Nuts & Bolts (continued from Page 2)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.
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 programwhy 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.
(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?
P.O. Box 8664
or via E-mail