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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