Reflective Supervision

Reflective Supervision is an essential component of providing quality infant and early childhood mental health services.  Reflective Supervision utilizes a model that focuses on helping the practitioner discover their own insights in regards to families they serve.  Reflective Supervision focuses on the parallel process of relationship between the provider and the parent and the parent and the child.

According to the Washington Association for Infant Mental Health, “primary characteristics of reflective supervision include:

  • Trusting, emotionally-present relationship between supervisor and practitioner
  • Consistent and predictable meetings and times
  • Questions that encourage details about the infant, parent, and emerging relationship
  • Teaching and guidance related to IECMH competencies
  • Nurturance and support of practitioner’s skills
  • Integration of emotion and reason
  • Fostering the reflective process within the practitioner
  • Exploration of the parallel process, allowing time for personal reflection
  • Attending to how reactions to the content affect the process/work
  • Self-discovery of knowledge within practitioner” (copyright WA-AIMH)

I am currently approved by WA-AIMH to provide reflective supervision to candidates seeking endorsement at level 1 or 2.  Reflective supervision can be provided individually or in a group setting.

If you are interested in discussing whether reflective supervision is a good fit for you, please contact me at maryallison@reflectingrelationships.com.