Certification Program

Certification Tracks

(Contact The Floortime Center directors: Jake or Tim at 301-657-1130 or Email )

There is a choice of two types of certification tracks: the Traditional or the Experienced.

Traditional Track

The Traditional Track is for individuals who have completed either a two-day lecture by the directors of The Floortime Center or The Greenspan Floortime Approach® Online Professional course and Floortime Manual. We recommend the Traditional Track even for those with some experience in Floortime Therapy. An individual who has been to Floortime conferences, completed readings on Floortime, and applied the Floortime principles in their work with children should still begin with Level 1 or 2.

Level 1 is for: a) those individuals who would like to start on their certification ASAP and receive a provisional license; b) those who are international and will not have the opportunity to attend in-person training.

Level 2 is for individuals who want to wait to attend in-person training at The Floortime Center® or in their region. Levels 1 and 2 are described below.

Experienced Track

Contact The Floortime Center directors if you are interested in this track.

The Experienced Track is for individuals who have had extensive supervision in the Floortime model. Individuals on the Experienced Track can bypass most of Level 2 certification training.

To qualify for the Experienced Track, an individual must submit videos of two different cases that will be graded by an evaluator who is trained in The Greenspan Floortime Approach®. (To prevent a conflict of interest, the evaluators will not be the directors.) After reviewing the videos it will be determined if the individual is ready for the Experienced Track and then how many hours of training are needed to graduate Level 2. Depending on the quality of the videos an individual may be required to do between 2 to 6 hours of additional training.

The training for the Experienced Track is done in groups of 3 to 4 participants. If you are not applying with a group, you may have to wait until there are enough individuals to create a small group. There is a non-refundable charge of $75 to apply for the Experienced Track.

Certification Levels

Level 1 Certification

Level 1 training involves attending a two-day introductory lecture by the directors or completing the 11-hour online Greenspan Floortime Approach® Professional Course and the Floortime Manual. Individuals must complete 8 hours of online webinars provided by the directors. Individuals must also submit a 10-minute video clip of them doing Floortime with a child. This video clip will be graded.

Graduation from Level 1 gives the trainee a provisional license for one year that allows them to provide Greenspan Floortime® Services. It permits trainees to use The Greenspan Floortime Approach® as a provisional description referring to services they provide to children, including use of the trademark as a descriptor of the services and as a credential they have earned from completing the Level 1 training. This is only a provisional license, and Level 1 graduates must begin Level 2 training within one year of receiving the provisional license to maintain it.

Level 2 Certification

Level 2 involves a two-day, hands-on intensive training. All trainees will be coached by the directors in live Floortime sessions and attend advanced lectures. Following the two-day intensive, trainees must complete 12 conference calls within a year. In these conference calls trainees will present individual cases they have filmed to their fellow trainees and a director.

Graduation from Level 2 permits the trainee to be a non-provisional practitioner of The Greenspan Floortime Approach®. **This does not permit trainees to coach parents or professionals with a child.

Level 3 Certification

Level 3 training is similar to requirements for level 2 training, including hands-on training and conference calls.

Graduation from Level 3 permits trainees to coach parents and professionals in The Greenspan Floortime Approach® during their sessions with families.

Level 4 Certification

Level 3 training is similar to requirements for level 2 training, including hands-on training and conference calls.

Graduation from Level 4 permits trainees to give educational lectures on The Greenspan Floortime Approach®.

Requirements for Applying For Certification

  • Be 18 years or over.
  • Be proficient in English (Reading, Listening, and Speaking).
  • Have worked in child development for at least two years. Acceptable experience includes working at a school, clinic, or hospital with children with developmental challenges. (Self-employed individuals can only apply if they are a licensed professional).
  • Have attended the two-day introductory training course given by Jake Greenspan and Tim Bleecker within the last two years
  • Have a detailed knowledge of the 6 basic and 3 advanced milestones.
  • Submit an application, resume and essay to be considered for this training. A follow-up phone interview with one of the directors may be part of the process.

Costs

  • Level 1 – $900 (provisional license)
  • Level 2 – $1,600 ($1,000 for hands-on training, $600 on-going conference calls(Participants who paid $900 for the Level 1 provisional license only pay $900 for Level 2, that is, $300 for in-person training and $600 for on-going conference calls.)
  • Level 3 – $1,600 ($1,000 for hands-on training, $600 on-going conference calls)
  • Level 4 – $1,600 ($1,000 for hands-on training, $600 on-going conference calls)

Disclaimer

All participants will be asked to sign a contract before participating in the intensive training, which begins at Level 2.