Certifications

To be certified in an area requires additional training through workshops, classes and/or study materials, possible examinations, and certification by an organization.

Certified LifeStyle Counselor (CLC) – counselor who provides guidance across a variety of lifestyle domains with a multi-disciplinary approach, trained to focus on the entire fabric of the individual’s lifestyle. Certification is by the American Association of LifeStyle Counselors, www.aalc.org, and consists of completion of a self-study course, written examination, and an applied practicum training course.

Certified Mediator – provides mediation, which is a process of dispute resolution in which an impartial third party intervenes in a conflict or dispute with the consent of the participants to assist them in reaching an agreement. There are no national training requirements or credentials for mediators. States vary widely in their regulation of mediation. Usually a 40-hour course is required to receive a certificate by that training institute or university. There is not one oversight organization. The largest national organization is the Association for Conflict Resolution, www.acrnet.org.

Certified Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist – provides psychoanalytic psychotherapy, a less intensive form of psychoanalysis, originally developed by Sigmund Freud, in which unconscious thoughts and feelings emerge through a process of free association, saying whatever comes to one’s mind. It is based on the understanding that human beings are largely unaware (unconscious) of the mental processes that determine their thoughts, feelings, and behavior, and that psychological suffering can be alleviated by making those processes known (conscious). For certification, one must have completed a master’s degree, graduated from an accredited psychoanalytic psychotherapy training institute or equivalent, consisting of a minimum of 3 years of training, completed 200 hours of personal psychoanalytic psychotherapy, 300 hours of supervised clinical experience, and 100 hours of case supervision. Certification is by the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis, www.naap.org.

Emotional Freedom Techniques certification (EFT-CC) – developed by Gary Craig, EFT is an energy psychology technique that can help release stuck emotions quickly by tapping on energy meridian endpoints that are associated with different emotions. The theory is that the cause of all negative emotions is a disruption of the body’s energy system. Also called the Tearless Trauma Technique, it restores the energy system to balance. There are a series of EFT training DVD’s offered by Gary Craig, and in-person training courses, Level I, II, and III offered by different approved practitioners with certificates upon completion, www.emofree.com.

Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) certification – developed by Francine Shapiro, Ph.D., EMDR is a method of psychotherapy that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. It is an information processing therapy and uses structured protocols along with dual attention stimuli, such as eye movements, tactile stimulation or tapping, or auditory tones, to process trauma, which is said to have an effect on the neurophysiology of the brain. Certification is by the EMDR International Association, and requires completion of EMDRIA-approved basic training, 50 client EMDR sessions, 20 consultation hours, 12 hours of continuing education in EMDR, and 3 letters of recommendation by an approved consultant and colleagues, www.emdria.org.

Integrated Energy Therapy (IET) certification – developed by Stevan Thayer, IET is called “healing with the energy of angels.” It is a hands-on technique that uses the “violet angelic energy ray” to work directly with the 12-strand spiritual DNA to release limiting energy patterns. There are intermediate, advanced, and master-instructor levels, certified by the Center of Being, Inc., www.learniet.com.

Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP) master’s certification – developed by Richard Bandler and John Grinder, NLP is an approach to psychotherapy that encompasses three components involved in producing human experience: neurology, language and programming. Based on the concept that the neurological system regulates how our bodies function, language determines how we interface and communicate with other people, and our programming determines the kinds of models of the world we create, it provides tools and skills for the development of individual excellence. There are different programs that offer certification, and the levels are practitioner, master practitioner, trainer, master trainer and master trainer elite. The Society of Neuro-linguistic Programming is the oldest certifying body and has set standards for which certification is usually awarded, www.purenlp.com/society.htm.

Registered Art Therapist (ATR) – Art therapy is a form of expressive therapy using art materials such as paints, chalk, and markers. Art therapy is based on the belief that the creative process involved in making art is on a basic level healing and life-enhancing. An ATR must complete a master’s degree in art therapy or a master’s degree with emphasis in art therapy or a master’s degree in a related field with 24 units in art therapy, and 1,000 direct client supervised hours. To be board certified (ATR-BC), an art therapy examination must be passed. It is regulated by the Art Therapy Credentials Board, www.atcb.org.

Reiki Master Teacher – Reiki means Universal Life Energy. It is a body therapy technique that balances the body, mind and spirit. It involves the use of gentle, light touch applied to the body to transmit healing energy. It uses the same techniques practiced by the Lamas of ancient Tibet thousands of years ago and was re-discovered by Dr. Mikao Usui in the 1800’s in Japan. Certification is given by taking courses. In traditional Usui Reiki, there are different levels of certification, Reiki Level I, II, III, and Master Teacher. There is no standard regulation or oversight organization. Professional organizations in the United States include the International Association of Reiki Professionals, www.iarp.org., and the Reiki Alliance, www.reikialliance.com.

Somatic Experiencing (SE) Practitioner – developed by Peter Levine, Ph.D., SE is a short-term, naturalistic approach to the resolution and healing of trauma. The focus is on felt-sense experience and physical dysregulation that occurred with the trauma. Pendulation or movement between regulation and dysregulation is used until the arousal is discharged and the autonomic nervous system returns to a regulated state. There is a 3-year certification program with beginning, intermediate and advanced levels of training. Certification is by the Foundation for Human Enrichment, www.traumahealing.com.

Transactional Analysis (TA) certification – developed by Eric Berne, M.D., TA is based on the assumption that the human personality is made up of three “ego states,” the Parent, Adult and Child. The interaction between them form the foundation of transactional analysis theory. Transactional analysts are trained to recognize which ego states people are transacting from and to follow the transactional sequences so they can intervene and improve communication, reinforce positive relationship styles and healthy functioning. Changing the life script, a preconscious life plan developed in childhood, is also the aim of TA. Certification is by the International Transactional Analysis Association, Board of Certification, www.itaa-net.org, and consists of 3-5 years of training and supervision and passing a written and oral examination. In the U.S., there is the United States of America Transactional Analysis Association (USATAA), www.usataa.org.

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