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Virtual Lunch & Learn DIR/Floor Time: Best Practice Approach In the Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder in Children/Adolescents
Monday, February 08, 2021, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM PST
Category: Lunch & Learn

Los Angeles County Psychological Association

   2021 Lunch & Learn CE Series



DIR/Floor Time: Best Practice Approach In the

Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder in Children/Adolescents

Intermediate Level

1.5 Free LIVE CE Credits For LACPA Members via Zoom

 Presented by: Esther Hess, Ph.D.

This presentation contains video material that can not be used in the 
On-demand presentation, therefore this event will not be recorded.

Click Here to Register 


An interactive opportunity for attendees to understand the psychologist’s unique role in the treatment of children/adolescents with autism spectrum disorder through the developmental/relational therapy known as DIR/Floor Time. Adaptations of this best practice model will be examined through clinical footage. Attendees will be encouraged to present their own cases for further understanding of this treatment model.

Esther Hess, Ph.D. is a developmental psychologist and executive director of a multidisciplinary treatment facility in Los Angeles, CA, Center for the Developing Mind. Dr. Hess specializes in the treatment of developmental/regulatory disorders in children, adolescents and young adults. In addition to being a national and international speaker on autism spectrum disorder, Dr. Hess has authored several play therapy chapters on the subject and this past summer had her first children’s book published Alfie, You and Me are Twins: The Life and Times of a Therapy Dog, Amazon Press, 2020. Dr. Hess can be reached through the Center’s website at www.centerforthedevelopingmind.com.




Introduction by LACPA representative - 3 minutes 

The Developmental Model

 *Basic Model of Development/Brain Plasticity- 5 minutes

*Six Stages of Development-15 minutes

*Role of Affect in Development-Case Illustrations-10 minutes

*Development of Self- 5 minutes

*Video Illustration-10 minutes

Intervention with Severe Disorders of Relating, Communicating and Thinking

*Syndrome vs. Individual Differences Approach- 5 minutes

*Case Illustrations-5 minutes

*Therapeutic: The DIR/Floor Time Model-10 minutes

*Steps in the Therapeutic Process-5 minutes

*Videotape Illustrations-5 minutes

*The Therapeutic Team-5 minutes

* Emerging Areas of Research and Integration into Clinical Practice-10 minutes


Course Goals and Educational Objectives:

1. Attendees will become familiar with indications of sensory processing and social-emotional challenges in the play of children/adolescents with autism spectrum disorder.
2. Attendees will learn the best practice DIR/Floor Time model of play techniques used to support specific sensory processing challenges and how to facilitate emotional regulation and expression in children/adolescents with autism spectrum disorder.
3. Those attending this conference will be taught an introduction to the DIR/Floor Time model of play therapy to facilitate adaptive interpersonal relationships in families with children/adolescents impacted with interactive disorders, regulatory challenges or developmental delays.


 Please note that the Lunch & Learns are being offered as a LACPA Membership Benefit.  

Virtual attendance is limited to 100 LACPA members. Should you have a friend or colleague who would like to attend, please have them join LACPA before they send in this registration form. Programs are subject to change. 

The Los Angeles County Psychological Association (LACPA) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. LACPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

This course may be taken to satisfy the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) continuing education requirements.


LACPA – 6345 Balboa Blvd, Bldg 2, Suite 126, Encino, CA 91316

818-905-0410   FAX 818-332-4949   [email protected]    www.lacpa.org

Those who attend the workshop in its entirety, sign in and out through the Zoom Chat, and complete the evaluation, will receive 1.5 CE credits. CE Certificates will be emailed within two weeks of the program

Please note; that LACPA Student, Post-Doc/Pre-Licensed, and Disabled members are not granted CE Credits.

APA CE rules require that we only give credit to those who attend the entire workshop.

Those who arrive 15 minutes past the start time or leave before the workshop is complete will not receive CE credits.

Contact: LACPA Office - [email protected] - 818-905-0410