DIR-FCD™ Model Master Classes

General Overview

The Master Class was inaugurated in 2017 to provide graduates of our programs the opportunity to develop further expertise in areas they encounter working in their practices and schools in order to advance the development and functioning of the individuals they work with and their own knowledge. Profectum Faculty consists of the most distinguished interdisciplinary professionals in the field of intervention and masters of the DIR model, led by Serena Wieder, PhD, the co-creator of DIR® and Clinical Director.

Topics are selected according to the interests of our graduates as they identify needs and questions working with families and siblings, parent-mediated intervention, climbing the symbolic ladder, mental health challenges, meaningful education, transitions as children grow older, and learning about the latest research and innovative programs. Master Classes are taught by renown senior faculty with extensive experience with reflective practice, training, presentations and publishing who engage the participants in dynamic discussions based on their questions and video clips. Participants come from many countries and these classes provide a comfortable, stress free chance to direct your own learning and network with others.

Upcoming Class


“Do unto others as you would have others do unto others” (J. Pawl 1995) — Adult Learning and Group Leadership in In-person and Virtual Environments


Ruby Salazar, LCSW, BCD (BIO)


Group facilitation and leadership depends on skills important to knowing common principles and leadership mind-sight which engenders a trusting and safe environment, and creates dynamically oriented attention to process, expansion and troubleshooting. Interactive child and adult learning require self reflection, skills in blending motives within learning and objectivity. While there are many commonalities in in-person and Telehealth and tele-education group facilitation and leadership, there are also important differences and adjustments necessary for optimal relating and teaching. We have been thrust into virtual meetings, classes and therapy because of the pandemic. Projections are that this internet modality is here to stay so we must step up to developing our best understanding and skills as teachers, therapists and group leaders.

Learning Objectives

As a result of this master class, participants will be able to:

  • better understand and develop skills regarding individual differences (capacities and challenges) and in child/adult learning styles.
  • enhance and obtain higher awarenesses in group leadership and facilitation with strong focus on process and content delivery.
  • clarify similarities and differences of in-person and virtual learning environments.
  • use this class to bring their own group and leadership experiences to share so as to individuate their learning experience.

Online via Zoom

6 sessions  | 1.5 hours per session  |  bi-weekly

Starting Thursday, April 29, 20201 from 7-8:30 pm EDT

Scheduled Dates: 4/29, 5/13, 5/27, 6/10, 6/24, 7/8



Completion Requirements

The following criteria must be met in order to acquire a general certificate of attendance at the end of this class.

These criteria are monitored throughout the course:

  • No absences
  • Contribute to discussion
  • Use technology as required by instructor
  • Camera is on for class

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.  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.

Topics Coming Soon Include

Visual Spatial Development
Symbolic Play
and more …

Please contact – beth.arena@profectum.org – for more information.