DIRFloortime® Training Program Curriculum
ICDL has developed a comprehensive DIR training program that leads to progressively advancing certificates in DIRFloortime.   There are three groups of trainings offered.  1) The DIR 101 introductory training, 2) The DIRFloortime Certificate trainings, and 3) DIRFloortime electives that are designed to enhance and expand knowledge and skills in particular areas.  

The DIR 101 course is the introduction to the DIR Model and is typically taught over two days and consists of a minimum of 11 hours of training.  ICDL offers both live online DIR 101 course and onsite courses throughout the world.  A list of available trainings can be found on our course offerings page.  The DIR 101 course is a prerequisite to attend the DIR 201 course.   ICDL can arrange for a DIR 101 course for your organization or your community. 

The DIR 201 – DIR 204 courses are the core of the progressively advancing DIRFloortime Certificate program.  The courses are typically designed with weekly interactions, utilizing the concepts of ongoing, applied learning. The convenient and accessible ICDL online courses will use our virtual classrooms that allows for live presentations and video discussions. These courses are typically offered as 14 week semester courses, with weekly 2 hour sessions. Participants will have access, for each course, to recorded video lectures and readings in our secure course management system (Moodle). Participants will also have access to our exclusive infant mental health and developmental disorders e-library, where we have subscription to thousands of full text articles of e-journals from the American Psychological Association (APA PsychArticles) and Willey Online library.  The community-based live trainings utilize the same curriculum, however the scheduling and exact session lengths may vary depending on the needs of the community and training leader.  Furthermore, ICDL also has the ability to create these trainings as “hybrid” online and live session trainings to bring together both the convenience of online training with the real face-to-face experience of a live training.  

Here is a description of the Core Curriculum for the DIR 101 – DIR 204 courses:

 Course #
Description  
 Basic Requirements, Evaluation of Knowledge, and Certificate Obtained
 DIR 101    
Overview of the DIR ® Model and DIRFloortime® Principles

Prerequisite: none

This is an introductory course that reviews the theoretical framework, scientific evidence, and scope of application of the model promoting functional emotional developmental capacities, reflective thinking, and overall mental health for all children and adults, including those with special needs. 

View Learning Objectives for DIR 101

DIR 101 General Course Information (pdf)
 Certificate of Attendance

Students in live online courses must have a device (PC, Mac, Tablet, Smartphone) with a microphone.  ICDL provides the software for the course. 
 DIR 201
Promoting Basic Functional Emotional Developmental Capacities

Prerequisite: DIR 101

This is a practicum course that helps participants develop competencies to promote the first four functional emotional developmental capacities: regulation, engagement, purposeful reciprocal communication, sense of self and problem solving, based on the child's inner will and motivation. Participants will learn how to apply the principles of Floortime by tailoring their interactions to the individual differences of children or adults with special needs.

View Learning Objectives for DIR 201
DIR 201 Terms & Conditions
Participants are evaluated on case presentations, class participation, and written responses to forum questions.

Students must present two cases using video recordings during the course. 

Students in online courses must have a device that has a camera and microphone to fully engage in the course.  ICDL provides the software.   

Participants must achieve a minimum of 80% on each of the four domains listed in the learning objectives as assessed by their Training Leader(s)

This course is an assessment based course that assesses each students DIRFloortime competencies.  Successful completion leads to a DIRFloortime® Basic Certificate (DIR-Basic) and a listing in the ICDL registry and listing online.

All students in attendance will receive a Certificate of Attendance. 

 DIR 202
Promoting Higher Functional Emotional Developmental Capacities

Prerequisite: Successful completion of DIR 201

This is a practicum course that helps participants develop competencies to promote all functional emotional developmental capacities, with an emphasis on the higher capacities: sense of self and problem solving, emotional and logical thinking, multiple cause, triangular, gray area, emotionally differentiated thinking, and reflective thinking based on a growing sense of self and an internal standard. Participants will learn how to apply the principles of Floortime by tailoring their interactions to the individual differences of children or adults with special needs.

View Learning Objectives for DIR 202
DIR 202 Terms and Conditions
Participants are evaluated on case presentations, class participation, and written responses to forum questions.

Students must present two cases using video recordings during the course. 

Students in online courses must have a device that has a camera and microphone to fully engage in the course.  ICDL provides the software. 

Participants must achieve a minimum of 80% on each of the four domains listed in the learning objectives as assessed by their Training Leader(s).

This course is an assessment based course that assesses each students DIRFloortime competencies.  Successful completion leads to a DIRFloortime® Certificate of Proficiency (DIR-Proficient)  and a listing on the ICDL registry and listing online.

All students in attendance will receive a Certificate of Attendance. 


 DIR 203
 Coaching Caregivers, Teachers, or Other Care Providers

Prerequisite: Successful completion of DIR 202

This is a practicum course that helps participants develop competencies to coach another adult (e.g. caregiver, teacher) on how to interact with a child or adults with special needs, following the Floortime principles, promoting basic functional emotional developmental capacities. At this advanced level course, participants will be integrating what they learned in the two previous courses, by showing video examples of themselves coaching others.

View Learning Objectives for DIR 203
DIR 203 Terms and Conditions
Participants are evaluated on case presentations, class participation, and written responses to forum questions.

Students must present two cases using video recordings during the course. 

Students in online courses must have a device that has a camera and microphone to fully engage in the course.  ICDL provides the software. 

Participants must achieve a minimum of 80% on each of the four domains listed in the learning objectives as assessed by their Training Leader(s).

This course is an assessment based course that assesses each students DIRFloortime competencies.  Successful completion leads to a DIRFloortime® Advanced Certificate (DIR-Advanced) and a listing on the ICDL registry and listing online.

All students in attendance will receive a Certificate of Attendance. 

 DIR 204A    
Becoming a Training Leader and Expert DIRFloortime® Provider. 

Prerequisite: Successful completion of DIR 203 and/or DIR 204B

This is an intensive leadership course that helps participants develop competencies as Training Leaders in their communities and refine their application of the DIR® model and Floortime™ principles at the expert level. This 14 week course requires at least 4 hours of practicum work every week, by participating as co-leaders of other courses (DIR 201-DIR 203) for 2 hours every week, help course participants prepare their presentations (approximately 30 minutes - 1 hour/week), work on their written assessment, supervised by the 204A Training Leader (approximately 30 minutes/week) and participate during the oral feedback sessions for participants (approximately 30 minutes/week). In addition, participants will meet with the DIR 204A course Training Leader every other week for 2 hours, where they will review readings related to adult education and reflective leadership, as well as demonstrate competencies of using video clips and powerpoint presentations as training tools. Total time commitment for this course is approximately 5 to 6 hours per week. 

For questions about this internship, please contact dirfloortimetraining@icdl.com

View Learning Objectives for DIR 204A
Participants are evaluated on case presentations, class participation, and written responses to forum questions.

Students must serve as an intern in a DIR 201, 202, or 203 course during their DIR 204A course. 

Students in online courses must have a device that has a camera and microphone to fully engage in the course.  ICDL provides the software. 

Participants must achieve a minimum of 80% on each of the four domains listed in the learning objectives as assessed by their Training Leader(s).

This course is an assessment based course that assesses each students DIRFloortime competencies. Successful completion leads to a DIRFloortime® Expert Certificate and ICDL Training Leader (DIR-Expert/Trainer) plus a listing on the ICDL registry and listing online.

 Expert Training Leaders are eligible to teach all DIRFloortime courses.  Teaching is dependent upon signing a professional service agreement and/or licensing agreement with ICDL. 

All students in attendance will receive a Certificate of Attendance. 
 DIR 204B    
Becoming an Expert DIRFloortime® Provider

Pre-requisite: Successful completion of DIR 203

This is a practicum course that helps participants refine their application of the DIR® model and Floortime®/TM principles at the expert level. The course focuses on reviewing and refining coaching competencies developed in the previous course (DIR 203), embracing the DIR® model and Floortime®/TM principles as a strengths-based model that promotes self-determination. The course also helps participants review and reflect on their role as Expert DIRFloortime™ providers, exploring how they can disseminate the model in their communities.

Learning Objectives for DIR 204B

Participants are evaluated on case presentations, class participation, and written responses to forum questions. Participants must achieve a minimum of 80% on each of the four domains listed in the learning objectives as assessed by their Training Leader(s).


Students in online courses must have a device that has a camera and microphone to fully engage in the course.  ICDL provides the software. 


This course is an assessment based course that assesses each students DIRFloortime competencies. Successful completion leads to an DIRFloortime® Expert Certificate (DIR-Expert) and listing on the ICDL website.   


An Expert Level certificate qualifies the recipient to be eligible to teach DIR 101 courses only.  Teaching is dependent upon signing a professional service agreement and/or licensing agreement with ICDL. 


All students in attendance will receive a Certificate of Attendance.