DIR 101: An Introduction to DIR® and DIRFloortime®

This training will introduce and examine the Developmental, Individual difference, Relationship-based (DIR) model, which is an established and recognized framework to understand a child’s development that was developed by Dr. Stanley Greenspan.


  • Monday, 19 April, 2021 - Tuesday, 20 April, 2021
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Course Code:   CPE20DIR

Course Information

DATE CHANGE: 19/20 April 2021

This training will introduce and examine the Developmental, Individual difference, Relationship-based (DIR) model, which is an established and recognized framework to understand a child’s development that was developed by Dr. Stanley Greenspan. DIR explains a child’s developmental stages, individual differences, and the role emotion and relationships have in a child’s development. The training will present an introduction to the DIRFloortime (AKA Floortime) approach, with the developmentally appropriate interactions, interventions, and practices geared to each child’s developmental profile. The DIR model is applicable for all children and the DIRFloortime approach is particularly used as an intervention for children with Autism and other developmental disabilities.

Learning Objectives: Students successfully completing this course will be able to:

  1. Identify common features of autism and other challenges of relating and communicating
  2. Identify the key features of relationship-based approaches
  3. Describe the 6 Functional Emotional Developmental Capacities (FEDCs) in the DIR model and potential challenges that children face at each capacity
  4. Understand and describe the "I" in DIR - individual differences and how health, sensory processing, and regulatory challenges can impact a child's development
  5. Describe key principles and basic strategies of Floortime
  6. Understand and articulate the role of relationship and family in the DIR model
  7. Understand and articulate the essential role of affect as it is related to the D, the I, and the R

This event is a hands-on experiential workshop that requires participants to attend in-person. Remote and Digital Access will not be offered for this event. 

Please note: this event runs from 9am - 4pm. We are also delighted to offer an additional hour with Jeff Guenzel for questions and answers  about DIR and the Floortime Training with a special discussion on writing DIR-based treatment and education goals at no extra cost from 4-5pm on the 20th April. 


  • Megan King
    Megan King
    Megan King is an Early Intervention Practitioner and Key Worker supporting children and families on the NSW Central Coast. Combining Bachelor of Education qualifications with 20 years of practical experience in a diverse range of settings, Megan has held roles as an Early Childhood and Primary School teacher, as well as an Early Intervention Practitioner and Key Worker. For the past 10 years, Megan has focused on working exclusively with children with developmental delay and disabilities across all environments including: home, childcare, school, family day care, supported playgroups, and in the community. Working primarily in the role as a Key Worker, Megan has supported children and families to access the NDIS through the ECEI pathway, worked closely with educators, allied health professionals and those who know the child well to integrate developmental and relationship based approaches to promote their child’s development as part of their daily life and routines. Megan adapts a gentle, collaborative approach to supporting children and their families, recognising the importance of play in building healthy foundations for children, whilst also empowering the parent through coaching and support. By using a strength-based, child-centred approach Megan embraces play as the medium by which children can develop their communication, create joy in their connections and engagement with others, and strengthen their overall development. Having witnessed the profound positive and lasting impacts of this approach, Megan is passionate about its application in all areas and environments in the child’s life. Megan discovered the DIR Floortime Approach® 7 years ago, and after completing ICDL’s DIR 101 course, she knew that this framework was the “perfect fit” she was looking for, as this approach encompasses up to date research on brain development, child development, sensory integration and play; while recognising the importance of attachment and relationships for children and families. In 2017, Megan established her own private practice where she provides an Early Intervention Service that exclusively applies the DIR Floortime® Approach as a framework for children and families, within natural settings and via Zoom. Megan assists children from birth to adolescence in collaboration with allied health professionals, schoolteachers, and early childhood educators as a team around the child. Megan is passionate about empowering parents, educators, and allied health professionals in using the DIR Floortime® approach through coaching and training. Megan is a training leader through the Interdisciplinary Council of Development and Learning and an Expert DIR Floortime Provider.  
  • Jeffrey Guenzel
    Jeffrey Guenzel is the Chief Executive Officer of the Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning (ICDL). Before joining ICDL, Jeffrey Guenzel held key leadership positions in government and the private sector. Jeffrey Guenzel has served as the executive director of two very successful not-for-profits and served as the Director of the Division of Child Behavioural Health for the State of New Jersey and as the Deputy Commissioner for the New Jersey Department of Children and Families.  Jeffrey Guenzel is a professional counsellor that has dedicated his career to serving children and families. ICDL is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to redefining and promoting each child's development to their fullest potential.  Through the genius and leadership of Dr. Stanley Greenspan, ICDL has led the interdisciplinary movement to implement a revolutionary approach to understanding and improving a child's development.  The DIR® model and the DIRFloortime® intervention were both developed at ICDL. Jeffrey Guenzel leads the continued effort of ICDL to bring DIR® based approaches to children and families around the world. As a Professional Counsellor, Jeffrey Guenzel has specialized in treating children.  He has worked as a clinician at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey as well as in private practice and other public clinic settings.  Jeffrey Guenzel earned his B.A. degree in psychology and his M.A. degree in Counselling from Montclair State University. Jeffrey Guenzel has been invited to speak and train professionals throughout the United States and in many countries around the world. Jeffrey Guenzell brings a valuable combination of clinical knowledge and skills coupled with a proven track record of successful leadership.  Underpinning these skills is a life-long commitment to serving children and advancing positive interventions that make a difference in the lives of children and their families while embracing neurodiversity.



361-365 North Rocks Road, North Rocks, New South Wales, 2151, Australia


North Rocks, Sydney, Australia

Sydney is located on Australia’s south-east coast. With an approximate population of 4.5 million in the Sydney metropolitan area the city is the largest municipality in Australia. Sydney is easily accessible by air, rail and road networks from other Australian cities.

Located approximately 26 km north-west of the city centre, Renwick Centre is accessible via private and public transport to metropolitan areas such as Epping, Parramatta, Hornsby and the city.

North Rocks is a suburban area of Sydney and is the home of the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children since 1961.

Public Transport

There are several public transport options for getting to and from the Renwick Centre within the Sydney metropolitan area.


Cityrail train stations are located in Epping (6 km away) and Parramatta (7km away) and have connecting bus services (refer to Buses section below) to the Centre.

Epping train station is on the Northern, Newcastle and Central Coast lines with a journey time of approximately 30 minutes to the city (Central, Town Hall and Wynyard stations) and 20 minutes to Strathfield or Hornsby stations.

Parramatta train station offers frequent services to the city (about 40 minutes of travel time) and is located on the Western, Cumberland and Blue Mountains lines.

Both stations are wheelchair accessible.


There is a bus stop directly outside the RIDBC campus – services to Epping and Macquarie Centre – and another across the road outside the Westfield Shopping Centre for services to Parramatta and Blacktown. For latest info on these routes, please visit the Sydney Buses website.

Route Destination Wheelchair Accessible
549 Epping Most
546 Epping via Carlingford Most
546/549 Parramatta Most
630 Macquarie Centre No
630 Blacktown No
610/619* City Few
610/619* Rouse Hill Few

* Access to these bus services is from the M2 motorway at Barclay Road bus stop, a 20 minute walk (1.4 km) from the Centre.

Sydney Airport

Sydney Airport has domestic and international terminals and is approximately 35 km south-east of the Renwick Centre.

Cityrail train stations are located within the domestic and international terminals. To get to the centre, you will need to change trains at Central to an Epping or Parramatta service and then either take a taxi or bus the remaining distance to the centre. Journey time by public transport is approximately 90-120 minutes.


Companies providing a taxi service in the Sydney area include Premier Cabs (Phone: 13 10 17), Silver Service (Phone: 133 100), Taxis Combined (Phone: 8332 8888) and RSL Cabs (Phone: 132 211).


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