Friday May 13, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM EDT
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Adelphi University Garden City Campus 
Ruth Harley University Center
1 South Avenue
Garden City, NY 11530

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Institute for Parenting 
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 Adelphi University  Institute for Parenting

Toward Mindful Practice: Developing Reflective Supervision Skills 

Reflection means taking a step back from the immediate, intense experience of hands-on work to wonder what that experience really means (Zero to Three, 2015).  What we learn through examining our own internal thoughts and feelings can help us better understand the families we work with—and lead to more effective intervention that will help them to heal and develop along healthier trajectories. Reflective Supervision by design is empowering, strength-based, culturally respectful, collaborative, non-judgmental, and introspective. Trust in the supervisory relationship is the foundation for building reflective skills.

Through this training, participants will learn to create an ambiance-of -safety for supervision that encourages open sharing, exploration of therapeutic failures and successes and how to achieve the best with families—in short, an atmosphere where clinicians can do their best thinking.  Concepts such as   ‘use of self’ and parallel process are integral to reflective supervision and will come alive, real and usable in your therapeutic work with clients. The instructor will guide participants in the practice and use of the reflective supervision skills of listening at the level of the active brain system, culturally curious inquiry, creating a shared agenda, and strengthening self-understanding to advance problem solving. Supervisors will learn how this approach can help them remain emotionally well-resourced in order to manage the challenge of meeting both the administrative and relational needs of staff in complex interpersonal work. Through the use of lecture, role play and small group discussion, this training will support the growing knowledge and skills of infant mental health professionals in the foundational elements and practical application of Reflective Supervision.

About the Instructor

Barbara Stroud, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist with over two decades worth of culturally informed clinical practice in the early childhood development and mental health. She is a ZERO TO THREE graduate Fellow and holds prestigious endorsements as an Infant and Family Mental Health Specialist/Reflective Practice Facilitator Mentor with the California Center for Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health. Embedded in all of her trainings, clinical service models, and consultation are the practices of reflective supervision and sensitivity to cultural uniqueness. In 2012, Dr. Stroud published a book “How to Measure a Relationship”, which is improving infant mental health practices around the country. Her newest text “Intentional Living: finding the inner peace to create successful relationships” walks the reader through a deeper understanding of how their brain influences relationships. Both volumes are currently available on Amazon. Additionally, Dr. Stroud is a contributing author to the text “Infant and early childhood mental health: Core concepts and clinical practice” edited by Kristie Brandt, Bruce Perry, Steve Seligman, & Ed Tronick.

Presently, Dr. Stroud is among the distinguished faculty of the UC Davis Extension, Napa Infant-Parent Mental Health Fellowship. Dr. Stroud is particularly passionate about the unique needs of children of color in the mental health and foster care systems and has had a long history of working with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health to infuse reflective and culturally mindful course of action in developing service programs that support the goals of a relationship-based framework within the context of a government contracted organization. As of 2013 Dr. Stroud has relocated to Northern California and sharing her knowledge and skill set with a new community of providers.


Program begins promptly at 9:00 a.m.

Early registration (on or before April 15): $105
Regular registration (after April 15): $115
Adelphi Full-Time Student:  $65.00
Adelphi Full-Time Faculty:  $90.00