In 2015, ILAIMH launched Reflective Practice Groups (RPGs) throughout the state of Illinois. The creation of these groups was made possible by a generous donation by the Irving Harris Foundation. The groups are for multidisciplinary professionals working with infants, young children and their families with the purpose of offering opportunities for reflective practice. All groups are facilitated by experienced, credentialed Infant Early Childhood Mental Health Professionals. Participants meet for 10 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.
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For more information on Reflective Practice Groups, please contact Tina Dorow at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.”