Reflective Supervision Collaborative

Partnering with communities and organizations to enhance capacity to provide and sustain diversity, equity and trauma-informed reflective supervision and practices across systems

 

The Reflective Supervision Collaborative (RSC) is a collective endeavor focused on supporting the growth of reflective supervisors, change agents, leaders, mentors and trainers prepared to sustain meaningful levels of reflective supervision, reflective practice, and leadership in their institutions. The RSC also focuses on the implementation of reflective supervision within organizations and agencies.

 

The work of the RSC is guided by a set of core perspectives and processes:

Core Perspectives

  • Developmental
  • Trauma-Informed
  • Ecological and Systems
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Core Processes

  • Professional Use of Self
  • Critical Self-Reflection
  • Reflective Functioning, Self- and Other-Awareness, and Multiple Perspectives
  • Relationships and Parallel Processes
  • Mindfulness, Self-Compassion and Regulation

RSC Training Series

This intensive online training uses an engaging learning platform allowing the RSC to share a variety of resources and tools that participants can access easily and later infuse into their practice at the local level.

 

The training materials and interactive activities were created to provide learners with opportunities to explore, apply and integrate the reflective supervision processes and perspectives over time. While some learning activities will highlight specific perspectives or processes, our goal is to incorporate and intertwine these ideas throughout the learning intensive with opportunities to find coherent and attuned ways of meeting the complex needs of supervisees — in all aspects of their job — while at the same time providing the best possible services for children and families.

 

  • There are 8 half-day sessions for Track I and 7 half-day sessions for Track II.
  • To participate in Track II, participants must have completed Track I. Tracks can be offered sequentially so that completing Track I and II is possible within a 12-month period. It is also possible to plan Track II after Track I has been completed.
  • All participants in each track will need to commit approximately 4 hours per month for off-line work consisting of reading, viewing video clips, and audio or written journaling.
  • Additionally, for each track there are 5 to 7 small group 1.5-hour Mentoring Circles to support application of the content and processes for participants’ work. Each mentoring circle will have no more than 8 participants.

The Reflective Supervision for the Whole Job is a holistic, equity, diversity, inclusion, and trauma-informed, long-term learning approach developed by the Reflective Supervision Collaborative. Reflective Supervision is increasingly used and frequently required in programs serving families with infants and young children to encourage critical awareness of self and others, promote high-quality services, and reduce burnout and secondary traumatization of service providers. By reconceptualizing reflective supervision for infant and early childhood programs we have created an approach that focuses on all of the potential roles of a reflective supervisor, leader or change agent and have included approaches to enhance and address programs, institutions, and systems in which the practice is embedded.

 

Who should participate in this training intensive?
The Reflective Supervision for the Whole Job training intensive is for reflective supervisors who have had introductory training in reflective supervision, along with some supervisory experience, and would like to deepen their supervisory practice. Participants should have some supervisory experience and have a desire to expand their skills and understanding as a reflective supervisor. In our individualized partnering planning meetings, we work with the sponsors to understand the prior training and needs so we can individualize materials to local needs and experience.

 

What does RS for the Whole Job training include?

  • Seven virtual half-day trainings on Core Principles and Practices of Reflective Supervision. This content includes a focus on skills needed for the whole job, and all the roles of a reflective supervisor. The content includes a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion, and the supervisor’s use of ideas related to critical self-reflection and social location. The training infuses structure and materials from the FAN and RIOS, two well-developed models of structuring reflective practice and supervision.
  • 18 hours of required asynchronous learning work consisting of reading, viewing video clips, and audio or written journaling.
  • Seven 1.5-hour mentoring circles start after the second session of each collaborative. These are theory to practice sessions in which the participants apply material from the training to their own supervisory situations and needs.
  • Each participant will receive one individual mentoring session with an RSC faculty member to identify individual goals and needs.
  • One half-day virtual culmination training, to occur when all half-day sessions and mentoring circles are completed.
  • A certificate of completion for participation in synchronous and asynchronous activities. At this point in time CEU, course credit or endorsement alignment would need to be arranged through partner organizations.

The Reflective Supervision for the Whole System is a systems-focused, equity-informed approach that helps to build and sustain reflective practices through incorporating collaboration, attunement, diversity, and inclusion at every level of the program and in all the tasks and processes, from program development to recordkeeping and clinical services.

 

Who should participate in this training intensive?
Reflective Supervision for the Whole System is for change agents, such as mentors, leaders, and trainers who facilitate and support the change process related to the implementation of reflective supervision. This track is only available to those who have completed Reflective Supervision for the Whole Job training. Participants should identify (or be identified) as a reflective mentor or leader, be willing to be a champion of reflective supervision and reflective practice, and be able to be responsible to introduce or deepen reflective supervision implementation and practice within an organization or system.

 

What is a change agent?
Change agents are experienced as supervisors, may carry several different job titles (program leader/director, mentor, consultant, trainer, coach), and can be internal to an organization, or serve as external consultants. They hold the big picture, welcome diverse perspectives, likely wear many hats and engage in systems thinking daily. These individuals are in it for the long haul and focused on making a difference for their organization and community.

 

What does RS for the Whole System training include?

  • Six half-day online synchronous learning sessions. This content includes a focus on understanding how organizational practices can be used to address issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, trauma, and secondary trauma encountered in the work.
  • Asynchronous work consisting of reading, viewing video clips, and audio or written journaling.
  • Seven 1.5-hour mentoring circles beginning after the second half-day session. These are theory to practice sessions in which the participants apply material from the training to their own supervisory situations and needs.
  • One individual mentoring session to identify individual needs and goals.
  • One half-day virtual culmination training, to occur when all half-day sessions and mentoring circles are completed.
  • A certificate of completion for participation in synchronous and asynchronous. CEU or course credit would need to be arranged through partner organizations.

Training for Trainers is a multi-year, in-depth, train-the-trainer and mentoring experience carried out with RSC faculty and a new cohort of Track I participants. Participants who complete Track I and II can apply for Track III.

 

Who should participate in this training intensive?
Participant applicants should be dedicated to a path of reflective supervision, reflective supervision implementation, and mentorship. They should be passionate about and interested in investing in a multi-year professional training experience, through becoming a local trainer of the RSC training curriculum. Applicants should have some experience in public speaking, group process, and facilitation, and as a representative of their community, should be well-positioned to expand these practices across their program and system.

 

What does Training for Trainers include?

  • Participation as a co-trainer and co-facilitator in a new Track I cohort.
  • Individual debriefing and mentoring after training to build skills
  • Participation in 7 Mentoring Circles for Track III participants.
  • Participation in 4 online sessions related to training approaches and techniques.
  • A certificate of completion for participation in synchronous and asynchronous learning activities. CEU or course credit would need to be arranged through partner organizations.

What’s different about this Reflective Supervision training?

This initial RSC intensive training series was created to support individuals, programs, and systems in creating a robust reflective stance that supports and sustains the leadership and supervisory activities necessary for strong, effective, equitable, diverse, and inclusive programs.

 

There are several unique and revolutionary features of this training intensive series, it:

 

  • Focuses on all aspects of reflective supervision using a “whole job” approach, which encompasses the clinical and administrative aspects of a position as well as taking into consideration the ecological context of the work.
  • Supports the infusion of transformational reflective supervision practices and leadership approaches that incorporate principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, social justice, and a trauma-informed lens in a robust evidence- informed learning approach.
  • Includes materials and a learning design that have been conceptualized and built over the last three years by a collaborative of national expert reflective supervision leaders involved in the teaching, training, research about and promotion of reflective supervision. (cite bio page)
  • Works closely with the local sponsors to consider and plan for the unique needs of each group or region
  • Arranges individualized schedules with local sponsors with a 6 to 12-month time range for each track.
  • Includes delivery through the incorporation of virtual technology including best practice approaches to on-line and in person learning. Learning materials and approaches are highly interactive and include both synchronous and asynchronous approaches.
  • Involves curriculum modules intermingled with small group mentoring circles and individual mentoring opportunities throughout the training to allows for participants to integrate the concepts and practices into their daily work between different learning modules.

Meet the Collaborative

The Reflective Supervision Collaborative is a diverse group of highly-experienced infant and early childhood professionals with a special focus on reflective supervision in the multiple systems servicing infants, young children, and families. The group is focused on:

 

  • Creating a unified voice on the core processes and practices of reflective supervision
  • Providing long-term training intensives on reflective supervision and leadership
  • Developing a think tank focused on the application and integration of reflective supervision in multiple settings, across multiple disciplines and with diverse populations
  • Convening professionals interested in strengthening reflective supervision practices
Read our Origin Story

Below are the wonderful members whose dedication to this process has allowed for powerful exchanges, new learning and the emergence of a vibrant set of materials. Simply click on a member’s name to read their biography!

 

RSC Director

RSC Members

The Reflective Supervision Collaborative is generously supported by Southwest Human Development and the Perigee Fund.

For questions or to receive more information about the Reflective Supervision Collaborative, please email RSCadmin@swhd.org.

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