Growing Professionally, Clinically and Personally; A Reflective Supervision Group for Clinicians [Online]

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.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants enhance their reflective capacities of validation, empathy, compassion, curiosity, attunement and mindfulness
  • Participants increase their understanding of systems theory and the impact of social and political contexts in their clinical work
  • Participants identify their 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 where she consults and provides training on working with families with young children. Ms. Reynolds has over 20 years of postgraduate clinical and consulting experience in child welfare, home based family therapy, community mental health, early childhood, and private practice in both rural and urban environments. She has developed a model of supervision called Reflective Group Supervision. This model has been selected as a Frontiers of Innovation portfolio project at Harvard’s Center on the Developing Child. Additionally, Ms. Reynolds maintains a private practice in Manhattan specializing in families, couples and children.

Date / Time:

Tuesdays, October 20, November 17, December 15, 2020; and January 12, February 16, March 16, April 6, May 4, June 1, June 29, 2021
9:30 am-11:30 am (ET)

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