Training and Events

Michigan Head Start Association meeting features presenter from ECFS department

MHSA Mental Health/Disabilities Learning Community

University Club of Lansing│January 31, 2018

(The second of three meetings for 2017-18)

Reflective Supervision and Practice: Increasing Reflective Capacities within the Head Start Setting 

Join the Michigan Head Start Association’s Mental Health/Disabilities Learning Community as we feature Amy Delira, LMSW, IMH-E, and Judy Darling, LMSW, IMH-E IV, for an experiential and informative day of learning and connecting on behalf of babies, young children and families. Reflective supervision/consultation is increasingly being implemented in Head Start settings and has been shown to improve staff well-being and quality of services being provided to babies, young children and families. Reflective practice has proven to be valuable not only in the more formal reflective supervisory relationships but also within the day-to-day work of professionals in the early childhood field. This training will promote your professional growth and assist you in learning ways to increase your own reflective skills to transform your relationships and your work. Participants will:

  • Explore the historical foundations and current implications of reflective supervision/consultation in early childhood settings.
  • Learn about the successes and challenges of implementing reflective supervision/consultation in Head Start settings and be invited to share experiences with the group.
  • Participate in mindfulness exercises and reflective activities with time for self-reflection and increase self-awareness followed by discussion.
  • Receive a practical guide to implement reflective practice formally and informally.
  • Hear from peers during a panel discussion on the experiences of Head Start agencies working in reflective supervision/consultation.

Whether you’re new to reflective supervision or you’re a seasoned reflective supervisor, this training is for you! Note:  If you do not plan to attend, please RSVP so that MHSA staff can accommodate for exact number of attendees. Email Michelle Rittenhouse at

Featured Speakers

Amy Delira, LMSW, IMH-E, earned her master’s degree in social work at Wayne State University and is an Infant Mental Health Clinician with extensive clinical training supporting her work with young children, families and early childhood professionals. Her clinical work focuses on systems of care impacting young children and families. In 2016, Amy was appointed to the Michigan Association of Infant Mental Health Board of Directors.Amy currently works at a Community Mental Health agency in Detroit. She continues to provide intensive in-home relationship-based therapy to infants, young children and their caregivers. She also provides social emotional consultation services to Wayne County child care providers, both in-home and in centers. In addition, Amy provides reflective supervision/consultation and training to an entire Head Start and Early Head Start agency in Detroit.

Judy Darling, LMSW, IMH-E-IV, is a licensed therapist who earned her master’s degree in social work from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Before entering the field of social work, Judy worked in the early childhood profession for several years. She is the founder of Transforming Teachers, a consultation, coaching, and training service for early childhood educators, caregivers and practitioners. Judy also provides Reflective supervision and consultation to infant mental health and early childhood practitioners, Early Head Start staff and early childhood educators and directors.


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