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Understanding Social-Emotional Development Through the DIR Model

Who is this for?

IECMH Community

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June 21

9am - 11am PST


June 28

1pm - 3pm


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What can you expect to gain from this workshop?

By the end of this workshop, participant will be able to:

  • Describe the basic principles and terminology of DIR model

  • Define the fundamental capacities for social-emotional development including: joint attention and regulation, engagement across a wide range of emotions, two-way communication, and complex social problem solving, and how these in turn govern the development of symbol formation, language and intelligence.

  • Identify individual differences that impact on social-emotional development.

  • Explain the importance of relationships as a vehicle for development.

CEUs for mental health professionals are provided.

Full Description

This workshop introduces the Developmental, Individual Differences, Relationship Model (also known as the DIR) as frame of reference for recognizing typical and atypical patterns of social-emotional development in young children.  The DIR/ Floortime® model, developed by Stanley Greenspan and Serena Weider, was the first to relate social-emotional development to the individual differences each person brings to the world (e.g., sensory reactivity, visual-spatial and auditory/language processing, and movement disorders). It identified relationships as a pivotal force that nurtures and optimizes development. The goal of this workshop is for the participant to experience how the DIR model is an effective model for assessment and treatment of deficits in relating and engaging.  This workshop is an overview, or introduction to the model, designed for both beginning and intermediate clinicians.

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