DIR Conference 2016!

DIR Conference 2016!

Rebecca School hosts the ICDL Regional Conference!

April 15th, 2016
8:30 am- 4:00 pm
Learning Through Relationships:

Using DIR® Floortime™ to Promote Thinking and Development

Click here to register for Rebecca School’s 2016 DIR Conference at ICDL!

Tina McCourt & Gil Tippy with Dr Stephen Shore

Tina McCourt & Dr Gil Tippy with Dr Stephen Shore at Rebecca School’s 2015 DIR Conference


Location: NYC Seminar and Conference Center, 71 West 23rd Street, New York, NY 10010

What are the essential components to promote a student’s thinking, relating, and communicating? During this one day conference, participants will understand how Floortime™ and the DIR® model can be used with students across all ages to foster engagement and higher level thinking. Interdisciplinary breakout sessions will target areas such as attunement, sensory processing, communication, and relationships both within the school and at home. Presenters from the Rebecca School will show how following a student’s interest can both build a strong relationship and accomplish discipline specific goals. This conference is open to professionals and parents both new to Floortime™ and experienced practitioners.

Price: $135 for professionals, $95 for parents, students with a valid ID & self-advocates.

CEUs: Counseling, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Music Therapy, as well as professional developmental hours for Educators.

Keynote Presentation: Gil Tippy, PsyD, Clinical Director, Rebecca School, New York
Dave Nelson, MS, MBA, LPC, Executive Director, The Community School, Decatur, Georgia

Breakout sessions: Professionals from Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy, Counseling, Social Work, Education, and Music Therapy will present interdisciplinary presentations from a DIR Floortime developmental perspective. Video examples and real world applications will be used to illustrate theoretical developmental perspectives. A more detailed description of breakout sessions will be available in January.

Keynote Bios:
Gil Tippy, PsyD
Gil is the Clinical Director, and one of the founders, of the Rebecca School in Manhattan. He is the author, with Stanley I. Greenspan, MD of Respecting Autism (Vantage Press, NY 2011.) He is the Directory of Advocacy for ICDL. He has a clinical practice in New York, and in Santa Rosa, CA. He has been a teacher, Psychologist or both for the last 35 years.

Dave Nelson, MS, MBA, LPC
Dave is the Executive Director of The Community School, and a Senior Adviser on Education for ICDL. He is a licensed counselor (LPC) who specializes in working with children, adolescents, adults, and their families with a focus on developing the interactive, emotional, and learning capabilities of all individuals. He also specializes in helping parents understand and address the variety of issues in nurturing the growth of a challenging child.
Based on his experience using Stanley Greenspan’s Developmental, Individual-difference, Relationship-based approach (DIR/Floortime) with his own son who was diagnosed with an autistic spectrum disorder at age three, he changed careers to begin working with children facing developmental and learning challenges. Dave has an M.S. in Counseling and an M.A. in English Literature from Georgia State University, as well as an M.B.A. from Duke University. He is licensed as a professional counselor in the state of Georgia. He has a DIR expert certificate and is a DIR Training Leader.

Conference Goals and Objectives:
•Participants will demonstrate the ability to explain the foundations of DIRFloortime® as an interdisciplinary model, including describing its foundations in occupational therapy, speech therapy, psychology (specifically mental health) and education.
•Participants will demonstrate the ability to determine, based on case presentations provided, the functional emotional developmental capacities at which the students presented are functioning.
•Participants will demonstrate the ability to describe DIRFloortime® methodology and will demonstrate the ability to explain how this methodology can be applied in an educational setting.
•Participants will demonstrate the ability to explain how to implement multiple DIRFloortime® strategies within individual and small group situations in an educational setting.

Click here to see the complete schedule for the 2016 ICDL Regional Conference at Rebecca School!

Outline of the day, 8:30 – 4:00

8:30- 9:00 – Registration and Breakfast

9:00- 9:30 – Welcome and Introductions

9:30- 10:30 – Keynote: Dave Nelson

10:30- 10:45 – Coffee and transition to breakout sessions

10:45-12:00 – Break out session #1

12:00- 1:00 – Lunch on your own

1:00- 2:15 – Break out session #2

2:15- 2:30 – Coffee and transition to final session

2:30- 3:00 – What makes DIR different? A student’s perspective

3:00- 4:00 – Closing Keynote: Gil Tippy


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