As in relationship-focused practice with families, reflective supervision/consultation (RS/C ) is most effective when it occurs in the context of a relationship that has an opportunity to develop by meeting regularly with the same supervisor/consultant over a period of time. Therefore, CT-AIMH expects that Endorsement® candidates will have received the majority of the required hours from just one source with the balance coming from no more than one other source.
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It is in the best interest of practitioners who promote infant and early childhood mental health, as well as the families they serve, if the reflective supervisor/consultant that they receive meets the Best Practice Guidelines as well as the Endorsement® requirements listed below.
Reflective Supervision/Consultation Requirements* for Endorsement®
*These requirements will be in effect as of January 1, 2019
Please note: Peer supervision (defined as colleagues meeting together without an identified supervisor/consultant to guide the reflective process), while valuable for many experienced practitioners, does not meet the RSC criteria for Endorsement® even if one of the peers has earned Endorsement® as an IMHS or IMHM-Clinical. The provider of RSC is charged with holding the emotional content of the cases presented. The ability to do so is compromised when the provider is a peer of the presenter. Unnecessary complications can arise when the provider of RSC has concerns about a peer’s ability to serve a particular family due to the peer’s emotional response AND the provider and peer share office space, for example.
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