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This program grounds practitioners in the theory and practice of intensive collaborative group work that supports the ongoing deepening understanding of why we make the choices that we do in our practice


The focus of this professional development training course will include:

•  understanding the principles and methods of Reflective Practice

• creating and facilitating a receptive and supportive learning group

•  managing the process of Reflective Debrief (used for individuals and within a group setting)


Over the course of the year-long program, participants will have guided repeated practice in Reflective Debrief with each participant having experience in the role of “key” person to present and explore a puzzling practice situation as well as in the role of the “debriefer”—the person facilitating the reflective conversation.

Susan and Michael will be observing and noting the skills and insights of each participant, following their progress, and providing periodic feedback. The consultant/leaders will share with the program the metrics used to assess and how they see each participant’s readiness to assume leadership in Reflective Practice. Groups.  Throughout the program, both Michael and Susan will be involved to carefully observe and be attentive to participants’ strengths and areas in need of additional assistance.

Course activities will include:

•  an introductory webinar on the foundational principles of Reflective Practice and the methods for Reflective Debrief

•  monthly RPGs, led initially by Susanne and Michael.  Participants will be assigned roles for each meeting, either to prepare a puzzling practice situation for discussion or to take leadership of the Reflective Debrief.

•  assigned readings and occasional writing assignments.

  • creating & maintaining a participant's learning journal.

•  two participant meetings with a program leader to review learning goals and to receive feedback on progress.

•  mid-course webinar to deepen participants’ knowledge of Reflective Practice and the skills necessary to manage an RPG. 

Each course will be limited to fifteen participants.

The next course begins September, 2024.

Tuition for the one-year program is $1200.


A certificate of successful completion will be issued to participants meeting course requirements of attendance, active participation in group and completion of assignment and feedback sessions.

Adult Education Course


As a pre-requisite for enrollment in the Advanced Certificate Program, participants must have completed the Core Certificate in RPG Leadership, or demonstrate to the program leaders that they have equivalent foundational knowledge and skills.


The focus of the Advanced Certificate Program will be to further support participants in their experience of leading Reflective Practice Groups. The expectation is that each participant is engaged in facilitating ongoing RPGs. Throughout the program, participants will identify and bring to group discussions, leadership challenges they are facing in applying Reflective Practice principles and methods.   Using a Reflective Practice method of “case review” Susan and Michael, along with members of the training group will assist one another in thinking through and identifying responses to the leadership challenges they have identified.


Course activities will include:

•three meetings of the training group to explore and discuss topics in reflective practice theory and methods.

•  quarterly group meetings, led by Susanne and Michael, during which participants will identify and discuss a puzzling group leadership situation. 

• assigned readings and several writing assignments.

  •  maintaining a learning journal.

•  three individual meetings between a group leader and each participant to review individual learning goals and to receive feedback on progress.

The course will be limited to ten participants and will begin September, 2024.


Tuition for the one-year program is $800.

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