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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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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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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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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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.