Association for Body Mapping Education (ABME)  Training program has two tiers: 
1. Affiliate 
2. Licensure Trainee 

Applications for both tiers are available on Applicants must first apply as an Affiliate.  An Affiliate may apply to become a Licensure Trainee after certain criteria have been met and with the recommendation of a Licensed Body Mapping Educator. 

Affiliate membership, renewable annually, is open to anyone who is studying Body Mapping with a Licensed Body Mapping Educator or anyone who wishes to support our work. Affiliates may or may not work toward becoming a Licensure Trainee. 

No Affiliate or Trainee at any level may teach a Body Mapping course, lesson or presentation, in person or in a publication, without the Association of Body Mapping Education's permission and supervision.  However, all music teachers are encouraged to incorporate essential information from the WEM books to prevent and address injury in their own studio as long as they are not misrepresenting themselves as Licensed Body Mapping Educators. We encourage ongoing Affiliate membership for such individuals. 

Guidelines for Affiliates eventually wishing to apply for Licensure Trainee: 
a. Become familiar with the history of somatic pedagogy and music education to develop a historical context for the work of the Association for Body Mapping Education. 
b. Purchase and study the following materials (a link can be found at
  			i. the DVD Move Well, Avoid Injury by Barbara Conable and Amy Likar.    
			ii. How to Learn the Alexander Technique: A Manual for Students by Barbara Conable and William Conable.     
			iii. What Every Musician Needs to Know about the Body by Barbara Conable.  

c. Purchase and become familiar with other relevant instrument-specific What Every ...  Needs to Know books.
d. Attend a minimum of one entire “What Every Musician Needs to Know” courses given by a Licensed Body Mapping Educators. (Dates/instructors must be documented on the Licensure Training application.) Before licensure is granted a candidate must attend two complete WEM courses.

e. Keep in regular contact with a Licensed  Body Mapping Educator who has been licensed for a minimum of three years. This can be through private lessons, group lessons or via Skype. (Lessons must be documented on the Licensure Trainee application.) 
f. Progress should be monitored using the   ABME training rubric, which is also part of the ABME Licensure Trainee Recommendation Form with rubric.  
g. Engage in independent, self-structured study, including reading and assimilating the content of the texts, learning the practical anatomy of The  Course, securing an accurate and adequate body map of oneself, and incorporating the Body Mapping principles into one’s own practicing and  performing. 

h. Observe performances both live and recorded to train one’s eyes with regard to musicians’ movement.
i. Document all lessons and courses to be submitted with the Licensure Trainee application, which can be found in the member profile of any Affiliate member.

Licensure Trainee: Affiliates who have shown significant progress toward completing the Affiliate Trainee Guidelines, as recommended by a Licensed Body Mapping Educator with whom they have studied, may apply to become a Licensure Trainee. 

Licensure Trainees are those who have mastered the basic Body Mapping concepts and are specifically training to teach the course “What Every Musician Needs to Know about the Body.” 

Guidelines for Licensure Trainees: 
a. Must be at least 21 years of age.
b. Complete the Licensure Trainee application on (Available in the profile section of the Training Affiliate member.) 
c. Application must be accompanied by a recommendation form submitted by a Licensed Body Mapping Educator who has been licensed for at least three years.
d.Applicant must submit a current resume/CV in PDF form electronically to
e. Upon acceptance of application, applicant will be invoiced a $400.00 fee. Upon receipt of payment, membership status will be changed to Licensure  Trainee and Trainee will receive access to Training Manuals and Images through and will receive a link for  access to The Atlas of Human Anatomy software from Visible Body.
f. Work with Sponsoring Teachers to complete the requirements to becoming a Licensed Body Mapping Educator, including submitting trial courses, demonstration lessons and paying appropriate fees (see below).
g. Keep current with annual dues (billed each February) to the Association for Body Mapping Education at the Licensure Trainee rate.

________________ Association of Body Mapping Education Licensing Process All licensure will be conducted by the ABME Training Committee which is made up of ABME Sponsoring Teachers: Amy Likar, Janet Alcorn, Stephen Caplan, Jennifer Johnson, Lisa Marsh Sponsoring Teachers can be contacted via the Membership Directory here. Directory

Licensing Guidelines for Licensure Trainees:

a. Trainees shall choose a primary Sponsoring Teacher. If a primary Sponsoring Teacher is not chosen, one will be assigned.
b. Licensure Trainees shall keep in regular contact with their primary Sponsoring Teacher throughout the licensure process. A schedule should be agreed upon in advance between the Licensure Trainee and the Sponsoring Teacher.
c. Licensure Trainees must be able to demonstrate with his or her own instrument a solid understanding of the principles of The Course to the satisfaction of the primary Sponsoring Teacher.
d. Licensure Trainees will develop visual aids appropriate for teaching The Course in the Trainee’s circumstances, to the satisfaction of the primary Sponsoring Teacher.
e. After completion of (c.) and (d.) the Trainee must submit a complete six-part What Every Musician Needs to Know about the Body Trial Course to be reviewed and approved by the Sponsoring Teacher. 
i. It is highly recommended that the Trainee arrange for the Sponsoring Teacher to review the Trial Course in person. If this is not possible, the Trainee shall provide a DVD or other agreed-upon electronic submission of the Trial Course for review by the Sponsoring Teacher.
 ii. The trainee will pay the costs associated with the review of the Trial Course:
1. $1,000 to the Sponsoring Teacher for review of the course whether in person or via electronic submission (DVD). 
2. Transportation, food and lodging for the Sponsoring Teacher if needed.
3. The Trainee and Sponsoring Teacher should communicate about the time frame for presenting/submitting the course, the time required for review and a reasonable date when feedback can be expected. This time frame will generally be one to two months, but may be more depending on the schedule of the Sponsoring Teacher.
iii. Prior to submitting the Trial Course, Trainees may seek a preview of any hour of their trial course at the cost of $125.  This fee includes up to two hours of viewing and commentary.This can include consultation by phone or skype. 
iv. Trainees may not charge a fee for the Trial Course and it must be advertised as such.
f. After the sponsoring teacher has approved their trial course, trainees must submit one hour of teaching to be evaluated by two additional Sponsoring Teachers. Usually this hour is the masterclass teaching which happens in the sixth part of the trial course. Although a masterclass setting for these lessons is preferred, it is possible to submit Body Mapping lessons that have occurred at a different time.
i. A minimum of two lessons and a maximum of four lessons must be given during this hour. If submitting section six of the trial course, this hour may also include addressing questions from the group or group oriented integration exercises, such as constructive rest, but a minimum of two lessons is required.
ii. The lessons may be submitted by DVD, video file, or in person.
1. If the lesson is submitted via video, it must first be sent to the primary Sponsoring Teacher. It may have already been submitted with the trial course, but must be approved before it can be sent to the additional Sponsoring Teachers
2. All comments by the additional teachers will be sent to the primary Sponsoring Teacher so that a consensus can be reached for approval of this part of the process.
3. The primary Sponsoring Teacher is solely responsible for communicating the final decision as well as all feedback to the Trainee.
4. A Trainee may be asked to redo a lesson if the Sponsoring Teachers feel it would benefit him/her to have more practice and guidance in teaching one-on-one lessons. This is a normal part of the Training process and is intended to promote a high level of confidence in the Trainee before he/she is licensed. 
iii. The fee for viewing and evaluation of the lessons is $125 for the first two hours of viewing and commentary, and $80 per hour, pro-rated, thereafter. If the primary Sponsoring Teacher views and approves the lessons as part of the trial course, this fee is only paid to the additional Sponsoring Teachers. The primary Sponsoring Teacher will only charge this fee if the lessons must be resubmitted.
g. Sponsoring Teachers will bill Trainees directly for all courses and lessons evaluated or  reviewed. Trainees will reimburse each Sponsoring Teacher directly. 
h. When three Sponsoring Teachers agree that the Trainee has met the qualifications for licensure, including approval of both the Trial Course and the sample teaching, and all outstanding invoices have been paid, the Trainee may enter into a License Agreement with the Association for Body Mapping Education. AE licensing agreement.pdf

i. Along with the License agreement, the Trainee must agree to abide by the Association of Body Mapping Education ABME Code of ethics.
j. The primary Sponsoring Teacher will send the License Agreement to the newly Licensed Body Mapping Educator. The Licensed Body Mapping Educator will sign and return the License Agreement to the ABME Training Administrator.
k. Upon receipt of the signed License Agreement, the ABME President will send a License Certificate.

l. Trainees may not teach the Course publicly in its entirety until the Trainee has attained the status of Licensed Body Mapping Educator.

m. Licensed Body Mapping Educators shall pay annual dues (billed in February) to ABME at the Licensed Body Mapping Educator rate.

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