The DIRFloortime® Training Program
The DIRFloortime® Training Program
The original and official DIR® and DIRFloortime® (AKA Floortime®) training program
Welcome to the DIRFloortime® Training Program! ICDL offers many courses from short 1/2-day workshops like our "Engaging and Respecting Autism" presentation that is open to everyone and anyone all the way through to our DIRFloortime Expert course for advanced professionals that achieve expert level status and may be approved by ICDL to formally teach the ICDL certificate courses. Wherever you are on that learning journey, we welcome you to our program!
Professionals and Paraprofessionals
The DIRFloortime® Training Program is open to anyone who wants to learn the DIR® model and DIRFloortime® approach that is based on respectful, meaningful interactions that are tailored to each person's individual differences and promotes each person's development to their fullest potential. While the DIRFloortime Certificate courses are rigorous and it can help a great deal to have an advanced degree in a related field, there are actually no college or university education prerequisites to take DIR 101 - DIR 202 or to earn a DIRFloortime Assistant (DFA) certificate. DIR 203 (Advanced Certificate course) and DIR 204 (Expert Certificate course) have specific degree requirements. Please see the curriculum page for specific prerequisite requirements and exceptions.
Parents are welcomed to join any of our courses. However there are a few things to know. The DIR 101 course is designed for parents and professionals and we welcome parents in this course. The DIR 200 and 300 level courses are designed for professionals and paraprofessionals, but we welcome parents to join these as well. Parents can join 200 or 300 level courses in two ways. Either they can audit the course or they can take the course as a professional or paraprofessional. If a parent audits a 200 or 300 level course, the registration fee is reduced and the parent is not participating in the case presentation section of the course. The parent may be a part of all lectures, discussions, and view presentations from other students, but they cannot present their own child. This course structure is just not designed to be able to appropriately or ethically coach parents about their own child. We strongly recommend that a parent connects with a local Floortime practitioner in their area for coaching regarding their own child. If a parent takes a 200 or 300 level course as a professional or paraprofessional, then they are engaging in the case presentation aspects of the course, but they are not permitted to present their own child. They must present themselves using Floortime with a child other than their own.
The DIRFloortime® training model efficiently and effectively meets the needs of those who want to start using DIRFloortime® principles in their communities, and make a difference in the lives of so many children and adults while being respectful of their interests and right for self-determination.
Professional Certificate Levels
There are four levels of the professional DIRFloortime® Certificate Program. Completion of the DIR 101 Introduction to DIR® and DIRFloortime® is required to enter into the professional certificate program. These are the four levels:
DIRFloortime® Basic Certificate (DIR-Basic)
Must successfully complete DIR 201
DIRFloortime® Certificate of Proficiency (DIR-Proficient)
Must successfully complete DIR 201, and 202
DIRFloortime® Advanced Certificate (DIR-Advanced)
Must successfully complete DIR 201, 202, and 203
DIRFloortime® Expert Certificate & Training Leader Eligibility (DIR-Expert)
Must successfully complete DIR 201, 202, 203, and 204
This is a progressive assessment-based certificate program. This means that you must successfully complete one course at a time to progress to the next. Also, as an assessment-based certificate program, each participant's Floortime skills are assessed using an assessment rubric and each participant must earn a passing rating in order to earn the official certificate. We strive not to make it overly difficult and we offer much support, however we also strive to ensure that every person that earns a certificate meets basic quality standards. ICDL also arranges mentoring and tutoring for participants that need additional support to complete a given certificate or expand their skills.
Who should take DIRFloortime Professional Certificate courses?
Occupational Therapists, Speech Therapists, Psychologists, Counselors, Social Workers, Teachers, Early Intervention Specialists, Day Care Professionals, Art Therapists, Music Therapists, and any other professional that supports the development of infants, children, young adults, and adults.
DIRFloortime Assistant Certificate
This certificate is designed for DIRFloortime "players” or technicians that are often paraprofessionals, but can also be professionals, whose primary role is to provide fun, engaging, DIR-informed interactions with clients. DFAs must work under the supervision of a DIRFloortime® Advanced or Expert level professional.
There are two routes to becoming a DFA. The first route is a 20-hour training program that is designed to provide the core training needed to get started as a DFA. This route requires renewal every three years. The second route is a 40-hour training program that results in earning a DIRFloortime® Basic Certificate which automatically qualifies individuals to serve as a DFA and does not require certificate renewal. Click here to learn more.
Professional Continuing Education
ICDL also offers an array of additional professional continuing education courses. These courses are posted on the DIRFloortime® Courses page when they are available.
Advanced Certificate Fast Track
For USA-Based Licensed and/or Master's Degree Level Professionals
Please check each individual course offering for available professional continuing education credits. Each offering can vary. We have different continuing education pages and approvals for different courses and conferences. You must check each individual offering.
ICDL provides continuing education (CE) credits for certain professions. These CE credits are only available for courses ICDL offers directly. Available continuing education varies by course offering. Please check the specific course offering for continuing education information. Currently, many of ICDL's courses offer professional continuing education credits for:
Speech and Language Pathologists
Early Intervention Specialists
In addition to courses offered by ICDL, our course catalog will also display courses licensed by ICDL that use the ICDL curriculum and are fully approved by ICDL to be official DIRFloortime® courses. However, ICDL does not provide CE credits for these courses. These are all clearly marked. Please contact the provider of any ICDL licensed courses to inquire about CE credits.
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DIRFloortime® Individual Mentoring
Mentoring is an important part of the DIRFloortime learning journey. Whether you just want to expand your Floortime competency, engage in a self-reflective learning process, and/or have been recommended for mentoring following a DIRFloortime® professional certificate course like DIR 201, 202, or 203, the ICDL DIR® Institute experts are here to help. To learn more and register, please click here.
You can also arrange mentoring on your own by searching for mentors on our DIRectory website by clicking here. This does not include all eligible mentors, but shows all Expert Training Leaders that have indicated in their profile that this is an area they do work and would accept referrals.
Important Training Program Policies
You must take advantage of any promotions (promo codes) when you register for your course. We are not able to issue refunds for promotions that are not entered at the time of registration.
Other Related Training Programs
Most reputable and quality training programs, schools, agencies, and centers have progressed through ICDL courses and have permission from ICDL to offer trainings and/or to use the ICDL trademarks. We have trainers all around the world leading officially licensed or approved courses. Most of these ICDL licensed DIR® and DIRFloortime® courses can be found on our course pages on this website.
In addition to the ICDL licensed DIRFloortime® courses offered by our netowrk around the world, there are a number of other organizations that also offer separate, but still valid, DIR® training courses.
Training Programs Recognized by ICDL:
Fielding Graduate University: ICDL has an agreement with Fielding Graduate University through its School of Psychology/Infant and Early Childhood Development Program (IECD). Students who completed IECD 580, IECD 601 and IECD 602 courses with a grade of “B” or better may advance into the DIRFloortime® Training Program DIR 203 course and may be issued an ICDL's Certificate of Proficiency. Please click here to apply for a certificate and advanced placement
Profectum Foundation: ICDL and Profectum have a structured agreement on cross-recognition of our training programs. Profectum-trained professionals are not issued ICDL DIRFloortime® certificates. However, those with at least a Bachelor's degree that have earned a Profectum DIR-FCD CL1 certificate or higher may advance into the DIRFloortime® Training Program DIR 203 course. Please click here to apply for advanced placement.
PLAY Project: ICDL and PLAY Project have a structured agreement on cross-recognition of our training programs. Professionals that complete the PLAY Project training to become a PLAY Consultant may be issued a DIRFloortime® Basic Certificate and may enter the DIRFloortime® Training Program with advanced placement into DIR 202. Please click here to apply for a certificate and advanced placement
Montclair State University's Developmental Models of Autism Intervention Certificate: Individuals that have successfully earned this certificate may be eligible for award of a DIRFloortime® certificate and are automatically eligible to advance place into the DIRFloortime® professional certificate program by enrolling directly into DIR 202. If you are interested in whether you are eligible to be awarded a DIRFloortime certificate based on your coursework at Montclair State University, please contact the program administrator for the DMAI program.
The Greenspan Floortime Approach: ICDL does not have a formal agreement with the Greenspan Floortime Approach and it is not formally recognized by ICDL, however we do allow individuals that complete training with the Greenspan Floortime Approach to enter the DIRFloortime® Training Program with advanced placement. Please click here to apply for advanced placement.
We are aware that there are training programs that have begun unofficial trainings that do not meet the ICDL requirements. We encourage you to be careful as these trainings may not qualify for our internationally recognized certificate program and may not be appropriately training professionals. Some organizations have gone as far as to create confusing names that resemble DIR®, DIRFloortime®, or Floortime®, but are not. For example, we have seen "DRI", "floor-time", and other renditions that are not officially DIR® and may actually be ABA disguised as Floortime. If you have any questions about any specific program, please email us at email@example.com.
DIR® , DIRFloortime®, and Floortime® are registered trademark of ICDL in the USA and/or other countries internationally. Professionals or providers can only list themselves as a DIR® professional, provider, educator or describe their workplace as a DIR® clinic, school or center with the written permission of ICDL. Participants who successfully complete courses offered by ICDL will receive a certificate that states the level of competencies they have demonstrated and how they can list themselves.
While ICDL does not restrict access to DIR® and DIRFloortime® courses based on professional licenses or certifications, it is each individual person’s responsibility to ensure that they are only practicing or working within the legal and ethical scope of their professional field and the country, state, district, or region they practice.