Academy training materials are available only as online downloads, so all students must be able to download these materials from an internet site. Course workbooks are downloaded as .pdf files, audio lectures as .mp3 files, and video lectures and demonstrations as .mp4 files. These files can be quite large, so access to high speed internet is recommended.
Students attending online Preceptorships must also be familiar with online video conferencing technology and
(1) Have a computer or laptop with high speed internet access
(2) Have a webcam and USB headset, and
(3) Know how to use all of the above on Skype, FaceTime, Hangouts, or Zoom.us.
Requirements for Certification
Certification in Interactive Guided Imagerysm offers your patients, clients, and colleagues evidence of thorough training, demonstrated competence, and uncompromising ethics. It also confers eligibility to be included as a Certified Imagery Guidesm in the Academy's frequently visited and highly respected online Directory of Imagery Practitioners.
Certification entitles the practitioner to use the terms "IGIsm", "Interactive Imagerysm", "Interactive Guided Imagerysm","Interactive Imagery Guidesm, "Imagery Guidesm" and "Certified Imagery Guidesm." The service mark denotes that IGIsm is a legally registered process, that these terms are owned by the Academy for Guided Imagery, and that "sm" must always be applied when referring to or using these terms.
Professional Certification in Interactive Guided Imagerysm is awarded by satisfactorily completing the Academy for Guided Imagery's 150 hour training curriculum consisting of the following programs:
To be eligible for Certification, you must also:
• Demonstrate competency in guiding each of the eight specific skills taught in the two Preceptorships in accordance with the judgment of AGI faculty.
• Demonstrate both in your guiding and interpersonal interactions, the qualities of attention, respect, appropriateness, non-judgmental attitude, support, and discrimination that are necessary to serve as an effective IGI Guidesm.
• Demonstrate your ability to grow from constructive feedback by AGI faculty of your guiding skills, qualities and attitudes, and your willingness to provide appropriate constructive feedback to other students and AGI faculty.
• Demonstrate your ability to recognize and address potential transference and counter-transference issues when these appear to be influencing your ability to guide effectively.
• Subscribe to and agree to follow the American Psychological Association (APA) Code of Ethics, and certify that you have not been convicted of any legal or ethical breach by any professional organization or licensing board.
• Submit documented evidence of at least 33 hours of Independent Study related to your clinical use of guided imagery and submit a 1 to 2 page report explaining how these additional courses or trainings have enriched your abilities as an Interactive Imagery GuideSM.
• Submit a copy of your state license to practice as a health professional, if you have one, or a copy of your student ID card if you are pursuing a credential leading to a professional license. Your professional licenses or student registration must be valid, active, and unencumbered for you to be granted Certification and to maintain your Certification status.
Although Certification training was originally designed for clinicians licensed to diagnose, treat, or do counseling in the state of their primary residence (or students in an academic program leading to such licensure), Certification training is now open to health educators, personal coaches, body workers, lay therapists, counselors, and others such as art or music therapists.
If you do not have a professional license, you must submit a one to two page application letter describing your goals in learning IGIsm, your plans for using it, your access to psychological consultation or supervision, if needed, and any related previous training or experience you've had, plus a CV or resume.
Upon receipt of these materials, the Academy's Credentials Committee will review your request and make a determination about your eligibility to enter Certification Training.
Upon satisfactorily completing all 150 hours of training and Independent Study requirements, you may make your formal Application for Certification.
If approved by the Academy's Credentials Committee, you will then be Certified in Interactive Guided Imagerysm, will receive your final Certification Diploma, and be added as a "Certified Imagery Guidesm" in the Academy’s online Directory of Imagery Practitioners.