The DIR/Floortime Model: Enhancing Social and Emotional Development Through Play

Sponsored by:  Wisconsin Association For Play Therapy

Featuring Rick Clark, Psy.D.
When:  Friday March 24, 2017  9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Where:  Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology – 9120 W. Hampton Ave., Milwaukee, WI, 53225

Overview of Workshop
Floor-time is a method of play-based intervention rooted in Stanley Greenspan’s model of Social/emotional growth. It identifies six key stages between birth and four years. This model is a mechanism to engage a child meaningfully at his developmental level in order to meet challenges for the next. The primary premise of this approach is letting the child lead the play while engaging in “playful obstruction” to expand the child’s themes, build a relationship and moves into more play based interventions.

Learning Objectives
Upon completing the workshop participants will:

 Develop an understanding of Greenspan’s
model of emotional development in children.
 Understanding the DIR framework for
enhancing interventions for children
 Recognize signs of delay and progress
through developmental stages.
 Learn principals of Floor-time as a foundation
of play based interventions.

Who should attend?
Play therapists, psychologists, mental health professionals, family therapists, social workers, school psychologists, and school counselors.

About the Presenter – Rick Clark, Psy.D.
Dr. Rick Clark is a Child Clinical Psychologist in private practice at St. Francis Children’s Center, a nonprofit, nonsectarian agency serving regular and special needs infants, children and their families. At St. Francis he has worked extensively with staff and families to serve children with a wide range and severity of disabilities. He was instrumental in the development of the Center for Autism Resources and Education (CARE) program at St. Francis, a comprehensive, site based treatment program for children with Autism spectrum disorders. He spent four years as the lead psychologist for the Milwaukee Office of Integrated Development Services, a provider of comprehensive in home service for autistic children. Dr. Clark is an associate professor at WSPP and an adjunct faculty member at Marquette University and Cardinal Stritch University. Dr. Clark earned his Bachelor’s of arts degree from Marquette University, his Master’s in School Psychology
from the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse, and his Doctorate in child clinical psychology from the Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology. His professional interests include autism spectrum disorders, learning disability subtypes, pediatric mental health, attention difficulties, anxiety and mood disorders, and interpersonal problem solving skills. When he’s not working, Dr. Clark enjoys listening to and performing music, singing in a choir, reading and golf.


8:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 Basic Principals of the DRI Model
10:30 Break
10:45 Greenspan Developmental Stages
12:00 Lunch
Annual Meeting WiAPT
1:00 Floortime Principals
2:15 Break
2:30 Applying Floortime with other play therapy techniques and developmental challenges
4:00 Workshop ends; Evaluation Forms

Continuing Education
This program earns 6 CE Credits and is co-sponsored by the WI Association for Play Therapy (WiAPT) & the Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology (WSPP). WSPP is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists, counselors, and social workers. WSPP maintains responsibility for the program and its content.

WiAPT is an Association for Play Therapy Continuing Education Provider (# 03-139).

Space is limited, so registration must be received by March 17th.
Download the Informational Brochure and Registration Form here.