RIOS™ 1: Using the RIOS™ Framework for Reflective Supervision

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 RIOS™ 2: Advanced Reflective Supervision 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.

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Earn 10 clock hours

Cost: $200

Spring 2021: February 1 to February 22, 2021. Register by January 27.

Register for February 1 to February 22, 2021

Spring 2021: February 22 to March 15, 2021. Register by February 17.

Register for February 22 to March 15, 2021

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.

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
  • Professionalism

Meet the instructors

Alyssa MeuwissenAlyssa Meuwissen

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.

Headshot of Angie KlinefelterAngela Klinefelter

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.

Michelle DineenMichelle Dineen

Michelle Dineen, MSW, LICSW, IMH-E® (III), is a mental health provider at River Valley Behavioral Health and Wellness Center. She is also a reflective consultant for organizations around the Twin Cities. Prior to this work she worked as 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.

Kristin IrrerKristin Irrer

Mrs. Irrer 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 she offers training and guidance to a multi-disciplinary workforce as they grow in their reflective capacities and view their work from an Infant Mental Health informed lens. As an Independent Consultant, Kristin provides reflective supervision/consultation to professionals from a variety of disciplines and 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®.

Kathleen Kane

Kathleen Kane, MSW, LICSW, IMH-III, is an early childhood mental health therapist who specializes in relationship-based and trauma focused therapy with children ages birth-5 and their caregivers. Kathleen works at LifeTrack’s Families Together Therapeutic Preschool doing therapy with children and their caregivers who have experienced significant trauma or attachment disruptions. Kathleen also provides Reflective Supervision and Consultation to a group of Home Visitors as well as practices as a clinical Social Worker at Children’s Hospital in Saint Paul. Receiving reflective consultation has been a core element to Kathleen’s direct practice work. She values the process and the outcome of Reflective practice and believes all infancy and early childhood programs would greatly benefit from this experience.

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 and later: 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.


Contact Karen Anderson, online course manager at

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