In 2015, ILAIMH launched Reflective Practice Groups (RPGs) throughout the state of Illinois to provide reflective practice opportunities for multidisciplinary professionals working with infants, young children and their families. The creation and continuation of these groups is made possible by a generous grant from the Irving Harris Foundation.

  • Reflective Practice Groups are designed to build and support a strong infant/early childhood mental health workforce. RPGs provide a safe and supportive community of practice that offers participants regular time to reflect on their work.
  • RPGs are for practitioners working directly with infants, young children and their families, and for supervisors, consultants, or administrators working in infant and early childhood programs.
    All groups are facilitated by experienced, credentialed Infant Early Childhood Mental Health Professionals.
  • Participants meet for a series of 10 monthly two-hour sessions and are able to acquire up to 12 hours of reflective supervision hours that can be applied to the ILAIMH Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health credential application process. For more information about the Credential, read Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Credential (I/ECMH-C) System

Feedback from 2015 RPG participants:

  • “Everyone was equally valued and respected and I feel that we all benefited from having diverse educational and professional backgrounds which contributed to our individual knowledge base of other professionals who work with infants and families.”
  • “It was a very positive and uplifting experience. I always looked forward to attending these meetings and felt rejuvenated afterwards. It provided a sense of belonging within the Early Childhood Education field when we are able to connect with other professionals in the field that have different expertise. I value what I have learned and have already incorporated the knowledge I have gained into my everyday interactions with families.”
  • “It provided me an opportunity to observe the other participants actually using reflective practice during our monthly meetings…. I do not think I would have had this type of opportunity elsewhere in that I could observe and focus on how reflective practice is actually done.”
  • “Our facilitator asked great questions, used a kind and caring approach, provided support for challenging circumstances and feelings, and helped us look at things from new and different perspectives.”

Eligibility Requirements

Currently working with young children, birth to 5 years, and their families.*
Preferred: Master’s degree or above in: infant/early childhood development and education, social work, psychology, pediatric healthcare or therapy services —nursing, speech/language, PT, OT. Or, BA degree and 8 or more years experience working with children birth-5 years and their families.

* Applicants who are currently working in Infancy/Early Childhood field, who do not meet eligibility requirements will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

To apply: RPG Application