DCRC now offers a new service to support professionals – Reflective Practice Sessions
Why: In this busy and hectic world we all need more time to pause and reflect on our work with young children and the adults in their lives. Reflection is the process of thoughtfully considering one’s own experiences in applying knowledge to practice. (Schon, 1996). Reflective practice is when take the time to do just that! We must carve out this time and make it a priority so that we learn from our experiences and continue to grow. Identifying a dedicated time with a consistent person is one of the best ways to ensure that you pause and reflect. The Devereux Center for Resilient Children has skilled reflection facilitators to provide an empathetic, safe and confidential space to talk and reflect.
What: Reflective practice sessions are a time to talk about the work you do to support children and adults. The sessions are focused on experiences, thoughts, and feelings directly connected with the work you are doing with young children and the adults in their lives. Reflective practice sessions are characterized by active listening and thoughtful questioning by both parties. The role of the facilitator is to help you to answer your own questions and to provide the support and knowledge necessary to guide decision-making. In addition, the facilitator provides an empathetic, nonjudgmental ear. Working through complex emotions in a “safe place” allows you to manage the stress you experiences on the job. It also allows you to experience the very sort of relationship that you are expected to provide to those you work with. (Reflective Practice concepts adapted from the: Three Building Blocks of Reflective Supervision, Mar 8, 2016, Zero to Three website). During reflective practice sessions your Devereux Center for Resilient Children facilitator will support you in stepping back from the immediate, intense experience of hands-on work while taking the time to think about what the experiences really means. The goal of reflection practice sessions is to create an environment in which people do their best thinking!
Who: Any professional working with young children including,
- Early Childhood Mental Health Professionals
- Early Childhood Leaders
How: Reflective practice sessions are typically one hour in length and take place over the telephone (although web-based face to face sessions are available). Session packages start from as little as four sessions to monthly ongoing calls. Packages can include individual sessions or sessions for small groups of individuals. Contact Devereux Center for Resilient Children here for more information.