Professional DIR-FCD Model Certificate in Emotional, Social and Cognitive Development

Course Overview

This completely online course will use the DIR-FCD model to guide assessment and intervention for social-emotional development in infants, children, adolescents and families.  In addition, the topics will include Foundational Capacities for Development (FCD), working with/coaching parents, and working within an interdisciplinary team.  The DIR-FCD model builds upon establishing relationships and engagement at any point in development; respecting individual differences from the perspective of occupational therapy, speech and language pathology, psychology and education; and direct work with families.

A new systematic interdisciplinary curriculum provides the theoretical knowledge and applied clinical and educational foundations for integrated assessment and intervention at an introductory level. Participants are required to share their work in assessment and intervention and demonstrate competency in applying basic DIR-FCD principles. This intensive one-year program, led by a Profectum Faculty instructor, offers a combination of required webcast lectures, online interactive class participation, and reflective tutoring.

Participants will receive feedback and be guided through clinical reasoning on their own cases during classes and tutoring sessions while working towards their Professional DIR-FCD Model Certificate in Emotional, Social and Cognitive Development.

The course will cover an introduction to the DIR-FCD model approach, assessment, intervention, the Foundational Capacities for Development (FCD), coaching, and working with an interdisciplinary team. The nexus of the DIR-FCD model are the Functional Emotional Developmental Levels (FEDL’s), i.e. the building blocks of development.  This course highlights assessment as intervention and uses developmental levels to guide intervention with individuals, including children, adolescents, young adults and their families.  The strength of this clinical model is in the interdisciplinary approach to intervention. The course curriculum allows participants to integrate different perspectives in clinical and educational domains.

The DIR-FCD model builds upon establishing relationships and engagement at any point in development, respecting individual differences from the perspective of the different disciplines, and working with families. The nexus of the DIR-FCD model are the Functional Emotional Developmental Levels (FEDL’s), i.e., the building blocks of development. This course highlights assessment as intervention and uses the developmental levels to guide intervention with individuals, including children, adolescents and young adults and their families. The strength of this clinical model is in the interdisciplinary approach to intervention. The course curriculum allows participants to integrate different discipline perspectives in clinical and educational domains.

Brief Professional DIR-FCD Model Certificate in Emotional, Social and Cognitive Development Course Outline

  • Introduction to the DIR-FCD model: Developmental, Individual Difference, Relationship-Based Approach & Foundational Capacities for Development including Floortime principles
  • Professionals from the fields of Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Pathology, Psychology and Education will share their approach to assessment and intervention of social-emotional development in each Functional Emotional Developmental Level
  • Case-based presentations and learning are included in each webcast

Goals and Objectives

Professional DIR-FCD Model Certificate in Emotional, Social and Cognitive Development participants will be able to:

  • Develop knowledge base of Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Pathology, Psychology and Education frames of reference to social-emotional development
  • Identify and discuss individual differences and their impact on development
  • Define Functional Emotional Developmental Levels including identifying each one within case examples
  • Converse in basic principles and terminology of DIR-FCD model
  • Develop knowledge base of the neurobiology of autism and regulatory disorders
  • Understand working within a multi-disciplinary team approach
  • Provide assessment through Floortime interactions
  • Develop treatment plans using the DIR-FCD model within discipline

Outcomes

The goal of this Professional DIR-FCD Model Certificate in Emotional, Social and Cognitive Development program is to provide participants with initial expertise in working with children who have challenges in relating, communicating and thinking while honoring individual differences utilizing a relationship-based approach. Participants will also gain an understanding of the principles of coaching parents, paraprofessionals and professionals in the DIR-FCD model. Participants who complete this course and meet the course criteria will receive a Profectum Academy Professional DIR-FCD Model Certificate in Emotional, Social and Cognitive Development in their discipline.

Course Outline

This 1-year course is organized into four units.  Unit One consists of lectures and discussions and includes the following: one 1-2 hour webcast lecture to be viewed independently per week and two 2-hour online live classes per month.  Units 2 and 3 consist of lectures, discussions and tutoring. Unit 4 consists of participant presentations of cases, feedback and tutoring continues.

Professional DIR-FCD Model Certificate in Emotional, Social and Cognitive Development Unit 1: Introduction to the DIR-FCD Model

Topics include:

  • Introduction to the DIR-FCD Model
  • The Basic Principles of the DIR-FCD/Floortime Model
  • Introduction to Floortime
  • Introduction to the Functional Emotional Developmental Levels (FEDLS)
  • Understanding the Child’s Individual Profile: Sensory Processing, Motor Development, Language Development
  • Introduction to the Functional Emotional Assessment Scale
  • The Neurobiology of Autism and Regulatory Disorders
  • Mental Health for Non-Mental Practitioners in working with families

Professional DIR-FCD Model Certificate in Emotional, Social and Cognitive Development Unit 2: Assessment as Treatment

Topics include:

  • Assessment through the Floortime Model Interactions
  • Definition and Videos of each of the Functional Emotional Developmental Levels (FEDLs) 1-6
  • Becoming Conversant in the Model
  • Working with a Team
  • Applying the DIR-FCD Model Principles/Best Practice Guidelines per Discipline: Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Pathology, Mental Health and Education

Professional DIR-FCD Model Certificate in Emotional, Social and Cognitive Development Unit 3: Intervention

Topics include:

  • Using the DIR-FCD Model to Build Treatment Plans Sample treatment plans for: Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Pathology, Mental Health and Education
  • Prioritizing Goals

Professional DIR-FCD Model Certificate in Emotional, Social and Cognitive Development Unit 4: Thinking More Globally

  • Participants share their work with the DIR-FCD model within their discipline demonstrating a wide range of children and families working within various social-emotional developmental capacities. Tutoring continues as participants prepare their cases and reflect on the cases of others.

Profectum Academy reserves the right to modify descriptions and requirements as needed.

Testimonials

Carly Coleman, Occupational Therapist / Profectum Fellow

Benjamin Delgado, Developmental Therapist / Profectum Professional Candidate

Apply

Please download and complete the application for the Professional DIR-FCD Model Certificate in Emotional, Social and Cognitive Development.

Contact michele.parkins@profectum.org if you have questions.  For the Spanish version of this course, please contact socorrocornejo@gmail.com. 

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A minimum number of participants are required to run each course group. We reserve the right to cancel or postpone a scheduled group if the required number of participants is not achieved.

When you apply your email will be added to our contact list. You will be notified when your application has been reviewed and accepted and will receive information on course dates as it becomes available.

Professional DIR-FCD Model Certificate in Emotional, Social and Cognitive Development Advanced Standing

Already have some training in the DIR model? Advanced Standing is available to those who have:

  • Completed Introductory DIR model training in a DIR model certificate program
  • Received tutoring and recommendations from a DIR model faculty member
  • Have work experience to support entering with advanced standing. (complete the “advanced standing” section on the application)
  • Scored 70% or higher on Profectum’s Advanced Standing Assessment. This assessment will be provided to your upon receipt of your application, which should indicate the achievement of the items above.

Individuals who receive advanced standing will have the option to skip Unit 1 and enter at the start of Unit 2 (13 weeks after the start of the course).  However, it should be noted that Unit 1 is a very rich foundational program that will deepen any clinician’s understanding of the model and it is recommended that all participants start with Unit 1 whenever possible.  In addition, it would allow all participants to start learning from each other’s experience right from the start.  Participants with advanced standing add a rich discussion when they participate in Unit 1.

Course Completion Requirements

The following criteria must be met in order to acquire a certificate at the end of this course.  These criteria should be monitored  (record notes) throughout the course:

  • Attendance 80% or better*
    • No more than 2 absences to the online classes/yr
    • No more than 2 absences to tutoring sessions/yr
      • *Any missed classes or tutoring groups are expected to be viewed via Zoom recording and impressions and comments shared with the group in writing
  • Contributes to online classes every month
  • Uses technology as required by instructors
    • Camera is on for class
    • Uses the Learning Management System (LMS)
  • Presentation of a minimum of 3 children over course of the year
    • 2+ in tutoring
    • 1 for final vignette
  • Final vignette presentation evaluation score avg. of 3 or better
    • Avg of  3+ = Receive a certificate and referred to Fellows program
    • 2+ = Receive certificate, but continue with tutoring (1-6 mos thru Profectum)
    • Below 2 = Will not receive certificate until more tutoring is completed and the vignette presentation evaluation criteria is met

Technology Considerations

To make our training available to as broad a group as possible regardless of geography or time zones, Profectum uses video streaming and video conferencing as our standard technology tools. The course relies on you watching webcasts on your own and joining class discussions using video conferencing.  Thus you will need a relatively modern PC/MAC and modern broadband internet access.  While Wi-fi can work if your home/office has excellent connectivity, a wired internet connection to your PC/MAC is highly recommended.