The Post-graduate licensing stream has been designed for those with current qualifications and experience in the field of autism. This may include therapists, psychologists, occupational therapists and other professionals.
Completion of this training stream will give you licensed status as a Davis Autism Approach Facilitator/Coach. 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
Workshop 1: Davis Life Concepts for Autism Introduction to the Core Principles and Concepts of the Davis Autism Approach (5 days)
Field Assignment One Practice concepts and tools for self(40-60 hours)
Field Assignment Two Deliver concepts and tools with two practice clients (80-120 hours)
Application for enrolment in licensing training
Workshop 3: Davis Autism Approach Advanced Methods Advanced Methods and Practice (5 days)
Practicum Conduct two full Davis Autism Approach programs with two autistic individuals (Up to 200 hours)
Final Assignment Completion of ongoing self-assessment and Articulation Questions (30 hours)
Please note: there is no requirement to attend workshops 2 or 4 in the Professional Training stream
Training Details - Overview of the Training Content
Workshop 1: Davis Life Concepts for Autism 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 Practice concepts and tools for self (40-60 hours) Cost $1100
This assignment is in two parts, firstly 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 written reflections will be submitted for feedback.
Secondly, 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. Video footage to be submitted.
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.
Field Assignment Two Deliver concepts and tools with two practice clients (80-120 hours) Cost $1100
This assignment is designed to allow for facilitation practice and in-depth reflection on the Concepts and Self-Regulatory Tools.
Complete two programs with two practice clients - 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.
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 Level Two training.
Workshop 3: Davis Autism Approach Advanced Methods 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 guided through 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 individualized meeting to discuss your readiness for licensing.
Davis Autism Approach Program - Practicum Conduct two full programs with individuals, who are on the autism spectrum(up to 200 hours) Cost $1500 In your own professional practice setting, provide at least two complete Davis Autism Approach Programs with individuals on the autism spectrum. You will receive up to 8 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
Present 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.
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.
Professional Development Requirement: It is expected that all licensed Facilitators keep up to date with current developments in autism and are required to undergo professional development annually. All Facilitators are required to attend a Davis Autism workshop on working with non-verbal autistics and the very young within two years of licensing.
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.