RIOS™ 3: Extending the Reflective Supervisor’s Growth and Capacity through the RIOS™ Framework

48 clock hours

This course will focus on the work of building and maintaining reflective alliances, using the RIOS™ framework and infant mental health principles as guides. We will discuss the importance of self-awareness in our interactions within reflective spaces. We will explore ways in which culture, race, privilege, racism, white supremacy, and social inequities show up in these spaces and how they influence helping relationships.

This online, instructor-led course is made up of six 4-week-long modules. The learning cohort and instructor will meet live on Zoom for two hours once per 4-week period. This course will deepen your knowledge and strengthen your application of fundamental RIOS™ concepts. While suitable for those who are relatively new to reflective supervision, it will also challenge seasoned providers with new ideas and perspectives.

Our online courses RIOS™ 1: Using the RIOS™ Framework for Reflective Supervision and RIOS™ 2: Advanced Reflective Supervision Using the RIOS™ Framework are prerequisites for this course.


  • Course runs June 3 – November 18, 2024
  • Cost: Early bird before May 10, 2024: $1,400; $1,500 thereafter; register by June 7
  • Class size limit: 10

Required materials

Watson, C., Harris, M., Hennes, J., Harrison, M., & Meuwissen, A. (2022). RIOS™ guide for reflective supervision and consultation in the infant and early childhood field. Zero to Three.

Learning objectives

Learn about and/or expand your knowledge of:

  • the theoretical foundations of reflective supervision and consultation
  • the Reflective Interaction Observation Scale (RIOS™) as a framework for the provision of reflective supervision
  • best practice guidelines for reflective supervision
  • developing a reflective alliance
  • cultivating self-awareness in reflective relationships
  • including race and culture in reflective supervision
  • addressing common supervisory challenges

Who should register

You’re eligible to register if you:

  • have successfully completed RIOS™ 1: Using the RIOS™ Framework for Reflective Supervision and RIOS™ 2: Advanced Reflective Supervision Using the RIOS™ Framework
  • have received at least 25 hours of individual and/or group reflective supervision or consultation
  • have received training in infant mental health theory and practice
  • are currently providing or will soon be providing reflective supervision or consultation to others

What to expect

  • The course is instructor-led with feedback and interactions provided.
  • The course will take place over six 4-week cycles (a total of 24 weeks).
  • All activities and assignments for this course are accessed online. Most are asynchronous, meaning they can be completed at a time of day that works for you.
  • Each four-week cycle will include one live, two-hour Zoom chat.
  • 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 and other media such as scholarly journal articles, videos, and podcasts, as well as responding to reflective prompts.
  • Your responses and participation in live Zoom chats are important to co-create a shared body of knowledge with fellow learners.
  • You are expected to participate fully and abide by due dates for assignments and activities.

Infant mental health endorsement competencies addressed in this course

This training opportunity fulfills the 15 hours of required training on the provision of Reflective Supervision/Consultation for the Endorsed Reflective Supervisor category of I/ECMH Endorsement®. In addition, it applies to any ongoing training hours needed for Infant and/or Early Childhood Mental Health Endorsement® renewal requirements for those providing reflective supervision or consultation

Please note, 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.

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 Irrer

Kristin Irrer, MS, IMH-E®, Infant Mental Health Specialist 

Kristin Irrer has been working in the field of child development for over 20 years, supporting infants, young children. and their families in a variety of prevention and intervention settings. Her professional areas of interest are expanding capacity for those in administrative roles to experience reflective supervision and exploring ways to embed reflective supervision 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. Irrer 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 master’s degree in child development with specializations in infancy and administration from the Erikson Institute.

Cancellation Policy

  • 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 Barbara Vang 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.

Questions? Email us.