision (RS) is a form of ongoing, intentional, scheduled professional development that focuses on enhancing the reflective practice skills of practitioners for purposes of program quality, staff wellness and retention.
It is distinctly different from administrative or clinical supervision and can be provided in groups or individually. When provided by someone employed by the agency or program who has this included in their job description, they are referred to as a Reflective Supervisor. If within agency RS is not available, there are Reflective Supervision Consultants in the community that can be hired to provide RS to staff.
Providing Reflective Supervision requires training, practice and support
Are you interested in becoming a Reflective Supervisor?
Best practice recommends first experiencing a period of ongoing RS from a trained Reflective Supervisor yourself to build your own reflective capacity.
Training in providing RS gives you tools and skills practice in creating a safe, intentional, exploratory holding space for supervisees to reflect on the thoughts, feelings, and experiences that shape the behaviors and actions they bring to their work. Training in Reflective Supervision should be followed by continued participation in your own RS as you put your RS skills into practice providing for others
WA-AIMH can support you in getting started
You can learn more about WA-AIMH's leadership in a regional collaboration to develop Reflective Supervision Guidelines and find resources for assessing and planning for RS integration at your agency here.
These trainings can be adapted to small or large groups.
Contact our team to tell us your needs and schedule a training today.
Reflective Supervision Consultation (RSC)
Don’t have a Reflective Supervisor at your agency or wanting an outside consultant to support your team?
Organize and support you in forming an RSC group or
Connect you with a list of vetted RSC consultants in your area.