UpcomingReflective Group Supervision for Supervisors

In these challenging times, providing clinical supervision and support to staff is complex, demanding, and essential. The typical model of coming to the supervisor and getting advice on what to do with clients does not adequately meet staff members’ needs. Supervisors need a different model that attends, first, to the staff members themselves and then their experiences with clients. They also need to understand both staff members’ and clients’ experiences as embedded in the larger systems that significantly impact them including race, class, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity etc. This online training is for supervisors who would like to expand their supervision skills to be able to meet these multifaceted needs.

Our Reflective Group Supervision (RGS) training model was developed out of work at the Center for the Developing Child and Family at the Ackerman Institute for the Family. RGS is an innovative approach to supervision and consultation that supports supervisors in understanding their staff and clients’ needs through a lens of collaboration, curiosity, non-judgment, and compassion. 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. Class structure will include an initial individual meeting with each participant, experiential groups and exercises, readings, homework, and discussion.

Learning Objectives:

  • To enhance understanding of systems theory and the impact of social and political contexts in clinical work and supervision
  • To identify social locations and be able to bring discussions of social location into clinical work with supervisees
  • To enhance reflective capacities and learn to guide supervisees’ reflective skills of validation, compassion, curiosity, attunement and mindfulness


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.

Katherine Pettick-Perez, MHC-LP joined the Center for the Ackerman Institute’s Center for the Developing Child and Family in 2019. In that time, she has contributed to the development and evaluation of the Reflective Group Supervision Model’s curriculum and implementation. Katherine strives to approach her work from a systems-based and anti-oppression framework.

Date / Time:

Fridays, November 5, 19, December 3, 17, 2021; January 7, 21, February 4, 18, March 18, April 29, May 20, June 17, 2022
1:30 pm–4:30 pm (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 four 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 Friday, October 15 and we will notify you Monday, October 25.
  • November 5, 2021 1:30 pm - June 17, 2022 4:30 pm

Christine Reynolds, LCSW and Katherine Pettick-Perez, MHC-LP

36 CE Contact Hours



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

Details Price Qty
Tuition $1,550.00 (USD)  

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