[March 14, 2022] - Positive Development (PD) and Profectum Foundation (Profectum) have partnered to create an industry-leading, first-of-its-kind training experience for Positive Development’s licensed professional staff. The Developmental Individual-Differences Relationship-based (DIR® Model) training program will be offered as a no-cost benefit to PD employees interested in investing in their skills and careers.
The expedited and intensive certification program, called the Profectum-Positive Development Fellows Level 2/Advanced Certificate, will allow PD professionals to obtain the advanced certificate via daily, on-the-job training and supervision within just ten months. In this program, Profectum’s proven training curriculum reflects their original CL1 and CL2 content, but also allows PD professionals to complete the intense training within just ten months.
"We are passionate about making Positive Development the best career destination for clinicians supporting people with developmental differences,” said Positive Development Co-founder and CEO, Mike Suiters. “In Profectum, we have a mission-aligned partner dedicated to excellence in training and quality of care. We are thrilled to offer our staff a world-class Profectum professional development experience free of charge.”
“Positive Development’s transdisciplinary team structure and organization is a unique and ideal hands-on environment for therapists to learn and apply our training,” said Profectum’s Executive Director Monica G. Osgood. “More importantly, our organizations share a commitment to setting and resetting the standards for quality and ethics in our field.”
As a part of the partnership, Osgood will be joining Positive Development’s Clinical Advisory Board. “Few people in the world have Monica’s experience training teams at scale in both educational and clinical contexts. We are honored to add a leader like Monica to our Clinical Advisory Board,” said Suiters.
In addition to supporting the training of licensed professionals, Profectum and Positive Development have also collaborated at the paraprofessional level on the Profectum Registered Developmental Technician (PRDT) program, which was presented at the 2021 Annual Profectum Fall Educators Conference and is currently open for registration.
Profectum provides thousands of families and professionals with critical resources needed to maximize the development of diverse individuals through its resources, conferences, and training programs each year and is considered the source of the highest quality DIRⓇ training in the world.
A distinguished multidisciplinary faculty offers in-depth resources and training to enable caregivers, clinicians, and teachers to work with individuals across their lifespan – all with a goal to find the best treatment to provide individuals health, well-being, and developmental growth. Profectum offers both non-certificate and certificate training courses. Their extensive resources include a FREE Parent Training Program, a DIR-FCD IEP Goal Bank©, an extensive webcast library, publications, and more.
If you’re a parent or professional in need of resources and training, or would like to donate to our cause, please contact Profectum via the following options:
About Positive Development
Positive Development’s integrative, developmental approach to therapy respects the individuality of every person, with treatment based on their strengths and how they process the world around them. It also provides education, coaching, and tools to enable parents to become an empowered and essential part of their child’s care team.
Comprehensive Developmental Therapy treats children with autism and other developmental differences holistically by including occupational therapy, speech therapy, and mental health therapy as part of the intervention process.
If you’re a licensed professional interested in joining Positive Development, please contact us via the following options: