Reflective Supervision/Consultation

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MI-AIMH's 2012 DVD on Reflective Supervision for Infant Mental Health Practitioners can be found with the Products section. 

 

Reflective Supervision/Consultation Requirments for Endorsement Applicants

It is in the best interest of practitioners who promote infant mental health, as well as the infants and families they serve, if the reflective supervisor/consultant meets the following standards:

 

APPLICANT AND/OR ENDORSED PROFESSIONAL

PROVIDER OF REFLECTIVE SUPERVISION/CONSULTATION

For applicants 

earning endorsement

*Effective January 1, 2013*

PROVIDER OF REFLECTIVE SUPERVISION/CONSULTATION

For professionals 

renewing endorsement (annually)

 

 

RENEWAL REQUIREMENT ENDS

Infant Family Specialist

(Level II)

Bachelor’s prepared

Level II Master’s prepared

or

Level III or Level IV-Clinical

Min. 24 clock hours

Level II Master’s prepared

or

Level III or Level IV-Clinical

Min. 12 clock hours

On-going

Infant Family Specialist

(Level II)

Master’s prepared

Level III

or

Level IV-Clinical

Min. 24 clock hours

Level III

or

Level IV-Clinical

Min. 12 clock hours

On-going

Infant Mental Health Specialist

(Level III)

Direct service provider

Level III

or

Level IV-Clinical

Min. 50 clock hours

Level III

or

Level IV-Clinical

Min. 12 clock hours

On-going

Infant Mental Health Specialist

(Level III)

Provider of RSC to others

Level III

or

Level IV-Clinical

Min. 50 clock hours

Level IV-Clinical

Min. 12 clock hours

On-going

Infant Mental Health Mentor – Clinical

(Level IV)

Level IV-Clinical

Min. 50 clock hours

Level IV-Clinical

Min. 12 clock hours

After having earned & maintained Level IV-Clinical for min. 3 yrs

 

 

 

 

Best Practice Guidelines for Reflective Supervision/Consultation

 

Distinguishing Between Administrative, Clinical and Reflective Supervision/Consultation

 

Administrative supervision relates to the oversight of federal, state and agency regulations, program policies, rules and procedures.  Supervision that is primarily administrative will be driven to achieve the following ob-jectives:  

 

Clinical supervision/consultation, while case-focused, does not necessarily consider what the practitioner brings to the intervention nor does it necessarily encourage the exploration of emotion as it relates to work with an infant/toddler and family.  Supervision or consultation that is primarily clinical will most likely include many or all of the administrative objectives that are listed above as well as the following objectives: 

 

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, be-tween 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 content of the work and how reactions to the content affect the work.  Finally, there is often greater emphasis on the supervi-sor/consultant's ability to listen and wait,  allowing the supervisee to discover solutions, concepts and percep-tions on his/her own without interruption from the supervisor/consultant.   

The primary objectives of reflective supervision/consultation include the following:

 

Reflective supervision/consultation may be carried out individually or within a group.  For the purposes of this document, reflective supervision/consultation refers specifically to work done in the infant/family field on be-half of the infant/toddler's primary caregiving relationships.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Practice Guidelines for the Reflective Supervisor/Consultant 

 

Best Practice Guidelines for the Reflective Supervisee/Consultee

 

Building Capacity for Reflective Practice:

MI-AIMH recognizes that in many regions there are few supervisors/consultants who meet the qualifications for endorsement (as specified above).  If an endorsement applicant has difficulty finding supervision/consultation to promote or support the practice of infant mental health or if a program has difficulty finding someone to provide reflective supervision/consultation to guide and support staff who are applicants for endorsement, MI-AIMH can be a resource, too.  

 

 

 

Reflective Supervision and Consultation:  References and Suggested Resources 

 

Infant Mental Health Consultant1 Competencies 

General Guidelines 

MI-AIMH recommends that each consultant who is hired to provide reflective supervision or consultation to an individual or group on behalf of the promotion of infant mental health be: 

 

MI-AIMH recommends that each consultant is knowledgeable about: 

 

MI-AIMH recommends that each consultant demonstrate the following skills: