Dear ISST members, I am honored and feel privileged to have been nominated to run for the role of ISST Certification Coordinator.
After 2 years of serving as a Regional Coordinator for Eastern Europe and then for Romania and Bulgaria, I believe I have learned a lot about the directions and principles of the certification process. On my path as a coordinator, I received a lot of support from ISST, my colleagues and the psychotherapists’ community. I feel very fortunate to have been able to cooperate with my colleagues from Eastern Europe to bring Schema Therapy closer to the people in our geographical area – both clients and psychotherapists.
As one of the first Romanian certified trainers and supervisors in ST, I am very proud of the community that me and my colleagues developed together. Our hard work payed off and now, the ST community in Romania is constantly growing and people are more and more interested in taking part in ST trainings and workshops. The wonderful feed-back from our community proved to us that our contribution is welcomed in the therapeutic community and that the approved standards and certification requirements set up by the ISST played an important role in this process.
I am also enthusiastic about sharing a strong liaison with my colleagues from some of the European countries neighboring Romania, and about our cooperation towards the development of ST. I believe that only together, through a team effort, the values and principles of Schema Therapy can be brought to our practice in a flexible, yet qualitative way.
Having cooperated with National coordinators of other countries and having supervised and rated videos of people with different national backgrounds, I am well aware of the inherent differences in practicing psychotherapy around the globe. I consider these differences to be both challenging and a great inspiration for choosing the certification policies most able to fit the needs of our fellow practitioners. I am committed to continue the wonderful work of Joan Farell and Paul Kasyanik in developing a certification system that is both transparent and easy to follow, and well organized and fit for members coming from different countries and backgrounds.
I view this potential new role as an opportunity for growth and a way to experience gratitude for all the opportunities given to me so far. I feel very strongly about the international cooperation regarding Schema Therapy values and principles and about bringing them closer to therapists and clients around the globe. I believe this can be done by continuously developing the best standards of practice for our clients and also for ourselves as professionals. As a Certification Coordinator I would be committed to supporting and promoting continuously these high qualitative standards, while finding ways to be flexible and adapt to the rules and regulations applicable to our members all over the globe. This is a challenging task that requires cooperation, creativity and firmness. I believe that, in order to do so, we need to work towards a more advanced automatized system for applications, making certification data more accessible. That would allow people to have easier and more rapid access to supervisors, raters and trainers and would shorten the time for processing the applications.
Together with the Trainer coordinator and the TCAB, I intend to continue to attune different national requirements with the ISST standards. Having this in mind, I plan on inviting the regional and national coordinators to be more involved in an active exchange of views and information that can help us improve the certification process. To this extent, I wish to oversee the implementation of a support system for the coordinators, which will help them stay up to date with the regulations and decisions of ISST and get an active role in the process of certification and in the adaptation of this process to national requirements.
The growing numbers of certified therapists and approved ST training programs is at the same time a joy, and a duty for me in the role of Certification Coordinator. I believe it would be my responsibility to find and implement new solutions that are adapted to the needs of our constantly growing community.
I am fully aware of the need to dedicate my time and energy to this new role. I am willing to do so and add my contribution to this wonderful, international, growing community. I also look forward to collaborating and bringing my own resources to the work of the ISST board in developing the best practices for training and certification of our future members.
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