DIR 330: Goal Development Informed by DIR®


Course Description

This is a 3-hour short course focused on helping therapists and educators write treatment, service, and educational goals from a DIR perspective. This course will explore the differences between conventional goals and developmental goals. Writing effective developmental goals is much more than simply pulling goals out of a goal bank. The focus of this course is to help participants develop and/or deepen their own capacity to understand, conceptualize, and write developmental goals. The course will use well-established frameworks like SMART goals as well as DIR-based frameworks like FIRMS to assist in writing individualized DIR-focused goals for treatment, service, and educational plans. This is a very practical course for clinicians and educators that are seeking to incorporate DIRFloortime® and the Functional Emotional Developmental Capacities (FEDCs) into the plans they are creating.

Pre-requisite: DIR 101. This course is best suited for those that have earned at least a Basic DIRFloortime certificate (DIR 201) with a minimum requirement of having completed the introductory course (DIR 101).

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will be able to define the difference between conventional goals and developmental goals.

  • Participants will be able to apply the DIR framework in the goal writing process.

  • Participants will be able to incorporate the DIR model into their goals that address their discipline.

  • Participants will be able to create a goal that utilizes the Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Timely (FIRMS) structure.

Course outline

  • What is the goal of a goal?

  • Why do we want to do write DIR Informed goals?

  • How do we take a developmentally based strategy and apply it to writing goals?

  • Using a DIR Lens to consider creating Developmentally appropriate goals

  • Overview of General Strategies for Writing Goals

  • Introduction of Specific strategy to writing DIR goals: FIRMS


All participants can request a Certificate of Attendance documenting hours of participation and available professional continuing education credits at the time of registration. Please note that continuing education credit is only provided for direct seat time. Course preparation including readings, lectures, and mentoring is not included in the CE hour or credit total. This course is a live online course and participants must log in individually to the online classroom, following the instructions provided by ICDL and with their camera on, so there is a record of each participant's attendance individually. If participants join in a room with a group, each participant must still log in on their own device so ICDL can see each participant and verify each individual's login and log out of the online classroom. Participants must attend the entire course to get CE credit. Partial credit is not an option.

No partial credit is available.

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The course content is focused on a specific product or service (DIRFloortime®) and there will be no mention of other products or services. ICDL does not receive any commercial support for the DIRFloortime certificate courses. If any commercial support is provided for a conference or event, it will be disclosed on the promotional material or webpage for that specific event.

Continuing Education Questions? E-mail ceu@icdl.com

Speech and Language Pathologists

This course is offered for 0.3 ASHA CEUs (Various levels, Professional area).

Non-Credit Onsite Events: Continuing education credit is not offered for breakfast, luncheon, and dinner functions nor breaks, board and committee meetings, and networking events.

Skills Level: This Training is appropriate for occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists, educators, and mental health treating professionals of all skill levels.

Important Information for Speech and Language Pathologists:

As part of your registration, you were asked to share your ASHA account number. This is required for ICDL to process your ASHA continuing education credits. Our Continuing Education Department will complete and submit an ASHA participant form on your behalf at the conclusion of your course.

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 ceu@icdl.com.

Occupational Therapists

ICDL has applied for this course to be offered for 0.3 AOTA CEUs

(Introductory level, Professional area)

Non-Credit Onsite Events: Continuing education credit is not offered for breakfast, luncheon, dinner functions, or breaks; board and committee meetings, networking events.

Skill Level: This Training is appropriate for occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists, educators, and mental health treating professionals of all skill levels.

Participants must attend the full session to successfully complete the course

Please complete the course evaluation form that will be e-mailed to you from ICDL. This course evaluation is for ICDL and is used to help us improve our course offerings. We thank you for your time.


ICDL has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6733. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. ICDL is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. This course is available for NBCC continuing education credits. The number of CEUs for NBCC is based on the number of "seat" hours for the course. This course has three (3) seat hours of instruction.

Social Workers


International Council on Development and Learning, 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 is offered for 3 contact hours of credit.

Art Therapists

According to the ATR-BC Recertification Standards, ICDL training programs that are approved by one of the other national continuing education boards listed on this page, may be eligible for Art Therapy continuing education credit. These standards state, "CECs will be accepted for all courses or events that fit in the ATCB Eligible Content Areas and that are presented or approved by any of the following art therapy, mental health, or behavioral sciences entities: state licensing authority, national professional organization, or national credentialing body for continuing education credit." It is the responsibility of each participant to determine if an ICDL program qualifies or not. ICDL is not an approved ATR-BC continuing education provider and as such can not award ATR-BC continuing education credits directly. However, we are approved by organizations like NBCC which may meet the above-quoted standard.

music therapists

MT-BCs can claim credits for the course under the Other Continuing Education Opportunities category for recertification. Please refer to the Recertification Manual for additional details