Reflective Supervision can be difficult to grasp. Here is the definition we like best:

 Reflective supervision/consultation is distinct due to the shared exploration of the parallel process. That is, attention to all of the relationships is important, including the ones between practitioner and supervisor, between practitioner and parent, and between parent and infant/toddler. It is critical to understand how each of these relationships affects the others. Of additional importance, reflective supervision/consultation relates to professional and personal development within one’s discipline by attending to the emotional context of the work and how reactions to the content affect the work. Finally, there is often greater emphasis on the supervisor/consultant’s ability to listen and wait, allowing the supervisee to discover solutions, concepts and perceptions on his/her own without interruption from the supervisor/consultant.


Here’s what one of our Endorsed providers had to say about her Reflective Supervision experience:

 “When meeting with [Supervisor], we would review case notes and discuss concerns with each family as well as brainstorm ideas on what will help the parent to become more involved in each session. [Supervisor] asked questions to help guide my decision making with specific cases and gave relevant information and ideas on lessons that I would want to address with a client. She also helped me work through the emotions and stress that comes along with working with families. She provided support to me when addressing the specific needs of children on my caseload that were in foster care, helping me understand the family dynamics as well as ideas on how to encourage both foster parents and biological parents to be involved in each session as well as throughout the week. [Supervisor] often provided professional development on topics such as parental stress, parental involvement, children’s temperaments, etc. Reflective supervision for me was a safe place to speak about the families I work with, receive support and guidance as well as share my feelings without the fear of judgment.” – Kimberly A., IMH-E® (II)


For more information, click here to download a copy of IAITMH’s Best Practice Guidelines for Reflective Supervision/Consultation.