Requirements for all Practitioners and Instructors
Individuals learn at different rates, and begin a course of study with different levels of experience and natural talents. The experience, education and continuing education requirements outlined in these Guidelines are MINIMUM requirements. Individuals are awarded certification as they:(1) successfully attain the education, practical ability, knowledge and expertise required; and (2) successfully pass the testing requirements and personal evaluation by Marty McGee Bennett, founder of Camelidynamics. Practitioners must submit an application to Camelidynamics for each level. In addition, both Practitioners and Instructors must have, or have had, a significant amount of time and experience directly involved in the daily care and handling of camelids through ownership or herd/farm management.
Each member of the teaching program will have access to and use of Camelidynamics copyright and trademark materials and equipment to learn and teach others, therefore each person approved for the teaching program (Apprentice, Practitioner, and Instructor), will be required to sign a letter of “Non-Compete” for a period of up to two years after leaving the program.
The teaching program is not designed as an “up or out” course of study or membership. Any member can comfortably decide to pursue continuing education to refine their own skills and learn any new innovations, for themselves and the animals in their care, without desiring to teach others or groups.
Additionally, there are a number of personal characteristics that any Guild member should possess. They are:
- Open-minded – Willing to learn
- Non-Judgmental – With Animals and People
- Ethical and Honest
- Supportive of Peers and the Camelid industry
Educational Units (EU)
To meet the needs of a global organization in fluctuating economic times, the Camelidynamics Guild has chosen to create a menu system of specific educational units to both attain and maintain various certifications and teaching levels within the organization. This allows individuals to both choose from particular areas of interest that fit their current time and budget. The following pages list the educational units available to each level and certain REQUIRED EU’s for “attaining” various certifications. A complete description of all the educational units currently offered by Camelidynamics (and other organizations and educational institutions), and some of those that are under development and will be offered in the coming years are listed in the Appendix.
Each applicant who participates in, and applies for, any level of teaching certification within the Guild, must pursue initial training and education, and must be committed to continuing education, evaluation and refinement of each certification, and be personally certified by Camelidynamics.
People with limited or past exposure to the Camelidynamics Philosophy and Methodologies may have become excited by its possibilities and present themselves as Camelidynamics teachers. They sometimes use the Camelidynamics name or logo in their biographical or farm information and in the promotion of their workshops. While some may be good animal handlers, in some cases, the results have been detrimental to clients when they try to implement Camelidynamics with limited or outdated training.
Occasionally, teachers with this type of limited background combine Camelidynamics concepts with other approaches and different handling and training philosophies. These may bear a superficial resemblance to Camelidynamics but are not recommended or endorsed by Marty McGee Bennett, because they fundamentally alter the nature of the Camelidynamics Approach.
The Camelidynamics Approach is highly specialized and is constantly evolving. Currently, successful Camelidynamics Handlers, Practitioners, and Instructors have rigorous, on-going education and training in order to be able to represent the method and solve problems effectively. A current list of certified handlers, practitioners, and instructors, of Camelidynamics, is listed on the Camelidynamics website (www.camelidynamics.com).
Camelidynamics will be happy to recommend qualified handlers, practitioners or instructors, as well as, to offer an assessment of anyone who claims to be teaching the Camelidynamics Approach, but may not be listed on the website. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.