The Fondation Pôle Autisme, the Istituto Pediatrico della Svizzera Italiana, the Klinik für Kinder und Jugendpsychiatrie und Psychotherapie – University of Zurich, and other partners of accredited centers have joined forces to offer an intercantonal training course specializing in Early Intensive Intervention in Autism to Swiss intervention centers. This training is spread over three modules. After completing the three modules of training a postgraduate certification in Early Intensive Intervention for Autism will be obtained.
The three modules will focus on early intensive evidence-based interventions for children with autism. Participants will receive theoretical training in Early Intensive Behavioural Intervention (EIBI) based on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Naturalistic Developmental Behavioural Intervention (NDBI), especially the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM).
Topics such as support for language development (alternative communication systems), functional autonomy, including essential functions such as nutrition and toilet training are also taught.
In addition, knowledge is acquired through self-paced online learning modules (MOOCS on Autism Spectrum Disorders by University of Geneva and online teaching on EIBI and ABA by KJPP University Zurich) and supplementary reading.
While participants are enrolled in the training, they work with children in early intensive intervention under supervision provided by certified ABA or ESDM trainers.
Recognition is granted by the examination committee and the supervisors, both in terms of clinical work (videos) and by testing acquired knowledge (multiple choice).
Registration for September 2024
Registration for September 2024 will be open in Spring 2024.
This year begins with the EIBI/ABA module.
Training program and course schedule
For more information on the detailed program please click here.
In which language are the courses taught?
The courses are taught in English expect of the Introductory workshop, which will be in French. This choice was motivated by the fact that this program being national, English remains the most common language.
What are the prerequisties?
- The prerequisite for training is master’s degree in psychology(bachelor’s degrees students in the process of completing a master degree are considered upon request of the institute where the clinical activity takes place), therapeutic pedagogy, speech therapy, occupational therapy.
- While participants are enrolled in the training, they work in a public center with children in early intensive intervention under supervision provided by certified ABA or ESDM trainers.
- State or public utility provider for intensive early intervention are a prerequisite for the clinical experience portion. Working on at least 10 clinical cases of children with ASD receiving intensive early interventions and 2 parent coaching interventions must be documented over the courses of the training. A total of 150 hours of supervision, of which at least 50 hours of individual supervision are required for graduation.
- Registration is only possible with the approval of your supervisor.
Exceptions are possible in consultation with the directors of the institute.
How much DOES the training cost?
The cost of the training is 7822,5 CHF per person. The fee could vary according to the number of attendees and potential support from donors. The cost for individual and group supervision is not included in the total costs (e.g. Therapist certification in ESDM).