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Reflective Supervision/Consultation (RSC)

¿Qué es la supervisión / consulta reflexiva?

Reflective supervision/consultation is a professional development practice that helps infant, early childhood, and family practitioners provide best-practice, high-quality care and services to families. It is a key component of infant mental health practice and a requirement for the Endorsement for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-Focused Practice Promoting Infant Mental Health® (RI-IMH-Endorsement®) through the Rhode Island Association for Infant Mental Health (RIAIMH).

Early learning happens in the context of relationships

Reflective supervision/consultation is distinct from administrative or clinical supervision. It focuses on relationships—much like the infant mental health field as a whole. 

During reflective supervision/consultation, practitioners and their supervisors examine relationships at different levels, including those between the practitioner and supervisor, practitioner and parent, and parent and infant/toddler. They strive to understand how each of these relationships affects the others. They also look at how the practitioner’s work is affected by the emotions he or she experiences when working with infants, young children, and families.

Goals

  • Form a trusting relationship between supervisor and practitioner.
  • Establish consistent and predictable meetings and times.
  • Ask questions that encourage details about the infant, parent, and emerging relationship.
  • Remain emotionally present.
  • Teach/guide.
  • Nurture/support.
  • Apply the integration of emotion and reason.
  • Foster the reflective process to be internalized by the supervisee.
  • Explore the parallel process and allow time for personal reflection.
  • Attend to how reactions to the content affect the process.

RSC Best practices

Get started

1. Review the reflective supervision/consultation requirements for each level of RI-IMH-Endorsement®. These are detailed in  RIAIMH’s Infant Mental Health Competency Guidelines.

2. Review the guidelines for vetting providers of reflective supervision/consultation. In order to receive credit for reflective supervision/consultation hours as part of your application for RI-IMH-Endorsement®, ensure your supervisor is approved by RIAIMH to provide this service. Contact the RIAIMH Endorsement Coordinator to learn more. (Please note: Emails are monitored on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.)

Rhode Island is building Reflective Supervision / Consultation capacity!

Capacity Building Policy

RIAIMH established IMH Endorsement® in September, 2016.

As per Alliance policy, by January 1, 2022 (5 years later), Endorsement applicants can only include hours of RSC from a provider who is endorsed as an IMHS or IMHM-C (or IFS if the provider is Masters-prepared and Applicant is Bachelors-prepared).

Hours of RSC accrued after January 1, 2022
from a provider who is not endorsed cannot
be counted on an Endorsement® Application.

Supervisees who receive RSC from a supervisor who is vetted by RIAIMH (but not yet Endorsed®) can count hours accrued before 1/1/22. (Vetting can be retroactive).

Once a RSC supervisor earns IMH Endorsement® in a “provider of RSC category” all past RSC provided by that person can be “counted” for the supervisee’s Endorsement® application.

Endorsement® Requirements for Reflective Supervision / Consultation Providers & Receivers

APPLICANT AND/OR

ENDORSED PROFESSIONAL

PROVIDER OF RSC

For Applicants EARNING Endorsement®

PROVIDER OF RSC

 For professionals RENEWING Endorsement® 

(annually)

RENEWAL

REQUIREMENT ENDS

Infant Family Specialist 

(IFS)

Bachelor’s prepared

IFS Master’s prepared
OR

IMHS
OR

IMHM-Clinical


Min. 24 clock hours

IFS  Master’s prepared

OR

IMHS

OR

IMHM-Clinical


Min. 12 clock hours

On-going

Infant Family Specialist

(IFS)

Master’s prepared

IMHS

OR

IMHM-Clinical


Min. 24 clock hours

IMHS

OR

IMHM-Clinical


Min. 12 clock hours

On-going

Infant Mental Health Specialist

(IMHS)

Direct service provider

IMHS

OR

IMHM-Clinical


Min. 50 clock hours

IMHS

OR

IMHM-Clinical


Min. 12 clock hours

On-going

Infant Mental Health Specialist

(IMHS)

Provider of RSC to others

IMHS

OR

IMHM-Clinical


Min. 50 clock hours

IMHM-Clinical

 OR

IMHS


Min. 12 clock hours

On-going

Infant Mental Health Mentor – Clinical
(IMHM-C)

IMHM-Clinical


Min. 50 clock hours
including a minimum of 25 hours about the RSC that 

the Applicant provides to others

IMHM-Clinical


Min. 12 clock hours

After having earned & maintained
IMHM-Clinical for min. 3 years,

10 hours required




RIAIMH is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

RIAIMH is a founding member of the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health.


RIAIMH is an affiliate of the World Association for Infant Mental Health.

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