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AGI PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION TRAINING PROGRAM
 

 

The Academy’s Professional Certification Training Program offers 150 hours of in-depth training in Interactive Guided Imagerysm suitable for any health care professional, educator, or coach in a counseling or health services field. The Program provides a broad-based curriculum that addresses most of the major issues confronted in clinical practice.
 
A unique combination of convenient home-study modules along with 52 hours of small group supervision assures thorough training, with a high level of specific relevance to your practice. The home-study portions of the program are presented in a self-paced environment using audio, video and reading materials. Practice exercises, self-exams, and demonstrations are an essential part of this learning process.
 
The on-site “live” Preceptorship portions of the program offer the unique opportunity to practice and enhance your imagery skills under the supportive guidance and experienced direction of our clinical faculty.
 
Enrolling in Professional Certification Training in Interactive Guided Imagerysm (IGIsm) is the best way to master this leading edge method for using the power of the mind to stimulate healing, personal growth and creativity.
 
Certification training is an uplifting, personally meaningful educational experience that provides graduates with a unique way to prepare people for surgery or other stress-related experiences and to treat people with stress-related symptoms, chronic pain, trauma, physical and life-threatening illnesses, addictions, anxiety, depression, and a host of other medical and psychological challenges.
 
Through the use of Interactive Guided Imagerysm, clients who have felt hopeless and powerless learn to connect deeply with their inner thoughts, feelings, history and wisdom, and become inspired to take the steps needed to move out of their suffering and confront their challenges head-on.
 
This level of healing can often affect their physical well-being. Sometimes physical, emotional, and/or spiritual healing is complete, and sometimes it is not. In nearly all cases, however, this type of inner work consistently results in happier and more positive life experiences for those who engage the process.
 
The thousands of health professionals who have taken AGI courses over the last 25 years tell us that this work rekindles the joy they feel in helping people become their best selves.
 
Therapists and counselors empower, educate, and introduce clients to their own inner wisdom and decision-making abilities through this work. Psychologists, physicians, nurses, and other health professionals engage their patients in self-care in a way they had never been able to do before, and coaches are able to motivate their clients when all else has failed.
 


The unique interactive guiding style that the Academy has developed and refined avoids the manipulation and transference issues that concern many contemporary therapists who are interested in hypnosis and other suggestive mind/body techniques.
 
Interactive Guided Imagerysm points clients to their own internal imagery and teaches them to dialogue with it in a meaningful, deeply personal way. Teaching clients to use their own imagination in this interactive way results in a remarkably empowering approach that shortens overall treatment time without sacrificing the depth and emotion so central to therapeutic growth.
 
Since imagery is the dominant natural language of the unconscious, the clinical applications of imagery for resolved psychological issues are boundless. We invite you to review the following information to see how Interactive Guided Imagerysm can add to your professional and personal satisfaction and success.
 

BENEFITS OF CERTIFICATION TRAINING

 

Practicality: You will learn an approach to guiding imagery that is deep, rapid, and powerful, with immediate applications in your practice.
 
You will receive personalized supervision and expert coaching by the Academy’s multi-disciplinary faculty to assist you in quickly developing and perfecting your clinical imagery skills.
 
You will also learn to coach yourself and self-correct when using Interactive Guided Imagerysm techniques.
 
Resources: You will acquire a rich library of instructions, imagery scripts, CDs, demonstrations and readings that you can review whenever you like.
 
Professionalism: You will gain greater clinical confidence by learning state-of-the-art imagery techniques and approaches that are highly effective for various clinical applications.
 
You will also receive thorough training in the risks, contraindications, and precautions in working with clinical guided imagery so that you can practice within your own comfort zone.
 
Visibility:     You will be included in the Academy’s Directory of Imagery Practitioners, a widely requested resource accessible through many referral sources on the internet.
 
You will have the Academy’s referral service actively promoting you and your practice.
 
Credibility:   You will receive a handsome Certificate that documents your commitment to professional excellence and mastery of Interactive Guided Imagerysm skills.
 
You will share in the Academy’s visibility and reputation as the leading organization providing imagery training for psychotherapy, counseling, coaching, and mind/body medicine.
 
Community: You will have ongoing access to clinical supervision from Academy faculty when you need or desire it.
 
You will also become a member of a select network of health professionals at the leading edge of health psychology and mind/ body medicine.

 
 

WHO CAN ENROLL IN CERTIFICATION TRAINING?

 
Licensed Health Care Professionals:
 
The Academy’s Professional Certification Training Program was originally designed for health care clinicians licensed to diagnose, treat, or do counseling in their state of primary residence, and for students enrolled in an academic program leading to such licensure.
 
Licensed applicants for Certification must submit a copy of their current state license to practice as a health professional, or a copy of their student ID card if they are pursuing a credential leading to a professional license. Professional licenses or student registration must be valid, active, and unencumbered to be granted Certification and to maintain Certification status.
 
Health Educators:
 
The Academy’s staff recognized that there are also many unlicensed professionals who could greatly enhance their clinical skills by completing Certification training. These include art therapists, body workers, stress managers, members of the clergy, lay counselors, and health educators teaching smoking cessation, weight control, and other health promotion programs.
 
Unlicensed applicants must submit a brief (1 page) letter describing their goals in learning IGIsm, their plans for using it, their access to psychological consultation or supervision, if needed, and any previous training or experience they’ve had in counseling, plus a CV or resume. Upon receipt of these materials, the Academy’s Credentials Committee will review their request and determine their eligibility to enter Certification training.
 
Life Coaches:
 
More recently, the Academy has also opened its Certification Training Program and other activities to professional coaches since this training can greatly enhance their coaching skills. The Academy’s 20th Annual Conference webcast has been approved to 25 hrs CE credit by the International Coach Federation (ICF), and ICF approval for the entire Certification Training Program is pending.
 
Coach applicants must submit a brief (1 page) letter describing their goals in learning IGIsm, their plans for using it, their access to professional consultation or supervision, if needed, their coaching training and experience, plus a CV or resume. Upon receipt of these materials, the Academy’s Credentials Committee will review their request and determine their eligibility to enter Certification training.
 
Other Professionals:
 
Occasionally, the Academy has permitted other professionals to enroll in Certification training. Other applications should submit a brief (1 page) letter describing their goals in learning IGIsm, their plans for using it, their access to professional consultation or supervision, if needed, their relevant training and experience, plus a CV or resume. Upon receipt of these materials, the Academy’s Credentials Committee will review their request and determine their eligibility to enter Certification training.

 
WHO CANNOT ENROLL IN CERTIFICATION TRAINING?

 
The Academy’s Professional Certification Training Program is not intended for patients or clients who are seeking guided imagery therapy or for people who are currently dealing with unstable psychological issues.
 
Such individuals are best advised to seek care from a professional who is already Certified in IGIsm. Such professionals can be located at Find An IGIsmPractitioner.
 
 

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION TRAINING CURRICULUM

 
The Academy's Professional Certification Training Program offers 150 hours of in-depth training in Interactive Guided Imagerysm that addresses most of the major issues confronted in contemporary clinical practice.
 
A unique combination of convenient home-study modules along with 52 hours of small group supervision assures a thorough training experience, with a high level of specific relevance to your practice.
 
The home-study portions of the program are presented in a self-paced environment using audio, video and reading materials. Practice exercises, self-exams, and demonstrations are an essential part of this learning process.
 
The on-site "live" Preceptorship portions of the program offer the unique opportunity to practice and enhance your imagery skills under the supportive guidance and experienced direction of our clinical faculty.
 
To become fully Certified in IGIsm, applicants must complete three levels of training and a brief independent study paper.
 
Level I Training provides a comprehensive overview of Interactive Guided Imagerysm with an emphasis on the role of the guide, and advanced work with the Inner Advisor.
 
Level II Training introduces advanced IGIsm techniques for working with resistance, parts, polarities, and conflicts. These are essential techniques to help anyone navigate through the process of change, especially when dealing with bereavement, family disputes, weight control, smoking cessation, addiction recovery, and other conflictual situations.
 
Level III Training addresses several common clinical applications of IGIsm when working with children, adult survivors of childhood abuse, people with physical, chronic, and life-threatening illness, and those confronting death, dying, loss, and transformation.
 
The brief Independent Study paper documents other related training that has enriched your abilities as an imagery guide.
 
 

LEVEL I: AN OVERVIEW OF INTERACTIVE GUIDED IMAGERYsm

Fundamentals of Interactive Guided Imagerysm (FIGI)
Essential Training in Mind/Body Communication for Health Care Clinicians, Coaches, and Educators
13 hrs CE Credit
Pre-Requisite: None
 
This comprehensive survey course provides a broad overview of the applications and uses of interactive guiding techniques and principles, including the history of imagery, how it works, its relation to hypnosis, and the unique role of the imagery guide. 
 
It provides training in the essential IGIsm techniques that are most useful in medicine, nursing, health psychology, psychotherapy, counseling, and mind/body medicine. These include imagery-based diagnostic and assessment techniques, relaxation methods, insight, evocative, and grounding techniques.
 
Special emphasis is given on using IGIsm to communicate with an "Inner Advisor," to dialogue with symptoms, and to turn insights into actions. Also addressed are practical considerations such as fees, medical-legal implications, and ethical issues as they relate to the use of IGIsm.
 
This program includes a comprehensive workbook and is presented in a “deluxe” version which include both audio and video media. A self-administered final examination is also included.
 
This is the first training program in the Academy’s Certification curriculum, and is a pre-requisite for taking any other advanced home study program or Preceptorship. After completing the FIGI program, each of the next eight courses is presented in audio format with an accompanying workbook containing lecture notes, exercises, scripts, and reading materials.

ATS/1A: - The Role of the Interactive Imagery Guide
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6.5 hrs CE Credit
Pre-Requisite: FIGI
 
The second Level I course is ATS/1A, which focuses on the role of the guide as a facilitator of the imagery process. This program is a prerequisite to all other advanced Academy certification training courses and it will introduce you to certain aspects of guiding that we feel are critical to your effectiveness and success.
 
This program examines the qualities that encourage self-exploration, empowerment and the abilities to attend to one’s own process. It reviews the essential similarities and differences between a "guide" and a "therapist." The program also explores the indications for authoritative interventions vs. permissive encouragement and evaluates the advantages and disadvantages of both.
 
The "ideal" imagery guide embodies certain qualities and masters certain skills that facilitate the ability of the client to attend to their inner experiences most easily.
 
The "ideal" imagery guide approaches the work of guiding with a sense of purpose that allows them to guide this process without unnecessary intrusion of their own agenda.
 
This program has been designed to help you become aware of the qualities, perspectives, and skills that can make you a more effective Interactive Imagery Guidesm. Each of these subject areas will be explored through lectures, discussions, demonstrations, and practical exercises designed to enhance self-exploration.
 
This independent study program has been designed so that you can master the material without a study partner, but you will find that doing the experiential practica with a partner can greatly enhance the learning experience.
 
We encourage you to find a friend or colleague willing to be a volunteer subject for you, or even better, to go through Certification training with you.
 
 
ATS/1B - Advanced Work with the Inner Advisor  
6.5 hrs CE Credit
Pre-Requisite: ATS/1A
 
ATS/1B moves more deeply into working with the "Inner Advisor" or "Inner Guide" technique. The program begins by defining what the Inner Advisor is and isn’t, and then surveys the many uses and applications of the Inner Advisor technique in clinical practice.
 
Through lectures and practica, you will learn the precise steps to follow in meeting the Inner Advisor, and the ways in which communication can be enhanced and facilitated.
 
Through “simulated guiding,” you’ll have a unique opportunity to explore your own abilities in confronting common problems that can arise when working with the Inner Advisor (as well as have a lot of fun).
 
Using case examples and guiding exercises, you’ll learn some of the best ways to overcome these problems including what to do if "no Advisor appears", “the Advisor doesn’t communicate”, "multiple Advisors show up", and “fear of negative or hostile Advisors." This workshop provides a road map for success in effectively working through these challenging situations.
 
For the audio lectures, we have selected excerpts from live workshops presented by the Academy in the past. Some lectures are included in their entirety, while others have been edited.  In specific cases, duplicate material that is particularly important may be included from more than one workshop, for it doesn’t hurt to hear this information more than once.
 
 
Preceptorship I
26 hrs CE Credit
 
Pre-Requisite: ATS/1B
 
Preceptorship I and Preceptorship II are live 4-day workshops, each offering 26 hours of intensive immersion in Interactive Guided Imagerysm. Academy Preceptorships have been called “The Heart of the Certification Training Program,” for over the course of four days, you work closely with small groups of Certification candidates under the skilled tutelage of Academy faculty members.
 
At Preceptorships, you will have the opportunity to see unique and individual guiding approaches, share personal experiences using Interactive Guided Imagerysm, and gain a working understanding of the techniques and principles taught in our Advanced Workshops.
 
Each morning, the Preceptorship begins with an in-depth discussion and demonstration of a core Interactive Guided Imagerysm technique, followed by smaller group sessions, each led by an experienced Academy faculty member. In these smaller groups, you will have the opportunity to develop your skills as an Interactive Imagery Guidesm. You will also benefit from experiencing the unique perspectives of the client and the observer, and the feedback from debriefing each imagery experience.
 
Satisfactory completion of the FIGI program, ATS/1A, and ATS/1B are required pre-requisites for enrolling in Preceptorship I. Techniques taught in depth during Pre I include Advanced Work With the Inner Advisor, Dialoguing With Symptoms, Evocative Imagery, and Grounding.
 
Satisfactory completion of Preceptorship I makes you Level I Certified in Interactive Guided Imagerysm and eligible for inclusion in the Academy’s online Directory of Imagery Practitioners.

LEVEL II TRAINING: ADVANCED IGISM TECHNIQUES

 
ATS/2A - Resistance and Parts Work
6.5 hrs CE Credit
Pre-Requisite: ATS/1B
 
Whether you are working toward Professional Certification as an Interactive Imagery Guidesm  or taking this program simply for advanced study, you will discover that resistance and parts work are central to the process of Interactive Guided Imagerysm.
 
If you are enrolled in the Academy's Certification training program, this course (along with it's companion ATS/2B course Polarities, Conflict Resolution and Parts) is a prerequisite to attending Preceptorship II. 
 
This program focuses on the nature and function of resistance, parts, sub-personalities and ego states.  Specifically, we will show you how Interactive Guided Imagerysm can be used effectively to understand and work with resistance and to help clients identify, understand, and reconcile inner conflicts.
 
As a part of this program, we will address several of the clinical strategies used for working with resistance and parts, especially as they relate to treating addictions. 
 
You will also have the opportunity to hear a demonstration of the concepts and techniques we use with four volunteers from live workshops.  When you listen to these demonstrations, pay special attention to how the specific language used facilitates the client's process.
 
You will also have the opportunity to participate in several experiential exercises.  All home study courses have been designed so that you can learn the material without a study partner, but you will find that doing the practicum with a study partner will greatly enhance the learning experience. 
 
We especially encourage you to find a friend or colleague willing to be a volunteer subject for the practicum in Section III, and in Section V, a special experiential exercise, called “The Circle of Wants”, should ideally be experienced with four others. 
 
So you may want to begin thinking about asking friends, colleagues or other imagery students if they are interested in having this enlightening and fun experience with you.
 
 

ATS/2B - Parts, Polarities & Conflict Resolution

6.5 hrs CE Credit
Pre-Requisite: ATS/2A
 
ATS/2B focuses on working with polarities, for when an inner conflict is activated, at least two polar views are involved, each with different aims, perspectives, values and needs. The program explores how IGIsm is used to resolve such conflicts and negotiate an improved inner relationship.
 
Section I focuses on using the model of polarities as the simplest form of inner conflict between the "subpersonalities" or "ego states" which were discussed in detail in the companion program, ATS/2A: Resistance and Parts Work.
 
In Section II, the concept of "subpersonalities" is further explored as it relates to inner conflicts, especially in the field of habit control.
 
Section III includes a demonstration of the concepts and techniques described with a volunteers at a live workshop. When you listen to this demonstration, pay special attention to how the content-free language of interactive guiding can help to facilitate the client's process.
 
In Section IV, we discuss how IGIsm techniques can be used to promote learning and change, and in Section V, we focus on using IGIsm techniques to overcome resistance for issues related to habit control.
 
Section VI includes a recording of a full session demonstration using IGIsm techniques to reconcile polarities that are in conflict, and the debriefing session that followed it with a live audience.
 
 
Preceptorship II  
26 hrs CE Credit
Pre-Requisite: ATS/2B
 
Although Preceptorship II follows the same format as Preceptorship I, it provides detailed instruction and supervision in utilizing some of the most advanced and powerful IGIsm tools.
 
To be properly prepared, we recommend that you practice and thoroughly develop the basic skills you learned in Preceptorship I for a few months before enrolling in Preceptorship II, where they will be both needed and more closely evaluated.
 
Satisfactory completion of the ATS/2A, and ATS/2B programs are required pre-requisites for enrolling in Pre II.
 
Techniques taught during Pre II include Regression With The Inner Advisor, Parts Work & Conflict Resolution, Inner Child & The Essential Self, and The Search For Purpose. Upon satisfactory completion, you are Level II Certified in Interactive Guided Imagerysm.
 

LEVEL III TRAINING: CLINICAL APPLICATIONS OF IGIsm

 
ATS/3A - IGIsm with Children
6.5 hrs CE Credit
Pre-Requisite: ATS/2B
 
Using guided imagery in working with children is a rich and natural experience. Children are instinctively drawn to cartoons, comic books, and story telling. They love to draw and paint, and to role play mother, father, sister and/or brother independent of gender identity. Childhood is a time of growth, learning, and modeling. It is also a time where the risks of traumatic learning are great.
 
As children become exposed to the myriad of feelings and issues that accompany the sorrows surrounding the death of a pet or grandparent, the rage of family violence, the embarrassment of being caught in a lie or stealing, and the endless stream of assaults upon their self esteem, powerful images can become imprinted into the mind that continue to affect them throughout their adult life.
 
All children must deal with pain and stress, but they are rarely trained how to do so. Since they typically have had little prior life experience and thus only a primitive understanding of the processes involved, kids tend to be highly susceptible to feelings of helplessness and insecurity when exposed to the demands of contemporary living. This is evident when you encounter a child under the age of six with ulcers or irritable bowel disease, and certainly in adolescents who are wrestling with alcoholism or substance dependence.
 
Imagery can be an excellent interventional tool in working with kids who are attempting to cope with acute or chronic stress, pain, or medical illness, and it can also play an essential role in helping children to deal with developmental crises, accelerate learning, expand creativity, and enhance self-esteem.
 
For this home study course, we have selected some of the best information from our prior workshops on guided imagery and kids.  Section I  begins with an overview of how using imagery with kids is different from working with adults.  Section II discusses the applications of imagery in helping children to deal more effectively with pain, stress, and trauma and demonstrates how to use the Inner Advisor technique with children.
 
Section III reviews the uses of imagery in a general pediatric medical practice to help kids cope more effectively with developmental and behavioral issues, and to reduce anxiety associated with medical procedures. Section IV explores the uses of Interactive Guided Imagerysm with children and adolescents, focusing on the 7 characteristics of developing children.
 
Ways to utilize imagery techniques to enhance learning, creativity and empowerment in children are reviewed in Section V and Section VI, reviews the applications of Interactive guided Imagerysm in family therapy. 
 
Finally, you will have the opportunity to either listen to or participate in a practicum designed to help you see and experience the world through the eyes of a child.
Besides being effective with children, the techniques can also be extraordinarily useful with adults when working with the "inner child," “wounded child,””adaptive child,””natural child,” or the "child within."
 
 
ATS/3B - Adult Survivors of Childhood Abuse
6.5 hrs CE Credit
Pre-Requisite: ATS/2B
 
There is a rapidly growing awareness of the widespread prevalence of childhood abuse, ranging from neglect, through emotional abuse, to physical violence, molestation, and incest.
 
The emotional wounds which can arise from these early experiences are deep and produce a wide range of difficulties that emerge in adult life as depression, anxiety disorders, borderline personality structures, somatization disorders, and addictions to both substances and processes.
 
Therapy with these patients is often particularly demanding on therapists as issues of trust, intimacy, and relationship are tested time and again. 
 
Severe regressive crises requiring extreme patience and courage on the part of the therapist often interspersed with moving evidence of growth and development allowed by the therapeutic process of revealing the truth and working through the painful feelings and memories. Working with these issues is challenging to even the most experienced therapist and is not a simple matter of imaging or visualizing any particular magic transformation.
 
Yet there are many areas in this work where imagery techniques seem to facilitate the healing in important ways.  The frequent utilization of dissociation as a survival tool in childhood offers the opportunity to skillfully use dissociation and related trance and suggestion-related abilities to support the healing process.
 
Imagery can be useful in helping people to recover lost memories, to connect with and work through feeling states that have been split away, to find and strengthen inner resources, to grieve their losses, and to build new self-identities that grow beyond the limits of their woundedness.
 
At the same time, we believe there are special precautions that one must be aware of in using imagery with people who have poor internal organization and vulnerable ego structures, and will focus on these issues as well in this workshop day.
 
This program discusses special issues and how IGIsm can facilitate the healing of the "wounded child" and "present adult." It reviews techniques helpful for exploring the needs of the parts involved and explains how to help evoke the "inner healer" to stimulate the healing process.
 
False memory syndrome, working with strong affect and the issue of
forgiveness are also addressed.
 
ATS/4A - Physical, Chronic & Life-threatening Illness
6.5 hrs CE Credit
Pre-Requisite: ATS/2B
 
ATS/4A examines the many uses of guided imagery in working with people with physical illnesses, with an emphasis on issues accompanying chronic, catastrophic, and life-threatening illness.
 
Many of the same approaches that are helpful in working on psychological issues with people are also helpful to people coping with or adapting to physical illness, though special precautions and caveats apply.
 
In addition, imagery can often be helpful in relieving pain or other symptoms, helping people to tolerate difficult medical procedures, and in stimulating healing responses in the body.
 
The onset of serious or life-threatening illness creates a number of crises that need to be addressed by the patient and helping professional if the patient is to meet the challenge of the illness most resourcefully.
 
These special needs are examined and worked with in detail, with special attention to the utility of imagery in helping to meet these needs.
 
Special attention is also given to issues in chronic pain, cancer, and AIDS as models for some of the most demanding and enriching work one can do.
 
 
ATS/4B - Death, Dying, Loss and Transformation
6.5 hrs CE Credit
Pre-Requisite: ATS/2B
 
Like death and taxes, we all experience loss throughout our lives.  As we age, our losses increase, and the major price we pay as survivors is having to deal with the losses all around us.
        
In our society, it’s easy to learn how to accumulate, and there are countless educational institutions and commercial organizations to help us improve our accumulation skills.  But how do we learn to let go?  Where are we taught the skills to deal effectively with loss?
        
Imagery is an excellent interventional tool in helping people move through loss and transformation.  For this home study course, we have selected some of the best information from our prior workshops on guided imagery and loss.
 
Section I provides an overview of the nature of loss, and how the imagery skills you’ve learned so far can be helpful.
        
In Section II, you’ll have an opportunity to experience some of the ways we respond to loss through an imagery practicum in which participants are exposed to a gradual, simulated relinquishment of personal attachments. 
This exercise is designed to evoke strong emotions, and if you are uncomfortable about participating, we suggest that you listen only as an observer rather than as a participant.
        
Section III discusses the importance of belief systems in patients with catastrophic illness, and how imagery is used to help people adopt more positive beliefs and attitudes. 
 
Section IV explores the uses of Interactive Guided ImagerySM in hospice work with dying patients and their caregivers, emphasizing imagery techniques found to be effective in controlling pain, stress, and anticipatory nausea and vomiting, as well as techniques that caregivers can benefit from using.
        
In Section V, you will experience a brief imagery exercise designed to help identify sources of support and other resources that were helpful during prior loss experiences.
        
Section VI explores loss and the transformational process, and how imagery techniques can be used to help people move through the predictable stages of grieving following loss.
 
 
Independent Study
No CE Credit
Pre-Requisite: ATS/2B
 
The Independent Study requirement is an opportunity for you to explore and bring together related ideas that help you integrate Interactive Guided Imagerysm into your clinical practice.
 
We acknowledge the value of your previous training in other related areas, such as hypnosis, Neurolinguistic Programming, self-actualization and ego state therapy, Psychosynthesis, Gestalt therapy, meditation, visualization, art therapy, and other clinical approaches that use techniques related to Interactive Guided Imagerysm.
 
Attendance at any AGI Annual Conference qualifies as related training.
 
You are required to document this training, and to submit copies of these documents with a 1-2 paper discussing how and why this training has enriched your abilities as an Interactive Imagery Guidesm.
 
When your documents have been verified and your paper approved, you are then eligible to apply for Level III Certification as an Interactive Imagery Guidesm.
 

REQUIREMENTS FOR CERTIFICATION

 
Professional Certification in Interactive Guided Imagerysm is awarded only to those who satisfactorily meet the Certification Requirements below which were established by the Academy for Guided Imagery. Certification entitles the practitioner to use the term Certified Interactive Imagery Guidesm and it confers eligibility to be included in the Academy's frequently visited and highly respected online Directory of Imagery Practitioners.
 
Certification in Interactive Guided Imagerysm offers your patients, clients, and colleagues evidence of thorough training, demonstrated competence, and uncompromising ethics.
 
To become fully Certified in IGIsm, applicants must complete three levels of training and a brief independent study paper.
 
Level I Training provides a comprehensive overview of Interactive Guided Imagerysmwith an emphasis on the role of the guide, and advanced work with the Inner Advisor.
 
Level II Training introduces advanced IGIsm techniques for working with resistance, parts, polarities, and conflicts. These are essential techniques to help anyone navigate through the process of change, especially when dealing with bereavement, family disputes, weight control, smoking cessation, addiction recovery, and other conflictual situations.
 
Level III Training addresses several common clinical applications of IGIsm when working with children, adult survivors of childhood abuse, people with physical, chronic, and life-threatening illness, and those confronting death, dying, loss, and transformation.
 
The brief Independent Study paper documents other related training that has enriched your abilities as an imagery guide.
 
Level 1
FIGI                 An Overview of Interactive Guided ImagerySM              13.0 hrs
ATS/1A             The Role of the Imagery Guide                                  6.5 hrs
ATS/1B             Advanced Work with the Inner Advisor                        6.5 hrs
PRE I                Preceptorship I                                                    26.0 hrs
Level 2
ATS/2A             Resistance and Parts Work                                       6.5 hrs
ATS/2B             Parts, Polarities and Conflict Resolution                        6.5 hrs
PRE II               Preceptorship II                                                   26.0 hrs
Level 3
ATS/3A             Interactive Guided ImagerySM with Children                   6.5 hrs
ATS/3B             Adult Survivors of Childhood Abuse                            6.5 hrs
ATS/4A             Physical, Chronic and Life-threatening Illness                6.5 hrs
ATS/4B             Death, Dying, Loss and Transformation                        6.5 hrs
                                                                                 Subtotal  117.0 hrs
Independent Study                                                                   33.0 hrs
                                                                                   Total   150.0 hrs

To be eligible for Certification, you must also:

 
•        Demonstrate competency in guiding each of the eight specific skills taught in the two Preceptorships in accordance with the judgment of AGI faculty.
 
•        Demonstrate both in your guiding and interpersonal interactions, the qualities of attention, respect, appropriateness, non-judgmental attitude, support, and discrimination that are necessary to serve as an effective IGIsm Guide.
 
•        Demonstrate your ability to grow from constructive feedback by AGI faculty of your guiding skills, qualities and attitudes, and your willingness to provide appropriate constructive feedback to other students and AGI faculty.
 
•        Demonstrate your ability to recognize and address potential transference and counter-transference issues when these appear to be influencing your ability to guide effectively.
 
•        Subscribe to and agree to follow the American Psychological Association (APA) Code of Ethics, and certify that you have not been convicted of any legal or ethical breach by any professional organization or licensing board.
 
•        Submit documented evidence of at least 33 hours of Independent Study related to your clinical use of guided imagery and submit a 1 to 2 page report explaining how these outside courses or trainings have enriched your abilities as an Interactive Imagery Guidesm.
 
•        Submit a copy of your state license to practice as a health professional, if you have one, or a copy of your student ID card if you are pursuing a credential leading to a professional license. Your professional licenses or student registration must be valid, active, and unencumbered for you to be granted Certification and to maintain your Certification status.
 
Although Certification training was originally designed for clinicians licensed to diagnose, treat, or do counseling in the state of their primary residence (or students in an academic program leading to such licensure), Certification training is now open to health educators, personal coaches, body workers, lay therapists, counselors, and others such as art or music therapists.
 
If you do not have a professional license, you must submit a one to two page application letter describing your goals in learning IGIsm, your plans for using it, your access to psychological consultation or supervision, if needed, and any related previous training or experience you've had, plus a CV or resume.
 
Upon receipt of these materials, the Academy's Credentials Committee will review your request and make a determination about your eligibility to enter Certification Training. Upon satisfactorily completing all 150 hours of training and Independent Study requirements, you may make your formal Application for Certification. If approved by the Academy's Credentials Committee, you will then be Certified in Interactive Guided Imagerysm, will receive your final Certification Diploma, and be added to the Academy's Directory of Imagery Practitioners.

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDIT

 
The Academy for Guided Imagery (AGI) continuing education program has been approved by the following professional health organizations:
 
California Nurses
 
The Academy for Guided Imagery is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (CBRN) to offer Continuing Education Credit for California nurses who satisfactorily complete this program. AGI maintains responsibility for the program.
 
Alcoholism and Drug Counselors
 
The Academy for Guided Imagery is approved by the California Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors Education Program (CADCEP) to offer Continuing Education Credit for Alcoholism and Drug Counselors who satisfactorily complete this program. AGI maintains responsibility for the program.
 
Social Workers and Marriage and Family Counselors
 
The Academy for Guided Imagery is approved by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences to offer Continuing Education Credit for social workers and marriage and family counselors who satisfactorily complete this program. AGI maintains responsibility for the program.
 

Other Health Professions:
 
This training program may qualify for continued education hours as required by many national, state, and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Contact your own regulatory board or organization for specific filing requirements, and send them your course outline and certificate of completion to determine whether the accreditations listed above are accepted.

 

ADMINISTRATIVE POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
 

Length of Training:
 
You can complete Certification Training in 9 to 16 months in most cases. You must complete the training in 24 months unless you obtain a written extension from the Academy. If you do not complete the training in 24 months, you will forfeit your tuition. You may apply for an extension due to extenuating circumstances, but the decision to grant an extension will be made by the Academy on an individual basis.
 
Study Groups:
 
We highly recommend you form or join a study group of participating professionals. Practicing with a group of like-minded colleagues is the surest way of developing your skills and fine tuning your mastery of the material. Your group or organization may want to consider having the Academy provide local on-site Preceptorships, which would save your group significantly on hotel and travel costs. Call for details.
 
Cancellations and Refunds:
 
Your enrollment in Professional Certification Training represents a serious commitment for both you and the Academy for Guided Imagery. In order to provide the personalized, high-quality education we have designed, we must contract with busy faculty members, produce educational materials, and support administrative staff based on enrollments.
 
Therefore, as in the case with almost every educational organization, we are not able to refund tuition if you withdraw or fail to satisfactorily complete your Professional Certification Training within two years from the date of your enrollment.
 
AGI's Preceptorships are the heart of the Certification Training Program. The number of participants is limited because of the number of available faculty required to keep the student/faculty ratio low. Thus, Preceptorships are very costly to produce and require a great deal of planning and coordination on the part of AGI staff and faculty.
 
Due to the value of these limited spaces available, you must give one month's prior notice if you cancel attendance at a Preceptorship in which you have enrolled. There will be no charge if AGI is notified more than 30 days in advance.
 
With less than 30 day's notice, AGI will charge you a $100 processing fee and attempt to fill your spot with another student.
 
If AGI cannot fill your spot (which is quite possible due to the longer planning needs of most professionals), you will be charged $750 (one-half regular) additional tuition to re-register for a future Preceptorship.
 
AGI recognizes that "things happen" and when they do, AGI will do its best to reschedule you and help you meet your course requirements for Certification. However, AGI cannot be responsible for providing training programs or opportunities beyond those already scheduled and for which you have already registered.
 
Service Charges, Fees, and Late Payment Policies
 
There is an 18% Annual Percentage Rate (APR) service charge for extended payments plans, and a 10% late charge on any payments not received at the Academy office within 10 calendar days of the due date.
 
Payments must be current to be granted admission to Academy programs. Should any default be made in payment when due, the whole sum owed shall become immediately due at the option of the Academy or the holder of your Promissory Note. If any action is required to collect funds on this note, you must agree to pay all expenses incurred including reasonable attorney's fees and costs.
 
 
 
Scope of Practice
 
Certification by the Academy is not a license and does not entitle you to practice as a health professional unless you are already licensed as such. If you are a licensed health professional, you are expected to apply what you learn within the legal and ethical parameters of your licensure.
 
If you are not licensed as a health professional, please understand that Certification in Interactive Guided ImagerySM attests only to your competency in using these skills. The applications in which you apply them need to be within the legal and ethical limits of your training, experience and profession.
 
Informed Consent, Waivers, Releases, and Safety Considerations
 
AGI was created to provide training to health professionals in the clinical and educational uses of guided imagery.
 
These trainings include not only didactic information, but large and small group experiential exercises, as well as the opportunity for participants to focus on their own personal issues, if they so choose, during the practice. Many participants find these opportunities extremely valuable in their own personal growth, development, and therapeutic work.
 
When working with guided imagery, either on your own issues, in "role plays," or as a guide facilitating the process of another participant, this experience may access, elicit, or evoke powerful emotional responses or memories in you.
 
While this is often therapeutic and useful, it is possible to uncover issues and emotions which have been repressed, forgotten, or dissociated.
 
For this reason, AGI offers the following information, makes the following disclaimers, and advises the following safeguards:
 
(A)   AGI is a California corporation created to train health professionals and educators to utilize a variety of guided imagery methods with their clients and/or patients. AGI and its staff does not offer psychotherapy or related therapy as part of its workshops or training.
 
AGI recognizes that the possibility exists during its trainings for exposure to powerful psychological contents including memories, fantasies, emotions, and physical reactions to all the above.
 
AGI provides designated, skilled facilitators at each training that are available in case of psychological emergency during the training period.
 
At the same time, AGI strongly encourages all participants going through Certification training to have an established relationship with a competent therapist, preferably one with knowledge of imagery and symbolic process, who can be called on in case there is any overwhelming, threatening, or difficult emergence of material and affect.
 
(B)   In every experiential session, it is perfectly acceptable when acting as the "client," to not focus on your own issues. As an alternative, AGI suggests that you pick a client, present or past, that you'd like to understand better, and "role play" that client.
 
Alternatively, you can just "make up" a client and role-play that. However, not having a specific person to base your role play on may allow your own issues to come to the fore more easily than if you began your role play with someone else in mind.
 
Be advised that your own issues may intrude even if you role play, and, in fact, this may occur even if you choose to merely observe, rather than serve as a "client."
 
(C)  While AGI recommends taking the opportunity to be a "client" in these settings, since there is much to be learned from this experience that can improve your ability to guide effectively, it is also permissible for you to choose not to be a "client," if you are feeling too vulnerable or do not feel safe doing so in this setting. AGI respects this, and any AGI staff member can help arrange an observing position for you if you prefer.
 
Please let a staff member know your choice before the beginning of any exercise so that this can be arranged.
 
As the "client," it is perfectly acceptable for you to stop the process at any time if you are feeling uncomfortable, or for any reason, prefer not to continue with the exercise.
 
All you need to do is open your eyes and let the guide know that you prefer to stop the process where it is, or that you'd like to stop the process and be guided to a place where you feel safer and more centered, etc.
 
As the guide, however, it is your professional responsibility to stay with the "client" in their process until it reaches an acceptable place or conclusion.
 
(D) As a workshop, seminar, conference, Preceptorship, or Certification student involved in AGI training, you must understand the above cautions and precautions, and by signing your Student Contract, you agree to release and indemnify the Academy for Guided Imagery, Inc., its shareholders, directors, officers, employees, consultants, successors and assigns, for any physical or psychological symptoms, damages or other manifestations that may arise as a result of your voluntary participation in these professional training programs.

          CERTIFICATION TRAINING TUITION AND FEES
 

Initial Tuition:
Training always begins with Fundamentals of Interactive Guided ImagerySM (FIGI), a prerequisite course for enrollment in Professional Certification Training or any advanced training programs. The FIGIsm program includes a comprehensive workbook with lecture outlines, reprints of articles, imagery scripts, and an extensive bibliography, and lectures and demonstrations available on four extended play VHS video tapes, 14 CD’s, or 14 cassette tapes, and in “deluxe” versions which include both audio and video media. The fees are $295, plus shipping/handling and applicable sales tax.
 
Training Tuition, Payment Plans, and Fees:
Once you satisfactorily complete the initial FIGIsm program, you may apply for enrollment in the Academy’s Professional Certification Training Program. The fee is $3,495, which includes tuition for all eight advanced ATS home study programs, the two “live” 4-day Preceptorships, and all shipping/handling charges. Four extended payments plans are available that include a service fee of 18% APR, payable at $1200/mo for 3 months, $613/mo for 6 months, $418/mo for 9 months, and $320/mo for 12 months.
 
Add $240 for 104 hours CE credit from those organizations who have approved our training. By registering for the full Certification program, you save $1410 compared to registering for individual courses, and $770 compared to enrolling separately in Level I, II, and III training.
 
Level I, II, and III Training Tuition, Payment Plans, and Fees:
After satisfactorily completing FIGIsm, you may also enroll in Level I training or take advanced Academy courses one at a time or “a la carte.” Level I Training includes audio programs ATS/1A, ATS/1B, Preceptorship I tuition, and shipping/handling charges. Level I tuition is $1,745 and a payment plan of three monthly payments of $599 is also available. For 39 hrs CE Credit, add $90, and for programs shipped to California addresses, please add 8.25% sales tax.
 
Once you satisfactorily complete Level I, you may enroll in Level II training for $1580 (or 3 monthly payments of $543). For 39 hrs CE Credit, add $90, and for programs shipped to California addresses, you must also add 8.25% sales tax. Once you’ve satisfactorily completed Level II, you may enroll in Level III training for $810 (or 2 monthly payments of $414) to complete the training requirements for Certification. Add $60 for 26 hrs CE Credit, plus any applicable sales tax.
 
Individual Advanced Program Tuitions and Fees:
You can also enroll in each course one at a time (or “a la carte.”) If you do, tuition for each advanced ATS home study program is $195. For 6.5 hr CE Credit, add $15.
 
The tuition for each Preceptorship is $1,500, and enrollment is limited and subject to faculty availability. For 26 hrs CE Credit, add $60.
 
Please be aware that full enrollment in Professional Certification Training gives you priority preference for Preceptorship enrollment and saves you over $1,400 when compared to enrolling in individual courses.
 

HOW TO ENROLL IN CERTIFICATION TRAINING

 
(1)       Begin by enrolling in and completing the program Fundamentals of Interactive Guided ImagerySM (FIGI). When done, complete and send the following to the Academy: final examination, signed Home Study Program Agreement, Evaluation Form, Needs Assessment Form, Continuing Education Application and Fee, if desired
 
(2)       Read, sign, and return your Student Contract, making sure that you agree fully with all the terms and conditions associated with Certification Training. The Student Contract is a formal agreement between you and the Academy and it lists the requirements for Certification, tuition costs, fees, safeguards, protected terms, and other Academy policies.
 
(3)       Complete and return the Enrollment Form, indicating which course(s), program(s), or payment plan(s) in which you wish to enroll. If you choose an extended payment plan, be sure to sign the Promissory Note.
 
(4)       Submit a copy of your state license to practice as a health professional, if you have one, or a copy of your student ID card if you are a full-time student pursuing a credential that will lead to a professional license.
 
(5)       If you do not have a professional license, please submit a brief (one to two page) application letter describing your goals in learning IGI; your plans for using it; your access to psychological consultation or supervision, if needed; any previous training or experience you’ve had in counseling; and a copy of your CV or resume.
 
(6)       Enclose your check or credit card information for tuition, fees, and/or the first payment on the Extended Payment plan you have selected.
 
(7)       Upon your satisfactory completion of the FIGI program and our receipt of all completed forms and payments, we will send you a welcome packet and the ATS/1A and ATS/1B home study courses.
 
When you complete these courses, return your self-administered final examinations to the Academy. Upon satisfactory completion, you are then eligible to attend your first Preceptorship. Complete two more home study courses (ATS/2A and ATS/2B) with some practicing time in between, and you’re ready for your second Preceptorship. After that, you only need to complete the four final home study courses and your Independent Study requirements and you’re done.


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