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EFL Training Options

Many people begin using Essential for Living without any formal training at all. They 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

Still others use 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 [Due to COVID-19, only Training Options 1, 7, and 8 are currently available]


EFL-Training Option 1:  An one-hour online training entitled ‘An Introduction to Essential for Living‘ with Q and A for individuals or small groups within an agency

Will familiarize an audience with Essential for Living and will answer any and all questions from participants who are either new to EFL or current users. This session is neither designed nor sufficient to teach staff how to conduct assessments or record learner progress.

Recommended size of audience (3-12)
For a small group within an agency, this option can be scheduled by contacting Patrick or Troy:
patrick@essentialforliving.com  407-415-5241
troy@essentialforliving.com       952-412-6206

For individuals, this training option is ‘regularly’ posted on this website and can be accessed by registering here.

There is no charge for this option.


EFL-Training Option 2:  A six-hour or twelve-hour intensive, 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.

$5,000-8,500 (depending on the location within continental North America; contact us for a cost estimate for additional locations)

Due to COVID-19, this training option is currently unavailable. 


EFL-Training Option 3:  A six-hour or twelve-hour intensive, in-person training with Patrick or Troy ‘sponsored’ by an agency, school, school district, or region of a state or province

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 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 us.

Due to COVID-19, this training option is currently unavailable. 


EFL-Training Option 4:  A six-hour or twelve-hour intensive, 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.

$3,795-5,500 (depending on the location within continental North America and the duration of the training; contact us for a cost estimate for additional locations)

Due to COVID-19, this training option is currently unavailable. 


EFL-Training Option 5:  A six-hour or twelve-hour intensive, 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 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).

Due to COVID-19, this training option is currently unavailable.


EFL-Training Option 6:  A six-hour, intensive, in-person training with Patrick in Orlando or Troy in Chicago for a 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)

$ 2,995 

Due to COVID-19, this training option is currently unavailable. 


EFL-Training Option 7:  A six-hour online training for a 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.
This training option is currently available. Please contact us directly. patrick@essentialforliving.com , 407-415-5241 or troy@essentialforliving.com, 952-412-6206

Recommended size of audience (6–12)
Additional guests can be invited.

$ 2,495.00    Each participant can earn 6 BACB CEUs at no extra charge.


EFL-Training Option 8:  A six-hour online training (Part 1 and Part 2) for teachers, behavior analysts, speech-language pathologists, curriculum coordinators, residential directors, or residential providers

This training option is currently and frequently available and can be accessed by registering here.

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 (12)

$ 98.00 per participant  — Participants can register by clicking hereEach participant can earn 6 BACB CEUs at no extra charge. 


EFL-Training Option 9:  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 Livingin 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:

Each participant should purchase a handbook and bring it to the training.

$ 2,950 per team 

Due to COVID-19, this training option is currently unavailable.