Today, reflective practice is an established, necessary, and fundamental practice across all early childhood related sectors and disciplines—benefiting the health and wellbeing of infants, young children, families, caregivers, educators, supervisors, system administrators, policymakers, faculty, and researchers. The growing appreciation for reflective practice has also brought complexity to its how and who. There now seems to be as many “ways of practicing” for which there are disciplines, and as many “ways of being” for which there are professionals practicing.
Download the new Professional Innovations Discussion Paper “Beyond Reflection: Advancing Reflective Supervision/Consultation (RS/C) to the Next Level” authored by Noelle. This paper helps advance reflective supervision/consultation (RS/C) by stimulating important dialogue amongst infant and early childhood mental health (IECMH) professionals, inviting discussion around:
- examining definitions of reflective practice, specifically RS/C as used in the IECMH field;
- recognizing the multilevel benefits of reflective-informed practice for infants, young children, families, caregivers, educators, supervisors, system administrators, policymakers, faculty, and researchers and all other professionals working with and for families;
- considering RS/C foundational areas in light of emerging and urgent issues, such as the need to prioritize the leadership and collaboration of diverse voices in actively exploring, examining, and, as necessary, adapting or reconstructing current reflective practice models; and
- identifying specific opportunities to advance RS/C, with additional IECMH field discussion, exploration, and action.