VLE Session 2: Opening Doors with Families Using the Routines-Based Interview

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This is session 2 of 4 of the Virtual Learning Event hosted by the MFLN Family Development Concentration Area.

During this 1.5 hour webinar, participants will learn about the Routines Based Interview (RBI), which provides families with opportunities to tell their stories. Through the RBI process, professionals learn about a family’s typical day and help family members identify and enhance natural learning opportunities. Families use these learning opportunities to address their priorities for their child with special needs. Participants also will learn how to help family members build their resiliency. The RBI provides families the opportunity to tell their stories. Finally, participants will learn how to promote advocacy by facilitating discussions whereby families identify priorities on which they want to work.

Participant Objectives:  

In this 90-minute webinar participants will learn:

1.   How to use the Routines Based Interview to support family strengths

2.   Strategies to help build resiliency in family members

3.   Ways to promote advocacy through identifying the priorities of the family through engaged discussions with a family

Presenter Information:

Robin McWilliam, PhD, is an experienced researcher, administrator, early interventionist, teacher, parent, and writer. He has been a full professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Vanderbilt University, and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Dr. McWilliam developed the Routines-Based Model which serves young children with disabilities and their families. Dr. McWilliam’s research centers on infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with and without disabilities, with a specific focus on child engagement, service delivery models, and collaboration with families. He provides consultation, training, and technical assistance across the United States and in some countries overseas related to providing early intervention in natural environments and the Engagement Classroom Model. His Routines-Based Interview (RBI) is a widely used method of assessing families’ needs and developing individualized family service plan (IFSP) outcomes and individualized education program (IEP) goals.

CEU and Certificate of Completion

We invite you to participate in our upcoming virtual learning event sessions. MFLN Family Development offers various continuing education opportunities for each live session (for up to one year after the live date). The types of CEU’s offered are: National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Georgia Marriage & Family Therapy and Early Intervention Training Program (EITP).

  • For more information on how to obtain NASW and Georgia Marriage and Family Therapy CE credits, click here. Have questions? Contact us at:
  • For more information on how to obtain Early Intervention Training Program (EITP) CE credits, click here. Have questions? Contact us at:

How to Join

You may connect via the APAN Connect system or Ustream. For tech support for either system, email us at

  • APAN Connect (direct interaction with presenters and audience)

    • To get the URL for the webinar, register in the grey box at the top-right of this page

    • Go mobile by viewing on the Adobe Connect app (Android & iPhone compatible)

    • If you cannot access APAN Connect, view via YouTube Live

  • YouTube Live (broadcast only, limited interaction)

This presentation is not endorsed by the Department of Defense and the information, as well as any opinions or views, contained herein are solely that of the presenter.

Created by Bari Sobelson