Clinical Supervision and Reflective Practice

Reflective practices are fundamental for organizations committed to continued learning, navigating changing landscapes, and ultimately, growing. Being a reflective practitioner does not simply mean dedicating some time to reviewing the events of your day. Rather, this is a way of life and a state of mind that embodies the goal of self-illumination. A reflective practice, accompanied by organizational support, will challenge held assumptions and beliefs, while encouraging exploration of what we do not yet know. A growing organization -and their clients- ultimately benefits by supporting reflective practice in clinicians.

Three tips to encourage reflective practices in your work:

1. Encouraging multiple perspectives – there are many understandings of an event and learning occurs when remaining open to different perspectives.
2. Finding comfort in the ambiguous – the capacity to remain grounded in uncertainty supports growth.
3. Encouraging exploration of held values and beliefs – asking ourselves to explore our biases and how they impact the room.

This may seem like a daunting task, but being able to take a moment to reflect, rather than react, can go a long way in developing thoughtful, grounded, and patient teams in settings that may feel not all the grounded.

Jillian Papineau