Reflective supervision/consultation (RSC) 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 RSC. 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 RSC.
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
Choose one of two fall sessions:
Fall session 1, September 13 to October 4, 2021–
Early bird through August 9: $220; after August 9: $235
Fall session 2, October 11 to November 1, 2021–
Early bird through August 30: $220; after August 30: $235
- Gain an understanding of the principles and goals of RSC.
- Learn the structure of an RSC session.
- Learn how to describe the topics of conversation and methods of inquiry used in RSC 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 instructor
Kristin 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 RSC 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 Dineen (Summer session)
Michelle Dineen, MSW, LICW, IMH-E® (III) is a mental health therapist and reflective consultant south of the Twin Cities. As a therapist, she has a special interest in working with parents who have young children. As a reflective consultant, she leads group reflective consultation for people in a variety of professions. This includes teams working in such fields as public health and emergency services, as well as teams working for social service agencies and crisis nurseries.
Dineen has been working in the infant mental health field for over 15 years in a variety of positions. She has been a home visitor and a supervisor in the Healthy Family America model. She is trained in Circle of Security-Parenting. 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 is also endorsed through the Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health – Infant and Early Childhood Division as an Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist. Reflective Consultation | michelle dineen
There are no required materials for this short course.
- Cancellation two weeks or earlier before the start of the session: Full refund less $25 administrative fee
- Cancellation less than two weeks before the start of the session: No refund will be provided.
To cancel, send an email to Karen Anderson at email@example.com.
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.
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