Suunta Integrative Health

Little Ones of the U.P.


Consultative services provided by Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health endorsed masters prepared social workers related to early childhood programs and staff.

More information regarding the endorsement can be found at

Reflective Supervision/Consultation


Reflective Supervision/Consultation (RSC) is distinct due to the shared exploration of the parallel process. That is, attention to all of the relationships is important, including the ones between practitioner and supervisor, between practitioner and parent, and between parent and infant/toddler. It is critical to understand how each of these relationships affects the others. Of additional importance, reflective supervision/consultation relates to professional and personal development within one’s discipline by attending to the emotional content of the work and how reactions to the content affect the work. Finally,
there is often greater emphasis on the supervisor/consultant’s ability to listen and wait, allowing the supervisee to discover solutions, concepts and perceptions on his/her own without interruption from the supervisor/consultant.

The primary objectives of RSC include the following:

  • Form a trusting relationship between supervisor and practitioner
  • Establish consistent and predictable meetings and times
  • Ask questions that encourage details about the infant, parent and emerging relationship
  • Remain emotionally present
  • Teach/guide
  • Nurture/support
  • Apply the integration of emotion and reason
  • Foster the reflective process to be internalized by the supervisee
  • Explore the parallel process and to allow time for personal reflection
  • Attend to how reactions to the content affect the process


Early Childhood Consultation


Early childhood consultation is an intervention that teams a mental health professional with early care and education staff and families. This team works on ways to help promote the social and emotional development of the young children in their care.


Michigan’s Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (IECMHC)


Michigan’s Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (IECMHC) services improve outcomes for young children (birth through five years old), families, early care and education providers, and communities. Services can be provided to any licensed or licensed exempt childcare provider. The focus can be support of the program or focused support for a child. For more information, please see the program website