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 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.

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 2022

Registration for September 2022 is now closed.

Prerequisites:

  • Registration is only possible with the approval of your supervisor.
  • The candidates must work in a state or a public utility.
  • 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 - or in a public center that is planning to start this activity.
  • 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 group supervision are required for graduation.

Training program and course schedule

  • For more information on the program 2021-2022 please click here.
  • Please find the course schedule 2021-2022 here.
  • Program 2022-2023 - for students starting on September 2022
  • Program 2022-2023 - for students who started on September 2021

Contact

If you have any questions about the Intercantonal Training, please contact us by email: formation@pole-autisme.ch

Q&A

In which language are the courses taught?

  • The courses are taught in English.

what are the prerequisites?

  • 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.

Exceptions are possible in consultation with the directors of the institute.

When will open the registration 2022-2023?

  • Registration for September 2022 is open from 1 March to 15 May 2022.

will i obtain ects credits?

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.

How much the training costs?

The cost of the training is 2200 CHF per year / 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.

When will the exam take place?

The exam will be a MCQ, it will be done on Zoom and will last one hour:

 FIRST SESSION 2022- 24th of June, 8.am-9.am.

Exam can be retaken in second exam period:

o   SECOND SESSION 2022-2nd of September, 8.am-9.am.