Helping Preschool Children with Autism Program Certification

“A Certified Group Leader is someone who has been certified/accredited after demonstrating competency in facilitating groups using the IY standard materials, methods, processes and protocols.”

We are excited that you are interested in Incredible Years® Helping Preschool Children with Autism Program Group Leader Certification! Please browse through the information on this page and contact us with your questions. We are happy to assist you through this process.

portfoliocoverDownload the Incredible Years® Helping Preschool Children with Autism Certification Portfolio, here.

This portfolio includes all paperwork needed to apply for certification, in one spot! Please download the full PDF. You can print the portfolio and make photocopies of any necessary paperwork.

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+Helping Preschool Children with Autism Program Certification Steps and Application
Step 1: Send in your video for review and certification application fee with:  Application form (#1), your completed Collaborative Process Checklist for that session (see #9), a brief letter summarizing the session/topic covered and population served, the Session checklist (indicating vignettes shown) for the session you send for review (see #7), and ONE Self Evaluation (#8) that corresponds to the session you send for review.
Step 2: Once your video review passes, you will be asked to send in the remaining paperwork – see notations below.
  1. Application form. (Send with video.)
    Helping Preschool Children with Autism Program Certification Application
  2. One-page letter discussing your interest in becoming certified, your goals plans and philosophy of effective teaching and your teaching or clinical experience.. (Send after passing review.)
  3. Confidential background questionnaire about your professional experience. (Used to improve the quality of our trainings and materials.) (Send after passing review.)
    Background Questionnaire for Child Prevention/Teacher Group Leaders
  4. Two letters of reference. (Send after passing review.)
  5. Submit a peer-evaluation and a self-evaluation for each of two groups.  (Send one self evaluation with video, send remainder after passing review.)
    Teacher Peer and Self Evaluation (Editable form)
  6. Workshop protocol checklists. (Send after passing review.)
    Checklists for two full cohorts of teachers.
  7. Workshop evaluations. (Send after passing review.)
    From each of 4-6 workshops for two cohorts, using the Final Satisfaction Questionnaire for the final workshop.
  8. Certified mentor or trainer’s supervisory feedback review of your group session.  This review can be done on site or, you may submit a video review. The review expects the following protocols to be met:
    TCM Teacher Process Checklist
    Helping Preschool Children Collaborative Process Checklist

See Application Information section for further information about preparing your video. Note: Your video must demonstrate the points contained in the Group Leader Process Checklist. If it does not meet these requirements a second video must be submitted. USB memory stick or DVD only (NTSC or PAL format). No mini DV or other small formats accepted.  Contact us about sending video files electronically: incredibleyears@incredibleyears.com

+Certification Fee
There is a certification application fee of $575 which includes detailed video review and supervisory report (up to two video reviews), registration process, and certificate of certification.  Additional video review, if needed, is billed at the rate of $100 per hour.  The certification application fee must be received for the video to be reviewed.  If the supervisory report has been approved by a certified mentor (rather than an Incredible Years trainer) then the cost of certification is $175.

Send Application Materials and Certification Fee to:

Incredible Years, Inc. Certification Committee
1411 8th Avenue West
Seattle, WA 98119  USA

+Full Description of the Helping Preschool Children with Autism Program Certification Process
Attend Approved Training Workshop:

Only those candidates who have successfully completed the approved training qualify to submit a certification application. Approved training consists of a Helping Preschool Children with Autism program workshop offered by a certified mentor or trainer of group leaders. *Currently either the Autism Parent Group Leader Training or Teacher Classroom Management Training is a prerequisite for this training.

Experience Requirements:

Education and accreditation as a teacher, psychologist, or school counselor OR, Completion of certification as parent group leader

Conduct minimum of 2 complete courses of the Helping Preschool Children with Autism program utilizing the video-based series (each course lasting the full 4-6 sessions). A minimum of 10 teachers per series is required. A list of dates, locations, and number of attendees will need to be submitted.

Submit to the Certification Committee workshop or session evaluations by each teacher who attends each of the training days for both sets of workshops, using the Final Satisfaction Questionnaire for the final meeting (see Leader’s Manual).

Submit training checklists/protocols for each of the training days.

Peer and Self-Evaluation:

Submit 2 Peer and 2 Self-evaluations using the form below from two different group sessions. (A total of four evaluations will be submitted.) Peer & Self Evaluation (Teacher) (Updated 09/2013)

Feedback from Certified Mentor or Trainer:

Telephone consultation from Certified/Accredited Mentor or Trainer. Group leaders may request telephone consultation, which is provided by a Mentor or Trainer. Consultation calls are contracted through IY office.

In-Person Consultation workshops led by Certified/Accredited Mentor or Trainer. These workshops consist of 6-8 pairs of group leaders who present videos of their teacher groups for peer review and feedback from Incredible Years Mentors or Trainers. Agencies may request these consultation workshops at their site or send group leaders to regularly held workshops in Seattle.

Video review of complete parent group session by IY Certified/Accredited Mentor or Trainer. After submitting a video recording of a complete parent group session, the group leader will receive a detailed written report of their performance. The report will provide specific feedback for the group leader. Two complete video reviews are included in the certification fee. For each additional video review (beyond the first two) a fee is required due to the time intensive process of the review and preparation of the written report. Most group leaders submit at least two videos (at different times, from different groups) before obtaining final approval.

The video should be labeled, identifying the program (Helping Preschool Children with Autism program, workshop topic) and submitted with the group leader’s self-evaluation checklist and must meet minimal requirements for following session protocols. It is a good idea to send time codes and label each of the different segments for your video.  Contact us about sending video electronically: incredibleyears@incredibleyears.com

Please see the Tips for Preparing your video for review below.
Tips for Preparing Video for Review - Helping Preschool Children with Autism

Maintaining Fidelity after Accreditation/Certification

In order to assure that accredited group leaders continue to deliver the program with fidelity, we highly recommend the following:
-Accredited group leaders should lead at least one group every 18 months
-Accredited group leaders should participate in a fidelity check every 18 months: this could be a coaching session with an accredited Peer Coach, a video review of a group by a Mentor or Trainer from the Incredible Years office, an in-person consultation day, or Skype consultation calls with a certified Mentor. Even expert group leaders benefit from on-going feedback and discussions about their work. Without fidelity checks, it is easy for group leaders to drift from the original model.  Fidelity checks are also a chance for group leaders to hear about new materials or innovations to the programs.