Mind the Gap(s): Reflective supervision/consultation as a mechanism for addressing implicit bias and reducing our knowledge gaps

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Mental health-related professions, like many fields, have begun reexamining common practices and opportunities following the 2020 reawakening to the need for antiracist practices/policies. This push includes encouraging both seasoned professionals and newer trainees to do inward and outward work to increase self- and other-awareness and recognize biases. Often, it is unclear where to begin, and this deeper reflection can bring up uncomfortable realizations about oneself, colleagues, and even broader professions. Doing this deep work is most beneficial when done in a community that can provide support and further challenge. Thus, the practice of reflective supervision/consultation (RSC) is well-suited for integration of conversations about bias (implicit and explicit) as well as racism/antiracism. The current paper provides background on these concepts, the model of RSC, and specific examples of diversity, equity, and inclusion principles within the infant and early childhood mental health (IECMH) field. Parallels are drawn to existing “key concepts” of reflective supervision to provide examples for integrating conversations about bias into reflective supervision. Finally, specific tools and strategies for use are offered as starting points, with encouragement for supervisors to continue to generate ideas and tools for these important conversations. Next steps and implications for broader practice are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)638-652
Number of pages15
JournalInfant Mental Health Journal
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2022

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© 2022 Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health.


  • Gleichstellung
  • Inklusion
  • Mots clés: supervision de réflexion
  • Reflektierte Supervision
  • Vielfalt
  • diversidad
  • diversity
  • diversité
  • equidad
  • equity
  • implicit bias
  • implizite Vorurteile
  • inclusion
  • inclusión
  • prejuicio implícito
  • préjugé implicite
  • reflective supervision
  • supervisión con reflexión
  • équité
  • الكلمات الرئيسية : الإشراف التأملي ، التحيز الضمني ، المساواه ، التنوع ، الشمول
  • キーワード: 内省的スーパービジョン、暗黙の偏見、公平性、多様性、インクルージョン
  • 公平性
  • 关键词:反思性监督
  • 包容性
  • 多样性
  • 隐性偏见

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article
  • Review


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