Reflective Supervision / Consultation (RS/C)
Often times, those who provide services to infants, young children, and families are exposed to a variety of stressors, difficult circumstances, and traumatic experiences. Consequently, these service providers can experience a variety of reactions in their work, including the experience of vicarious trauma. Certainly, it is important for service providers to be clinically competent and to meet administrative requirements under these circumstances. Nonetheless, it also is important for service providers to receive reflective supervision.
Reflective supervision is a supervisory approach that emphasizes relationships. The relationship between the supervisor and the supervisee as well as between the supervisee and the individual(s) being served (and sometimes even relationships with larger systems!) are considered carefully in the context of the work being done. In fact, these relationships often are viewed as the medium through which insights are fostered and changes can be made. Security in these relationships is critical and is built through consistent and regular meeting times, a collaborative approach to the exploration of issues, and an emphasis on reflection. By attending to relationships in this manner in the context of supervision, a thorough understanding can be gained regarding the impact that individuals have on each other and on the services provided.
FAIMH Ensures Quality RS/C
As Florida builds its infant mental health professional capacity, FAIMH is committed to ensuring the quality of the professionals who will be endorsed. As part of the endorsement process, individuals will be asked to include recommendations from supervisors and other relevant professionals who are familiar with their work.
All recommenders who provide reflective supervision or consultation (RS/C) must complete the vetting process through FAIMH.
Vetting is a formal review process where recommenders will provide their resume and/or curriculum vita for review by the FAIMH Reflective Supervision/Consultation Vetting Committee. After recommenders' qualifications are reviewed via their resume or curriculum vita, recommenders also will be asked to complete a telephone interview with selected members of the FAIMH Reflective Supervision/Consultation Vetting Committee. This vetting process is meant to ensure that recommenders are familiar with infant mental health competencies and with the Best Practice Guidelines for Reflective Supervision/Consultation, thereby allowing them to make an informed recommendations of the individual being considered for endorsement.
Note: ALL RECOMMENDERS MUST BE VETTED BY FAIMH IN ORDER FOR THOSE RS/C HOURS TO COUNT TOWARDS ENDORSEMENT.
Contact FAIMH at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or requests.
The components of reflective supervision/consultation include:
Forming a trusting relationship between supervisor and practitioner
Establishing consistent and predictable meetings and times
Asking questions that encourage details about the infant and parent as well as the emerging relationship
Remaining emotionally present
Teaching and guiding
Nurturing and supporting
Integrating emotion and reason
Fostering the reflective process to be internalized by the supervisee
Exploring the parallel process and allow time for personal reflection
Attending to how reactions to the content affect the reflective process
The Florida Association for Infant Mental Health is part of the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health.