Masterson Method Certification Program: Fieldwork Course
Certification in any discipline shows that you have put in the time, energy and study to meet the standards of proficiency in that discipline. Masterson Method Certification shows that you have learned and become proficient in the advanced Masterson Method techniques. The Fieldwork Course is your first step on that path.
Home Study Course
Anatomy Course or Equivalent
The Certification Field Work Course Consists of a Series of Three Blocks of Case Studies and Three Coaching Courses.
The focus of Block 1 is Proficiency in Techniques: Student will complete and write up a series of Case Studies on a required number of horses (2 sessions per horse). As each case study is completed, students will upload them on the online Field Work School for review by the Block 1 Mentor. After completing the required number of Case Studies for Block 1, student will attend a Coaching Course, (these will be scheduled around the country.) Student’s progress will be evaluated during the Coaching Course by a Masterson Method Coach using the Proficiency Evaluation Form. Evaluation is determined on a scale of 1- 5. At the first Coaching Course, the student will be expected to be evaluated at a level of 2 (Developing, and heading in the right direction) or higher in each category. If a student is evaluated in any category below a level of 2 (Developing, but somewhat behind schedule) the student will be permitted to move on to Block 2, but specific exercises or “homework” will be recommended for the student to practice above and beyond the required case studies. The purpose of this is to help the student improve in those areas before the next Coaching Course.
The focus of Block 2 is Techniques and Anatomy: Student will write up a series of Case Studies on a required number of horses (2 sessions per horse). As each case study is completed, students will upload them on the online Field Work School for review by the Block 2 Mentor. After completing the required number of Case Studies for Block 2, student will attend a Coaching Course. Student’s progress will be evaluated by a Coach using the Proficiency Evaluation Form. If required, the anatomy portion of our training must be completed before the second coaching course. At the second Coaching Course, the student will need to be given an evaluation of 3 (Developing, and heading in the right direction) or higher in each category in order to move on to the next block. If a student does not have evaluations of at least level 3, then the student will not be moved to Block 3. The student will be given specific exercises or “homework” by the Coach to help the student to improve in those areas. The student will 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: Student will write up a series of Case Studies on a required number of horses (2 sessions per horse). As each case study is completed, students will upload them on the Field Work Online school for review by Block 3 Mentor. After completing the required number of Case Studies for Block 3, student will attend a Coaching Course. Student’s progress will be evaluated by a Coach using the Evaluation Form. At the third Coaching Course, the student will need to be given an evaluation of 4 by the Coach in all categories in order to be approved to go on to the Final Certification Course. An evaluation of 4 in a category signifies that the student is Proficient in that skill. If a student has any evaluations of less than 4’s, the student will be given additional specific practice or “homework” 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 Final Certification 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.
What is a “Coaching Course”?
A Coaching Course is a one or two-day course (depending on number of students) at which the student will get hands-on training and feedback from a Masterson Method Coach. Courses will be scheduled and taught by individual Coaches at or near their residences around the country on a regular basis. Courses are limited to no more than 4 students, and ideally will take place over a weekend. If there is only one student needing a coaching course, the course can be completed over a one-day period.
What will happen at the Coaching Course?
Coaches and students will discuss difficult or interesting Case Studies together as a group. Students will spend time working on horses, getting help and feedback from the Coach. Student will be evaluated by the Coach on the Masterson Method techniques using the Proficiency Evaluation Form.
The purpose of the Proficiency Evaluation Form is to give the student an opportunity to get hands-on practice with a Coach, and to have the student’s progress evaluated. Student will be objectively evaluated on knowledge, proficiency and understanding of the Masterson Method Techniques and Skills. This will give the student a clear understanding of how they are progressing through the course.
What is the Proficiency Evaluation Form?
Coaches will use the Proficiency Evaluation Form, brought to the Coaching Course by the student in which students’ progress can be objectively evaluated and tracked during the Certification Field Work Course. The Student will keep the Proficiency Evaluation Form to bring to all three Coaching Courses to track progress.
Certification Field Work Course Timeline
Students may take a maximum period of six months before applying for the Field Work Course after attending the prerequisite Advanced 5-Day course. An additional six months is allowed between Coaching Courses, and another six months before taking the Final Certification Course. This will give the student a maximum period of two years to complete the entire Certification Course Program. However, the Field Work Course can be completed within a shorter period of time.
Example Timeline: Students could complete one acceptable Case Study (two sessions) per week, and attend a Coaching Course every two to three months. With this schedule, a student could complete the Certification Field Work Course in approximately six to nine months.
Students applying for the Field Work Course after six months but less than one year from attending the Advanced 5-Day Course must complete a Refresher Coaching Course before the Field Work application will be accepted. Students applying for the Field Work Course greater than one year from attending the Advanced 5-Day Course must attend the Advanced 5-Day Course again. 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.
Active Students During Leave of Absence
Some students are able to remain active in their learning while taking a break from Field Work. When these students have regular communication with their mentor and are able to retain their knowledge learned through the course work, the student may be able to start up where they had left off in the Field Work program. The mentor will determine the next steps for the student. If the mentor determines the student’s skill is not 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 attend a refresher Advanced 5-Day Course before beginning again with the case studies. Additional Coaching Courses and Advanced 5-Day Courses will be additional expenses incurred by the student.
Active is defined as the student regularly reviews training videos, reviews Home Study Course work, reviews and practices techniques periodically, partners up with a local Masterson Method Certified Practitioner, or other activities that are approved by the mentor.
Inactive Students During Leave of Absence
Students that have been inactive six months or longer must participate in a Two-Day Refresher Course. If the coach determines the student’s skill is not at the level expected, the student must attend another Advanced 5-Day Course. After completion of the Two-Day Refresher Course, you must start over in your case studies for the Block in which you have been inactive.
Additional Refresher Courses, Coaching Courses and Advanced 5-Day Courses will be additional expenses incurred by the student.
Field Work Course Completion Requirements:
- Completed 15 Case Studies
- Attended 3 Coaching Courses and at the 3rd Coaching Course student has received 4’s and/or 5’s on all the techniques and skills
- A list of required and suggested books to read is listed on the certification page.
- Anatomy requirement is fulfilled with either our Anatomy Course or an approved course.
- Home Study Course completed
- All Case Studies and Coaching Courses must be completed at least 3 weeks prior to a Certification Completion Course
Required and Suggested Books and Training DVD’s
Required Books/DVD’s by Jim Masterson: Available on our Store
- Beyond Horse Massage, by Jim Masterson (DVD/Streaming)
- Beyond Horse Massage, Jim Masterson with Stefanie Reinhold (Book).
Required Books Not written by Jim Masterson: Available on our Store
- The Horse Anatomy Workbook, Raynor, 2006
- Horse Anatomy for Performance, Gillian Higgins, 2012
- Horse’s Muscles in Motion, Wyche, 2002
- Horse Anatomy: Second Edition, Peter Goody
Suggested: Available on our store
There are numerous books/DVDs on equine massage and bodywork. Any background reading on position release, myofascial release, neuromuscular, craniosacral, acupressure, bio-dynamics and muscles and movement will help. Below are some suggestions:
- Whole Horse DVD series, Jim Masterson (5 DVD Series or online streaming) (Strongly Suggested) The Whole Horse DVD series is only available to students who have completed a weekend seminar or home study course.
- Tug of War: Classical Versus “Modern” Dressage, by Dr. Gerd Heuschmann. (Strongly Suggested) Excellent on biomechanics from the horses point of view. Not just for dressage enthusiasts)
- Horse Anatomy for Performance, by Gillian Higgins. (Strongly Suggested) Very comprehensive coverage of anatomy, physiology, and biomechanics with interesting illustrations.
- The Horse – Structure and Movement, by R.H. Smythe and P.C. Goody (Good structure, joint and ligament drawings)
- The Horse’s Muscles in Motion, Sara Wyche (Excellent anatomical and mechanical drawings and explanations of biomechanics)
- One good anatomy reference book such as: Horse Anatomy: A Pictorial Approach to Equine Structure, by Peter Goody.
- Horse Anatomy: Equine 3D, This is a really good app to have for iPhone an iPad users.
We are accredited and approved through the follow organizations:
National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork Organization (NCBTMB) for 50 Continuing Education Credits.
International Institute for Complementary Therapists Approved Training Provider
Equine Therapies Association of Australia Approved Training Provider