Italian ICF training programs: Describing and promoting human functioning and research

Carlo Francescutti, Guido Fusaro, Matilde Leonardi, Andrea Martinuzzi, Marina Sala, Emanuela Russo, Mara Frare, Monica Pradal, Daniela Zampogna, Alessandro Cosentino, Alberto Raggi

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Purpose of the article is to report on 5 years of ICF training experiences in Italy aimed at promoting a consistent approach to ICF's field application. More than 7000 persons participated in around 150 training events: almost half were organised by political bodies, at national, regional or local level, directly linked to implementation experiences. Few training events were organised by the school sector, while training commissioned by NGOs represent a relevant area and, in our opinion, constitute the first step towards a full inclusion of persons with disabilities. Central pillars of our training modules are: the inclusion of all ICF components in the description of functional profiles, the need of providing brief theoretical background information before moving to practical aspects and the importance of providing personalised face to face training modules, in contrast to self-administered learning modules, or web-based protocols. On the basis of our experience, we can conclude that training's objectives are generally reached: trainees improved their knowledge of the ICF and its related tools, and are able to begin practical applications in their contexts.

Original languageEnglish
JournalDisability and Rehabilitation
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
Publication statusPublished - 2009


  • Disability
  • ICF
  • Training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation

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