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2016 Reflective Practice Groups Starting May 2016

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In 2015, ILAIMH launched two Reflective Practice Groups (RPG’s), one in central Illinois, and one in DuPage County. These 10-session groups were completed in February 2016. ILAIMH is excited to announce that three new Reflective Practice Groups are starting in May 2016. The new 2016 groups will also meet for 10 sessions. Participants will be able to acquire up to 12 hours of reflective supervision hours that they can apply to the I/ECMH credential.

The location, application deadline, and start time for each group:

  • The southwest of Chicago group begins in August 2016. This group is designed to serve practitioners in southwest suburban Cook County and in the Will/Kankakee County areas. The application deadline for this group has been extended to July 1, 2016.
  • The Chicago group started May 9, 2016 and meets downtown at Erikson Institute.
  • The Southern Illinois group begins in August 2016. This group is designed to serve practitioners in Southern IL region and will be located in Edwardsville/Collinsville area. The application deadline for this group was May 12, 2016.

All groups are facilitated by experienced, credentialed Infant Early Childhood Mental Health Professionals. Groups are for multidisciplinary professionals working with infants, young children and their families. ILAIMH’s Reflective Practice Groups are generously funded by the Irving Harris Foundation.

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.”

 

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