Professional Continuing Education Information

The 2019 23rd Annual International DIR Floortime® Conference
Effectively Promoting Human Development with Compassion and Respect
October 4 & 5, 2019

Description & Agenda

The 2019 International DIRFloortime Conference is a multi-disciplinary conference that focuses on the Developmental, Individual Difference, Relationship Based (DIR®) model and its many unique roles in providing effective, respectful, evidence-based coaching, education, and clinical intervention across the lifespan of neurotypical and neurodiverse individuals and their families.

October 4, 2019

9:00 – 9:15AM
Opening Remarks
Jeffrey Guenzel, ICDL CEO

9:15 – 11:15AM
Building a Comprehensive Autism Treatment Program based on DIR Floortime
Robert Hendren, D.O. Professor of Psychiatry, UCSF and Barbara Kalmanson, Ph.D. and members of the UCSF/ Oak Hill School Collaborative.

11:15 – 11:30AM Break

11:30 – 12:30PM
Paying My Dues: What I Have Learned In My Journey as an Autistic Occupational Therapist with Bill Wong

12:30 – 1:45PM Lunch on Your Own

1:45 – 3:15PM
A Conversation about a DIR Inspired Inclusive Preschool
Leslie Roffman and Cassie Britton.

3:15 – 3:30PM Break

3:30 – 5:00PM
Involved Fathers Get Results
Robert Naseef, Ph.D.

Saturday October 5, 2019

9:00 – 10:30AM
Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism
Barry M. Prizant, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

10:30 – 11:00AM Book Signing and Networking Break

11:00AM – 12:30PM
Everyday Miracles with The Miracle Project: A fully inclusive theater, film, expressive arts
and social skills program for individuals with autism and all abilities
by Elaine Hall

12:30 -1:45PM Lunch on Your Own

1:45 – 2:15PM
Speak up or Fail Big: The Central Importance of Advocacy
Jim Lantry and Joshua Feder, MD

2:15 – 3:00PM
Treatment for Autism During Infancy & Early Childhood: Working with the Theme of Loneliness
Molly Romer Witten, PhD

3:00- 3:15PM Break

3:15 – 4:30PM
The Downstream Effects of "As If" Interventions in Contrast to DIR Floortime's
Long-term Effectiveness Over the Lifespan
by Gil Tippy, PsyD.

Professional Continuing Education Learning Objectives
  1. Participants will demonstrate the ability to explain the meaning and importance of the principles of neurodiversity.
  2. Participants will demonstrate the ability to explain the meaning and purpose of DIR and how it can be used in their clinical practice.
  3. Participants will demonstrate the ability to describe how a developmental, individual-difference, and relationship-based approach is utilized in a multidisciplinary fashion to promote positive development for individuals who are neurodiverse or who are neurotypical.
  4. Participants will demonstrate the ability to apply techniques and strategies to utilize developmental, individual-difference, and relationship-based perspectives to promote positive development and intervene and treat individuals with a variety of types of developmental challenges.

All participants that apply and pay for continuing education credits/hours at the time of registration will receive a Certificate of Attendance documenting hours of participation in their course. Please note that credits/hours are only provided for direct seat time.

Non-Credit Onsite Events: Continuing education credit is not offered for breakfast, luncheon, or breaks.

Live Streaming Option:  Professional continuing education credits are not being offered for the live streaming option. 

Skills Level: This training is appropriate for occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, educators, counselors, psychologists and other mental health treating professionals of all skill levels

Please click here for Instructor Disclosures for this conference. The conference content is focused on a specific product or service (DIRFloortime®) and there will be no mention of other products or services.

The following professional continuing education credits are available for this conference:

Speech and Language Pathologists 

This conference is offered for 1.15 ASHA CEUs
(Various level, Professional area)

This course content is focused on a specific product or service (DIRFloortime®) and there will be no mention of other products or services.

Important Information for Speech Language Pathologists:
  • As part of your registration, you were asked to share your ASHA account number. Our Continuing Education Department will complete and submit an ASHA participant form on your the conclusion of your course.
  • If you did not indicate you want ASHA credits, did not provide your ASHA number, and did not pay the fee at registration, your information will not be submitted to ASHA.  If you need to update your registration, please e-mail us before the conference begins at 
  • We also request that all participants complete a course evaluation form that will be received via email. This course evaluation is for ICDL and is used to help improve all aspects of our training program. Your feedback is valuable and we thank you for your time!
If you have any questions about this process please email us at

Occupational Therapists

This course is offered for 1.1 CEU’s
(Intermediate level, Professional area)

The Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. The ICDL AOTA Provider number is 6778. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.


ICDL has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6733. This program qualifies for 11 contact hours. ICDL is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

Social Workers

ICDL is an NASW approved provider for DIR 101 and DIR 201. We will not be offering NASW continuing education credits for this conference, however we have added a special offer for all social workers that are new to DIR® and DIRFloortime®. If you register for this conference you'll get a FREE DIR 101 Live Online Registration once you attend the conference. (DIR 101 live online registration must take place before January 31, 2020. For first time attendees only. Offer is non-transferable. Excludes live streaming registrations. Promo code will be provided after conference attendance.)  Since the "DIR 101: An Introduction to DIR and DIRFllortime" course is approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886680002-4717) for 11 continuing education contact hours, you'll get an extra course for free and you'll get 11 contact hours of continuing education at no additional cost.  We hope this will be an offer many will use. 


Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders, Inc., SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0371.  This course has 11.5 contact hours of presentations.