Reflective supervision/consultation (RS/C) is a form of ongoing professional development that supports infant and 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
- Fall 2019 (September 9 to September 30, 2019). Cost: $150 registration fee. Register by September 2.
- Spring 2020 (February 10 to March 2, 2020). Cost: $150 registration fee. Register by February 3. Registration opens soon.
- 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
- 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.
Infant mental health endorsement competencies addressed in this course
This course addresses the following infant mental health competencies of the Endorsement for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-Focused Practice Promoting Infant Mental Health®.
If your state infant mental health association is a member of the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health, application for endorsement is made through your state’s association and is separate from earning the Reflective Practice Center @ CEED’s Supporting early social and emotional development credential.
- Law, Regulation, & Agency Policy – ethical practice
- Working With Others – building & maintaining relationships, supporting others/mentoring, collaborating, resolving conflict, empathy & compassion, consulting
- Communicating – listening, speaking, writing
- Thinking – analyzing information, solving problems, exercising sound judgment, maintaining perspective, planning & organizing
- Reflection – contemplation, self-awareness, curiosity, professional/personal development, emotional response, parallel process
Knowledge and competency areas
This course addresses these topics in the “knowledge and competency framework” of ACHIEVE – The Minnesota Center for Professional Development.
- Promoting social and emotional development
- Relationships with families
Meet the instructors
Alyssa Meuwissen, PhD, is a Research Associate at the Center for Early Education and Development. She is the Research Coordinator for the Reflective Practice Center. She and specializes in supporting adults who support children. Her work focuses on supporting professionals through reflective supervision/consultation, as well as supporting parents in promoting the development of children’s cognitive skills and self-regulation. She has taught developmental psychology classes at the University of Minnesota and Augsburg University.
Angela Klinefelter, MS, is a licensed teacher of parents and children. She has a master’s degree in child and family studies and marriage and family therapy. She currently works as a parent educator and home visitor for the St. Cloud School District Early Childhood Family Education Program. She has 20 years of experience working with children and families. Klinefelter has specialized in the area of social-emotional development of young child and the enhancement of parent-child relationships.
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.
Kristin Irrer, MA, Infant Mental Health Specialist, IMH-E®, has been working in the field of child development for over twenty years, supporting infants, young children and their families in a variety of prevention and intervention settings. In her current role as the Minnesota Association of Children’s Mental Health, Infant and Early Childhood Endorsement® Coordinator, she offers guidance to a multi-disciplinary workforce as they gain specialized training and recognition of Infant Mental Health informed practice. Kristin also provides reflective supervision/consultation to those working towards infant mental health Endorsement®. She holds a masters degree in child development with specializations in administration and infancy from the Erikson Institute. Kristin is endorsed through the MN Association of Children’s Mental Health as an Infant Mental Health Specialist, IMH-E®.
Christopher Watson, PhD, 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.
Deborah Weatherston, PhD, 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.
There are no required materials for this short course.
- 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.
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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.