Certification Corner is a regularly appearing column in the RPA Journal and is written by the members of the Certification Board, Meryl Chodosh-Weiss, Shirley Lanyi, Mary Cameris and Paula Caplan. Each issue will focus on information about the Resonance Repatterning Certification process and Certification issues. If you have a question that you would like to be answered in the RPA Journal, you can email Meryl at email@example.com.
Happy Winter everyone! This season of the Water element is about going deep within, recharging our batteries, our chi energy, manifesting the power of who we are, listening and reflecting back with clarity and honesty.
With that as the foundation of our endeavors this winter, our focus in this article is fourfold. We’d like to: acknowledge all of the Certified Practitioners who were approved in 2010; discuss new policy and requirements for RPA Designated Observers; clarify the purpose of Practitioner Skills Development classes; clarify the 2010 Certified Practitioner Re-Instatement Policy and the 2010, Lapsed Student Practitioner Policy postings on the Policies page of the RPA website.
The following Certified Practitioners successfully completed their certification journeys in 2010:
Dana Zenobi, Austin; TX
Clare O’Brien , Pennington, NJ
Elizabeth Polito, New York, NY
Kerry Krellner, Temecula, CA
Julie Steve, La Jolla, CA
Richard Perrin, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Our heartfelt congratulations go to each of you. We are confident that success in your work will not only contribute to the growth of Resonance Repatterning, but also that it will be a positive force for healing the world.
A year ago the Certification Board launched new structures for Repatterning Practitioners Association Designated Observers consisting of the Designate Observers Information Center on the Repatterning Practitioners Association website, a corresponding blog for announcements and a mandatory teleconference call for all approved Repatterning Practitioners Association Designated Observers.
In December 2010 the RPA Board approved the Certification Board’s additional structures for the Designated Observers program. D.O.’s who did not attend the free teleconference call with the C-Board in 2010 pay an account set-up fee to the RPA. Starting January 2011 all D.O.’s are required to both attend the annual D.O.- C-Board teleconference call and pay an annual fee to the RPA at the end of February.
The Student Practitioner-Designated Observers Agreement Policy was approved. It states, “This policy requires each Designated Observer to state, in writing, the complete cost of private Tutorial Observations and Skills Development classes, including the completion of paperwork, so that Student Practitioners know the full price in advance and agree to pay the full cost. This means that the full cost must appear in writing somewhere: for example in e-mail communications between the two parties; on websites; in written flyers or letters accompanying registration, etc.”
The clarity of the policies currently in place for the maintenance of Student Practitioners and Certified Practitioners RPA membership is now reflected in the new Requirements of Designated Observers to maintain their RPA Designated Observer status. They must:
- Be an RPA member in good standing (dues are currently paid)
- Pay the annual designated observers $50 fee to the RPA
- Attend the Designated Observers one hour annual teleconference call. (Any exemptions due to extenuating circumstances will be addressed by the C-Board on an individual basis)
- Implement the Student Practitioner-Designated Observers’ Agreement Policy
To access the full policy click here: http://www.hramembers.org/BoardRoom/Policies/DesignatedObserverPolicy10.htm
The annual mandatory teleconference call will take place on Monday February 28, 2011 at 7pm Eastern time. Following the teleconference conference and the payment of D.O. dues, the Certification Board will publish the names of the 2011 RPA approved D.O.’s.
One of the items on the teleconference call agenda with the Designated Observers is a discussion of the Practitioner Skills Development classes with the D.O.’s. A few clarifications about Practitioner Skills Development classes need to be made on the call and here.
There is interest in these classes because although Student Practitioner and Certified Practitioner members of the RPA can continue to choose to take and retake Resonance Repatterning Institute Seminars for CEU’s, the RPA no longer requires members to do so.
Student Practitioners can take Practitioner Skills Development classes to simultaneously fulfill their CEU and certification journey requirements. The alternatives to the classes in terms of completion of certification requirements is to have private tutorial observations and make private arrangements to fulfill the in –person peer observation and feedback requirements. A third alternative is to complete requirements in regularly scheduled Practitioner Skills Development study groups facilitated by individual RPA Designated Observers.
Certified Practitioners whose RPA membership has lapsed for between two and four years are now required to take 16 hours of such classes before their reinstatement can occur.
The Certification Board reasoned that the purpose of having practitioners take this class, rather than retaking basic seminars or taking/retaking one of the more advanced seminars, is that the emphasis in this class is on the skills of being a practitioner. A Certified Practitioner who hasn’t practiced and been part of the Resonance Repatterning community for awhile can, by observation, see what is currently required of Student Practitioners in their Certification journeys and therefore update their own data base.
What happens in these classes or groups? They are based on the specific needs of the participating Student Practitioners (and now some Certified Practitioners) to refine their skills and fulfill requirements, such as: to have tutorial observations with D.O.’s; to receive and give feedback about sessions given to fellow Student Practitioners; to discuss and demonstrate refinements in difficult parts of the Repatterning process; to have their specific questions answered and especially to learn from the feedback given to all the participants in the class.
The skills we are referring to are the specific skills that practitioners need to be effective and fluent in Repatterning as is defined in the RPA Certification Manual, as summarized on the RPA Certification Manual “Feedback Form”/ “Guidelines For Constructive Feedback,” and as taught in the first six basic seminar manuals and study guides authored by Chloe.
The Certification Board will notify the membership when Skills Development classes become available for 2011.
Regarding our fourth topic, we apologize to both Student Practitioners and Certified Practitioners for the confusing and contradictory information that was previously posted on the Board Room Policies page of the RPA Members website.
What is currently listed has been revised and corrected concerning both Student Practitioner and Certified Practitioner membership reinstatement policies.
Regarding the Lapsed Student Practitioner Policy, the policy will be activated on July 1, 2011.
Through June 30, 2011 a special “Grace Period” offer is available to all Student Practitioners whose membership dues payment are more than one year past their renewal date.
“During this time, all of the work that they have done towards their Certification requirements will be counted regardless of whether or not they were an active member when the work was done or tutorial observations were received.”
The Grace period involves the $150.00 payment of 2011 membership dues, a reinstatement fee of $100.00 and for Student Practitioners who became part of the I-Declare Certification Program on December 31, 2005 or earlier, the payment of the one time only Certification fee of $125.00.
To see the complete policy and the special offer, click here:
The Certified Practitioner Re-Instatement Policy establishes that only current year membership dues and a membership reinstatement fee are necessary for formerly Certified Practitioners to resume practicing Resonance Repatterning as Certified Practitioners.
A special announcement went out to the membership in January 2011 emphasizing the idea that the ethical practice of Resonance Repatterning by Certified Practitioners is contingent upon current membership in the RPA. It stated:
“….when a Certified Practitioner is not a current active RPA member they can say they were previously certified but now their Certification status is inactive.
A Certified Practitioner does not lose their Certification status, it becomes inactive. They cannot practice Resonance Repatterning and say they are a Certified Practitioner. To do so is unethical.”
For the full policy please click here
As published on the I-Declare section of the website, the next Certification Board Meeting is January 31, 2011, and our Winter Student & Student Practitioner Conference call is on January 31, 2011 at 7pm Eastern time . You can register for the call by clicking here
Please know that we have volunteered so that each Student Practitioner’s Certification journey can be as harmonious as possible. If there is any way that we can assist you, please do not hesitate to contact us either by calling 1.800.685.2811, option #3, by writing to us at Certification@RPAMembers.org and by attending the Student Practitioner/Certification Board Teleconferences which are held four times a year.