InterPlay Leader Training Program
What is the underlying structure and philosophy behind the InterPlay system?
How are the forms structured?
How do they work together?
What is the ultimate outcome or effect of using InterPlay forms?
How do you determine which forms to do at what time?
These are a few of the questions that will be answered in the InterPlay Leader Training Program. This program will provide you with skills to effectively lead InterPlay® forms and practices in a variety of settings. It includes presentation, self-study, interaction, play, and practice teaching. It can be done in a variety of locations around the country.
You will learn how to create a welcoming and affirming atmosphere, present InterPlay® forms and principles clearly, take incremental steps, attend to the energy and pacing of the group, elicit noticings of body data, knowledge, and wisdom, lead focus sessions, deal with resistance, and take care of yourself emotionally and physically.
You will learn about organizing InterPlay® events: finding space, setting fees, promoting your activities, creating mailing lists, and following up with participants.
InterPlay Leader Training Program includes:
- acquiring and demonstrating a basic understanding of the core set of InterPlay® forms and tools in a self-study format
- a multiple-day retreat called “The Secrets of Leading InterPlay®” which will provide an overview of the InterPlay system and how it works
- a multiple-day event called “The InterPlay Teaching Practicum” providing practice teaching opportunities and direct reflection on teaching skills
- mentored teaching where participants lead a number of InterPlay® events and then reflect on them in writing and/or conversation with an InterPlay® mentor.
An additional component of Leader Training is to take part in an InterPlay “Untensive” preferably outside of your region to give you a chance to connect with InterPlayers from other parts of the world. This component is satisfied if you have attended an Untensive prior to enrolling in the Leader Training Program.
A prerequisite for participating in the InterPlay Leader Training Program is to take the InterPlay Life Practice Program. It is possible to begin the Leader Training Program while you are still in the Life Practice Program. To become a certified InterPlay® leader, one completes both of these Programs, joins the InterPlay Leaders Circle, and covenants to return a percentage of InterPlay® income to Body Wisdom, Inc.
Knowing the InterPlay forms
Participants in the InterPlay Leader Training Program will be asked to demonstrate an understanding of and ability to reproduce the steps involved in teaching the core set of InterPlay forms and tools. The only way to get the forms “in your body” is through repetition. Participants will be responsible for this process assisted by self–study guides that Body Wisdom, Inc. will provide. The self–study must be completed before taking the Teaching Practicum and could be initiated and/or completed before taking The Secrets of Leading InterPlay.
Secrets of Leading InterPlay
Secrets Two is a multi-day workshop that covers the underlying structure and philosophy behind the InterPlay® system. How are the forms structured? How do they work together? What is the ultimate outcome or effect of using InterPlay forms? How do you figure out which forms to do at what time? What is the nature of the relationship between leader and participant? How do you deal with people you find challenging? The workshop includes presentation, interaction, and play. “Secrets of Leading InterPlay®” is offered several times a year in various locations around the country.
The Teaching Practicum is a multi–day workshop that includes practice teaching with self–evaluation and feedback from leaders and other participants, information on best practices in designing and leading InterPlay events, and teaching resources such as sample class outlines. The Teaching Practicum will be offered in different locations at least two times a year.
Leaders-in-training will be asked to arrange five practice teaching situations, where they will receive feedback from a participant/observer of their choosing, preferably an InterPlayer. Participants will then be asked to reflect on their experiences in conversaton or writing, including the feedback they have received. A designated mentor will respond to these reflections in conference with the participant. Three of the events must be at least 20 minutes in length. One must be at least an hour, and one must be at least two hours in length. Any of these events can be a piece of another workshop, so for example, you could teach for 20 minutes as part of someone else’s class, or you could teach for two hours during an Untensive that someone else is leading.
Leader Training Program Costs
The tuition for the InterPlay Leader Training Program is $1050. A $100 deposit is required at the time of enrollment. You may take the Secrets of Leading InterPlay without enrolling in all of the Leader Training Program, but must be enrolled in the Program to do any of the other parts of the Program. Tuition for the Secrets of Leading InterPlay is $350. A $100 deposit is due when registering to attend a Secrets of Leading and the balance of $250 is due at the event. For those who attend a Secrets of Leading and then enroll in the Leader Training Program, the $350 Secrets of Leading tuition is deducted from the $1050 Program tuition, leaving a balance of $700. This balance may be paid in installments by setting up a payment plan with the InterPlay office. You may also arrange to pay for the entire Leader Training Program tuition through equal monthly payments spread out over time (for example, $100 a month for ten months, with a final payment of $50.)
Additional charges for room and board (if an event is residential) or space rental and any supplied meal costs (if an event is non-residential) may apply at the time of registering for either Secrets of LEading InterPlay or the Teaching Practicum. These amounts vary depending on the arrangements of any particular event.
Special deal for grads
We have a special tuition rate for graduates of the original InterPlay Leadership Program. If you completed the Leadership Program before it was divided into Levels One and Two in 2004, you may enroll in all or any parts of the new Leader Training Program at a reduced cost. If you have not taught much InterPlay or have not taught recently, it is highly recommended that you enroll in the entire Program. We have some new information and resources that will enhance your teaching. Cost of enrolling in the new Leader Training Program for graduates of the original Leadership Program is $700 and includes tuition for the Secrets of Leading InterPlay and the Teaching Practicum, the Mentored Teaching experience and a copy of the InterPlay Core Elements Self Study. Cost of attending either the Secrets of Leading InterPlay or the Teaching Practicum is $275 per event. Cost of doing the Mentored Teaching component is $150.
To enroll in the Leader Training Program, send $100 to Body Wisdom, Inc. at 2273 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA 94612. Checks can be made out to Body Wisdom, Inc. You may also call the office at 510/465-2797 to charge your enrollment fee by phone using Visa, MasterCard or American Express.
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“Playing under the guidance of Interplay leaders Ginny Going and Tom Henderson, two warm, playful and affirming folks, makes for an experience that is sure to open your heart and delight your bodyspirit.”
— Susan Joyner, a "retired" physician in transition