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 "Expert Training Leader" course for advanced professionals that are 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 (formerly the DIR® Institute) 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 Professional Certificate courses are rigorous and it helps a great deal to have an advanced degree in a related field, there are actually no college or university education prerequisites to take any of the courses offered except for the DIR 204 level course which requires that a participant hold at least a bachelor's level college degree in occupational therapy, speech therapy, psychology, social work, counseling, medicine, music therapy, or another related field.
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.
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. Alternatively, ICDL has a parent track of our courses called "Building Floortime Families" with our partner Affect Autism. These courses are specifically designed for parents of children with special needs.
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 Training Leader Certificate (DIR-Expert Training Leader)
- 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.
ICDL also offers an array of other workshops, courses, and conferences. ICDL has 300 level courses that usually require completion of certain 200 level courses as a prerequisite. These courses include topics like, DIR in Education, DIR with Adults, and DIR with Adolescent. These courses are posted on the DIRFloortime® Courses page when they are available.
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
- Occupational therapists
- Social workers
- Art Therapists
- Music Therapists
- Physical Therapists
- 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.
All participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance documenting hours of participation in their course and available professional continuing education credits. Please note that continuing education credit is only provided for direct seat time. Course preparation including readings, lectures, and mentor-ship is not included in the CE hour or credit total.
Continuing Education Questions??? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Group and Individual Mentoring
Mentoring is an important part of the DIRFloortime learning journey. ICDL does not directly provide the mentoring. We will help make arrangements, but all agreements and financial transactions are between you and the mentor. You can find mentors listed 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 areas they do work and would accept referrals. If you are not successful in finding a mentor, please e-mail us at email@example.com and we’ll do our best to assist. All mentors must have at least an Expert level DIRFloortime provider certificate.
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.
In addition to courses offered directly through ICDL, ICDL has licensed and approved DIR® training centers and trainers throughout the world. It is important to note that all official DIR® courses offered by other entities must be licensed or approved by ICDL to be eligible to utilize the DIRFloortime® Training Program curriculum, to use any of ICDL's trademarks such as "DIR", "DIRFloortime", or "Floortime", and to qualify for an official DIRFloortime® certificate. If you do not see that the training you are considering is approved by ICDL, then you are not getting the official DIRFloortime® training and ICDL may not have approved the use of the curriculum or trademark. The DIRFloortime® Training Program has been developed over many years. Originally developed under the guidance of Drs. Stanley Greenspan and Serena Wieder, the DIRFloortme® Training Program utilizes a comprehensive approach to teaching the DIR® principles and Floortime approach. ICDL has licensed training providers all around the world leading courses in many different languages. Most of these courses can be found on our DIRFloortime® Courses page. If you have any questions about whether a course is officially sanctioned by ICDL, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are 3 other organizations that are also providing some form of DIR training. Most of the leaders from these organizations were trained by ICDL and/or active with ICDL and have gone on to develop their own programs. We are thrilled to have people learning Floortime, however we currently do not formally approve or license these 3 programs. Here is important information on these programs:
- Play Project: Courses offered by the Play Project are not officially sanctioned by ICDL, but those that complete the Play Project training to become a Play Project Consultant may enter the DIRFloortime® Training Program with advanced placement by enrolling in DIR 202. Please contact email@example.com for details.
- The Greenspan Floortime Approach: Individuals that complete training with the Greenspan Floortime Approach or the Floortime Center may also enter the official DIRFloortime® Training Program with advanced placement. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
- Profectum: Courses offered by Profectum are not sanctioned by ICDL and are not official DIRFloortime® certificate courses. There is no opportunity to enter the official DIRFloortime® Training Program with advanced placement.
DIR® is a registered trademark of ICDL. 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 education, degrees, or professional licenses, 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.