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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!

COVID-19 Update

We understand that many clinics and schools are closed which makes our case presentation format impractical or impossible for many. We have reworked our curriculum to temporarily allow participants to earn a Basic Certificate or Certificate of Proficiency (DIR 201 and DIR 202) without conducting a case presentation. This will apply for all courses starting before October 31, 2020. We will use alternate learning processes such as role plays and case reflections to facilitate the learning and assess your understanding of the model.

For DIR 203, which is focused on parent coaching, we are fully accepting virtual online or phone sessions for the case presentations. We have always accepted this, but we want to make sure everyone knows it is an option.

In addition, we have reduced the price of many DIR 101 courses for professionals and parents. The regular price for the DIR 101: An Introduction to DIR® and Floortime course for parents starts at $109 and $189 for professionals (USD). For select live online courses for professionals, ICDL is offering the courses for up to 40% off (prices vary) and for parents all live online courses currently offered are available for $49 USD.

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.

Continuing Education

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

  • Counselors

  • Social workers

  • Art Therapists

  • Teachers

  • 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 ceu@icdl.com.

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 dirfloortimetraining@icdl.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.

Additional Information

Do you want to host a DIR® course? Click Here

Do you want to set up consultation for your organization or school to implement a Floortime program? Click here to make an appointment with Jeff Guenzel, ICDL's Executive Director.

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:

  • Profectum Foundation: ICDL and Profectum have a structured agreement on cross-recognition of our training programs and DIR® certificates. Professionals that complete the Profectum DIR-FCD certificate courses may enter the DIRFloortime® Training Program with advanced placement. Please email dirfloortimetraining@icdl.com to inquire about this program.

  • 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 Project Consultant may apply for a DIRFloortime® Basic Certificate and may enter the DIRFloortime® Training Program with advanced placement into DIR 202 or the DIRFloortime PLAY Project crossover course to more rapidly earn a DIRFloortime® Advanced Certificate. Please email dirfloortimetraining@icdl.com to inquire about these options.

  • Fielding Graduate University's Infant and Early Childhood Development PhD Program (This program was formerly the ICDL Graduate School): Individuals that are taking courses in this program can advance place into DIRFloortime® professional certificate courses. Please email dirfloortimetraining@icdl.com if you would like your credits to be reviewed for 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 or email dirfloortimetraining@icdl.com.

  • 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 contact dirfloortimetraining@icdl.com for details.

However, 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 questios about any specific program, please email us at dirfloortimetraining@icdl.com.

Important Notes

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.