Supervisor Training: Reflective Group Supervision [Online]

In these challenging times providing clinical supervision and support to staff is complex, strenuous 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 clients’ experiences as embedded in the larger systems that significantly impact them including race, class, language, and immigration status.

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.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants enhance their understanding of systems theory and the impact of social and political contexts in their clinical work and supervision
  • Participants identify their own social locations and are able to bring discussions of social location into their clinical work with supervisees
  • Participants enhance their reflective capacities and learn to guide a supervisee’s reflective skills of validation, empathy, 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 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:

Fridays, January 8, 22, February 5, 19, March 19, April 23, May 21, June 18, July 16, 2021
January 8 | 12:30 pm–4:30 pm (ET)
January 22–July 16 | 1:30 pm–4:30 pm (ET)

Continuing Education:

28 CE Contact Hours

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