Advanced Reflective Supervision / Consultation: Building Skills Using the RIOS™ Framework

Using the Reflective Interaction Observation Scale (RIOS™) as a framework, you’ll learn about the process of beginning and maintaining a reflective alliance with individuals and groups to help professionals build skills and increase self-efficacy.


Cost: $295 for 28 clock hours

Spring 2019: This session is full. Please consider registering for summer session.

Summer 2019: June 24 to August 5, 2019. Register by June 17. 

Register for Summer 2019

Registration opens soon for these upcoming sessions:

  • Fall 2019: October 7 to November 18, 2019
  • Spring 2020: March 9 to April 20, 2020

Learning objectives

Learn about and/or expand your knowledge of:

  • the theoretical foundations of reflective supervision/consultation (RS/C)
  • the Reflective Interaction Observation Scale (RIOS™) as a framework for the provision of RS/C
  • best practice guidelines for reflective supervision/consultation
  • developing a reflective relationship
  • including race and culture in reflective supervision/consultation
  • cultivating reflective capacity in self and others
  • addressing common supervisory challenges

Who should register

You’re eligible to register if you:

  • have successfully completed the CEED online course, Introduction to Reflective Supervision
  • have received at least 25 hours of individual and/or group RS/C
  • have received training in infant mental health theory and practice – the CEED online course, Introduction to Infant Mental Health, will fulfill this requirement
  • are currently providing or will soon be providing RS/C to others

What to expect

  • The course is instructor-led with feedback and interactions provided.
  • All activities and assignments for this course are asynchronous and online. Nothing takes place in real time.
  • You have access to the course site 24/7 and can fit your work on the course into your schedule.
  • Activities and assignments include readings, videos, discussion board, recording two videos using an online tool called FlipGrid, and one 500-word reflection paper.
  • You are expected to participate fully and abide by weekly submission due dates for assignments and activities.

Meet the instructors

Deborah WeatherstonDeborah Weatherston

Deborah Weatherston, Ph.D., IMH-E®, is currently an infant mental health consultant in private practice in Michigan. She was the Executive Director of the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health, Inc.®, a nationally and internationally recognized organization whose mission is to promote work force development through the competency-based MI-AIMH Endorsement for Culturally-Sensitive, Relationship-Focused Practice Promoting Infant Mental Health, from 2016-2018. Before that, she was the Executive Director of the Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health from 2002 until 2016. She earned her graduate degrees from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan where she co-developed and directed the Graduate Certificate in Infant Mental Health at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan from 1988-2002. She has written extensively about infant mental health principles and practices and, most recently, about reflective supervision as a cornerstone for effective work with infants, very young children, and families. Of additional interest, she is a Zero to Three Graduate Fellow (1999-2000), a consulting editor for the Infant Mental Health Journal, and Associate Editor of WAIMH Perspectives in Infant Mental Health.

Christopher Watson Head shotChristopher Watson

Christopher Watson, Ph.D., IMH-E®[IV], is the director of the Reflective Practice Center at CEED. He led the team of clinicians and researchers who developed the Reflective Interaction Observation Scale (RIOS™) and is conducting further research into the implementation process and results of RS/C.


Required textbooks

    • Heffron, M.C., & Murch, T. (2010). Reflective supervision and leadership in infant and early childhood programs. Washington, D.C.: Zero to Three.
    • Heller, S., & Gilkerson, L. (2009). A practical guide to reflective supervision. Washington, D.C.: Zero to Three.

Cancellation policy

  • Cancellation before Day 1 of the session: Full refund less $35 administrative fee
  • Cancellation Day 1 Week 1 through Day 1 Week 2: 75% refund less $35 administrative fee
  • Cancellation Day 2 Week 2 forward: No refund will be provided.

To cancel, send an email to Karen Anderson at

CEED reserves the right to refuse/cancel a registration due to low enrollment, a prerequisite not completed, or other circumstances making the registration nonviable. In the event of a course cancellation, registrants have the option to receive a full refund OR to transfer the registration to the same course held in a future session. CEED will accept substitutions for attendees.