Proposal to add an additional member to the Executive Board by splitting the current portfolio of Coordinator of Training and Certification into two: A Training Coordinator, and a Certification Coordinator.
Motivation: As our society has been expanding, so has the amount of administrative and organizational work required not only from office and administrative staff but also from Board members. The workload of what is currently the Coordinator or Training and Certification has become enormous and Joan Farrell who is completing her fourth two-year term in this role has regularly put in several hours a week but, particularly recently, has reported that she is experiencing significant overload with respect to the various issues, correspondence and review of committee proceedings she is called on to process.
If we have a Training Coordinator, and a Certification Coordinator there will still be a large amount of work for the individuals elected to each portfolio. There are a large number of issues that the Training Coordinator would need to attend to including: reviewing the training workshops to be presented at our Enlight and Inspire events, supporting training in countries with few resources (with the Schema Therapy Development Programs Committee), reviewing the content of training programs to ensure it keeps pace with current developments in schema therapy, modularising training programs so that there is compatibility across the ways in the material is presented from one trainer to another, ensuring consistency across training approaches in the various different certification tracks (Individual, Couples, Children and adolescents, Group, etc.),
There are a large number of issues that the Certification Coordinator would need to attend to including: monitoring procedures to ensure that applicants for certification provide all the necessary documentation, the monitoring and final review of all applications for certification (at all levels), monitoring the impact and procedures for evaluation of the newly introduced case conceptualization form, developing a policy on how to deal with trainees who do not apply for certification within what is the current formal limit of two years, and ensuring consistency of certification criteria across the different certification tracks (Individual, Couples, Children and adolescents, Group, etc.).
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