We have the gift of the Feldenkrais Method® as our tool with which to work and learn. There are incredible educators and organized trainings for those seeking to learn the private and public aspects of this work. Until now, there has been one way to learn how to become a Feldenkrais® practitioner--through the professional trainings--and they have been relatively similar. We've had a hierarchy of Educational Directors and Trainers holding the space and the knowledge for future generations of practitioners. All of these systems have carried this body of work into the world as far as we are today. This model of training will continue, though now as an alternative, to other equally rigorous and thorough training models to be assessed by the NATAB as they are brought forward.
In contemplating the coming decades, there was the realization that our systems have created limitations which inhibited the growth of the number of Educational Directors, Trainers, Assistant Trainers, and Practitioners. Changes need to be made in order to grow the Method, the educational community, and the practitioner base. We, the Board of Directors, approved the opportunity to have three pilot training programs to assess options for learning this work in the present and coming future. One pilot program is in the review process by NATAB at this time.
NATAB is developing a policy for Board approval to streamline the Trainer qualifications. Eventually, they will also be looking at the Assistant Trainer qualifications. NATAB is creating new criteria for becoming an Educational Director, which will be sent to the Board for approval soon. There is also movement toward the consensus of an FGNA code of conduct for all training staff. The international policy to change policy in regard to the training community was revised in November 2015.
We have the private aspects of personal growth and reflection within the Awareness Through Movement® sequences. Then we take the work further into the public aspects, where we teach Functional Integration® lessons and learn to touch other people and guide them to their discoveries and awareness moments. This separates the two areas from personal to public with the addition of touching other people or animals.
There are more governmental observances and laws which did not exist or were not enforced when FGNA and NATAB were first created. We dedicate time and money to protecting the right to practice in many states, and will continue to do so. It is not how or what we are taught within the Feldenkrais Method, it has to do with reception and perception of the people we touch, the eyes of the community, and the legislative bodies that regulate.
It is time to acknowledge our professional evolution and future of the Feldenkrais Method. To have interrelated while independent processes for graduation and certification is a benefit for both people in trainings and students of Feldenkrais teachers.
With consideration of our legal and fiduciary responsibility to the public, trainees, training community, and the future of the Feldenkrais Method, an historic moment has happened. On July 8, 2016 the FGNA Board of Directors passed the motion to separate completion of a Guild Accredited Feldenkrais Training and becoming certified as a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitionercm. The additional criteria are being drafted and will be made available soon.
Beginning with Feldenkrais Training Programs that are accredited January 1, 2017 or later, completion of a Feldenkrais Training Program and Certification as a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Teacher®/Practitioner will be separate processes. Graduates will be required to meet additional criteria to qualify for certification by FGNA. Motion Passed: July 8, 2016.
7/25/2016 7:40:30 PM
I am not sure where paragraph 5 is going. I know we have fought off the Massage Boards for years. Are we certifying differently to provide some kind of "licensure" to practitioners to give us the right to touch? Is this a national certification? or what exactly is being said here in the paragraph below? Thank you for your clarification.
"There are more governmental observances and laws which did not exist or were not enforced when FGNA and NATAB were first created. We dedicate time and money to protecting the right to practice in many states, and will continue to do so. It is not how or what we are taught within the Feldenkrais Method, it has to do with reception and perception of the people we touch, the eyes of the community, and the legislative bodies that regulate."
7/23/2016 4:55:15 PM
Great news! Thank you FGNA Board and NATAB!