Introduction to Reflective Supervision / Consultation Using the RIOS™ Framework

Reflective Supervision/Consultation (RS/C) is a form of ongoing professional development that supports early childhood practitioners in their work and guides them in providing services focused on children’s needs.

In this three-week online course, get an introduction to the principles and core competencies of RS/C. Develop a foundation of knowledge about Reflective Supervision/Consultation based in infant mental health theory and practice.

This course uses the Reflective Interaction Observation Scale (RIOS™) as a framework. This course is a prerequisite for the online course Advanced Reflective Supervision/Consultation: Building Skills Using the RIOS™ Framework, intended for those currently providing or preparing to provide RS/C.

Please note: Take this course as a stand-alone course or apply it to the Supporting Early Social and Emotional Development Credential.


Earn 10 clock hours

Cost: $110 registration fee

Register for spring 2019 by December 15 and get the Early Bird rate of $95.

  • Spring 2019 (February 11 to March 4, 2019). Register by February 4. Early bird rate if you register by December 15 (spring session only).

Register for Spring 2019

  • Registration for Summer 2019 (June 3 to June 24, 2019) opens December 15, 2018. Register by May 27. 

Learning objectives

  • Gain an understanding of the principles and goals of RS/C.
  • Learn the structure of a RS/C session.
  • Learn how to describe the topics of conversation and methods of inquiry used in RS/C when employing the RIOS™ framework.

Who should register

  • Early childhood educators
  • Special education educators and practitioners
  • Social workers
  • Nurses
  • Pediatricians
  • Home visitors
  • Others working with young children ages birth to five

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 videos using an online tool called FlipGrid, and reflection papers.
  • You are expected to participate fully and abide by weekly submission due dates for assignments and activities.

Knowledge and competency framework areas

  • Promoting social and emotional development
  • Relationships with families
  • Professionalism

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.

Michelle DineenMichelle Dineen

Ms. Dineen has worked in the infant mental health field for 11 years. She has been a home visitor and a supervisor in the Healthy Family America model. She has a Certificate in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health. Her MSW is from the University of Minnesota and her BA in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame. She has received reflective supervision for over 11 years and has provided it to others for 5 years.

Required materials

There are no required materials for this short course.

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.