"At the heart of reflective practice...is an invitation to shift the initial conditions of inner territory - to reset the beginning spot or our thinking, our feeling and our spirit, in order to open the way to action that has greater vitality, sustainability, grace and life." J. Brown, 2008
Reflective practice is a relationship-based approach to building depth of understanding, flexibility of response and skill within multidisciplinary fields serving families, infants and young children. Within a relationship-based practice, where the relationship itself is seen as an agent of change, and where providers often encounter complex and emotionally demanding situations, processing the internal experience – the thoughts, feelings and responses of the provider to the work at hand – becomes necessary in order to remain effective. Accordingly, reflective practice enables providers to safely explore multiple perspectives, cultural implications and layers of meaning that might be present and informing the work of providing relationship-based service delivery.
Reflective practice is considered a powerful method to increase provider reflective capacity, which is the means by which we not only understand the motivation underlying our own behavior, but can consider the meaning underlying the behavior of others. As the cornerstone of attachment security, when we are reflective with our families, we also help them to become more reflective with their children. Increasing this capacity enables us as providers to better regulate our emotions, to avoid burnout and to respond with greater understanding, flexibility and compassion to the families we serve.
As an Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health specialist (IFECMH) and a Reflective Practice Facilitator II (RPF II) endorsed by the CA Center for Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health, Bronwyn collaborates with multidisciplinary professionals and organizations to employ reflective practice as a means to deepen parent-child relationship and strengthen effectiveness in systems of care.
Heffron, M. C., Reynolds, D. and Talbot, B. (2016), REFLECTING TOGETHER: REFLECTIVE FUNCTIONING AS A FOCUS FOR DEEPENING GROUP SUPERVISION. Infant Ment. Health J., 37: 628–639. doi:10.1002/imhj.21608