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Educational Issues*


Task Assessment

Create a procedure: establish an on-going working group to examine the issue, create recommendation/ find consensus, oversee continuing quality control

1. General expectations for reflexologists in terms of knowledge, professionalism, ability to practice etc.
Body of knowledge

minimum of 200 supervised educational hours

supervised practicum

in a specific curriculum

from an accredited course

2. Educational areas, such as, content / subject, techniques for practice, clinical practice.
Body of knowledge

State laws

National association


200 supervised educational hours and supervised practicum in a specific curriculum from an accredited course

3. Teacher education.

National association State/city laws

Establish requirements for teachers:

Education in a specific curriculum

Minimum two years professional experience

Attended courses on adult learners or demonstrated competency to teach and attend courses on how to teach.

Membership in a national reflexology organization

4. Professional development and upgrading for both teachers and reflexologists.
Body of knowledge

Establish procedures using professional educators as resources for reviewing:

a. prior learning

b. professional experience

c. teaching experience.

Upgrade of reflexologists: Determine which topics from the specific curriculum have not been studied by the individual and require taking classes (hand reflexology, research, recording data are examples). Or, require continuing education each year over such topics.

Upgrade of teachers: Same as above with addition of classes in teaching.

5. National certification

National associations Bodywork professions State laws

Different levels of certification / membership (Keep in mind: it is perceived that membership in a professional association is considered to certify professional competency.)

Example from AOR:

associate membership

full member (completed course of study over specific curriculum


Requirements for individual certification:

Passing a test over a specific body of knowledge

Completion of a course of study over a specific curriculum

Maintaining certification: Membership in a national reflexology organization

Requirements for national certifying organization

Provide a test over a specific body of knowledge

Grant an appropriate title upon passing of test

Have in place procedures for working group to / consensus / on-going review of:

Books, teachers, charts, schools etc. suggested, recommended by the organization.

Survey teachers to obtain consensus on appropriateness of questions

Application, test, and other materials of individual applicant / test taker / certificant in a file available to RAA validator

Grievance procedure for applicant, testee

Committee of individuals from outside the profession to settle disputes between members of the profession.

6. Prior learning assessment

Body of knowledge

Other professions

Create a working group to establish procedures, applications, and review of prior learning using professional educators as a resource. Issue: has the individual received appropriate instruction in the body of knowledge and demonstrated his or her ability?

Types of options:

1. Grandfather-in those who have previously completed a course of study over the specific curriculum and have practiced professionally full-time for one year or part-time for 2 years.

(Note: Grandfathering-in is a separate option from prior learning assessment)

2. Grandfather-in those who have taken a number of hours in the specific curriculum, passed the ARCB test, and have practiced professionally for a year full-time and part-time for 2 years.

3. After Jan. 1, 1997, provide an up-grade opportunity for those who have not completed a course of study over a specific curriculum.

7. Placement of reflexology schools in an accrediting system.

Previous Education Committee Reports

An accrediting system increases professional credibility. If we seek an outside agency, however, there will be outside requirements. Choices include:

1. Create a self-governing system as described by the above.

2. Seek an umbrella certification group for bodywork. (ABMP is an example)

3. Seek an umbrella group for educational or other. (CAHEA is an example)

8. Regulation of schools

AOR model

State laws

Establish requirements to accredit courses:

200 hours minimum of supervised instruction

course must include only specific curriculum

supervised practicum

use of a specific terms to note RAA course approval in advertising

application form, homework, test, and other materials showing progress of individual applicant / student in a file available to RAA validator

teachers are members of a national reflexology association

provide to the prospective student a full and fair disclosure of relevant information, such as: enrollment requirements, syllabus for the course, cost, teachers' qualifications, refund procedures, grievance procedures, legal requirements of the professional practice in the local area / state

grievance procedure for applicant, student

committee of individuals from outside the profession to settle disputes between members of the profession.

RAA tables - 24 JUN 1998

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