Advancing your Career: Different Types of Certification
Melinda H. Connor, D.D., Ph.D., AMP, FAM, EHP-C
For the energy practitioner of today there are many options to advance their career. The APTA has gone one step further than many certifying organizations in promoting practitioners trained in polarity therapy to the Board Certified Polarity Practitioner (BCPP) level, by getting approval from the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) which provides accreditation to accommodate all professions and industries. A choice was made to call that degree a BCPP. This is a legitimate title formally approved by NCCA. And it can be considered a terminal degree. However, it is not the same as national certification, as practiced by most other health care disciplines.
For the energy practitioner who wants more global recognition of their skills they have several choices. First, is the choice of whether or not to become a Nationally Certified Energy Practitioner (EHP-C). Next, is the choice of several national board certifications in either alternative medicine, complimentary medicine, functional medicine or integrative medicine. In addition, those BCPP practitioners have the choice if they have dual training, say as a registered nurse, or a dula, to get other kinds of specialty board certification.
So what do all these options mean and how do they fit into the process of career advancement? For a moment let’s use a standard health care discipline for comparison. When a nurse finishes an associates degree in nursing with two years of training, in most states they receive an LPN degree. This would be similar to the Registered Polarity Practitioner. When a nurse finishes a four years degree, they receive a RN degree. This would be in some ways the same as a BCPP. However, the BCPP is really a hybrid specialty designation. When the nurse finishes either the LPN or the RN, they are then required in every state to take a series of national nursing exams to show that they meet national standards for practitioners. This is the equivalent of a Nationally Certified Energy Practitioner (EHP-C). The nurse can then become licensed as a nursing professional in that state. Long term, this is a potential for energy practitioners as well, and groups in twelve states are currently working toward that goal. However, national certification is the next logical step toward licensing, as that is the health care standard across the country.
When the nurse passes those national exams and becomes licensed, they also can go forward for more specialty education. For example, the American Holistic Nursing Association has four levels of specialty Board Certification. These include things like Holistic Nurse Practitioner and Advanced Practice Holistic Nurse Practitioner. There is board certification in mental health nursing, surgical nursing, palliative care nursing, rehabilitation nursing, to name just a few of the options. In energy healing, associations like the American Association of Drugless Practitioners, American Alternative Medicine Association, American Functional Medicine Association or American Integrative Medicine Association are all options available. Many of these organization use the NCCA approval to provide a nationally recognized board certification. However, there certifications are slightly different from the BCPP. For example: a mental health nurse who is board certified will usually have an RN, will have taken the national nursing exams, will have become licensed and then will do specialty work in mental health nursing. This includes special hours of training, a series of case studies, exams etc. It would be the equivalent of a BCPP then doing additional work past the BCPP in cancer patients or individuals with drug addiction.
Once practitioners have reached this level of specialty board certification, they can also apply for a NPI number. This is a National Provider Index number. It allows energy practitioners to do specialty work like apply for grants to National Institutes of Health, Veterans Administration and Department of Defense and be available to their state as emergency providers in a state or national health care crisis.
So while there were limited options available for career advancement for the energy practitioner of the 1960’s, today a practitioner can more completely explore and define what their full potential as a practitioner will be.
Dr. Melinda H. Connor, D.D., PH.D., AMP, FAM is a born clairvoyant.
Her initial training in the energies came from within her family beginning at the age of 4. Founder of the Resonance Modulation school of energy practices which has over 300 graduates world wide, Dr. Connor holds degrees from Harvard University, Wellesley College, University of San Francisco, American Military University, California Coast University and University of Arizona. Dr. Connor was a National Institutes of Health T-32 post doctoral fellow and received her training as a research scientist at the University of Arizona in the Program in Integrative Medicine under Dr. Andrew Weil and Dr. Iris Bell. She is the former director of the Optimal Healing Research Program at the Laboratory for Advances in Consciousness and Health at the University of Arizona, directed by Dr. Gary E. Schwartz.
Ordained as a Buddhist Priest, Dr. Connor has trained as a clinical psychologist, neuropsychologist, drama therapist, massage therapist and in over thirty different styles of energy healing. A professor with appointments at multiple universities, Dr. Connor is board certified and a fellow of the American Alternative Medicine Association. As chair, of the International Society for the Study of Subtle Energies and Energy Medicine Research Symposium since 2008. Dr. Connor is the founder of the Resonance Modulation ™ training program and has written ten books. She has a private practice in Arizona and continues to present her research work at conferences around the world.