Categories of ATB practitioners:
• ATB Student: someone who attends ATB Intensives and practices ATB. An ATB student can introduce the ATB exercises and way of working into his/her own practice.
• ATB Facilitator in Training: an ATB student who, after completing the basic and advanced ATB modules, takes up all the necessary requirements and practice to certify as an ATB facilitator, while continuing to attend ATB Intensives. An ATB Facilitator in Training needs to lead ATB explorations as part of his/her training, specifying to participants that he/she is a trainee.
• ATB Certified Facilitator: an ATB Facilitator in Training who has satisfactorily completed all the specified requirements. An ATB Certified Facilitator is qualified to lead ATB explorations and implement ATB programs.
ATB Trainer: an ATB Certified Facilitator who, after gaining experience facilitating ATB explorations and programs, is considered ready, by Aloka and Joan, to become an ATB Trainer. An ATB Trainer can impart the official ATB modules that he/she is qualified for.
Becoming a Certified Facilitator
After finishing the basic and advanced modules, if you would like to become an ATB certified Facilitator, you will need to start using ATB regularly, either incorporating it in your classes/sessions or practicing it with small groups of friends. Through practise, you will slowly integrate ATB in your being and you will also be able to recognise which parts of ATB have not been assimilated and need to be studied more deeply.
From here you will need to attend a minimum of 120 more hours of ATB intensives by repeating the Basic and Advanced modules.
While you keep working with ATB, you will need to submit and comply with the following:
Logbook of your sessions
During the period of practice you will need to keep a logbook of your sessions. A sample sheet can be downloaded from the website. You will need to get in contact with Aloka and Joan and submit some of those for feedback.
Log 50 hours of self-sensing explorations with a brief description of the essence of your personal experience. A log table can be downloaded from the website
Work regularly with ATB exercises on your own or with a partner if needed (like in modeling). So that you can integrate them in your body and enhance your awareness of what each exercise addresses and brings to you.
Practice with groups
Submit 50 hours of session-practice with others – session’s log table.
You can choose 25 sessions from the logged practice sessions you have been doing, and add 25 more sessions after you have completed the second round of workshops.
Submit accreditation for a basic anatomy course. Knowledge of the skeleton, muscles, organs and nervous system of the body is indispensable for ATB.
From the practice you have been doing, choose 15 sessions and submit them as class plans. An example of a class plan can be downloaded from the website.
Write a paper on ATB. What is ATB for you? How does it affect yourself and your life? What do you think or feel ATB can bring to others/to society?
Facilitate an ATB session
Facilitate a 2 hour session to a group of people with in which Aloka or and Joan are present.
Having completed the above requirements and when you feel ready, you will have to contact us and see how we proceed to arrange the logistics for the session.
It can be very useful at that point to send us a 1 hour, maximum 2 hours video prior to arranging for the session, so that we can give some relevant feedback that will help you to see if you are ready or not. And if not ready you will be able to know what to work on to make yourself ready.
Please note that Awareness Through the Body does not provide specific pedagogical training and if you are not a teacher or a therapist, and want to work with children, you may additionally need to get training in this field.
Be aware that complying with the above does not necessarily imply that you will become a certifies facilitator. You may need to repeat part of the requirements before becoming one.
Being a certified Facilitator
The ATB Facilitator Certification attests that the person in possession of it is qualified/able to implement ATB programmes, and lead ATB exploratory intensives. However, this certification will not qualify the person to train people to become ATB Certified Facilitators; this is done by an ATB Trainer.
You will need to commit yourself to keep growing into, and integrating awareness in your life. You will need to have a daily practice where you explore yourself. It might be helpful to enroll in a physical discipline that fosters awareness, such as: Tai chi, Feldenkrais, Hatha yoga, and follow it using the ATB principles.
So… To become a Certified Facilitator, practise, practise, practise, cultivate and integrate awareness in all aspects of your life. And once you are Certified practice, practice, practice and practice.