How do I become certified in Floortime?
Dr. Greenspan had always wanted to empower parents to do Floortime at home and train professionals to use Floortime in their practices. As a result many people offer trainings, but the structure and principals have been inconsistent.
Learning Floortime is an ongoing process. It takes a long time to understand how it can apply in many different situations, and with many different children. As a result a one time Floortime Certification program wouldn’t yield the quality of Floortime Dr. Greenspan had in mind.
The Greenspan Floortime Approach® is a structured Floortime system that Dr.Greenspan used to train, his son, Jake Greenspan and Tim Bleecker. It is now offered in an introductory online course, but to be certified and listed as a professional using The Greenspan Floortime Approach it is necessary to do hands-on training and on-going mentoring.
The Floortime Center® directors, Jake Greenspan and Tim Bleecker, provide a certification in The Greenspan Floortime Approach®. The multi-level certification gives practitioners the education and training they need in order to provide the highest quality Greenspan Floortime services. You will be trained in the same manner that Jake and Tim were trained by Dr. Greenspan.
There are two types of certification tracks to initially choose from when beginning this process. The Traditional or Experienced tracks.
The Traditional Track is for individuals who have completed Jake and Tim’s two day lecture or The Greenspan Floortime Approach® Online Professional course. Even if you have some experience in Floortime Therapy, it is still recommended that you choose the Traditional Track. For example, an individual who has been to Floortime conferences, completed readings on Floortime and has applied the Floortime principals in their work with children, still needs to go thought the entire certification beginning with Level 1 or 2.
(Level 1 and 2 are described below under Certification Levels. Individuals who would like to get started ASAP on their certification and receive a provisional license can choose Level 1. Additionally, an individual will choose Level 1 if they are international and will not have the opportunity to attend an in-person training).
Experienced Track (contact directors if you are interested in this track)
The Experienced Track is for individuals that have had extensive supervision in the Floortime model. Individuals on the Experienced Track can bypass most of the Level 2 certification training.
In order to qualify for the Experienced Track, an individual must submit two videos of different cases that will be graded by an evaluator who is trained in The Greenspan Floortime Approach® (the evaluators will not be Tim or Jake to prevent a conflict of interest). After reviewing the videos it will be determined how many hours of training an individual needs to graduate Level 2 or if the individual is not ready for the Experienced Track. Depending on the quality of the videos an individual may be required to do between 2 to 6 hours of additional training.
(The training hours in the Experienced Track are done in groups of 3 to 4 participants. If you are an individual that is not applying with a group, then there may be a wait until there is enough individuals to create a small group. There is a non-refundable charge of $75 to apply for the Experienced Track.)
Individuals should begin with Level 1 if they want to start their certification ASAP and receive a provisional license or who are international and cannot attend an in-person training.
Individuals can skip level 1 and will begin Level 2 if they want to attend an in-person training at The Floortime Center® or a training that is in their region.
Level 1 Certification
Level 1 training involves attending a two day introductory lecture by the directors or watching the 12 hour online Greenspan Floortime Approach® Professional Course. In addition to the introductory lecture or online course, the individual needs to complete 8 hours of an 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.
Level 2 Certification Level 2 involves a two-day hands on intensive training. All trainees will be in live Floortime sessions while being coached by the directors and attend advanced lectures. Following the two-day intensive the trainees must complete 12 conference calls within a year. Trainees will film individual cases and present their cases in these conference calls with 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 a 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 4 training involves online seminars and conference calls
Graduation from Level 4 permits trainees to give educational lectures on The Greenspan Floortime Approach®.
Requirements for Applying
• 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 a 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.
Level 1 – $900 (provisional license)
Level 2 – $1,600 ($1,000 for hands-on training, $600 on-going conference calls)
$900 (for participants who paid the $900 for the Level 1 provisional license, they will need to pay $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)
All participants will be asked to sign a contract before participating in the intensive training.