DIR 203 Learning Objectives

DIR 203 is focused on coaching caregivers, teachers, and/or other care providers to promote functional emotional developmental capacities. 

Participants successfully completing this course will be able to:

  • Demonstrate self-awareness of own functional emotional developmental capacities, interactive styles and coping tendencies under stre
  • Identify own strengths and areas that require further development in their understanding and application of the DIR Model® and Floortime™ Intervention
  • Apply in-depth, discipline specific concepts learned in DIR 201 and DIR 202, analyzing how individual differences of children or adults can interfere or help promote the mastering of the 9 functional emotional developmental capacities
  • Summarize the child and adult’s unique profile based on all his or her 9 functional emotional developmental capacities and individual differences
  • Assess their own interactive and “goodness of fit” styles that can better support development, based on different caregiver and children’s individual profiles and family cultural differences
  • Explain how other interventions that the family might choose could be integrated, when beneficial to the child, into the home and school program using the DIR® model and DIRFloortime® principles as the guiding developmental framework
  • Cite scientific evidence supporting the DIR® model and Floortime™ intervention, including the central role of affect and parenting in supporting development.
  • Demonstrate integration and application of DIR® concepts through DIRFloortime® competencies by
    • Attuning own level affect to the child and caregiver (dyad), supporting regulation, emotional engagement and shared pleasure
    • Following the caregiver’s lead (internal motivation or interest) and help the caregiver discover how to entice the child to open and close new circles of communication, at increased levels of complexity.
    • Identify and embrace caregivers and children’s strengths, respecting and promoting their right for self-determination
    • Effectively apply “use of self” descriptors and reflective practice skills when coaching caregivers, teachers or other care providers
  • Revise application of DIR® concepts and Floortime™ principles based on personal reflection triggered by observation, group discussions, personal evaluation, readings and lectures, embracing the power of self-examination and self-observation in expanding capacity to stay regulated and “in the moment”
  • Display high ethical behaviors and standards of practice with strict adherence to confidentiality requirements, family informed consent and interdisciplinary practice