In the Fieldwork Course, students submit written case studies to a mentor in 3 distinct blocks, and to attend a face-to-face Coaching Course at the end of each block. Students complete a series of bodywork sessions and write a report on each session indicating what you did, how the horse responded, and reflections specific to that block focus. Your mentor will review your case study and provide feedback to guide your subsequent bodywork sessions. Upon completion of your case study reports in each block, you then seek a coach to attend a full day of coaching to both guide and evaluate your progress throughout fieldwork.
The focus of Block 1 is Proficiency in Techniques. The student will complete and write up two case studies on a minimum of 5 horses (2 sessions per horse or 10 total sessions). As each case study is completed, students will upload them on the online Fieldwork site for review by their Block 1 mentor, and then download feedback offered by their mentor to incorporate into their next session.
After completing the required number of Case Studies for Block 1, the student will attend a day-long, face-to-face Coaching Course by a Masterson Method Coach. The coach will both guide and evaluate the student’s progress using the Certification Proficiency Evaluation Form. The coach may assign the student specific practice work to help the student improve in those areas before the next Coaching Course.
The focus of Block 2 is Techniques and Anatomy. The student will repeat the same process as in Block 1 but with new horses and with the additional focus on anatomy as it pertains to the bodywork. Students without prior anatomy training must complete our Equine Anatomy and Heath Considerations (or an equivalent course) before the Block 2 Coaching Course. At the second Coaching Course, if the student is not sufficiently proficient in all of the techniques, s/he will be given specific practice work by the Coach to help the student to improve in those areas. The student may need to re-schedule another Coaching Course at which the student will work with a coach and be re-evaluated before moving on to Block 3. The purpose of this is to give the student more time to practice in those areas that need further development. The additional Coaching will be at the student’s expense, but at a lower tuition.
The focus of Block 3 is Final Evaluations – Putting it all together. The student will repeat the same process as in previous blocks but with new (and more challenging) horses and with a focus on the final evaluation. At the third Coaching Course, the student will need to be given an evaluation of 4 (on a scale of 1-5 where 1=Behind Schedule and 5=Advanced) by the Coach in all categories in order to be approved to go on to the Final Certification Course. If a student has any evaluations of less than 4’s, the student will be given additional specific practice work by the Coach. The student will re-schedule another Coaching Course at which the student will work with a coach and be re-evaluated before being approved to go on to the Certification Completion Course. The purpose of this is to give the student more time to practice in those areas that need further development. Any additional Coaching will be at the student’s expense, but at a lower tuition.
When the student has completed these requirements and attained a score of at least 4 (on a scale of 1 – 5) on all techniques and skills that demonstrates the required level of proficiency in the techniques, student will be eligible to attend a Certification Completion Course.
- Completed a minimum of 15 Case Studies
- Attended 3 Coaching Courses and at the 3rd Coaching Course, received 4’s or 5’s on all the techniques and skills
- Read the required materials listed below
- Fulfilled the anatomy requirement with either our Anatomy Course or an approved course
- Completed the Beyond Horse Massage Home Study Course
- Completed all Case Studies and Coaching Courses at least 3 weeks prior to a Certification Completion Course
Students have six months to complete each block. If the student takes longer than six months, they may need to stop the block work and participate in a Refresher Coaching course before resuming the block work. Block 1 students delayed in starting their block work for one year or longer will need to participate in the Advanced 5-Day Course again before starting Block 1 work.
Students applying for the Fieldwork Course after six months but less than one year from attending the Advanced 5-Day Course must complete a Refresher Coaching Course before the Fieldwork application will be accepted. Students applying for the Fieldwork Course greater than one year from attending the Advanced 5-Day Course must repeat the Advanced 5-Day Course. Additional Coaching Courses and Advanced 5-Day Courses will be additional expenses incurred by the student.
The purpose of these deadlines is not to rush you through the training. Our first goal and priority is not for you to receive a certification, but that you become as proficient and effective as possible in the practice of the techniques. This curriculum will allow you more than sufficient time to get the most out of the training, without losing the flow and momentum of the work.
Stay focused, don’t rush, and have fun with the work. At times the horses and the training may be challenging, but the results will far outweigh the challenges of training to become a Masterson Method Certified Practitioner (MMCP).
Note: We understand that emergencies can come up that could interfere with your training. If, at any time, you feel that you may be going beyond a deadline for any phase of the training, it is important that you contact us so that we can work with you.
Some students are able to remain active in their learning while taking a break from Fieldwork. When the student has maintained regular communication with the mentor, and the mentor feels the student is able to retain the knowledge gained through the Fieldwork, then the mentor may allow the student to resume Fieldwork at the point where the student stopped.
If the mentor determines the student has not been active or may not be at the level expected, the student will be required to attend a Refresher Coaching Course before resuming case studies. If during the Refresher Coaching Course the coach determines the student is not at the level expected, the student will need to repeat the Advanced 5-Day Course before continuing with case studies.
Active is defined as the student regularly reviewing training videos, the Home Study Course, practicing techniques regularly, and/or partnering with a Masterson Method Certified Practitioner or other activities that are approved by the mentor.
Students that have been inactive six months or longer must participate in a Refresher Coaching Course.
If during the Refresher Coaching Course the coach determines that the student is not at the level expected, the student will need to repeat the Advanced 5-Day Course before resuming Fieldwork.
Inactive students may be required to re-start the Block during which the student became inactive.
Additional Coaching Courses and Advanced 5-Day Courses will be additional expenses incurred by the student.
In a Coaching Course, the student receives hands-on guidance and evaluation from a Masterson Method Coach. In North America, students who have completed their case studies reach out to a coach to arrange a coaching date and location; these are typically private, one-on-one over the course of one day. In select countries overseas, coaching courses are scheduled on a regular basis and typically provided to small groups over multiple days.
The student will be evaluated by the Coach on the Masterson Method techniques using the Certification Proficiency Evaluation Form. The purpose of the Certification Proficiency Evaluation Form is to provide a consistent and objective measure for coaches to evaluate students’ progress over time. This will give the student a clear understanding of how they are progressing through the course.
Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork Organization (NCBTMB) for Continuing Education Credits (CEC): Weekend. Seminar-Workshop: 14 CEC. Advanced 5-Day: 32 CEC, Field Work Course: 50 CEC, Certification Completion Course: 21 CEC
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