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!
Policy Update as of May 18, 2021: We understand that many clinics and schools around the world remain 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 (DIR 201) without conducting a typical case presentation. This only applies to participants that are unable to work with children right now due to COVID and is not a "convenience option". 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 202 and DIR 203, case presentations are a requirement. However, 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.
This updated policy applies to all individuals that register for courses on or after May 18, 2021, regardless of when the course begins.
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 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.
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.
Advanced Certificate Fast Track
For USA-Based Licensed Professionals
ICDL has created a special DIRFloortime Advanced Certificate fast track. We understand that there are situations where an Advanced certificate is being required to practice and we are helping professionals get there as quickly as possible while maintaining a high level of quality and ensuring fidelity to the Floortime approach. Here are the steps to join the fast track option:
Complete DIR 101
Successfully complete DIR 201 earning a DIRFloortime Basic certificate.
Email email@example.com to request to join the fast track option. Our staff will reply with your approval and instructions on your next steps. To apply to be a part of the fast track option, you must be a licensed occupational therapist, speech pathologist, physical therapists, or mental health professional such as a psychologist, counselor, or social worker in your state. We have a short agreement that you will sign to indicate your understanding of this fast track program.
Once approved, you must immediately enroll and begin DIR 202 and simultaneously enroll and begin six sessions of DIRFloortime individual mentoring. The mentoring will take place every other week during DIR 202 and will focus on getting you started on Floortime coaching even though you have not yet taken DIR 203. Once you have attended our first session of DIR 202 and individual mentoring, you will be issued a provisional DIRFloortime Advanced Certificate. This provisional certificate will be good for 4 months and can be revoked at any time if you withdraw from the DIR 202 course or the individual mentoring.
From this point forward, you must remain in individual mentoring on a bi-weekly basis until you complete DIR 203. Your mentor will help you determine your individual training plan. As long as you remain in mentoring and follow the training plan set forth by your mentor, the provisional certificate can be renewed twice (for a total of 12 months) with possible extensions available in extenuating circumstances.
This is a rigorous process, but it allows professionals to begin working as an Advanced level professional in 4 moths instead of a minimum of 12 months in the traditional program. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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. Mentoring is $45 per 45-minute session and new registrants must register for a minimum package of six (6) sessions. 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 areas they do work and would accept referrals.
Important Training Program Policies
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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 with at least a Bachelor's degree and that have earned a Profectum DIR-FCD CL1 certificate may advance into the DIRFloortime® Training Program DIR 203 course. Professionals with at least a Bachelor's degree and that have earned a Profectum DIR-FCD CL2 or Trainer certificate may advance place into the DIRFloortime® Training Program DIR 203 course as a Review Student (Review Student registration fee is reduced by 50%). Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about this program and to receive registration instructions.
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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.