UpcomingGrowing Professionally, Clinically and Personally: A Reflective Supervision Group for Clinicians

Are you looking to participate in a collaborative learning environment where you can learn to understand both yourself and your clients in a more compassionate way? Our Reflective Group Supervision (RGS) was developed out of work at the Center for the Developing Child and Family at the Ackerman Institute for the Family. This model rests on the foundation provided by the Ackerman Relational Approach as well as individual reflective supervision practices, trauma-informed, emotion-focused, and attachment-based therapies.

RGS is an innovative approach to supervision and consultation that supports clinicians and other helping professionals in understanding clients’ needs through a lens of curiosity, non-judgment, and empathy. It is a collaborative process that is mindful of the parallel process in the clinical system and guides clinicians first to reflect on their own experiences in their work and then to address the clinical needs of their clients. The process of a reflective group supervision session entails four steps: (1) attending to clinicians’ experience and needs; (2) understanding the individual and/or family system and larger context in which they are embedded; (3) examining the clinician’s social location and the effect this has on the dynamics in the therapy; and (4) identifying clinical interventions. Class structure will include a scheduled individual meeting, experiential exercises, readings, and case discussion.

Learning Objectives:

  • To enhance reflective capacities of validation, empathy, compassion, curiosity, attunement and mindfulness
  • To increase understanding of systems theory and the impact of social and political contexts in clinical work
  • To identify social locations and how to bring these actively into the work with clients


Christine Reynolds, LCSW is a faculty member of the Ackerman Institute and a founding faculty member of the Institute’s Center for the Developing Child and Family. Ms. Reynolds has over 25 years of postgraduate clinical and consulting experience. She developed a model of supervision called Reflective Group Supervision which has been selected as a Frontiers of Innovation portfolio project at Harvard’s Center on the Developing Child.

Brenda Nikelsberg, LSW is a faculty member of the Ackerman Institute’s Center for the Developing Child and Family. In her over 20 years at Ackerman, she has provided training, coaching and consultation. Ms. Nikelsberg is also the co-director for Competent Kids, Caring Communities, Ackerman’s Social-Emotional Learning Curriculum, which serves schools throughout the United States.

Date / Time:

Tuesdays, October 12, 26, November 9, 23, December 14, 2021; January 11, 25, February 8, March 8, April 12, May 10, June 14, 2022
9:30 am–11:30 am (ET)
Zoom link will be provided in advance of the workshop.

Scholarship Available:

There is a limited number of scholarships available for 10% reduced cost for three participants. If you identify as BIPOC and would like to apply, e-mail communitytraining@ackerman.org to request the application. Scholarships will be awarded on a rolling basis. Scholarship applications are due no later than Tuesday, September 21 and we will notify you Tuesday, September 28.

  • October 12, 2021 9:30 am - June 14, 2022 11:30 am

Christine Reynolds, LCSW and Brenda Nikelsberg, LSW

24 CE Contact Hours



A link will be emailed to you one day before the event.

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Tuition $960.00 (USD)  

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