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.
(There is a non-refundable video review 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.
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.
All participants will be asked to sign a contract before participating in the intensive training.