Reflective Supervision Learning Collaborative (RSLC):

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)—At a Glance
  • RSLC education and work experience requirements
  • Other reflective supervision training experience
  • Implementing/providing reflective supervision within your program
  • Monthly reflective consultation
  • IMH-Endorsement®
  • Agency or Administrative buy-in
  • RSLC in-person learning sessions
  • The application process and submitting payment
  • Want to learn more or have an opportunity to ask questions to WI-AIMH staff?


Questions related to the RSLC education and experience requirements:

  1. I have a Bachelor’s degree and I completed the UW Capstone Certificate program, am I eligible to participate?

For this year’s Learning Collaborative we are only accepting applications from supervisors who have earned their Master’s degree and meet all other application requirements. This educational criterion is consistent with IMH Endorsement standards for reflective supervisors.  Your interest is important to us and if this opportunity does not meet your needs there will be future offerings that may better align with your background and needs.

  1. I supervise staff members of an Infant/Early Childhood program, but do not have direct experience or recent experience with children ages 0-3 and their caregivers. Can I still participate in the Learning Collaborative?

The requirements of the Learning Collaborative are based on best practice standards for the provision of reflective supervision.  That being said, we recognize that not everyone in the field may meet all of these requirements.  We recommend that you complete an application so that we can capture your interest and explore options.  In addition, WI-AIMH will be developing future trainings and learning opportunities with the intent to best match the needs and experiences of those practicing in the field.  If this opportunity does not meet your needs there will be future offerings that may better align with your background and interests.

Questions related to other reflective supervision training experience: 

  1. I’ve completed the UW-Madison Infant, Early Childhood and Family Mental Health Capstone Certificate Program. How is this learning opportunity different?  What will I gain from participating in it that I didn’t gain from attending the Capstone program?

Whereas the Capstone Certificate Program provides coursework, experiential learning and the opportunity to receive reflective consultation for persons who work in the field (providers, supervisors, policymakers, etc.), the Reflective Supervision Learning Collaborative offered by WI-AIMH is designed specifically for supervisors who would like to learn how to provide and implement reflective supervision within their programs while receiving reflective support throughout the 12months.  By participating in the Learning Collaborative you will be provided the learning and support specific to implementing and sustaining ongoing reflective supervision within your program.

  1. I’ve completed FAN training which included monthly consultation. How is this different?  What, in addition to what I’ve gained through FAN training, will I get through participating in the Learning Collaborative?

We are so happy to hear that you have completed FAN training!  The Learning Collaborative will complement what you have already learned in FAN.  This learning opportunity is designed for supervisors who have not yet implemented reflective supervision within their programs, or for those who have tried, but found that they needed more support and additional learning.  We recommend that you carefully consider your needs and goals.  If you are already implementing reflective supervision within your program and feel confident in your competencies, this may not be the right fit for you. 

  1. I already provide reflective supervision within my program, but I don’t receive my own reflective supervision/consultation. Would this be a good fit for me?  Will you be offering other opportunities to receive reflective supervision/consultation?

We encourage you to carefully assess your needs and goals.  If you are currently providing reflective supervision, but want to enhance your capacity and understanding, as well as obtain the added benefit of receiving reflective support while providing it, this opportunity might be a good fit for you.  We also understand that there are several supervisors in your situation, (already implementing reflective supervision, yet looking for their own support) and we are currently working hard to build state capacity for more available and accessible reflective supervision or consultation.  Please stay tuned as we hope to offer more of these opportunities in the next year.

Questions pertaining to implementing/providing reflective supervision within your program:

  1. I’m interested in providing group reflective supervision within my program. How many staff members should I include in the group?

Based on our experience, 4-6 group members is the ideal size.  This will allow you to grow your confidence without becoming too overwhelmed by the size of the group. 

  1. My administrator/program manager is interested in attending—can she/he participate?

Yes, if your administrator/program manager intends to provide individual or group reflective supervision and meets the other application requirements. Please share the application with them; each eligible person will need to complete and submit an application.    

  1. Can two supervisors within the same program or unit attend?

Certainly!  As long as both supervisors meet the application requirements and both intend to provide reflective supervision either individually or within a group. Please note, the reflective supervision should be provided to separate groups or team members.  For example, for a team of 10, one supervisor might provide group reflective supervision to five staff members and the other supervisor might provide reflective supervision to the remaining five members.  These groups then should remain consistent, stable and regular (i.e. if staff member from first group misses the group time they should not join the second group.)  If these guidelines can be met we encourage each eligible supervisor within your program to complete and submit an application.

  1. Our program has two program supervisors, who would to participate in the Learning Collaborative and then share the responsibility of providing reflective supervision to our program so that if one supervisor is absent or unavailable the other can step in. Is this possible?

Although we understand your thinking, best practice standards strongly suggest that the provision of reflective supervision be regular and consistent.  Not only does this mean same day/time, but it also means same participants and provider.  This best practice standard is meant to support trust and security within the group, which is difficult to achieve when there are frequent changes to the members of the group.  We strongly recommend that you consider the structure and resources needed to successfully implement and sustain reflective practices and secure this commitment.  If your program is not able to identify the resources to initiate reflective supervision in a regular and consistent fashion, now might not be the right time to participate. 

  1. What if we wanted to send two supervisors to co-facilitate one group? Could two leaders or supervisors within a program co-facilitate a reflective supervision group within their program?

It is critical that there is consistency in both who facilitates and who attends the group.  We recommend one facilitator for each group and that the groups remain consistent and regular (same facilitator each time for the same group participants).  Sometimes the thought of facilitating a group can feel daunting and it’s often comforting in these circumstances to share the task with a colleague.  If this captures your sentiment, we recommend limiting the group to 4 or 5 staff members so that it feels more manageable and less overwhelming, or starting with individual reflective supervision, rather than group reflective supervision.   It may sound surprising, but it’s rather difficult to co-facilitate a reflective supervision group.

  1. I would like one of my lead staff members to attend the Learning Collaborative. Although she/he is not yet providing supervision it is likely that they will be moving into a supervisory position within the next year and I’d like to support their professional development.  They otherwise meet all other application requirements.

We appreciate your thinking ahead, support of reflective supervision and arranging for professional development.   It’s critical that participants actively implement and sustain reflective supervision within their program during the 12-month Learning Collaborative and be ready to start providing reflective supervision within their program in June 2017.  If this can be arranged for your lead worker by June 2017 and there is a shared understanding that this person would continue providing reflective supervision within the program, then yes, they are able to participate.

Questions about the monthly reflective consultation:

  1. What is the difference between reflective supervision and reflective consultation?

Reflective supervision is provided by a program supervisor who serves as the both the program supervisor and reflective supervisor to the staff reflective supervisee or group of supervisees. Reflective Consultation is the term used when a provider, from outside your program or agency, provides reflective support in a group or individual format. 

  1. How many reflective consultation hours will I receive?

You will receive up to 24 hours of reflective consultation hours.  The groups will run from July 2017-July 2018, each group is allowed one cancellation to be determined by the group in order to earn all 24 hours. 

  1. I’ve already received reflective supervision (Capstone, Family Foundations Home Visiting Reflective Practice Project, or other). Do I need to participate in the monthly reflective consultation or can I just attend the training portion of the Collaborative?

Yes, even if you’ve received reflective supervision in the past you will need to participate in the monthly reflective consultation.  This monthly reflective consultation is to support supervisors in their implementation of reflective supervision within their program.  It’s an opportunity to get support from an experienced provider and your peers, and to share your experiences.  If you feel this is not needed, or feel you are not able to commit to this piece, now might not be the right time for you to participate, or, this opportunity might not fully meet your needs. 

  1. Who provides the reflective consultation and will these hours meet IMH-Endorsement® requirements?

The monthly reflective consultation will be provided highly qualified Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Consultants who have earned or otherwise meets the requirements of IMH-Endorsement® as an Infant Mental Health Specialist or an Infant Mental Health Mentor, and have considerable experience providing individual and group reflective supervision or consultation.  All of the RSLC reflective consultants are eligible providers of reflective supervision or consultation as determined by IMH-Endorsement® requirements.  The reflective consultants will be determined by needs and location of Learning Collaborative participants.  The groups will be announced by June 2017.

  1. What if my schedule changes and I cannot attend all the monthly consultation meetings?

Attending the monthly reflective consultation groups is a required component of the Learning Collaborative.  Participating in the monthly reflective consultation will provide you with the reflective supervision hours needed to become endorsed and to become an eligible provider of reflective supervision for professionals seeking IMH-Endorsement® as an Infant Family Associate or Infant Family Specialist).  Furthermore, participation in the monthly reflective consultation is a critical component to the process. Not only will it enhance your learning and development, but we truly believe it will be a very rich and valuable experience!  Please set aside the time to participate and commit to attending.  Ask for administrative support and ensure that this time is protected. It’s a valuable investment as it will only support successful implementation and sustainability of reflective practices within your program.

  1. Am I able to make up any monthly reflective consultation sessions that I miss?

It’s unlikely that make-up hours or extra group time will be offered. WI-AIMH will work with participants to connect them with an eligible provider of reflective supervision as needed.  The cost for any ongoing reflective supervision/consultation would need to be paid for by the participant or agency.

  1. What if the reflective consultant cancels the group?

In this circumstance, the reflective consultant will reschedule to make up the time. 

  1. How can I continue to receive reflective support, after completing the Learning Collaborative?

WI-AIMH will work with participants to connect them with an eligible provider of reflective supervision as needed.  The cost for any ongoing reflective supervision/consultation would need to be paid for by the participant or agency.

Questions about IMH-Endorsement®:

  1. I’m already endorsed; can I still participate in the Learning Collaborative?

Yes, you can still participate in the Learning Collaborative.

  1. I’m not interested in applying for IMH-Endorsement®; can I still participate in the Learning Collaborative?

Our goal in developing and offering this learning opportunity is to increase statewide availability of and access to reflective supervision, to support IMH-Endorsement® applicants in meeting all the requirements for IMH-Endorsement®.  We strongly encourage you to consider applying for IMH-Endorsement® upon completion of the Learning Collaborative and will prioritize applicants who demonstrate a commitment to IMH-Endorsement®.

  1. It seems like a lot to take on—participating in the Learning Collaborative and applying for IMH-Endorsement®; how will all these components be managed so that it doesn’t feel too overwhelming?

We recognize that this is a big commitment, and we applaud you prioritizing reflective supervision in your agency.  We strongly advise that participants wait until completing the Learning Collaborative, before applying for IMH-Endorsement®.  This way, participants can really focus on learning about reflective supervision and providing it within their programs and get the most of that experience.

  1. I’m willing to apply for IMH-Endorsement®, but honestly I don’t know much about it or the process for applying. Will WI-AIMH provide any type of support or technical assistance?

Yes!  Each Learning Collaborative participant will be provided with an IMH-Endorsement® packet to help them get started.  We will also go over the steps for registering and starting the application process.  The application process is self-paced, so participants do not need to adhere to a time frame.  It’s really up to each participant as to how quickly, or slowly they want to complete the process.  WI-AIMH will also follow up with each participant for individual outreach and technical assistance.  If you want to learn more about IMH-Endorsement®, feel free to visit our web page and explore the endorsement tab, but please don’t feel like you need to “study” or do anything related to endorsement at this point, or before starting the Learning Collaborative.

Questions about Agency or Administrative support:

  1. I’m very interested (and excited) to attend, but I’m not feeling confident about our administrative support. What do you suggest?

We appreciate you carefully considering your administrative backing, as it can be so critical to sustaining a new practice.  There are a number of approaches we can take together.  First, you can provide your administrator with some articles and talking points on the benefits of reflective supervision and how to set it up within your program.  We’d be happy to connect you with resources or other materials.  In addition, we could connect you with a program supervisor or administrator that currently provides reflective supervision to share their experiences.  Second, a WI-AIMH staff member could meet with your administrator(s) by phone or in person to answer questions about reflective supervision and the Learning Collaborative as well as provide information and resources.  Third, you and your administrator(s) could attend one of the information calls that we are offering (details at the end of this document).  Fourth, you could invite your administrator to the 2017 WI-AIMH annual conference where the keynote speaker and several workshops will address reflective supervision.  This is a great way to involve persons within your program and expose them to additional information and experts within the field of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health.

Questions pertaining to the in-person learning sessions:

  1. Have the in-person learning session days been determined?

Yes.  The first two days of the Learning Collaborative begins at the WI-AIMH 2017 Conference  at the Osthoff Resort, Elkhart Lake WI; the remaining in-person learning days occur throughout the 12 months; the location TBD.    The 5 in-learning sessions:

Day 1:  WI-AIMH Conference Monday, June 12, 2017—8 hours

Day 2:  WI-AIMH Conference Tuesday, June 13, 2017—6 hours

Day 3:  Tuesday, November 14, 2017—8 hours

Day 4:  Wednesday, November 15, 2017—6 hours

Day 5:  Tuesday, May 16, 2018—8 hours

  1. Who are the trainers for the in-person learning sessions?

The trainers are two WI-AIMH staff members:  Carrie Finkbiner, MS, LMFT, Clinical Project Coordinator, and Elizabeth Wahl,  MSSW CAPSW, IMH-E ® (II): Endorsement Outreach Specialist.  Carrie and Elizabeth are experienced presenters and trainers and well-versed in reflective practices. 

  1. What topics will be covered at the in-person learning sessions?

The in-person learning sessions will be focused on content and knowledge acquisition in a presentation-discussion format.  Large, as well as small group discussion will take place and videos and other resources will be used to explore different examples and styles of reflective practices. 

The following areas will be covered during the in-person learning sessions: 

What is Reflective Supervision, how is it delivered and why is it critical to our work

Important elements of reflective supervision practice

Creating a safe holding place

Deeper Exploration of the relationships, essential components and reflective stance

Staying present and regulated

Challenges and success in your work as a reflective supervisor

Creating a culture of reflection and relational values within your organization

Securing your own support and exploring ongoing learning, connection and support


  1. Will Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) be provided?

Each participant will receive a Certificate of Attendance t that can be used towards licensure renewal or to pursue licensure.  WI-AIMH is able to provide individualized letters of attendance to those whose accreditation bodies require a letter.  The training also meets some of the IMH-Endorsement® requirements for specialized training.

  1. Is lunch or other meals provided at the trainings?

Yes, lunch is covered as well as light morning snacks and an afternoon snack.  We recommend that you bring additional food or beverage items as needed, as well as a water bottle and coffee mug.

  1. The first two days of the Learning Collaborative occur during the WI-AIMH conference. Do I get to choose any workshops on these days?  Tell me how this works.

For our 2017 conference we are offering three days, rather than two.  The first day will be intensive institutes, with the first day of the Reflective Supervision Learning Collaborative being one of the institutes offered.  It will be a closed session and not available to the public.  The second day of the conference is focused on reflective supervision, including the keynote address and follow up sessions and workshops.  You will be able and encouraged to attend the key-note presentation. After the keynote presentation, RSLC participants will attend a workshop provided by the keynote speaker, followed by a demonstration of a reflective supervision session, called a Fishbowl, and then resume as a group to reflect on the day and break into monthly reflective groups.  At this time participants will meet all of the reflective consultants including the consultant who will be providing your monthly consultation.  There will be time to connect as a group and schedule the first group.  The third day of the conference is a “regular” conference day and RSLC participants can select the workshops they are interested in attending.  There will be no RSLC specific sessions or meetings on the third day of the conference.

Questions related to the application process and submitting payment:

  1. Tell me about the application—what will be asked and how long does it take to complete? When is the application due?

The application has 22 short answer questions that target the RSLC requirements, including some information about your plans and intentions to implement reflective supervision.  Please respond to all questions and provide thorough answers.  This will help expedite the application review process.  It should take about 30 minutes to complete and needs to be completed in one session (not able to save and come back to your application and resume progress).  Completed applications are due by February 1, 2017. 

  1. How will applications be processed? When will I find out if my application has been accepted?

It will take approximately 3 weeks to review the applications; during this time WI-AIMH staff may follow up with you to ask additional information.  Applications will be processed in the order in which they are received.  We plan to make a final decision by March 1, 2017.    Once your application has been accepted, WI-AIMH will contact you; at this time you can make arrangements for submitting payment. 

  1. When do I need to pay the participation fee? Can I pay in installments?

Your portion of the Learning Collaborative costs is ($500)–by check, money order or credit card–is due by May 1st.  Unfortunately we are not able to offer installments.  WI-AIMH will make sure payment details and information is provided when accepted participants are notified. 

Want to learn more or have an opportunity to ask questions to WI-AIMH staff?

We hope that we answered your questions; however, if we haven’t addressed your question here, we encourage you to attend one of the information calls.  These calls are open to anyone interested in learning more about the Learning Collaborative, are offered at no cost, and will take place on:

  • Tuesday November 15th from 12-1
  • Wednesday December 14th from 12-1.

For each call, please dial 1/712-770- 4010 and use access code:  258081.

Thanks again for your dedication and commitment to infants, young children and their families, and your interest in the Reflective Supervision Learning Collaborative!