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.

Details

  • Tuesday, 28 July, 2020 - Wednesday, 29 July, 2020
    9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Course Code:   CPE20DIR

Course Information

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

Presenter

  • 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.

Location

Venue:  

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

Description:

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.

Trains

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.

Buses

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.

Taxis

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).

Tickets

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