Using Reflective Supervision

In-Person Only; Limited space available

3 CEUs

Strong and effective supervision within social service organizations is a critical component to ensuring positive impacts in the communities we serve. Today’s service providers and social service staff are faced with complex work, multiple distractions, competing priorities, as well as dealing with the emotional impact of working in a helping profession. As supervisors, how can we best guide and assist our staff to be successful and have the greatest impact? This workshop aims to provide those with supervisory responsibilities with important tools to help staff perform well and achieve strong outcomes. These tools include the development of a supervisory relationship marked by accountability, trust and safety; the promotion of a growth mindset; and the use of reflective supervision and practice.

Reflective supervision is defined as a relationship-based and collaborative approach in which staff can reflect on and learn from their own work. Reflection involves paying deliberate attention to our interpersonal and work experiences and making a commitment to plan and implement resulting strategies. Workshop learning will occur through a combination of facilitator instruction (based off of professional experience and best practice resources), a video involving a case vignette, and small and large group discussions. Participants will have opportunities to explore their own supervisory experiences as they relate to the topics discussed

This workshop satisfies the Clinical Supervision requirement for professional counselors in the State of Illinois (if outside Illinois, please check with your licensing board)

Workshop Objectives:

1. Participants will gain understanding of the complexities inherent in the supervisor/supervisee relationship and will become knowledgeable in utilizing this relationship to the benefit of staff as it relates to learning and service delivery or performance.

2. Participants will gain knowledge in understanding the concepts and importance of reflective supervision and will learn to apply recommended methods in assisting the staff to make use of reflective practice.


Presenter: Curt Holderfield


This workshop will take place in-person at the Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice:

969 E 60th Street; Chicago, IL 60637

Mask optional. This convening is open to all invitees who are compliant with UChicago vaccination requirements and, because of ongoing health risks, particularly to the unvaccinated, participants are expected to adopt the risk mitigation measures (masking and social distancing, etc.) appropriate to their vaccination status as advised by public health officials or to their individual vulnerabilities as advised by a medical professional. Public convening may not be safe for all and carries a risk for contracting COVID-19, particularly for those unvaccinated. Participants will not know the vaccination status of others and should follow appropriate risk mitigation measures.

If you have any questions about access or to request a reasonable accommodation that will facilitate your full participation in this event such as ASL interpreting, captioned videos, Braille or electronic text, food options for individuals with dietary restrictions, etc. please contact the event organizer.