Two pathways to Level I: The former and the new “Birthy Dozen”
If you attended a Level One Introduction to Mentoring workshop anytime before the end of 2017, you can enroll in the new pathway to certification. This pathway, called the “Birthy Dozen,” begins on January 30, 2018. It consists of a series of six consecutive monthly pre-recorded webinar-lessons on topics offered in a sequence that builds momentum, logic, skills, and confidence. Webinars will cover topics such as Whetting a Mother’s Appetite for Prenatal Nutrition in 15 minutes; the Feminine, Ferocious & Healing Path of Mentoring; and Enhancing Your Motivational Teaching, among others.
Following each webinar-lesson—using the Zoom platform—you will participate in a 90-minute live interactive meeting with me or a certified mentor/BFW advisor. The Zoom platform allows us to see one another during discussions and demonstrations, which enhances the learning process. You can practice your mentoring skills, complete your reading, and earn your Level One certification in just six months. All webinars and live-meetings will be recorded. Should circumstances prevent you from attending a webinar or a live call, you can still listen to the webinar-lesson(s) you missed at your earliest convenience, then join the next live meeting—and keep going. The maximum time limit to complete all six calls will be eight months.
Upon completion of Level One, you are eligible to take any of the advanced mentor courses, webinars, or workshops; these will be announced in future newsletters.
Two pathways to Level II Certification:
The former and the new “Sweet Sixteen”
If you attended a Level Two Advanced Mentoring Retreat before the end of 2017, you can choose to follow the former certification requirements or enroll in the new pathway to certification. The new pathway is called the “Sweet Sixteen.” It begins on January 31, 2018, and consists of a series of eight consecutive monthly pre-recorded webinar-lessons on topics offered in a sequence that builds momentum, logic, skills, and confidence. Following each webinar-lesson—using the Zoom platform—you will participate in a live meeting with me or a certified mentor/BFW advisor. Practice your new mentoring skills, complete your reading, submit one audio-recording of your live mentoring, and earn your BFW Mentor Certification in just eight months. Should circumstances prevent you from attending a live meeting, you can still listen to the recorded webinar-lesson(s) at your earliest convenience, then join the next live meeting for advanced mentors. The maximum time limit to complete all eight calls will be ten months.
What are new requirements to Recertification?
In addition to filling out a simple form to help us track what our mentors are doing, you can meet recertification requirements by simply attending one of the special, advanced mentor workshops offered by BFW, or by attending another birth-related conference/workshop of equivalent learning value.
There will be two new fee schedules:
Level One certification fees
Level Two certification fees
The conventional certification process established years ago is called Level One Home Study & Practice on the website (https://www.birthingfromwithin.com/pages/mentor-program-info. Virginia, at your recent workshop, described this pathway to you. In order to attend an advanced mentor training, you must complete the Home Study packet of paperwork (which involves notes on required books, summaries of four births you attended per year, teaching a childbirth class, leading a birth art session, and submitting an audio-recording of yourself leading a process), and submit the packet to a certified mentor for constructive feedback.
There are many ways to learn, and to assess learning. Over the years I have noticed that the conventional pathway requires a certain level of self-motivation and organization that does not come naturally to many students, therefore they do not (and cannot) pursue advanced training in a timely manner. To remedy this problem, I am developing another pathway to prepare for advanced training, and therefore certification.
The new pathway to certification is under thoughtful construction. I don’t want to provide partial details until all the details have been worked out. I can say that it will be simpler, and it will appeal to a different kind of learner. Please be patient for the details, which should be worked out before November 1.