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

For spring 2019 only: Early bird rate of $265 if you register by December 15!

Spring 2019 session: March 11 to April 22, 2019. Register by March 4. Early bird rate available.

Register for Spring 2019

Registration for Summer 2019 (June 24 to August 5, 2019) opens December 15, 2018. Register by June 17. 

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.

Knowledge and competency framework areas

  • II.C: Promoting social and emotional development
  • III: Relationships with families
  • VI: Professionalism

Infant mental health endorsement competencies addressed in this course

Endorsement is applied for through your state’s Alliance for Infant Mental Health and is separate from earning RPC @ CEED’s Supporting Early Social and Emotional Development credential.

  • Theoretical Foundations – cultural competence
  • Law, Regulation, & Agency Policy – ethical practice
  • Working With Others – building and maintaining relationships, supporting others/mentoring, collaborating, resolving conflict, empathy and compassion, consulting
  • Communicating – listening, speaking, writing
  • Thinking – analyzing information, solving problems, exercising sound judgment, maintaining perspective, planning and organizing
  • Reflection – contemplation, self awareness, curiosity, professional/personal development, emotional response, parallel process

Meet the instructors

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.


Maren HarrisMaren Harris

Maren Harris, MA, LMFT, IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Mentor, provides reflective consultation and clinical supervision to early childhood practitioners. She has worked in the infant mental health field for over 20 years as a clinician, home visitor, supervisor, trainer, and consultant. She has served as co-chair and endorsement coordinator for the Minnesota Association For Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health.

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.