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Reflective supervision/consultation is distinct due to the shared exploration of the parallel process. In that, attention to all of the relationships is important, including the ones between practitioner and supervisor, between practitioner and parent, and between parent and the infant/toddler. It is critical to understand how each of these relationships affects the others. Of additional importance, RSC relates to professional and personal development within one's discipline by attending to the emotional content of the work and how reactions to the content affect the work. Finally, there is often greater emphasis on the supervisor/consultant's ability to listen and wait, allowing the supervisee to discover solutions, concepts, and perceptions on their own without interruption from the supervisor/consultant.

The primary objectives of RSC include the following:

  • Form a trusting relationship between supervisor and practitioner
  • Establish consistent and predictable meetings and times
  • Ask questions that encourage details about the infant, parent, and emerging relationship
  • Remain emotionally present
  • Teach/guide
  • Nurture/support
  • Apply the integration of emotion and reason
  • Foster the reflective process to be internalized by the supervisee
  • Explore the parallel process and to allow time for personal reflection
  • Attend to how reactions to the content affect the process

ITMHCA strongly recommends ongoing reflective supervision/consultation for all Endorsed® professionals. However, the categories of Endorsement® that are required to receive RSC are the following: Infant Family Specialist, Infant Family Reflective Supervisor, Infant Mental Health Specialist, and Infant Mental Health Mentor-Clinical. Please see the requirements for each category of Endorsement® for more information.

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Professionals holding Endorsement® as Infant Family Specialist, Infant Family Reflective Supervisor, Infant Mental Health Specialist, and Infant Mental Health Mentor-Clinical will be required to meet all criteria for annual renewal, including:

  • Receive a minimum of 12-hours of RSC annually (group or individual; in-person or virtual) from an Endorsed® provider.
  • The minimum 12-hours of RSC should be over the course of at least 6 months, but not more than 12 months.

Things to consider:

  • Please note that a provider of RSC may not also receive RSC hours from a supervisee.

Arizona RSC Providers

List of Supervision/Consultation providers in Arizona [PDF]
The individuals on the most recent list of Arizona Reflective Supervision Providers (green link above) have earned Endorsement® as an Infant Mental Health Specialist and have self-identified as providers of reflective supervision/consultation. The providers have confirmed that they are meeting the Endorsement® requirements for receiving RS/C from an Endorsed® provider. They have indicated their willingness to provide RS/C to applicants for Endorsement® and to Endorsees for renewal.

Please contact the provider directly to coordinate attendance or for additional information. This directory of RS/C providers is not exhaustive.

The Infant Toddler Mental Health Coalition of Arizona provides the registry as a service to its members. The individuals listed are independent providers and do not represent ITMHCA in the provision of reflective supervision/consultation services. Any action, advice, or services provided by such individuals are not facilitated by ITMHCA. The Infant Toddler Mental Health Coalition of Arizona cannot guarantee the accuracy, reliability, or completeness of supervision/consultation provided by these individuals. The ITMHCA does not receive payment or participate in the arrangements or contract negotiations.


Best Practice Guidelines for Reflective Supervision/Consultation [PDF]

Alliance RSC Talking Points [PDF]

Guidelines for Beginning and Maintaining a Reflective Supervision/Consultation Relationship via Distance Technology [PDF]

Please email ITMHCA's Endorsement® Coordinator at with questions about RS/C requirements.