Unintentional Benefits of Contemplative, Reflexive Practice: Implications for School Psychologists

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 10
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Session 9: Issues in School Psychology, Education, and Supervision

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. to define contemplative and reflexive processes.
  2. to learn the benefits and qualities of contemplative–reflexive processes.
  3. to infuse contemplative–reflexive processes in supervision of early career school psychologists.


Contemplative and reflexive processes enhance mental health practitioners’ interactions and relationships. Seven mental health workers engaged in biweekly, 90-minute reflexive online groups for four months. Reflective responses were analyzed for themes. Unintentional benefits including experiences of expansive thinking, openness, gratitude, and present moment awareness were shared. Implications for use of contemplative and reflexive practices in supervision of early career school psychologists are made.



Erin M. Sappio, Stockton University


Zvi Bellin, Yuleinys Castillo


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