The Nebraska Center on Reflective Practice (NCRP) provides training, mentoring, consultation, and evaluation to individuals and organizations in need of reflective practice.
The human service and early childhood workforce is engaged in work that is both rewarding and taxing. The emotionally intrusive nature of the work often leads to high rates of vicarious trauma, stress and burnout - all of which affect the quality of services provided by an organization. Reflective practice assists in mitigating the effects of the emotionally intrusive nature of the work by helping individuals examine their current and past actions, emotions, experiences, and responses in order to evaluate their work performance and learn to improve in the future. Reflective practice promotes a workplace culture of collaboration and accountability.
The Nebraska Center on Reflective Practice (NCRP) provides an in-depth training and consultation program for organizations committed to infusing reflective practice into their work. NCRP utilizes the Facilitating Attuned Interactions (FAN) model developed by the Erikson Institute.
The reflective practice training program prepares and supports practitioners during all stages of the process of implementing reflective practice:
Reflective practice training has been a huge asset to my daily work. It has helped me connect with my staff not only through their teaching practices but also through a personal level. Using the FAN I am able to meet the needs of my staff exactly where they are and relate to them in ways I haven’t before. I was able to adapt the techniques I learned in the training to create a positive approach to reflective supervision.
The Nebraska Center on Reflective Practice partners with a network of consultants and staff to facilitate reflective consultation to individuals or groups of people within an organization. Reflective practitioners help attendees examine his or her past actions, emotions, experiences, and responses to better understand the context of their work. Additionally, reflective consultation aims to enhance team collaboration and cohesiveness by promoting an environment of mutual respect and shared understanding.
Reflective practice consultation groups typically occur on a bi-weekly basis and consist of up to six people per group. Reflective practice consultation groups can be composed of supervisor/employee teams or peer teams.
Reflective practice consultation complements existing supervision models by helping attendees focus on the emotional content of the work.
Reflective practice consultation has helped me to be able to recognize my biases towards continuing to approach my practice in the way I always have. In other words, it has enabled me to recognize that I function from a level of comfort and habit that is almost unconscious. It has also enabled me to recognize that I need to separate myself from my emotional responses to stressful situations and to be able to begin to see when those situations are arising and note by response.
The Nebraska Center on Reflective Practice maintains a community of practice for individuals who have completed the reflective practice training program. These reflective practitioners will have access to a list serv which will provide them with the latest literature and resources for reflective practice, as well as a connection to the other reflective practitioners around the state. Community of practice meetings provide attendees with booster sessions to continue to develop and refine their reflective practice skills as well as an opportunity to connect with NCRP trainers and other reflective practice trained professionals.
Staying connected to your FAN colleagues is one of the best ways to sustain your practice. The Community of Practice offers advanced training concepts as well as rich networking.
Infusing reflective practice into an organization creates a parallel process which benefits front-line professionals, management, and the organization.
Reflective practice creates a parallel process within organizations which empowers management to enhance their support for the front-line employees.
As a supervisor, reflective practice has enabled me to be more intentional in my supervision with my staff, as a result we are able to accomplish more in a shorter time period. I am able to recognize both my strengths and weaknesses in my supervision sessions and am able to better support my staff and meet their needs.
Results from our pilot sample have shown that participation in reflective practice has a positive impact on professionals.
The relationship-based approach for reflective practice can be used across disciplines and systems of care, including: