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:
Membership development; Board of Directors
Libby Eason Sener
Continuing Education chair; Board of Directors
Certification Exam chair
Ethics Committee Chair
United Kingdom contact
Organization Development; Board of Directors
New Zealand contact
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.