Frequently Asked Questions

More Than Words® Certification Workshop 

Q: Who can take the More Than Words Certification Workshop?

A: This workshop is for qualified speech-language pathologists/therapists.

Note: In Canada and the United States, a Master’s degree in speech-language pathology or its equivalent is required. If you are an SLP who registers for a workshop taking place outside of the country in which you work, The Hanen Centre may need to contact you for further information to confirm your eligibility to attend the workshop.

Q: Can speech-language pathology students take the More Than Words workshop?

A: SLP students are not permitted to attend More Than Words. Browse Hanen resources for students here

Q: Are there any prerequisites for the More Than Words workshop?

A: There are no prerequisite Hanen trainings for this workshop.

Q: Is there anything I need to do before I come to the workshop?

A: Yes. Prior to the start of the workshop, participants must:

  • Complete a Pre-workshop Assignment – A link will be sent to you after registration.  This assignment must be completed at least five days before the start date of the workshop. If it is not completed, you will not be permitted to attend the workshop. Any refunds will be subject to the cancellation policy of the host organization – up to and including forfeiture of your registration fee.
  • Obtain a copy of the More Than Words guidebook – This guidebook is required to attend the workshop, and it is the participants' responsibility to obtain a copy before the start date.
  • View guidebook purchase options.

Q: What does the Pre-workshop Assignment involve?

A: Details about the More Than Words Pre-workshop Assignment can be found here.

Q: What is the workshop format and agenda?

A: More Than Words is a 3-day workshop consisting of approximately 6 hours of training per day (excluding scheduled breaks). In an online setting, SLPs participate in experiential, hands-on activities as the instructor guides them through the process of teaching adults in the context of a parent group in a More Than Words Program, as well as in the context of everyday clinical practice. In a supportive environment, SLPs have the opportunity to practice each component of the teaching process and to self-evaluate, as well as to receive constructive feedback from the instructor.

View the More Than Words Online Workshop agenda

Q: What are the technical requirements to attend an online workshop?

A: You will need:

  • a computer — one of: laptop/desktop/tablet. (You may not attend on a smartphone, and each participant must have their own individual device to participate)
  • the Zoom application installed onto your device
  • reliable internet connection (wired if possible)
  • webcam/microphone/speakers
  • two screens are recommended — one to attend the online class and the other for session handouts. You also have the option to print out handouts.
  You can find a full list of technical details for Zoom here.

Q: What are the workshop fees?

A: Fees vary from workshop to workshop. Please visit the individual workshop registration pages for Early Bird and regular fees.

Q: What are the workshop materials?

Once certified, you will gain access to the following digital materials:

  • More Than Words Making Hanen Happen Leaders Guide – This manualized guide includes information on Hanen’s teaching methodology, and provides a detailed guide to leading the program, session by session. It includes all the handouts and checklists required to lead the program. Available only in digital format, the guide can be downloaded from our website, once you've completed the workshop. 
  • More Than Words PowerPoint slides with embedded video clips – These are the presentation slides for all sessions of the program, including real-life video examples of parents using More Than Words strategies. These slides can also be used for individual parent training.

Q: Do I become certified after attending this workshop?

A: Yes. Participants receive accreditation of their “Certified” status upon signing a Cooperative Agreement (this agreement licenses SLPs to lead More Than Words® — The Hanen Program® for Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder). Participants also receive a one-year renewable Hanen membership upon completion of the workshop. To maintain their certification and have full access to member benefits, SLPs must renew their Hanen membership annually for a nominal fee.

Note: Full attendance at all days of the workshop is required in order to receive your certification.

Q: How many continuing education credits will I receive?

A:This workshop is offered for 2.20 ASHA CEUs (Advanced Level, Professional Area) or 22 professional development hours.


Q: Once I’ve completed More Than Words, which other Hanen workshops will I be eligible to take?

A: More Than Words is a prerequisite workshop for the TalkAbility™ Advanced Hanen Workshop and the ABC and Beyond™ Advanced Hanen Workshop. You will be eligible to take either of these workshops as long as your Hanen membership is current. Please note that More Than Words is not a prerequisite workshop for the It Takes Two to Talk® or Learning Language and Loving It™ certification workshops.

Q: What are the workshop instructor’s qualifications?

A: All Hanen workshops are led by a Hanen Instructor who has successfully completed in-depth training from The Hanen Centre. In addition to leading Hanen Workshops for The Hanen Centre, all Hanen Instructors are practising SLPs who lead Hanen Programs as part of the clinical services they offer in their respective places of employment.

Q: I may not have the opportunity to offer the More Than Words Program to groups of families. Will the workshop still be useful to me?

A: Yes. While the workshop focuses on the delivery of the program, More Than Words strategies can be easily integrated into one-to-one consultations and home programming.


Q: How can I find a More Than Words workshop?

A: Visit the online workshop schedule to find training that's convenient for you. To be notified when new More Than Words  workshops open for registration, sign up for Workshop Notification.

If you have a group of colleagues interested in the More Than Words workshop, contact us at [email protected], and we'll be happy to help organize a date and time that's convenient for your organization.

Q: I am not an SLP, but I am interested in Hanen strategies for myself or my organization. What can I do?