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by inclusion of some ‘rolfing techniques’ in many massage school curricula, and certainly by the fact most legislative licensing in the US keeps lumping SI in with massage. As a group, we need organizational foresight to present ourselves to the world as a profession with our own separate identity. If we don’t want the public to think of Structural Integration as a deep massage then we’re going to have to communicate this effectively. No one school, no one organization, is doing this currently. IASI is formed for this purpose.

To be effective as a profession, we must set standards (or eventually others will set them for us) for basic skills and knowledge required for the profession, and find a way to separate out those who have not acquired these basics. This means having credentialing, ethics guidelines and procedures, continuing education requirements, and public relations channels in the near term, and advocating with insurance and legislation, research, and curriculum development in the longer term. Most importantly, long term and short term, IASI is a vehicle through which practitioners can interface with each other, mentor, communicate, explore, and share hard-won knowledge. When we can experience ourselves as a whole community with an identity that marks us as unique then we will be well on the road toward a profession that the world can take seriously. When we can self-regulate we will be more comfortable as a community, and the public, other professionals and law-makers will be much more comfortable with us. We will be able to put to rest, or at least put in context, the factions and fragmentation that have marred our history, and we can proceed into the 21st Century as a whole—learning, debating, exploring, but supported by each other.

IASI is very much a work in progress. Membership benefits are coming on line as we can get them done and paid for. Currently, US members have liability insurance available to them through a membership affiliation IASI has developed with the ABMP. Until recently this was also available to Canadian members and we are looking for ways to reinstate this.

The first Structural Integration Yearbook 2004 is recently off the press and IASI members should have received their copies by now. This is a collection of about 20 articles from professionals in the field, representing most of the different schools of Structural Integration. If you did not get a copy or wish to purchase additional copies, contact IASI at 877-843-4274 or email Marilyn

IASI-certified Continuing Education courses are listed on the members-only page of the website, or by periodic mailings. Every two years we will be checking for CE compliance with our members. Also on-line, members can find listings of articles of interest to Structural Integrators. The IASI Ethics Standards and Guidelines is available on-line, as well as applications for membership, renewal of membership, and application information for becoming a CE provider.

IASI is very dependent on volunteer time, expertise and energies of many people. This is a grassroots organization developed by practitioners for practitioners with the intention of providing a service, not developing a self-absorbed bureaucracy. We are now close to 400 members strong, with fairly even representation from the “Big 3″—GSI, RI, Hellerwork®, and about a quarter of the membership from the smaller schools. This is a strong start and shows us that this is a welcome and needed next step for our profession. We look forward to welcoming the rest of the “tribe” from all the far-flung corners of the world. If you have already joined, or already have an application form, pass this one on to your fellow practitioners. Time is short for hassle-free application. Sometimes it’s a good time to act, sometimes it a good time to retreat. This is a good time to act.

 

“Grandfatherable”
SI Schools

Certified graduation from one of the schools below will allow you to grandfather into IASI until June 30.

  • Boulder Institute of Structural Integration
  • Chicago College of Healing Arts (SI Program)
  • CORE Institute
  • Guild for Structural Integration
  • Guild for Therapeutic Bodywork, Inc.
  • Kinesis Myofascial Integration
  • Hellerwork®, Int’l
  • Institute of Integrative Body Therapies
  • Institute for Structural Integration
  • International Professional School of Bodywork (IPSB)
  • International Zentherapy Institute
  • Maitai Retreat
  • Mana Integrative Therapies
  • The Rolf® Institute
  • SOMA Institute
  • Utah School of Massage (SI Program)

The Nuts Behind the Bolts

The December IASI Board meeting was a very successful and stimulating meeting of minds. The Board met in the morning and charted a course for the next stage of IASI’s development, and in the afternoon met with a variety of practitioners and students from different schools. The main topic of discussion was the certification exam and the differing opinions on possibilities helped us get a general idea of where to go from here. The meeting was a microcosm of what we hope IASI will become—a melting pot of different opinions, different trainings, different emphases within the sturdy background of Dr. Rolf’s work and based on the shared goal of keeping that alive.

To cope with our increased registration and IASI’s mounting administrative tasks, the Board hired Marilyn Beech as CEO, and authorized her to hire part time secretarial help. This will result in increased efficiency of IASI’s membership services and general development.

The following is a current list of all the people behind IASI. They can be reached via email if you have comments, opinions, ideas and feedback that you would like IASI to know about. If you have time and energy to volunteer please call the IASI toll free number or email Marilyn.
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Application for Membership

Name_________________________________________________________

Address_______________________________________________________

Phone
(business)________________(home)______________(fax)______________

Email____________________________Website________________________


Structural Integration Training Confirmation

  1. Please attach a photocopy of your certification in Structural Integration.
  2. Please include current contact information for your school, teacher, or program.
    All education will be independently confirmed.
  3. Please additionally fill in the following:

School or program where you trained in SI___________________________________________

Location and dates of your training_________________________________________________

Date and year of certification______________________________________________________

Advanced training or continuing education___________________________________________

____________________________________________________________________________


Category of Membership

  • Professional (requires confirmation of SI training completion)
    $150/year (US, UK, Europe)
    $100/year (Austrialia, New Zealand, Canada, and Japan)
    $75/year (South and Central America)
  • Student (provide name of current SI training program)
    $50/year
  • Friend of IASI (interest in SI but not a practitioner)
    $50/year

____________Amount paid with first donation
(you may deduct this from you first year membership)

____________Extra donation (please help with whatever you can)

____________Total Enclosed


Method of Payment

On-Line Application Form   ____Check/Cheque (payable to IASI)   ____VISA/Mastercard

Please fill out the following information for credit card payments:

Name on card (please print):________________________________________________________

Address for card:_________________________________________________________________

Card #________________________________Expiration Date:______________________

Signature_________________________________________

PRINT and MAIL to: IASI, P.O. BOX 8664, MISSOULA, MT 59807, USA

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Questionnaire for IASI Applicants

Please note that this questionnaire is entirely voluntary and no answer will have any bearing whatsoever on your application. We are simply seeking honest and accurate information so we can assess the position of the profession as a whole. Feel free to expand on your answers on separate paper, and also feel free to answer only those items you wish or you can answer this entire questionnaire on-line.

YOUR PRACTICE

What “brand” of Structural Integration do you practice, or what is your school affiliation?

How many years have you practiced SI, and what was your profession before?

How many clients, approximately, have you taken through a ten-session series?

How many sessions constitute your basic series, if not 10?

Do you take photos or perform any other structural documentation?

How many SI sessions do you provide per average month, and what is your charge?

What percentage of your practice is 3rd party payment (reimbursed by insurance)?

Do you identify yourself to the public primarily as an SI practitioner, or through another modality?

Are you nationally certified through NCBTMB? Does your state/country require licensing?

Do you teach structural bodywork or SI? If so, where and in what capacity?

YOUR TRAINING

Primary teacher(s) and number of hours of training:

In what areas do you feel your training was strong? Lacking?

Does your school/program offer continuing professional support?

ETHICS/PROFESSIONAL BEHAVIOR

Have you ever had a formal complaint lodged against you for unethical behavior?

Has your license/certification ever been revoked?

Do you feel confident in handling ethical/professional issues that arise in an SI practice?

YOUR FEELINGS ABOUT SI WORK

What separates SI from other forms of bodywork/intervention?

Is SI primarily a medical / psychotherapeutic / spiritual healing / educational modality for you?

What future would you like to see for SI?

MEMBERSHIP INTERESTS

What types of services would you like to see IASI offer?

What are your concerns about IASI?

If IASI held a profession-wide symposium, meeting in late 2005, would you:

____Definitely attend ___Might attend ___Unlikely attend ___Definitely not be interested

Are you willing to help get IASI started by joining a working group?

PRINT and MAIL to: IASI, P.O. BOX 8664, MISSOULA, MT 59807, USA

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Tony Zimkowski, Ph.D.: President of the Board, Chair of the Ethics Committee. Tony is taking applications for Ethics Committee

Tom Myers: Vice President of the Board, Chair of the Certification Exam Committee. The committee is composed of Jeff Linn (GSI), Cornelia Rossi (RI), Henry Kagey III (IPSB), Barbara Drummond (RI), Garry Genna (CORE), Karen Bolesky (SOMA), Mark Gray (Hellerwork®), and Sol Peterson (Mana).

Marilyn Beech: Secretary/Treasurer of the Board, CEO. Contact Marilyn for information about IASI, general input, membership problems, questions, volunteer positions.

Buddy Frank: Board Member, Chair of the Continuing Education committee. Buddy is looking for volunteers to sit on the committee. Please contact him or call the IASI toll-free line for more information.

Charles Dangler: Board Member, Chair of Legislation/Licensing Committee.

Sara Uckun: IASI secretary.

Michael Vilain: Webmaster.

Libby Eason-Sener: General support, newsletter production.

Jim Arkison: Contact person for the International Membership. Get ahold of Jim if you have questions, concerns or input for how IASI can be of service to non-US members.

Patrick Wroblewski: Chair of the Research/Education Committee. Contact Patrick if you have ideas on a research project or outreach education.

 

Questions, Answered
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On a practical level, IASI membership offers access to liability insurance, to a wide spectrum of continuing and advanced education courses, and to a variety of opportunities for becoming better informed about the history and new developments in your chosen field. These include regular newsletters, yearly symposia, yearbooks, and access to historical archives. Being listed with IASI will also bring you referrals from other practitioners and interested consumers who access the IASI directory.

I just invested thousands of dollars and many months to get certified by my school’s program—why should I spend more money and submit myself to a credentialing process to gain yet one more piece of paper?

Good question! You have earned your school’s certification —and no one can take that away from you. IASI membership is, in one sense, a voluntary ‘extra’. On the other hand, IASI membership links you to the larger field — not just the graduates from your particular school, but the wider profession as a whole. Only IASI represents this larger group —and by joining, you align yourself with dedicated professionals who want to see Structural Integration succeed and develop.

Most professions have ‘boards’—credentialing processes that are independently administered to provide competency assurance and accountability. Doctors, lawyers, accountants, nurses, PT’s, and countless other professions establish associations designed to assure basic skills, monitor continuing education compliance, and promote ethical practice. If Structural Integration practitioners wish to be taken seriously by other professionals, regulators, researchers, employers, and insurance companies, and take our rightful place at the table of healing arts, we need to do the same.

What do I have to do to join IASI?

In these early years of IASI, the credentialing process is designed to be ‘user friendly’. The process is designed to assure you, your peers, and the public that you have successfully absorbed the knowledge and the skills necessary to enter a practice of Structural Integration. It is not designed to be tricky or exclusive, but essentially to answer the question “Would I feel comfortable referring clients to this person?” At the heart of this process is ‘peer review’—that a current IASI member answers this question in the affirmative.

There are three parts to the process:

(1) Application: Once your education / certification is complete, forward a copy of your school certification along with the IASI application, which you can do on-line with a credit card, print out a copy from this newsletter, or call the IASI office, 877-THE-IASI.

 

Yearbook 2004

The first edition of IASI’s annual journal is off the press. This is a collection of articles about the series, research, techniques, perspectives and personalities written by SI practitioners from most of the SI schools. Members should have received their copy by now (its part of your membership). Contact IASI if you did not receive yours, if you would like to buy extra copies, or if you are not a member and would like to purchase one ($20.00 US to cover the cost of production and mailing).

(2) Written portion: Download or request mailing of a list of essay questions. You may choose from among the many questions available which questions to complete according to the instructions that come with the essays. Submitted essays will be assessed by IASI evaluators. Creative thinking, the use of illustrations, and imaginative responses are all encouraged in these ‘open book’ essays.

(3) Peer review: This is designed as an educational and helpful process, as well as an evaluative one. To complete the peer review, you must visit with a current IASI member (mentor), paying for his or her time for one or several sessions.

During this time, you may work on the practitioner, be worked on by them, and work under their supervision on a model that either you or they might provide. The mentor will be assessing your skills in SI technique, strategizing sessions, client communication, and other factors necessary to the practice of SI. The mentor will write up their findings on a form provided by IASI, which they will forward to the IASI office. For candidates who are geographically or otherwise unable to access an IASI member, there is a video option where two sessions may be submitted via video for temporary membership pending a face-to-face peer review.

What if I fail the test?

If your schooling is in some way deficient for IASI requirements, you will be given specifics as to what you must do to qualify for membership. If any section of your written essays are not adequate (and two evaluators will have to agree on this), you will be given specific feedback as to why they were turned down, and you may resubmit revised essays at any time. If you are turned down in the peer review, you will again be given specific feedback as to why, which we hope will be helpful. You are welcome to try again, with that or another practitioner.

How do I access IASI?

Toll-free phone: 877-THE-IASI (843-4274)
Web: http://www.theiasi.org
Email: [email protected] or [email protected]
Mail: IASI, P.O. Box 8664, Missoula, MT 59807 USA

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What’s New For Members?

  • For 2003, membership in IASI is open to all practitioners who can demonstrate certification training at the Rolf Institute®, GSI, Hellerwork®, Soma, IPSB, Core, Mana, KMI, Zentherapy or other, similar 10-session recipe programs. Beginning in June 2004, evaluation will be required.
  • IASI can provide a diverse array of continuing education opportunities, cross-fertilization among practitioners and teachers from differing schools, and concerted action on behalf of Structural Integration practitioners everywhere.
  • Insurance: IASI now provides liability insurance for North American practitioners through the ABMP. For information on insurance, visit the ABMP’s site, or call 1-800-458-2267.

 

  • Members Update: The on-line library is now up and running. In the Members area of the website, select Articles & Research for an index to articles about Structural Integration.
  • Members can now go to their listing in the Members section and update their profiles with CE courses and whatever specialties they may have. A “More Details” link appears on the right hand side of their listing when there’s additional information.
  • For the general public: The Find a Practitioner list is now operating. It can search on NAME, CITY, STATE, and/or COUNTRY. It shows a list of practitioners, where and when they graduated, and any contact information.

What Kind of Organization is IASI?

IASI was incorporated in January, 2002, as a non-profit membership organization (501c6), for the following purposes:

  1. To link all practitioners of Structural Integration into a professional membership organization.
  2. To establish and administer a professional certification process that will foster high standards of practice and provide a means for government licensure in those states and countries that require it.
  3. To provide venues for exchange and dissemination of ideas, research, and explorations between practitioners, schools and philosophies.

Why Should I Join?

Structural Integration is well established in the field of bodywork, with practitioners across the world. While the schools do a commendable job in teaching Structural Integration, there has never been an organization dedicated to representing the interests of the practitioners of SI. IASI was formed to do just that. The time is ripe to establish our identity as a distinct industry. We are at a crossroads with the massage industry—a place where we either establish Structural Integration as a distinct modality of work, like acupuncture or chiropractic, or face becoming simply a sub-set of massage therapy. What do we want our profession to look like in twenty years? As practitioners of Structural Integration, we ask our clients and ourselves to commit to a long-term vision of change for the human structure. We should do the same for our profession with an international organization.

The field of Structural Integration has enjoyed a reputation for high standards of education and practice. IASI is dedicated to maintaining these standards, and for this reason we are developing a certification process that will establish basic guidelines for beginning practitioners. Also in keeping with this goal, approximately 3 days a year of continuing education classes will be required of current members. To allow members time to comply this requirement will not become effective until 2005. We are currently working on ethics and grievance procedures which will inform practitioners and provide assurance to the public.

IASI is developing a forum suitable for the diversity of its members facilitating the free flow of ideas and teachings previously unavailable to other groups. IASI needs and values your input as a practitioner.


Proficiency Exam

First of all, let us ease some fears by assuring all members are grandfathered in without taking the exam. After the grandfathering period, which will extend through 2003, new members will be required to take an exam. We will probably ask you to take the exam as an experiment to test its fairness, but your membership will not rest on the result in any way. Rather, your feedback will help refine the exam process.

As we think about the exam / proficiency demonstration process, please remember that within a couple of years, we will be testing, almost exclusively,

 

practitioners who have just graduated. So the question is, what is the proficiency level we need to see in someone just getting started—as opposed to what we would like to see in the experienced practitioner.

We would like to create an examination process that includes hands-on evaluation. We are working with several formats that can accomplish this and be workable for the examinees. There are so many advantages to this type of examination process that we are dedicated to finding a way to make it work.


The following six areas are being considered for testing:

  1. Knowledge of the recipe and anatomy / basic physiology / contraindications
  2. The ability to bodyread structural and movement patterns
  3. The ability to construct a reasonable session strategy
  4. A wide vocabulary of touch styles and SI techniques
  5. Quality of contact and rapport
  6. Professional demeanor and basic command of psychosomatic and transference/ countertransference issues

There will be a couple of years of refining the test until it is an accurate reflection of the skills required as a basic Structural Integrator. To be as fair and objective as possible each of these areas needs to be broken out into specific behaviors or skill sets that we want to see. As these are developed they will be published so that all is out in the open.

We hope you will be involved in this process by reviewing the requirements as they come out, and helping to ‘test the test’ when it is available. Any ideas you have about how this test procedure should proceed may be forwarded to: [email protected]

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Application for Membership

Application for Membership

Name_________________________________________________________

Address_______________________________________________________

Phone
(business)________________(home)______________(fax)______________

Email____________________________Website________________________


Structural Integration Training Confirmation

  1. Please attach a photocopy of your certification in Structural Integration.
  2. Please include current contact information for your school, teacher, or program.
    All education will be independently confirmed.
  3. Please additionally fill in the following:

School or program where you trained in SI___________________________________________

Location and dates of your training_________________________________________________

Date and year of certification______________________________________________________

Advanced training or continuing education___________________________________________

____________________________________________________________________________


Category of Membership

  • Professional (requires confirmation of SI training completion)
    $150/year (US, UK, Europe)
    $100/year (Austrialia, New Zealand, Canada, and Japan)
    $75/year (South and Central America)
  • Student (provide name of current SI training program)
    $50/year
  • Friend of IASI (interest in SI but not a practitioner)
    $50/year

____________Amount paid with first donation
(you may deduct this from you first year membership)

____________Extra donation (please help with whatever you can)

____________Total Enclosed


Method of Payment

On-Line Application Form   ____Check/Cheque (payable to IASI)   ____VISA/Mastercard

Please fill out the following information for credit card payments:

Name on card (please print):________________________________________________________

Address for card:_________________________________________________________________

Card #________________________________Expiration Date:______________________

Signature_________________________________________

PRINT and MAIL to: IASI, P.O. BOX 8664, MISSOULA, MT 59807, USA

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Questionnaire for IASI Applicants

Please note that this questionnaire is entirely voluntary and no answer will have any bearing whatsoever on your application. We are simply seeking honest and accurate information so we can assess the position of the profession as a whole. Feel free to expand on your answers on separate paper, and also feel free to answer only those items you wish or you can answer this entire questionnaire on-line.

YOUR PRACTICE

What “brand” of Structural Integration do you practice, or what is your school affiliation?

How many years have you practiced SI, and what was your profession before?

How many clients, approximately, have you taken through a ten-session series?

How many sessions constitute your basic series, if not 10?

Do you take photos or perform any other structural documentation?

How many SI sessions do you provide per average month, and what is your charge?

What percentage of your practice is 3rd party payment (reimbursed by insurance)?

Do you identify yourself to the public primarily as an SI practitioner, or through another modality?

Are you nationally certified through NCBTMB? Does your state/country require licensing?

Do you teach structural bodywork or SI? If so, where and in what capacity?

YOUR TRAINING

Primary teacher(s) and number of hours of training:

In what areas do you feel your training was strong? Lacking?

Does your school/program offer continuing professional support?

ETHICS/PROFESSIONAL BEHAVIOR

Have you ever had a formal complaint lodged against you for unethical behavior?

Has your license/certification ever been revoked?

Do you feel confident in handling ethical/professional issues that arise in an SI practice?

YOUR FEELINGS ABOUT SI WORK

What separates SI from other forms of bodywork/intervention?

Is SI primarily a medical / psychotherapeutic / spiritual healing / educational modality for you?

What future would you like to see for SI?

MEMBERSHIP INTERESTS

What types of services would you like to see IASI offer?

What are your concerns about IASI?

If IASI held a profession-wide symposium, meeting in late 2005, would you:

____Definitely attend ___Might attend ___Unlikely attend ___Definitely not be interested

Are you willing to help get IASI started by joining a working group?

PRINT and MAIL to: IASI, P.O. BOX 8664, MISSOULA, MT 59807, USA

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Who’s Who at IASI?

IASI has been growing and changing during the last year. Lisa Fairman, our first President of the Board, resigned at the start of the year so that she can devote more time to her family without the time-consuming responsibility of a newly emerging organization. Tom Myers and Marilyn Beech continue their participation on the Board, and we welcome two new Board members: Buddy Frank and Anthony Zimkowski, Ph.D.

Many other practitioners have been working in different areas to make this organization happen. The following is a list of those who are chairing committees or working solo on projects. Their e-mail addresses are included in case you have suggestions or time to volunteer:

Nicole Barlow
Mailing List

Marilyn Beech
Membership development; Board of Directors

Libby Eason Sener
Newsletter Publication

Buddy Frank
Continuing Education chair; Board of Directors

Liz Gaggini
Certification Exam chair

Jaffe Phillips
Ethics Committee Chair

Mark Gray
United Kingdom contact

Tom Myers
Organization Development; Board of Directors

Sol Petersen
New Zealand contact

Michael Vilain
Webmaster

Anthony Zimkowski
Ethics development; Board of Directors

And who is everyone else? As of press time, IASI has about 140 members. Almost every SI school is represented: GSI, Rolf Institute, Hellerwork®, SOMA, IPSB, KMI, CORE, Mana, Zentherapy, INCLUDING practitioners from the United States, Canada, Brazil, France, United Kingdom and New Zealand.

A Message About Continuing Education
by Buddy Frank, Continuing Ed Chair

Part of the mission of IASI is to promote and foster high standards of professional practice and to assure the competency of practitioners of Structural Integration. Continuing education is an integral part of IASI’s mission, as it helps practitioners remain current on methodology and technique, as well as providing important growing and learning opportunities.

As a member of IASI, we take on the responsibility of continuing education as a requirement of continued membership in a professional organization. Once membership into IASI has been attained, members will have two years to satisfy their continuing education requirements to become recertified. The CE requirement will be completion of 36 hours of continuing education. To RI’ers or Hellerworkers, this requirement will not pose an extra burden, as it fits into already existing CE requirements for their respective programs. For everyone else, (myself included, as I am a GSI grad) this CE requirement will be a step up in professionalism.

IASI recognizes that Structural Integrators learn about SI in many different ways, including formal classes on SI, but also through many other workshops and classes from other modalities. To accommodate this, IASI will have two different types of CE credits that can be applied towards recertification: IASI certified, and non-IASI certified courses. A minimum of half (18) of the hours must come from IASI certified courses and a maximum of half (18) of the hours

may come from non-IASI certified courses. IASI certified courses will only be those that provide members with opportunities to learn both methodology and technique of the Structural Integration process. Non-IASI certified courses will include everything else. An updated list of IASI certified courses will be posted on the IASI website, as well as application forms for CE providers.

As a bonus for joining IASI during the grandfathering phase, there will be a moratorium for continuing education obligations during this time. The time frame for CE obligations will begin when the grandfathering phase is over. All members will then need to complete the continuing education requirements during the following two years to maintain their membership in IASI.

This is still a work-in-progress, and some details still need to be worked out. But the CE requirement is the way to insure competent practitioners over time. The CE requirements will encourage the folks from the fringe of SI to step up and take classes that the bulk of SI practitioners feel is adequate SI instruction. It will also encourage “mainstream” SI’ers to continue working on their skills. Overall, the CE requirements will, hopefully, elevate the entire level of competency and professionalism within the profession of SI.

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GRANDFATHERING PERIOD EXTENDED TO JUNE 2004!

The IASI Board has voted to extend the period for being grandfathered into IASI membership until June 30, 2004. There are two reasons for this: (1) More time is needed to ensure that we have contacted as many of the existing SI practitioners as possible, and (2) We’re a little behind schedule (like, who isn’t?) in getting the examination / evaluation process ready for prime time.

This is, for sure, the last time we will extend the grandfathering option. From July 2004, all new members will have to enter IASI via either of the two methods outlined (See the Proposed Evaluation article in this newsletter).

IASI is moving along nicely, with over 250 members, predominantly from the ‘Big Three’—Rolf, GSI, and Heller—but with representation from a number of the smaller trainings as well. Lots of ‘Heirs of Ida Rolf’ apparently agree that IASI is an idea whose time has come.

IASI is the only membership organization serving the entire profession of Structural Integration (see our Mission Statement in this newsletter).

Benefits of joining IASI include:

  • Access to a larger library (a free yearbook will be available to members sometime in the spring of 2004)
  • Access to a wider field of Continuing Education (see the article and application for becoming a Continuing Education provider)
  • Access to liability insurance via associate membership in ABMP (see details in this newsletter)
  • Contributing to the much-needed unity of the Structural Integration field, and fulfilling Ida’s dream of having a variety of SI schools under one umbrella organization
  • Contributing to the professional credentialing and competency assurance of Structural Integration as a step to getting more favorable legislation and professional opportunities for SI practitioners.

How can I join: Fill out the application included in this newsletter or on-line and get it in to us. See green box for contact info.

How can I help if I have joined IASI:

  • Join in the effort to help jump-start IASI by participating in a project
  • Let SI practitioners from your school know about IASI, so that we can grandfather in those already trained
  • Help us ‘test the test’—if you are already a member, that is—we will be asking members to take the evaluation test to see if it fairly assesses what beginning SI practitioners ought to know.

We’re in the Home Stretch!!

IASI will be grandfathering current Structural Integrators only through June, 2004. After that date all practitioners, no matter when they graduated, will be required to take the certification exam. So if you’re thinking of joining this is a good time to act.

All current SI students who are enrolled in one of the SI training schools below, are welcome to join IASI as a student member. If your training will be finished sometime during 2004 you may also be grandfathered in upon graduation.

The number of schools teaching Structural Integration has been growing. For this grandfathering period we are restricting entry to those who have trained minimum 400-hour SI program, whose lineage can be directly traced to Dr. Ida P. Rolf, which teaches an organized series process, and which retains the importance of gravity and connective tissue.

Our current list of these schools is:

Contact Info

  1. The Rolf Institute® founded by Dr. Rolf; current faculty were either trained directly by Dr. Rolf or by her first generation of teachers
  2. The Guild for Structural Integration founded by Emmett Hutchins and Peter Melchior, trained directly by Dr. Rolf
  3. Hellerwork®, International founded by Joseph Heller, former faculty and president of the Rolf Institute, trained by Dr. Rolf
  4. CORE Institute founded by George Kousaleos, trained by Bill Williams; current faculty trained by founder
  5. SOMA Founded by Bill Williams who trained with Dr. Rolf; current directors, Marcia Nolte and Karen Bolesky trained by Williams.
  6. Institute of Structural Medicine founded by Donna Bajelis, trained by Joseph Heller
  7. International Professional School of Bodywork (IPSB) SI training directed by Edward Maupin, trained by Dr. Rolf
  8. International Zentherapy Institute founded by Dub Leigh, trained by Dr. Rolf. Current faculty trained by Leigh
  9. Institute for Structural Integration founded by John Latz, trained at the Rolf Institute
  10. Mana Integrative Therapies founded by Sol Peterson & Mark Gray, trained by Joseph Heller
  11. Kinesis Myofascial Integration founded by Thomas Myers, trained by Dr. Rolf
  12. Utah School of Massage, SI program directed first by Norm Cohen and then by Andy Crow, both trained by Dr. Rolf
  13. Institute of Integrative Body Therapies founded by Lawrence Kaufmann, trained at the Rolf Institute
  14. Guild for Therapeutic Bodywork, Inc. founded by Ritchie Mintz, trained at the Rolf Institute
  15. Boulder Institute of Structural Integration founded by Pamela O’Connor, trained at The Rolf Institute, former GSI faculty
  16. Chicago College of Healing Arts SI program founded by Allan Davidson and Bob King, trained at the Rolf Institute
  17. Maitai Retreat founded by Arvind and Jane Pujii, trained by Joseph Heller

Many of you may look at this list with something like distaste or consternation the idea that there might be quality practitioners coming out of so many schools at a seeming distance from Dr. Rolf’s original teaching. But are they really so far removed? And how do those of us who have stayed with the original schools even know what is being taught elsewhere? This is why IASI exists—to round up all the far flung heirs of Ida Rolf before we evolve too far away from each other, set up standards for what is Structural Integration and what is not, create a certification process that will be recognized industry-wide and eventually by the public and policy-makers, and to put us all in front of each other again to learn what we’ve discovered in our different explorations.

This grandfathering period is everyone’s opportunity to join this important project, have a voice in the development of Structural Integration as a recognized profession, and be a part of its unfolding future. Yes, it’s quite possible that not every school on the list does a thorough job of teaching the basics of Dr. Rolf’s work. It’s even more possible that not every practitioner, no matter how good their training or where they got it, has a clue to what they’re doing. The certification exam and Continuing Ed process will weed out the well-educated from the less so, but for now, during this grandfathering period we want to invite everyone in, and then see to it that everyone has Continuing Education opportunities available to round out their education.

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