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:

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  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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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT IASI

What is IASI?

IASI is a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization formed for the express purpose of creating an inclusive membership body to serve the entire profession of Structural Integration.

What benefits can IASI provide?

Besides providing the usual benefits of liability insurance, a newsletter and a profession-wide directory and website, IASI will:

  1. provide fellowship and cross-pollination among the various practitioners and approaches dedicated to the work of Dr. Ida Rolf,
  2. advocate in the public and legislative arenas for Structural Integration as a distinct discipline, and
  3. offer a high-quality Continuing Education program, featuring teachers from a variety of different schools, to the entire membership.

IASI is in the process of becoming affiliated with the Association of Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP). Through this affiliation, IASI members will be able to join the ABMP at a reduced rate and be eligible for their benefits which include, at no extra cost, liability insurance, a subscription to the Massage & Bodywork magazine, and many other goodies.

I already belong to the organization associated with my school—why should I join IASI?

Perhaps your school membership provides you with valuable services, but IASI relates you to the profession as a whole. Individual schools are too small and too exclusive to advocate for the whole profession. IASI links you to the larger world of SI, and sets the stage for effective advocacy in the fast-changing world of legislation and health-care. IASI gives you the opportunity to access new information, research opportunities, more referrals, and especially to continuing education by experienced teachers from the various SI schools and the larger world of manipulative healing.

Is IASI setting itself up as another SI school?

No. IASI is not in the business of starting a new SI school or promoting those that already exist. The continuing education program will operate more as a clearing house or meeting ground. SI faculty and practitioners who wish to offer workshops can do so through the IASI network. IASI will approve the courses and instructors so that the membership can be assured they are receiving quality education. Membership in IASI will depend in part on accumulating a reasonable number of workshop credits, and the courses approved through IASI will meet those requirements. IASI will not be benefitting finacially from the CE program —no fees will be charged to instructors or students.

Who’s behind IASI?

IASI is a grass-roots organization. IASI is not associated with any particular SI school, and is currently welcoming all Structural Integration practitioners. Those working on IASI currently include Rolfers, GSI practitioners, Hellerworkers, and many from smaller schools (see list below). The IASI Board and other IASI initiators are dedicated to successfully threading the needle between being an inclusive and democratic organization and creating a Structural Integration qualification that means something in terms of assuring the competency and quality of practitioners providing SI work to the public.

Who may join IASI?

From now until 30 June 2004, we are in a ‘grandfathering’ period, during which the requirements for joining IASI are limited to

  1. an interest in the Structural Integration work developed by Dr. Ida P. Rolf,
  2. those who have trained in a 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.
  3. a current practice that includes Structural Integration work.

Here is a form to apply to join IASI, either as a friend, a student, or as a full-fledged practitioner member.

We are seeking members among the graduates of

Graduates of other programs no longer offering SI, such as Al Drucker’s Esalen Deep Tissue, Michael Shea’s Structural Integration program, are also welcomed, and we are aware that there are other smaller qualified programs or mentored practitioners out there that we have not yet identified. At the moment, we seek to be as inclusive as possible, bringing in ALL the practitioners who associate themselves as ‘heirs of Ida Rolf’.

After the close of this grandfathering period, membership in IASI will be via a test / evaluation process, a process which is being developed in the meantime, employing input from members, teachers of SI, and outside experts who understand evaluation processes. ‘Grandfathered’ members will be encouraged (but not required) to take the test during its development to help evaluate its fairness and efficacy.

Continued membership for all members will probably involve the usual commitment to ethical and professional practices, as well as a continuing education requirement, as decided by the membership.

Well, then, grandfathering makes it way easy for those of us who are already practitioners, but why have a test for those who follow? Why not just accept graduates of approved Structural Integration programs?

We feel strongly that IASI should be a ‘skills-based’ membership organization, not a ‘schools-based’ club. Currently, there are many Structural Integration programs, with a wide variety of entry requirements, differing hours and formats for training, and different emphases and (let’s face it) quality of program. Nevertheless, good practitioners come out of less than stellar programs and (let’s face it again) less than stellar practitioners can make it through good programs.

And many schools (yes—all the schools) certify their own practitioners, without any outside evaluation—not a very reassuring practice. By making membership in IASI skills-based, we avoid having to certify and oversee SI programs, and we can admit members who gain their skills outside the usual programs—e.g., in a mentoring situation. IASI is designed as a membership organization where SI practitioners certify each other as being up to the mark in their skills, not where we simply rubber stamp the graduates of ‘approved’ schools.

(‘Just certify schools instead of individuals’ seems like an easy way out as we start this process. And there may well be a role for some future association of SI schools, roughly equivalent to the COMTAA organization for massage schools, but that body would have a different purpose and different interests. IASI is being created by and for practitioners, to serve its membership, not as a school-oversight body.)

What kind of test would this be? Something like the NCBTMB test for massage?

Developing the test / evaluation procedure is a very important part of this process, which requires care and input from a wide variety of people. At the moment, the feeling of the Board is that:

  1. Going for ‘psychometrically-valid’ test such as the NCBTMB test is too expensive and difficult a process for such a small group at this time. (There are an estimated 4000 possible SI practitioners who could conceivably join IASI). This kind of validity may become practical later.
  2. The test / evaluation should cover hands-on skills —such as technique, contact, palpatory skill; knowledge-based material—like anatomy, the recipe, and the ability to strategize a session, as well as promoting the usual standards of professional appropriateness and competency.
  3. The best format for the test might be a weekend class in which several teachers / evaluators from different schools would evaluate a group of recent graduates, also from a variety of schools. These ‘test classes’ could be held several times a year in different parts of the country.

But these are just preliminary ideas—it would be presumptuous for the Board to decide these details. A committee is being formed that includes folks from all sides of the profession to work out proposals for the ‘hoops’ we agree that new SI practitioners have to jump through to demonstrate their skills. The process needs to be accessible but complete enough to reassure current practitioners that new members are worth their salt.

I value my long training and experience in SI. I don’t want to be lumped in with all these under-trained practitioners / aloof paternalistic snobs / lunkheads from the _____ school (choose your favorite phrase). Isn’t IASI going to seriously lower the standards of the profession?

There are several answers to this question, the first of which is: Yes, it is necessary that we all get over ourselves enough to bridge differences. At the same time: No, it is not necessary to give up your own standards or flush the finer parts of this work down the drain in a general ‘dumbing down’ of SI.

There is no doubt that in casting such a wide net, IASI will come up with some strange fish. The field of SI has attracted some unique and offbeat folk ever since Ida Rolf first started training people in the late 40’s and 50’s. Trying to get this profession of mavericks together is somewhat like herding cats. IASI is trying to get both ends of the spectrum (and the rest of us in the middle) together under one umbrella, secure in the knowledge that:

  1. There are competent, safe, inquisitive, sensitive, engaging, and exploratory people, who are a joy to associate with, from each of these schools, and
  2. It is necessary to begin from an inclusive place to avoid the isolation and separation that have hobbled SI up until now, and
  3. Continuing as we have been is a recipe for long-term oblivion.

So, yes, at the beginning, both ends of the spectrum may be shaking their heads at what they have to deal with, but we are confident that within a few years that the IASI group will find its appropriate professional level. The real flakes will drop away, and the high muckamucks will either see that there is really not much that separates them from the hoibpolloi, or they will clearly articulate what makes them so different and we can all learn thereby.

But most of all, practitioners will be able to see clearly and precisely where their skills may be lacking, and will have access to continuing education programs where they can fill in the blanks, be it in anatomy, emotion-handling skills, direct or indirect technique, movement, biomechanics, advanced training, or the many other areas of relevance to the engaged SI practitioner.

Every nascent profession—PT’s, chiros, doctors, and lawyers—has had to go through this process of defining itself. If we cannot do this, we cannot survive as a distinct entity. We don’t have to define what SI is (a subject of a lot of endless discussion over the last decades), but rather define what an SI practitioner does, render those activities as a defined skill set, and then make sure each member is basically covered in that skill set.

The design of IASI’s strategy is to include as many as possible in the initial grandfathering round-up, and then lift the general level of the profession through disseminating information and offering a good set of CE courses. The IASI Board is not blind to the challenging aspects of lifting the profession as a whole, but we are convinced that it is a better solution than continuing on our current path toward dilution, absorption, and ultimate blending.

Well, I like the idea, and it might even work. How can I participate?

  1. Apply to join IASI using the Apply button below. Fill out the accompanying questionnaire, so we know who we’re working with.
  2. Talk IASI over with other practitioners you know,
  3. Send money. IASI is all volunteer, and needs money for mailings, ads, and all the ‘getting started’ stuff.
  4. Work on a project. Work is ongoing in several areas, and we can use your participation. Just indicate your area of interest and jump on in.

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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The Global Community of Structural Integration

We have been receiving input and suggestions from practitioners in the international community, some expressing concern that IASI has little relevance to non-US practitioners. This input centers around issues of membership dues, grandfathering deadlines, and the understandable concern that IASI might be focused on US legislative, insurance, and licensing problems that the rest of the world does not share. While we do intend to use the IASI certification exam for the benefit of SI practitioners with regard to US licensing and regulatory issues, this is not the only, or even primary, problem that the certification exam is being developed to take care of.

Elsewhere in this newsletter is a list of the schools, known to us, that are direct heirs of Ida Rolf. As you can see there are quite a number, and there is no reason to assume that this number won’t grow. What you don’t see is the list of schools without direct connection to Dr. Rolf, teaching what they call Structural Integration. Or the schools teaching 50 or 100 hour SI programs mixed in with a multitude of other modalities. Dr. Rolf’s great idea has found its way out in the world, which is a good thing for all of us, the public most especially. But because it is an idea based on a different premise, when that premise is not understood all sorts of strange children emerge. When the different premise is not taught or understood, incoming students can only relate the work to what is already known to them most probably, massage. It takes considerable effort, understanding and skill to bring something entirely new to a student’s awareness, and the teachers must be clear themselves. This isn’t always happening now. We have to decide whether we want to let this continue. Those of us in the IASI community have decided that we don’t.

IASI’s mission is to address this concern that is common to us all. No matter where we practice, all of us can benefit from a strong professional identity. We need this to differentiate ourselves from other somatic professionals. No one school has been able to create this professional identity that can cross school boundaries. Instead, we have actually created more factions and fragmentations of Dr. Rolf’s work. This is only helping the work to disintegrate.

A universal certification exam will let us establish, over time and with everyones input, minimum standards for training and competence no matter what school a person attends. This is not the same as making all schools alike. The community as a whole benefits from the different perceptions and approaches of various schools, and each of us will still be proud to identify with our own schools. But we still need to develop a larger identity and public perception so that practitioners, potential students and the public can all see it as a discipline in its own right. To achieve this goal, IASI needs the participation and energy of Structural Integrators everywhere.

We know that Structural Integration is what it is today because of the insights and efforts of practitioners from every country. As the schools and practitioners become more numerous a global umbrella becomes more important. Every profession that has remained viable has developed an association through which they find quality continuing education trainings, share new developments and information, maintain the standards of their profession, handle ethics issues, keep track of legislation, and disseminate information to the public. Our profession has grown beyond the boundaries of its individual schools. To maintain the quality and standards that Dr. Rolf set for us requires a different organizational structure than the one she first set up. IASI was organized to fill that gap.

Current practitioners can be accepted into the organization through the end of June 2004, without taking the certification exam. Don’t miss your chance for hassle-free membership.

Application for IASI Continuing Education Providers

The goal of IASI’s Continuing Education (CE) program is to promote and foster high standards of professional practice and to assure the competency of practitioners of Structural Integration. IASI approved courses should provide members with opportunities to learn both methodology and technique of the Structural Integration process.The International Association of Structural Integrators (IASI) requires all of their members to renew their certification every two years. Recertification is based on a member’s accumulation of at least 36 hours of continuing education credits every two years.

Because IASI recognizes that there are many different methods of learning, two types of courses will be recognized for IASI CE credit:

  • Type I courses are those that have been approved by the IASI CE committee.
  • Type II courses include all other courses.

Members may take courses from either category, but a minimum of half of the credits must be from Type I courses, while a maximum of half of the credits may be from Type II courses.

To be approved as a Type I course, the CE Provider must submit the following information:

  • Outline of the program—including dates, times, and location. Times should be as specific as possible and include all breaks. Credit hours are assigned on a per hour basis, and do not include any breaks.
  • Summary of the information being presented—relevancy to Structural Integration and content, instructional, and evaluation methods.
  • Background information—resumes/CVs of the presenters and contact information.
  • Attendance Verification—course certificates and retention of course records.

IASI retains the right to request further information at any time. It takes at least two weeks to process all information. Please plan accordingly. Official notification will be mailed after the program has been reviewed. Programs are only valid for the dates and times listed, unless otherwise noted. Significant changes to a program must be submitted to the IASI for additional review.

For more information on how to become a CE provider or on IASI CE requirements, please call (877) 861-9068.

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GRANDFATHERING FOR IASI ENDS JUNE 30, 2004!!

Current practitioners and students of Structural Integration, please note the above date. After June 30th, all candidates for IASI will be required to pass through the credentialing process to become a member (see article below on the proposed format for the credentialing process). Current students of the schools listed below are invited to join as a student member, and will be allowed to grandfather into IASI upon graduation. After the grandfathering period ends we will be reviewing school training programs, eliminating those that have less than 400 hours of series-oriented Structural Integration training. Sufficient training will be part of the credentialing process, as detailed later in this newsletter. This process will evolve over time via the usual trial and error gamut, and we are encouraging input, opinions and feedback

Is Another Organization Necessary?

Why join IASI? Why send membership dues to ANOTHER organization with CE hoops to jump through?

Structural Integration is growing out into the world, and with ten or more training programs out there, variations on a theme begin to develop. Which of these variations are valid explorations, which represent dilutions, and which are total changes of direction? Change and evolution are important and unavoidable, but when the basic premises that Dr. Rolf delineated for us are lost then a really sad thing has happened. IASI has no intention of putting an end to the exploration of variations. We do want the theme to remain intact—basics such as the series process, gravity, connective tissue, the line. The credentialing process is not designed to select out applicants based on the variations they’ve learned, but is intended to provide a wake-up call to those who’ve missed out on the theme, and pull together the community of practitioners who have learned and apply the theme in their practice.

Many bodywork modalities are gaining in popularity in this rebirth of natural healing. We all know that Structural Integration is different from massage. Creating this distinction, however, has been made difficult by confusion in the public mind about SI,
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Open to all SI Practitioners:

IASI Symposium

The first IASI Symposium is slated for October, 2005. Look for further information during the upcoming year. It will be an exciting opportunity to meet, debate and explore our heritage and evolutions.

Dr. Rolf’s Work—Origins and Evolution: The Annual Meeting of The Rolf Institute®

July 30th—August 1st, 2004 in Boulder, Colorado at Naropa University’s Nalanda campus

For more information:
(800) 530-8875 or see www.rolf.org

 

CONTACT IASI AT:

IASI
PO Box 8664
Missoula, MT 59807

Phone 406-543-4856
Toll Free 877-THE-IASI
(877-843-4274)
Email: [email protected]

We’re on the web!
Visit us at www.theiasi.org

Your Questions, Answered!

What is IASI?

IASI is the professional membership organization for the entire profession of Structural Integration. It was formed in 2003 to unite and promote the interests of all those who practice the work pioneered by Dr. Ida Rolf. IASI currently has just under 400 members.

What are the benefits of being an IASI member?

IASI links you to the larger world of Structural Integration, an approach that is growing and developing rapidly. Becoming a member shows that you are dedicated to the highest standards of practice, professional accountability, and increased communication among the various schools and approaches to this complex and valuable craft. [continued on Page 5]

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Another Organization (continued from Page 1)

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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