Alba Method Association Certifications

Please note that “teaching” includes more than leading workshops. Teaching refers to giving anyone instructions on doing any of the six respiratory-posturo-facial emotional patterns. For example, a therapist who guides a client on doing only one emotional pattern is teaching. The same is true for a theatre director using the method to help an actor with a role, or even for someone trying to teach a pattern to a friend. Any such teaching requires sufficient training and is only authorized through AMA certification.

Practitioner

A Practitioner may use the Alba Method as an individual, in their personal life and/or work, but is not authorized to teach any of the six emotional patterns. Practitioner certification formally recognizes that a person meets the requirements listed below.

 

Practitioner status is granted by an Associate Teacher, Teacher, or Master Teacher who is a current member of AMA.

 

Requirements:

1.       Demonstrates Mastery of the Step-Out and Neutral State.

2.       Can execute, recognize, and describe each unmixed emotional pattern.

3.       Can self-assess and self-correct, with clear kinesthetic understanding, all six unmixed emotional patterns.

4.       Reports a subjective experience of the emotion as a result of executing each unmixed emotional pattern.

5.      Can recognize mixed emotions in self and others.

6.      Consistently manifests these abilities over time.

7.      Agrees to adhere to the AMA Code of Ethics.

 

Teaching Apprentice

 

A Teaching Apprentice is authorized to assist Associate Teachers, Teachers and/or Master Teachers in the teaching of the Alba Method.

 

Teaching Apprentice status is granted by an Associate Teacher, Teacher, or Master Teacher who is a current member of AMA and who has taught this candidate.

 

Requirements:

  1. Was previously certified as an AMA Practitioner.

  2. Desires to begin the process of teacher training in the Alba Method.

  3. Is identified by an Alba Method Teacher at the Associate level or above as ready to begin such training.

Associate Teacher

 

An Associate Teacher is authorized to teach the Alba Method to individuals with whom  they have a pre-existing professional relationship (with whom they have already developed communication, relationship, and awareness of personal qualities and habits,  such as an acting teacher to students in previous courses or a therapist to an established client) and may also guide the development of and certify Teaching Apprentices. The Associate Teacher conducts trainings under the guidance of a Master Teacher mentor who is a current member of AMA, and with whom the Associate Teacher has worked. 

 

When the Master Teacher mentor determines that the Associate Teacher has accumulated enough experience to proceed effectively at that level without supervision, they will notify the mentee that mentorship is no longer required.  

 

Associate Teacher status is granted by a Teacher or Master Teacher who is a current member of AMA. In order to be granted Associate Teacher status, a candidate’s teaching must be evaluated in person and approved by that Teacher or Master Teacher. Candidates who do not have a familiar population of potential trainees may develop their skills by co-teaching under the direct supervision of a Teacher or Master Teacher.

 

Requirements:

  1. Was previously certified as an AMA Teaching Apprentice.

  2. Has trained with at least two different AMA Associate Teachers, Teachers or Master Teachers.

  3. Has served as a Teaching Apprentice under at least one Teacher or Master Teacher.

  4. Demonstrates the ability to lead a group of beginners through a full Alba Method introductory workshop.

  5. Has established a supportive and caring teaching style, with the ability to effectively manage a room of beginners and coach them through learning challenges.

  6. Has a clear knowledge of the original research articles and publications articulating the details and origins of the emotional effector patterns, and their relationship to the development of Alba Emoting. (There is a basic minimum required reading Bibliography available on the AMA website.)

  7. Demonstrates the ability to manage post-exercise discussions and assist learners in processing their discoveries.

 

Teacher

 

The Teacher is authorized to teach the Alba Method to diverse participants with whom the teacher has no previous relationship and may also guide the development of Apprentice and Associate Teachers. The Teacher is authorized to certify Alba Method Practitioners, Teaching Apprentices, and Associate Teachers.

 

Teacher status is granted by a Master Teacher who is a current member of AMA. The candidate’s teaching must be evaluated in person and approved by that Master Teacher.

 

Requirements:

  1. Was previously certified as an AMA Associate Teacher.

  2. Must have participated in workshops/trainings led by at least two different Teachers or Master Teachers.

  3. Demonstrates the ability to lead a group of learners from diverse backgrounds through a full Alba Method introductory workshop.

  4. Demonstrates a relaxed command of the Alba Method training situation and handles challenges smoothly, effectively, and with confidence.

 

Master Teacher

 

A Master Teacher is authorized to mentor and certify Alba Method Practitioners, Teaching Apprentices, Associate Teachers, and Teachers.

 

Master Teacher status is granted by at least two Master Teachers who are current members of AMA.  These two Master Teachers must observe and evaluate the candidate’s teaching, review the candidate’s qualifications based on the below requirements, and then decide whether or not to confer upon this candidate the title of Master Teacher.

 

Requirements:

  1. Was previously certified as an AMA Teacher.

  2. Has taught multiple workshops/courses.

  3. Has taught students of all levels, from novice through Associate Teacher.

  4. Has certified several Practitioners.

  5. Has shown a commitment to training Teaching Apprentices and Associate Teachers.

  6. Has shown a commitment to maintaining the integrity of the Alba Method.

  7. Has collaborated with other Alba Method Teachers, at least one of which is a Master Teacher, in the development and delivery of Alba Method trainings.

  8. Abides by the AMA Code of Ethics.

 

NOTES:

  1. Certifications must be sent to the current Secretary of the Alba Method Association to be included in the records of current certified Alba Method Practitioners and Teachers.

  2. Equivalencies:

For anyone certified in Alba Emoting under the previous Alba Emoting Certification System before January 1, 2018, the following equivalencies will apply:

Level 3 - Associate Teacher

Level 4 - Teacher

Level 5 - Master Teacher