Westmead Feelings Program 1: Facilitator Certification Course

Date Location Presenter(s) Cost Availability
5 Oct to 11 Dec 2020 Online

$900 (course) + $900 (Kit) Register
25 Jan to 2 Apr 2021 Online

$900 (course) + $900 (Kit) Register
19 Apr to 25 Jun 2021 Online

$900 (course) + $900 (Kit) Register

Event contact

03 9277 5202

The Westmead Feelings Program 1 (WFP 1) is a 15-month intervention program developed by The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and published by ACER. The program enables facilitators to teach emotion recognition, perspective-taking, problem-solving and emotion regulation skills to children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and mild intellectual disability (ID). 

The comprehensive online WFP 1 Facilitator Certification Course is designed to provide professionals with the knowledge, skills and confidence to effectively implement the 15-month WFP 1 intervention in their setting to the highest standard.

This course is suitable for teachers, special educators, psychologists and allied health and disability practitioners who intend to provide WFP 1 in their setting, and wish to gain the knowledge, skills and confidence to successfully implement the program. 


Note:  Purchase of the Westmead Feelings 1 Resource Kit is restricted to psychologists, speech therapists, occupational therapists, special educators, school counsellors, allied health professionals and professionals with a Bachelor degree in Education.

Intended learning outcomes

Participants will be able to:

  • demonstrate the capacity to use WFP 1, including all key resources, to teach children with ASD and mild ID the skills required for understanding emotions, problem solving, perspective taking and managing emotions
  • demonstrate the capacity to use WFP 1 to teach parents and teachers of children with ASD and mild ID how to be ‘emotion coaches’, supporting skill development in understanding emotions, problem solving, perspective taking and managing emotions
  • analyse and critically evaluate a range of positive behaviour support strategies to be able to effectively deliver WFP 1 to children with ASD and mild ID
  • apply knowledge to implement differentiated teaching strategies.

AITSL Professional Standards for Teachers

The course specifically addresses Professional Knowledge standards 1.5 and 1.6.

  • Standard 1.5: Differentiate teaching to meet the specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities.
  • Standard 1.6: Strategies to support full participation of students with disability.

The Psychology Board of Australia

The WFP 1 Facilitator Certification Course satisfies the guidelines for 20 hours of continuing professional development required for the annual registration of psychologists.

Course in detail

The course consists of four units and two learning assurance tasks. It covers proficiency in 12 separate areas of WFP 1, through interactive tasks, activities and videos. 

Unit 1: introduction and overview

  • History, research and development of WFP 1.
  • Differentiated teaching methods for the learning profile of children with ASD and mild ID.

 Unit 2: Teaching ‘WFP 1 Module 1: Understanding emotions’ to children, parents and teachers

  • How to teach children to communicate about their own and others’ emotional states, using the Feelings Strength Bar and associated worksheets.
  • How to introduce parents and teachers to their role as emotion coaches, and encouraging communication.
  • Conveying the emotional and social strengths and challenges for children with ASD and mild ID.

 Unit 3: Teaching ‘WFP 1 Module 2: Problem solving and perspective taking’ to children, parents and teachers

  • How to develop children’s abilities to solve problems.
  • How to develop children’s visual perspective taking cues.
  • How to develop children’s understandings of emotional body signs.
  • Consolidating parents’ and teachers’ use of visual cueing to assist with problem-solving.
  • Familiarity with problem-solving and perspective-taking videos and worksheets.

 Unit 4: Teaching ‘WFP 1 Module 3: Managing emotions’ to children, parents and teachers

  • How to develop skills in managing feelings using the Feelings Control Kit strategies and worksheets.
  • How to develop parents’ and teachers’ emotion coaching skills in the context of managing difficult feelings.
  • A live (and recorded) webinar, providing an opportunity to discuss and share feedback on the implementation of different aspects of the program.

Learning assurance tasks

The learning assurance tasks are: a multiple-choice quiz and a 5−10 minute video demonstrating proficiency in one area of the WFP 1 delivery. 

On successful completion of the course, participants will receive:

  • an accredited certificate, enabling participants to facilitate WFP 1 at the highest standard with children, parents and teachers in schools, hospitals and other relevant clinical settings
  • the opportunity to be listed on ACER’s online certified practitioners’ register.

Delivery mode: Online

Time and duration: 20 hours of online coursework, over approximately 10 weeks.

Resources: All resources are included in the course. A kit will be mailed to you on payment of registration.

For further information please contact the Student Administrator
ph: +61 3 9277 5202
e: courses@acer.org

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Eirini Lammi

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