The plot thickens: Reflective supervision/consultation for groups

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Offering reflective supervision/consultation to a group rather than to sole recipients can deepen team relationships and stretch professional development funds. This module explores strategies for offering effective group reflective supervision. It focuses on addressing and supporting the stages of group development, common concerns in group dynamics, and changes to group membership. In addition, the advantages and differences between group reflective supervision and individual reflective supervision are discussed.

Learning objectives

  1. Identify the differences and similarities between individual and group reflective supervision. 
  2. Explore the stages of group development as well as strategies to set your groups up for success.
  3. Describe the different roles of supervisors and members in group reflective supervision.
  4. Identity strategies for addressing concerns in group dynamics including trust, rupture, repair, confidentiality, and changes to group membership.
  5. Describe the advantages of interdisciplinary learning group settings.

Content author

Tracy Schreifels

Tracy Schreifels, MS, LMFT, IMH-E (III), is an Infant Mental Health Specialist and Executive Director at Ellison Center. She provides outpatient clinical services to families with young children as well as reflective consultation services to early childhood and home visiting programs across Minnesota. Her past experiences of teaching and providing mental health consultation in Head Start, working in a preschool day treatment program, and her clinical work with parents and children serves as a foundation for her trainings.

Tracy also teaches online for the Center for Early Education and Development at the University of Minnesota and provides trainings around the Midwest. In addition, Tracy serves as the Co-Chair of the Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health-Infant and Early Childhood Division Advisory Board. She is passionate about sharing her background knowledge in challenging behaviors and early childhood development with caregivers of young children.

Intended audience

Supervisor, decision maker

Knowledge and competency areas

Reflective Supervision, Group Process

additional information

  • Module takes 3 hours to complete.
  • In addition to private assignments, participants will engage in learning through posts to discussion boards and video recorded responses.
  • Student receives a 3-clock-hour certificate of completion.
  • The knowledge competency areas in this module have been assigned by the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health and meet IMH-E®/ECMHE® training and renewal requirements.
  • Access to module is good for one year, starting on the date of registration.

Cost and registration

Individual registration

  • Cost for individual registration: $85 per module
  • Sign up for all nine modules at the same time and receive a $45 discount. Use discount code CEED9.
  • Individuals must pay with a credit card.
  • Your registration receipt includes login instructions for the module site, using the guest ID and password you will create during registration.
  • No cancellation refunds or substitutions.

Group registration

  • For options, please visit our group registration page.
  • Group costs decrease as group size increases.
  • No cancellation refunds or substitutions.

For questions, please contact Karen Anderson at ander352@umn.edu.