Intercantonal training for Early Intensive Intervention in Autism

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 years for a total of 27 days. After completing the three years of training a postgraduate certification in Early Intensive Intervention for Autism will be obtained.

The three-year training will focus on early intensive evidence-based interventions for children with autism that are based on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Participants will receive theoretical training in Early Intensive Behavioural Intervention (EIBI) and Naturalist Developmental Behavioural Intervention (NDBI), and practical training in EIBI or ESDM. 

Topics such as support for language development (alternative communication systems), functional autonomy, including essential functions such as nutrition and toilet training are 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.

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. A total of 150 hours of supervision, of which at least 50 hours of group supervision are required for graduation.

Recognition is granted by the examination committee and the supervisors, both in terms of clinical work (videos) and by testing acquired knowledge (multiple choice).


  • The courses will be taught in English.
  • For more information on the program please click here.
  • Please find the course schedule here.
  • The registrations are now closed for the class starting in September 2021.
    Registration for September 2022 will open in the first trimester of 2022.

According to the criteria defined by the inter-institutional training agreements, the attendance of the theoretical-clinical courses as well as the participation in the courses and clinical presentations allows to obtain ECTS credits corresponding to the effort/time required.
According to the inter-institutional arrangements, to obtain the ECTS credits corresponding to a course, the participant must justify at least 80% of the total hours of training.

If you have any questions about the Intercantonal Training, please contact the e-mail address