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ERIC Number: EJ938231
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jul
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0736-8038
Starting where the Program Is: Three Infant Mental Health Consultants Discuss Reflective Practice
Heller, Sherryl Scott; Jozefowicz, Fran; Reams, Redmond; Weinstock, Judith
Zero to Three (J), v24 n6 p10-19 Jul 2004
Early Head Start (EHS) programs have become increasingly interested in using a reflective practice approach to help staff members attend to themselves as well as to the families they serve. Paying attention to the relationships between program staff members, between staff and families, and between parents and children is key to a successful reflective practice approach. Reflective supervision (a subsystem of reflective practice) allows staff members to slow down, examine their thoughts and feelings, and identify interventions and strategies for meeting the families' needs. This article highlights the experiences of three infant mental health consultants who participated in the EHS Pathways to Prevention initiative. Each of the EHS programs to which they consulted used the consultation relationship as a mechanism to help incorporate some form of reflective practice into their systems, with two programs focusing almost exclusively on reflective supervision. Each EHS program was unique, with its own culture, philosophy, systems, and interpretation of reflective practice. Each consultant entered into the system as a partner with the program, providing support on the journey toward fully understanding and implanting reflective practice approaches. The consultants' experiences illustrate how, in implementing reflective practice, staff should consider the people who will be involved, assess the landscape (i.e., program size, demographics, cultural makeup of families), and be willing to embrace change and take a few chances.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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