Have you been considering the Reflective Supervision Learning Collaborative (RSLC)? Wondering: is this a good fit for me? Is it worth the time and money? These questions come at a good time because we just completed the second learning session for the current cohort of RSLC participants, and we want to take a moment to share what happened and what it was like for the participants.
The learning session occurred on November 14th and 15th and took place at Olbrich Gardens in Madison, WI. If you haven’t been to Olbrich Gardens, it’s an ideal setting for reflection and growth, with both indoor and outdoor gardens and scenery! There were 19 Infant Early Childhood program supervisors representing Home Visitation, Birth to 3, Mental Health and Early Care/Education! We also had four of the RLSC reflective consultants in attendance, as well as a new-born baby!!!
Our goal was to dig a little deeper into what it means to reflect, provide a safe space for reflection and build strong teams for safe discussion. We explored the concept of reflective functioning from pregnancy all the way to provider, supervisor and system levels. We explored our own reflective capacities and “who draws our best energies,” (Brown) using journaling, partner discussion and exercises to look further into reflective functioning. We watched reflective supervision video clips, engaged in small group discussion, introduced and practiced exercises and approaches, and participated in mindfulness activities—including a mindfulness walk through the botanical gardens! Finally, we observed an unrehearsed live reflective supervision session (a learning strategy called a “fish bowl”) followed by question/answer discussion with the participant and reflective supervisor.
Here’s what participants had to say about the RSLC learning session:
- Great team building activities
- The Fishbowl! So great to see real reflective supervision in practice (not rehearsed)
- The openness of the group, the deepening of the process and the meditation walk
- The format, the discovering that this is a journey to know myself while reflecting with others to discover their inner strength
- Excitement about how much I’ve learned in this process
- Enjoyed the many interactive small group activities
- Everything! Thank you! My mind will continue to spin a good way!
The 2018 RSLC application has been released, so if you are an infant/early childhood program supervisor passionate about reflective and relationship-based practices and wanting to implement reflective supervision within your agency, please don’t delay in completing the application. We will process and accept applications in the order in which they are received.
If you still have questions, please join us on the RSLC Information call! The call is free and there is no obligation.
- Friday December 8th, 10-11 am.
- Call (1) 712-770-4010 and enter this access code: 258081.
Click here for additional details about the 2018 Reflective Supervision Learning Collaborative, and click here for a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s). Otherwise, feel free to call WI-AIMH at 608/442-0360. We’d be happy to answer your questions and help you think through the decision.