EFL Training Options

Many people begin using Essential for Living without any formal training at all. They simply read the first four chapters of the handbook and, referring to pages 28 and 29, begin conducting their first skills assessment. Others use the ‘newly enhanced’ Essential for Living Introduction and User Guide click here and EFL Video III: Conducting An Assessment Skill Deficits and Tracking Learner Progress with Essential for Living click here.

For those who would prefer formal training, the following training options are available:

EFL-Training Option 1:  An Initial one-hour online session with Patrick or Troy for small groups — will familiarize an audience with Essential for Living and answer questions from participants, but is neither designed nor sufficient to teach staff how to conduct assessments or record learner progress.
Recommended size of audience (3-12)
Additional guests can be invited.
no charge

EFL-Training Option 2:  A one-day (six-hour) or two-day (twelve-hour) in-person training with Patrick or Troy for the staff of an agency, school, school district, or region of a state or province — includes all travel expenses, User Guides and Practice Sheets for each participant, 6 or 12 Type 2 BACB CEUs for behavior analysts, and two one-hour online follow-up Q and A sessions guided by Patrick, Troy, or one of their assistants. The agency, school, school district, or region is expected to provide a venue for the training and to purchase or make available one handbook for each participant (the price is $139.95 per participant; if 20 or more handbooks are purchased, a discounted price of $127.00 per participant is available). Participants in a one-day training will learn to function as users of Essential for Living, while participants in a two-day training will also learn to function as trainers
Recommended size of audience (10-60)
Additional guests who will not be users or trainers can be invited.
$4,500-8,500 (depending on the location within continental North America; contact us for a cost estimate for additional locations)

EFL-Training Option 3:  A one-day (six-hour) or two-day (twelve-hour) in-person training with Patrick or Troy ‘sponsored’ by an agency, school, school district, or region of a state or province for ‘a limited number of their staff’ — includes all travel expenses, User Guides and Practice Sheets for each participant, and 6 or 12 Type 2 BACB CEUs for behavior analysts. The agency, school, school district, or region is expected to assist in securing a venue for the training, to permit individuals from other agencies, schools, school districts, or regions to register for the training on essentialforliving.com and attend the event, to assist in publicizing the event, and to purchase or make available one handbook for each member of their staff (the price is $139.95 per staff member). Participants in a one-day training will learn to function as users of Essential for Living, while participants in a two-day training will also learn to function as trainers
Recommended size of audience (10-60)
Additional guests who will not be users or trainers can be invited.
The cost of sponsored trainings… is determined by the availability of a venue, the cost of that venue, the anticipated number of participants, and the cost of travel to that location. The ‘out of pocket’ cost is often quite reasonable. If you are interested in this option, please contact one of our staff (see below).

EFL-Training Option 4:  A one-day (six-hour) or two-day (twelve-hour) in-person training with one of our experienced assistants for an agency, school, school district, or region of a state or province — includes all travel expenses, User Guides and Practice Sheets for each participant, 6 or 12 BACB CEUs for behavior analysts, and two one-hour online follow-up Q and A sessions guided by the assistant who provided the original training. The agency, school, school district, or region is expected to provide a venue for the training and to purchase or make available one handbook for each staff member (the discounted price is $139.95 per staff member). Participants in a one-day training will learn to function as users of Essential for Living, while participants in a two-day training will also learn to function as trainers
Recommended size of audience (10-60)
Additional guests can be invited.
$2,500-5,500 (depending on the location within continental North America and the duration of the training; contact us for a cost estimate for additional locations)

EFL-Training Option 5:  A one-day (six-hour) or two-day (twelve-hour) in-person training with one of our experienced assistants ‘sponsored’ by an agency, school, school district, or region of a state or province for ‘a limited number of their staff’ — includes all travel expenses, User Guides and Practice Sheets for each member of their staff, and 6 or 12 Type 2 BACB CEUs for behavior analysts. The agency, school, school district, or region is expected to assist in securing a venue for the training, to permit individuals from other agencies, schools, school districts, or regions to register for the training on essentialforliving.com and attend the event, to assist in publicizing the event, and to purchase or make available one handbook for each member of their staff (the price is $139.95  per staff member). Participants in a one-day training will learn to function as users of Essential for Living, while participants in a two-day training will also learn to function as trainers
Recommended size of audience (20-50)
Additional guests who will not be users or trainers can be invited.
The cost of sponsored trainings… is determined by the availability of a venue, the cost of that venue, the anticipated number of participants, and the cost of travel to that location. The ‘out of pocket’ cost is often quite reasonable. If you are interested in this option, please contact one of our staff (see below).

EFL-Training Option 6:  A one-day (six-hour) in-person training with Patrick in Orlando or Troy in Chicago for a small group within an agency, school, or school district — includes User Guides and Practice Sheets for each participant and 6 Type 2 BACB CEUs. One handbook should be purchased for each participant (the price is 139.95 per participant). Participants will learn to function as users of Essential for Living.
Maximum size of audience (12)
$ 2,750 

EFL-Training Option 7:  A one-day (six-hour) or two-day (twelve-hour) online training for a small group within an agency, school, or school district includes User Guides and Practice Sheets for each participant. One handbook should be purchased for each participant (the price is 139.95 per participant). Participants in a one-day training will learn to function as users of Essential for Living, while participants in a two-day training will also learn to function as trainers
Recommended size of audience (6-20)
$ 1,950 for one day; 
3,500 for two days

EFL-Training Option 8:  A three-hour online training for a small group within an agency, school, or school district  — includes User Guides and Practice Sheets for each participant. One handbook should be purchased for each participant (the price is 139.95 per participant). Participants will learn to function as users of Essential for Living.
Recommended size of audience (6–12)
Additional guests can be invited.
$1,350

EFL-Training Option 9:  Two separate three-hour online trainings (Part 1 and Part 2) for individual teachers, behavior analysts, speech-language pathologists, curriculum coordinators, or residential directors —  

  • Option 9, Part 1: Learning to Conduct an Assessment and Develop a Program Plan (three hours)
  • Option 9, Part 2: Learning to Teach Functional, Life Skills and Record Learner Progress (three hours)

Each participant should purchase a handbook and bring it to each training. Each participant should also bring a printed copy of the ‘newly enhanced’ Essential for Living Introduction and User Guide which can be accessed by clicking here.  Participants will learn to function as users of Essential for Living.
Maximum size of audience (6)
$ 49.00 per participant for either Part 1 or Part 2Participants can register for Part 1 or Part 2 by clicking here.

EFL-Training Option 10:  A three-day ‘intensive’ workshop with Patrick and Troy in Orlando for one or two-person teams of teachers, behavior analysts, speech-language pathologists, curriculum coordinators, or residential directors who are charged with ‘rolling out’ Essential for Living in a large school district, private agency, or residential program — Each team member should purchase a handbook and bring it to the training. Each team will be provided with printed copies of the ‘newly enhanced’ Essential for Living Introduction and User Guide.  Behavior analysts will receive eighteen BACB Type 2 CEUs. Participants will learn to function as users and trainers of Essential for Living.
Maximum size of audience (only 6 teams)

With six or fewer teams, Patrick or Troy will be able to provide individualized instruction on the following topics, which can include reviewing videotapes of individual learners:

  • Conducting an assessment of deficits in ‘life skills’ and problem behavior using Essential for Living
  • Developing a ‘life skills plan’ of instruction or habilitation based on Essential for Living
  • Establishing and maintaining an alternative method of speaking for non-verbal learners with limited repertoires
  • Developing a plan for the management of problem behavior
  • Working with parents on realistic expectations for their young children and adult children
  • Recording small increments of learner progress using Essential for Living, along with summarizing and reporting that progress
  • Using probe data
  • Teaching to fluency, maintenance, and generalization
  • Teaching learners in small groups
  • Reducing the required number of accommodations
  • Using errorless teaching procedures to gradually teach new skills with minimal problem behavior
  • Maintaining a system of effective instruction or habilitation in a large agency

$ 2,950 per team  — Participants can register by clicking here.

Please contact us directly, if you have questions or are interested in any of these options or possibly a variation thereof…

Patrick McGreevy    patrick@essentialforliving.com   407-415-5241
Troy Fry                   troy@essentialforliving.com        952-412-6206
Aaron Check          aaron@essentialforliving.com.    803-960-4033