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September 14th-15th, 2019 


9:00am – 4:00pm


This is an introductory course that reviews the theoretical framework, scientific evidence, and scope of application of the DIR model and Floortime.  The DIR model promotes functional emotional development and overall mental health for all children.
DIRFloortime has a strong research base to support its effectiveness in improving the core challenges of autism including relating, interacting, and communicating while decreasing caregiver stress and improving parent-child relationships. 
This course is open to professionals, parents, caregivers, and anyone looking to expand their understanding of DIRFloortime and their skills working with children of all abilities.  

See below for instructor bios, links for registration, course outline, and additional information
How to Register
Cost: $229

Register Online here 

Please contact ICDL at dirfloortimetraining@icdl.com if you are having difficulties.

Instructor Bios
Mr. Jeffrey Guenzel

Mr. Jeffrey Guenzel is the Chief Executive Officer of the Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning (ICDL). Before joining ICDL, Mr. Guenzel held key leadership positions in government and the private sector.  Mr. Guenzel has served as the executive director of two very successful not-for-profits and served as the Director of the Division of Child Behavioral Health for the State of New Jersey and as the Deputy Commissioner for the New Jersey Department of Children and Families.  Mr. Guenzel is a professional counselor 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.  Mr. Guenzel leads the continued effort of ICDL to bring DIR® based approaches to children and families around the world. 

As a Professional Counselor, Mr. 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.  Mr. Guenzel earned his B.A. degree in psychology and his M.A. degree in Counseling from Montclair State University. 

Mr. Guenzel has been invited to speak and train professionals throughout the United States and in many countries around the world. 

Mr. Guenzel 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. 

Course Outline

 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 


Sample Schedule:

Day 1:



9:00 – 9:15 

Welcome and introductions 

9:15 – 10:30 

Introduction to DIR and DIRFloortime: Key Concepts 

10:45 – 12:15 

The “D” of DIR: Developmental. Functional Emotional Developmental Capacities (FEDC) 1-3 

1:15 – 2:45 

FEDCs 4-6 

3:00 – 3:45 

The “I” of DIR: Individual Differences 

3:45 – 4:45 

Social Emotional Fundamentals of DIR 

4:45 – 5:00 

Questions and Wrap Up 

Day 2:



9:00 – 9:15 

Welcome back, recap, any questions about last session content 

9:15 – 10:15 

The “R” of DIR: Relationships 

10:30 – 12:00 

Introduction to the Floortime Principles 

1:00 – 2:15 

Floortime with FEDC 1-3 

2:30 – 3:15 

Floortime with FEDC 4-6 

3:15 – 3:30 

DIRFloortime at Various Ages and Settings 

3:30 – 3:45 


3:45 – 4:00 

Wrap Up 

Parking and Accomodations

Emerge SignParking:

Keep an eye out for this sign to help you locate the Emerge building.  There is a front and back parking lot.  Both parking lots will be open to course attendants.  Please enter through the front of the building, not the side door.  


Emerge does have a coffee maker that will be accessible during the course.  Emerge also has a refrigerator and a full working kitchen.  Emerge is also conveniently  located near a Starbucks and lots of great restaurants!  Some of our staff favorites include Saladelia, East Cut, Nuevo Taco, Fosters, Jersey Mikes, Thai Cafe, and more.  


There is some construction going on across the street from our building and some road work being done on University Drive.  Generally, this has not greatly impacted travel times but please map your route and plan a little extra time if you are unfamiliar with the area.  

Additional Information

Related Books: 

 1997. The Child with Special Needs: Encouraging Intellectual and Emotional Growth. Stanley Greenspan and Serena Wieder. Perceus Books. 

 2000. The Irreducible Needs of Children: What Every Child Must have to Grow, Learn, and Flourish. Stanley Greenspan and T.B. Brazelton. Perseus Books. 

 2003. Engaging Autism: The Floortime Approach to Helping Children Relate, Communicate and Think. Stanley Greenspan and Serena Wieder. Perseus Books. 

 2003. The Clinical Interview of the Child. 3rd edition, Stanley and Nancy Thorndike Greenspan. American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc. 

 2004. The Greenspan Social Emotional Growth Chart: A Screening Questionnaire for Infants and Young Children. Stanley Greenspan. Harcourt Assessment, PsychCorp 

 2004. The First Idea: How Symbols, Language, and Intelligence Evolved from Early Primates to Modern Humans. Stanley Greenspan and Stuart Shanker. DaCapa Press 

 2006. Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health. Stanley Greenspan and Serena Wieder. American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc 

 2010. The Learning Tree: Overcoming Learning Disabilities From the Ground Up. Stanley and Nancy Thorndike Greenspan. DaCapa Press