Apprentice Courses

What are Apprentice Courses?

Profectum’s new Apprentice Courses are just what you’ve been asking for!  Since launching our Profectum Parent Toolbox (PPT), we have received overwhelming feedback on how the PPT is the perfect guide for small group learning. While you can continue to use the PPT online for FREE, thanks to a grant from the John and Marcia Goldman Foundation, our new Apprentice Courses use the toolbox as the curriculum for four introductory DIR-FCD™ online courses.

Although we have not officially launched the PPT program, it has already been accessed by over 800 individuals from 12 countries! The PPT is an amazing gift to parents and professionals alike and will help us disseminate the DIR-FCD™ model all over the world. It is a tool for all of us to use in so many ways and again, it is FREE!

How Do the Apprentice Courses Work?

Learn the in’s and out’s of the Profectum Parent Toolbox and be introduced to the DIR-FCD™ model by the masters.

Meet for 1.5 hours online via Zoom weekly.

Webcasts are viewed and discussed during class.

Everything is organized in one place. Upon registration you can access course materials including webcasts, handouts, calendar with online class links from our learning management system (LMS).  Login to the website, go to My Profectum and then to My Courses, click on course and you will be directed to the LMS where you can watch webcasts, download or view handouts and access online class links from the calendar.

How Do Apprentice Courses Differ from Profectum Academy’s DIR-FCD™ Certificate Courses?

Apprentice Courses

Introductory level DIR-FCD™ content

Courses are open to anyone: parents, professionals, family members, community service members, etc.

Courses range from 7 to 10 weeks

Participants are not required to show their work, but rather learn from watching and discussing PPT videos supplemented with Instructor videos.

No tutoring

Acknowledgement of course completion, but no certification acquired

Certificate Courses

Intermediate to Advanced DIR-FCD™ content

Available to professionals only at this time

Courses range from 7 to 12 months

Participants are required to show their work, write up and present case studies

Participants receive individual and group tutoring

Receive Profectum Certification upon completion

Listed as DIR-FCD™ Certified professional in Profectum’s Provider Directory

Receive Profectum self-marketing package to promote your business

Both Courses

Courses guided by expert DIR-FCD™ Trainers and Faculty

Online with international participants

Learn from webcasts and video clips

Course Outlines and Course Formats

Expand each section below to view course outlines, structure and time commitments below.

Profectum DIR-FCD™ Apprentice Course Step 1

Webcasts

  • Strategies to Help You Engage and Interact with Your Child [ 10:44 ]
  • Strategies to Help You Engage and Interact with Your Child – Using the Webcasts: The “Nuts and Bolts” [ 13:22 ]
  • Become Your Child’s Play Partner – Explore ways to mobilize attention, engagement and circles of interaction [ 6:26 ]
  • Be Present… Be Together [ 28:13 ]
  • Tune in to My Child’s Interests! [ 25:28 ]
  • The Magic of Emotional Expression – Attend, Engage & Relate [ 32:32 ]
  • Build First Circles [ 36:15 ]
  • Persist [ 40:15 ]
  • Now That We’re Connected… Let’s Expand! [ 32:34 ]

Format

  • First two (2) introductory webcasts to be watched on you own prior to the first online class
  • Seven (7) 1.5 hour online classes
  • Webcasts will be viewed and reviewed during the online sessions. including a 30-60 minute webcast and workbook review
  • Class meets weekly (see the schedule for days and times)
  • Total viewing time: 9 webcasts totaling 3.3 hours of viewing time   | 7 online classes totaling 10.5 hours online class time
  • Cost $225

Profectum DIR-FCD™ Apprentice Course Step 2

Webcasts

  • Explore Sensory Preferences and Challenges [ 34:06 ]
  • Explore Your Child’s Sensory Responsivity [ 48:22 ]
  • Touch… The First Sense!! [ 40:18 ]
  • Explore Using Sound to Nurture Engagement [ 28:29 ]
  • Discover your Child’s “Visual Box” Of Attention [ 37:30 ]
  • Movement: The Body In Motion [ 37:56 ]
  • Ideas Become Plans, Then Actions [ 51:13 ]
  • The Dance of Play… Tapping Into Your Child’s Rhythm and Timing [ 35:50 ]
  • “Talking” Starts with Gestures [ 46:49 ]
  • Putting it All Together [ 38:18 ]

Format

  • Ten (10) 1.5 hour online classes
  • Webcasts will be viewed and reviewed during the online sessions. including a 30-60 minute webcast and workbook review
  • Class meets weekly (see the schedule for days and times)
  • Total viewing time: 10 webcasts totaling 6.6 hours of viewing time   | 10 online classes totaling 15 hours online class time
  • Cost $320

Profectum DIR-FCD™ Apprentice Course Step 3

Webcasts

  • Tailor Your Interactions to Engage Your Child’s Attention [ 24:48 ]
  • How Big? How Loud? How Close [ 28:55 ]
  • Moment to Moment [ 42:15 ]
  • Give Movements meaning Through Emotional Expression [ 38:52 ]
  • Regulate Emotions [ 40:59 ]
  • Engaged, Happy and Flexible!!! [ 37:32 ]
  • Let’s Solve This Problem- Together [ 42:46 ]

Format

  • Seven (7) 1.5 hour online classes
  • Webcasts will be viewed and reviewed during the online sessions. including a 30-60 minute webcast and workbook review
  • Class meets weekly (see the schedule for days and times)
  • Total viewing time: 7 webcasts totaling 4.2 hours of viewing time   | 7 online classes totaling 10.5 hours online class time
  • Cost $225

Profectum DIR-FCD™ Apprentice Course Step 4

Webcasts

  • Extend the Conversation with Shared Problem Solving [ 30.19 ]
  • Discover Pretend Play [ 42.40 ]
  • Expand Pretend Play [ 39:52 ]
  • Pretend Play with Adolescents (and Young Adults) [ 51:08 ]
  • Interact All Day Long: Daily Routines Set the Stage [ 56:05 ]
  • Playing Outside with Your Child and Family: Feeling, Moving and Relating [ 38:14 ]
  • Profectum Parent Toolbox Review and Inspiration from Parents Like you [ 3.47 ]

Format

  • Eight (8) 1.5 hour online classes
  • Webcasts will be viewed and reviewed during the online sessions. including a 30-60 minute webcast and workbook review
  • Class meets weekly (see the schedule for days and times)
  • Total viewing time: 7 webcasts totaling 4.3 hours of viewing time   | 7 online classes totaling 10.5 hours online class time
  • Cost $260