LEARN HOW TO SUPPORT YOUR STAFF USING REFLECTIVE SUPERVISION
SCIMHA's Reflective Supervision Learning Collaborative (RSLC) for infant/early childhood supervisors is a 12 month process, providing 7 hours of Reflective Supervision training and 24 hours of group Reflective Consultation. The learning sessions are broken into digestible chunks, web-based, with a balance of didactic content and self-reflective experientials and break-out rooms. The reflective consultation will occur in small groups, virtually, monthly. The learning sessions and reflective consultation groups are facilitated by experienced Reflective Supervisors who are endorsed Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health professionals. All materials will be provided.
The program is designed for supervisors within the infant/early childhood program space, including:
Child Welfare Programs
Early Care and Education
- Learn the essential elements of reflective supervision along with structural tools and strategies to build, sustain and deepen reflective practice
- Broaden their understanding and increase their confidence in supporting others through reflective supervision
- Learn to implement and sustain reflective supervision within their program, resulting in a return on investment and enhanced agency practice for years to come
- Observe reflective supervision sessions, participate in small group discussions and share experiences with peers working towards the same goal
- Engage in self-reflection around Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion factors related to Reflective Supervision, Race, Power, and Privilege.
- Learn in a relaxed, team-based environment that builds from the collective knowledge and experience of the group
- Connect with peers, broaden professional networks and learn about additional training and professional development opportunities
- Receive up to 24 hours of reflective consultation which can be applied to the Endorsement for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-Focused Practice Promoting Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health®
Each participant will receive up to 24 hours of reflective consultation by a vetted reflective supervisor. RSLC groups consisting of five members will meet online monthly for two-hour periods over the period of one year. The monthly reflective consultation hours that participants receive will meet the reflective supervision requirements for Endorsement. Additionally, the reflective supervision hours that supervisors provide to their own staff members may prepare staff for their own Endorsement application.
This learning collaborative is designed for professionals who supervise infant/early childhood professionals and are ready to implement reflective supervision within their programs and pursue Endorsement upon completion of the experience.
While previous experience providing reflective supervision is not a requirement for participation, it is helpful to have some basic knowledge and understanding of the subject.
In lieu of a master's degree, you may list training, experience and personal or professional insights that have led to your interest in participating in the learning collaborative.
SCIMHA is working to promote and expand the delivery of reflective supervision by endorsed professionals across the state. The education requirement is consistent with Endorsement standards for reflective supervisors.
The 12-month learning collaborative is $1,400 per participant. It includes:
- Three training sessions, each 2.5 hours long
- All training materials
- Reflective consultation facilitated by an Endorsed® reflective supervisor (done monthly in groups of five for two-hour sessions)
- Endorsement application fee
- Registration for SCIMHA's annual conference
SCIMHA is offering a small subsidy for individuals seeking to participate in the learning collaborative who do not have the financial support of an organization. Please contact Susan Callahan for more information.
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Megan Smith, MT-BC, LCAT, IMH-E®, Infant Mental Health Specialist, is an Infant Mental Health Training and Reflective Supervision Specialist at SCIMHA. Megan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Therapy from Nazareth College and a Master’s Degree in Creative Arts and Counseling from Drexel University. As a clinician, she has worked across the lifespan in educational, medical, behavioral health, and child welfare systems with a focus on children 0-6 and parent-child relationships. She has also provided program development and project management to a regional Infant Mental Health training and capacity building program. Her clinical and academic research has included Group Music Therapy for Empathy and Self-Esteem Development in Children, and Development of a Model for Music Therapy in the Pediatric Emergency Department. She regularly co-facilitates training and presentations on the topics of Trauma, Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health, Systemic Racism, and Reflective Supervision at the state and national level for multidisciplinary professionals. Megan provides support to NYSAIMH's Endorsement Committee. In her current role, Megan feels privileged to do the relationship-building work of educating and advocating about the importance of holding the baby in mind across all child-serving systems. Megan highly values the intersection of present-moment reflective practice and curiosity as a necessary foundation for professionals who are doing work that requires vulnerability within relationships.
Kristyn Driver, MSW, IMH-E®, is SCIMHA's Reflective Supervision program manager. Kristyn has dedicated her career to serving infants, toddlers, young children and their families. She is Endorsed® as an Infant Mental Health Mentor - Clinical through the Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health. Kristyn has a strong belief in the power of relationships as a change agent and is dedicated to creating spaces for healthy relationships to flourish. With over a decade providing intensive home based infant mental health services, Kristyn recognizes how rewarding, and yet challenging and isolating early childhood work can be. This work is not possible without the grounding experience of a reflective supervision relationship. Kristyn is passionate about creating the felt experience of safety for early childhood professionals to explore their work more deeply, honor their feelings and grow their reflective capacity.