CFC 15 - Reflective Practice Group for Kankakee Area EI Professionals


This group is currently meeting the 3rd Friday of every other month online via zoom.

Developing relationships with families is essential in providing early intervention services. In working with young children and families we know that how you are with a family is as important as what you do, and that your relationship with a family impacts their relationship with their child and others. Consequently, it is important for EI professionals to have a safe space where they can process and reflect on situations they may encounter that can influence their assumptions, reactions, beliefs, biases, and ability to attune to a child and family. The goal of this group is to encourage self-reflection by providing a non-judgmental, safe place to process experiences while listening to and supporting others working in EI. The core processes of reflective supervision: regularity, collaboration and reflection; as well as the FAN (Facilitating Attuned Interactions) tenets will be used to guide discussions.

The group and will be facilitated by Mary Valerius, Social Emotional Consultant for CFC 15. Group size will be limited to allow for discussion. The following topics and themes will be explored during meetings:

1. Attunement with families: An Introduction to the FAN approach & reflective practice-1.5 INT

2. How Mindfulness and Self-Regulation can impact you and the families you work with-1.5 WWF

3. Emotional awareness: of yourself & others-1.5 WWF

4. Understanding our Implicit Bias: A Discussion on Diversity, Culture, Racism, & Identity-1.5 WWF

5. Coaching in Early Intervention: Via LVV and In person meetings-1.5 INT

6. The Language We Use and How It Impacts Families-1.5 WWF

7. Grief and loss-1.5 WWF

8. Challenges we may encounter in EI: Supporting families in Crisis-1.5 WWF

9. Burnout, Stress, & Self Care for the EI Provider-1.5 WWF

Location Child & Family Connections 15 - online via zoom
2300 Glenwood Ave.
Joliet, IL 60435
Date 9/18/2020 12:30 PM - 8/31/2021 2:00 PM (Check in 12:25 PM)
Sponsor Child & Family Connections #15
Trainer Mary Valerius
Contact Mary Valerius (815) 768-3329
Principles 1. Support families
2. Active participation
3. Collaborative relationships
4. Specific IFSP goals
5. Comprehensive plans
6. Periodic monitoring
8. Quality services
Credit Hours 0
Cost NA
Cut Off Date 8/31/2021
Status Closed