Certification Requirements for
Primal Integration Educators
Phase 1: Preparation
Those persons who desire to be certified by the IPA must select
a minimum of 5 persons to be their personal Support Group. The
Support Group should include persons (not necessarily members
of the IPA) who the Applicant trusts and who will help them throughout
the Certification Process.
The Applicant applies, in writing, to the Chairperson of the
Certification Committee, including the names, addresses, email
addresses, and telephone numbers of the Applicant's Support Group.
The application fee is $200.
The Chairperson of the Certification Committee sends the Applicant
the paperwork or "kit" necessary to complete the IPA
A Review Panel is formed to evaluate the applicant. The Review
Panel consists of three members of the Certification Committee,
to be selected as follows: the Applicant selects two members,
and the Certification Committee selects one member.
The Chairperson publishes a "Notice of Intent to complete
requirements for Certification" in the IPA Newsletter. The
notice will include the Applicant's name and address and the names,
addresses, emails addresses, and phone numbers of the persons
on the Applicant's Review Panel. The notice will also include
a request for comments on the Applicant and will state that the
Certification Committee will hold all responses in the strictest
Phase 2: The Review Panel Evaluates the Applicant
The process for completing the Certification Requirements will
include the following items:
A review (by means of written and/or oral responses) of most
areas of the Applicant's professional life. These include:
The depth and breadth of the Applicant's therapeutic experience
as a client, as well as the Applicant's commitment to their
own ongoing therapy process.
The Applicant's educational background and life experience.
The Applicant's training and work, including all aspects
of primal work.
The Applicant's personal character including integrity,
responsibility, maturity, and honesty.
The Applicant's current life situation, including ongoing
education and experience.
The Applicant's ongoing involvement in the IPA (e.g., leading
workshops, chairing or participating on committees, writing
articles for the newsletter and/or the journal).
An original project presented by the Applicant on some aspect
of the Primal Integration Process. This project may be in any
form, including written, art, music, performance, and video, and
will be approved in advance by the Review Panel.
Responses from IPA members to the notices in the IPA newsletter
shall be evaluated.
A Full Disclosure Statement provided by the Applicant, appropriate
for mailing by the IPA to interested persons. This statement shall
include a biography, experience, philosophy, and any other material
that would be of interest to potential clients.
Phase 3: Approval Process
3A: If the Review Panel and the Certification Committee Approve
If the Review Panel is satisfied with the Applicant, they present
a report to the Certification Committee, recommending that the
Applicant be certified.
If the Certification Committee agrees, the Chairperson notifies
the Applicant within 30 days that they have fulfilled the requirements
and been approved. They will be presented with the Certificate
and officially certified by the IPA as a Primal Integration Educator.
At the next IPA Annual Meeting, the Applicant will be publicly
recognized as having successfully fulfilled the requirements for
3B - If the Committee rejects the Applicant
If the Review Panel an/or the Certification Committee is not
satisfied with the Applicant, there are three potential actions:
Withhold recommendation pending further information from
the Applicant, the Applicant's Support Group, or any other
Withhold recommendation pending additional study, training,
work, etc,. by the Applicant.
Withhold recommendation for other reasons to be fully explained
to the Applicant.
The Chairperson of the Certification Committee shall notify
the Applicant of this decision within 30 days.
The Applicant may return to the Certification Panel twice with
the requested information, additional study, etc.
If the Applicant objects to the recommendation being withheld,
the Applicant may appeal to the IPA Council of Elders.