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

Summer 2021: May 24 to June 14, 2021. Register by May 17. Cost: $215

Register for May 24 to June 14, 2021

Summer 2021: June 14 to July 6, 2021. Register by June 7. Cost: $215

Register for June 14 to July 6, 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 instructor

Kristin IrrerKristin Irrer (Spring session)

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. Her professional areas of interest are in expanding capacity for those in administrative roles to experience reflective supervision and exploring ways to embed RS/C into systems that support infants and toddlers. 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. Along with teaching for the Infant Mental Health Certificate program, Kristin provides reflective supervision/consultation to a diverse group of professionals working in the infant family field including those in child welfare, early intervention, home visiting, early childhood mental health, coaching, and administrative roles. She holds a masters degree in child development with specializations in infancy and administration from the Erikson Institute. Kristin is currently the IECMH Endorsement® Coordinator for the State of Colorado and is endorsed as an Infant Mental Health Specialist, IMH-E®.

Michelle DineenMichelle Dineen (Summer session)

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 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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