This professional training has been designed for those who wish to explore Ron Davis’s approach to assisting autistic individuals to participate more fully in life, with the view to become a licensed Davis Autism Approach Facilitator/Coach. This training stream is for parents, caregivers, support persons, and other interested people who do not yet have any current qualifications or work experience.
Once licensed, you are entitled to commercially use the Davis trademark, Davis Autism Approach®, in relation to autism services, and thus promote and provide individualized (one-on-one) personal or coached Davis Autism Approach Programs which address the characteristics of autism. (Excludes right to sell or offer any form of group training, workshops or seminars.)
Characteristics necessary for success as a DAA Facilitator
Calm, composed demeanor
Sensitive and alert to non-verbal communication
Empathetic vs. sympathetic
Enjoys fun and play
Belief that autistic individuals can be guided towards full participation in life
Davis Life Concepts for Autism Workshop Introduction to the Core Principles and Concepts of the Davis Autism Approach (5 days) Field Assignment One (Part A & B) (40-60 hours) Davis Autism Approach Facilitation Workshop Introduction to Facilitation and Supervised Practice (5 days) Application for enrolment in licensing training Field Assignment Two (Part A & B) (80-120 hours) Davis Autism Approach Advanced Methods Workshop Advanced Methods and Practice (5 days) Practicum (work with three clients) (Up to 300 hours) Final Assignment (30 hours) Completion of ongoing self-assessment and Articulation Questions
Training Details - Overview of the Training Content
Davis Life Concepts for Autism Workshop Introduction to the Core Principles and Concepts of the Davis Autism Approach (5 days) Cost – see www.davisautism.com/events.html
This five-day workshop is an introduction to the Davis Autism Approach. You will discover the methodology behind this program and how it fills in the ‘missing pieces’ of Individuation, Identity Development and Social Integration for autistic individuals. You will learn how to use for yourself the Davis “self regulatory tools”, how to guide others in their use, and be taken on a journey of the practical exploration of the concepts outlined in the book Autism and the Seeds of Change.
The workshop follows the format of: theoretical components, question and answer sessions and demonstrations, followed by guided hands on practice and feedback in readiness for the first Field assignment.
Davis Autism Approach Field Assignment One (Part A & B) (40-60 hours) Cost $1100
This assignment is in two parts, firstly part A is in keeping with our belief that “all real knowledge is experiential”. You will create all of the Concepts covered in the Davis Life Concepts for Autism workshop and explore them in your daily life; photos of these along with your reflections will be submitted for feedback.
In Part B, you will practice the Davis “self-regulatory tools” for yourself as well as guide two or more volunteers through their establishment along with Introduction to Concept Mastery until comfortable guiding these procedures with little or no reference to manuals.
You will have up to 4 hours email, phone or video consultation time with an experienced Davis Autism Approach Supervisor throughout this assignment plus written feedback on your reports and reflections.
Davis Autism Approach Facilitation Workshop Introduction to Facilitation and Supervised Practice (5 days) Cost $2100
This workshop is designed to develop the ‘art of facilitation’ allowing for small group practice in facilitating others through the Davis Life Concepts and Establishing Order Exercises. There will be demonstrations, and guided practice allowing for feedback from the Presenter and your peers.
There will be a practical evaluation of your ability to guide another through the Davis self-regulatory tools and Introduction to Concept Mastery practiced in Part B of Field assignment 1.
You will then be introduced to the Davis Orientation Methods of Alignment and Focus, which can be used for high functioning autistic individuals followed by small group practice and guidance of these procedures. Time will be spent on Q&A and how the concepts build one upon the other, and how to effectively explore the concepts in the environment in readiness for Field Assignment 2.
There will be an overview of the licensing benefits and agreements along with an individualised meeting to discuss your readiness to apply for licensing training.
Application for enrolment in licensing training Opportunity to share motivations, business plan and personal history, to read and understand the License Agreement and be in agreement with the Davis Autism Approach Standards of Practice. Complete the entry-level portion of the Training Self–Evaluation E-booklet, which will be used as a learning guide throughout the training.
Field Assignment Two (part A & B) (80-120 hours) Cost $1100
This assignment is designed to allow for facilitation practice and in-depth reflection on the Concepts and Orientation Procedures.
Part A - You will practice the Orientation Procedures used for high functioning autistic individuals with two or more volunteers until comfortable guiding these procedures with little or no reference to manuals. Part B – Complete two programs with two non-autistic volunteers - one must be an adult. Complete the assignment reports and reflect on the process.
You will have up to 4 hours email, phone or video contact with an experienced Davis Autism Approach supervisor throughout this time plus written feedback on your reports and reflections.
Davis Autism Approach Advanced Methods Workshop 2 Advanced Methods and Practice (5 days) Cost $2100
This workshop addresses the advanced theories underlying Identity Development and Social Integration. You will experience and practice the specially developed Davis procedures for establishing and maintaining rapport with your autistic clients.
There will be supervised facilitation practice to demonstrate competence and receive feedback on the full range of technical procedures required to facilitate a complete Davis Autism Approach Program.
You will be introduced to the exercises for establishing new behaviors, which will be practiced in small groups, along with the Responsibility Exercises designed to assist older higher functioning autistic individuals who have experienced failed responsibility in areas of their lives. There will also be small group practice and feedback on Intake and Assessment procedures.
There will be tutorials, Q&A and group discussions regarding: adapting to the client, facilitated vs. coached program structure, scheduling and guidelines; various types of clients (adults, children, verbal, non-verbal), required program materials; program administration & forms and standards of practice. Information on trademark use; licensing agreement requirements and benefits; website requirements and license renewal criteria will be detailed along with an individualised meeting to discuss your readiness for the Practicum.
Davis Autism Approach Program - Practicum (up to 300 hours) Conduct three full programs with individuals, who are on the autism spectrum Cost $2500
In your own professional practice setting, provide three complete Davis Autism Approach Programs with individuals on the autism spectrum. You will receive up to 15 hours of supervision and mentoring from an experienced DAA Supervisor, including regular video meetings and feedback on video segments or live links of your work. Case reports of each program must be submitted for review, evaluation and feedback.
Final Assignment (10 hours) Cost $300
Submit in writing or video some simple explanations - as if speaking to a prospective client/ parent/ caregiver about the various aspects of the Davis Autism Approach principles and methods. Submit your Training Self- Evaluation E-booklet showing all past learning goals and targets have been met. NOTE: Any of the training steps may require repeating and in some cases a trainee may be asked to do a personal Concept Program prior to continuing.
Additional Supervisor hours beyond those included in each Field Assignment may be purchased at $100 per hour.
Annual license fee: $500 for the first year, $750 thereafter
Annual renewal criteria: Client list and completed research questionnaires along with one case report per annum for the first two years of licensing; followed by periodic submissions of case reports for quality assurance upon request of DAI. Should a second case study be required, a reading fee of $150 will be charged per case study submitted.
Please note all costs and fees are in US Dollars.
Right to use Davis trademarks in promotion and advertising facilitated and coached Davis Autism Approach Program.
Right to print copyrighted marketing materials created by DAI.
Right to purchase specialized DAI materials from authorized vendors.
Right to offer NOIT use supervision to families of non-verbal autistic individuals.
Subscription to DAA Facilitator email network for peer support and advice.
Periodic e-newsletters & technical updates/bulletins from DAI.