Printer Friendly pageBecoming An Instructor

To become an instructor, it is necessary to successfully fulfill all the tasks listed under the heading of Program Requirements, be recommended by the ICEP administrator, and selected by the faculty and director. The evaluation period is expected to last between one to two years. It may be extended up to 30 months by declaration from the candidate. To extend beyond 30 months, permission must be received from the ICEP administrator.

The Program Requirements section specifies what the candidate must accomplish to successfully complete the program. It specifies the number of class presentations, interviews, sessions, evaluations, and timeframes required of the candidate. In addition, you will learn the business and office aspects of. MBJSJ Institute as well as complete interviews with its director and ICEP administrator.

Each candidate works with a faculty mentor. You will be required to make arrangements with a faculty member to be your mentor for the duration of this evaluation program. Your mentor will provide you with advice, ICEP support, and may advocate for you should the circumstances warrant. Note that your mentor cannot be the same faculty member as your sponsor; that is, sponsor and mentor are different people. Please consider carefully with whom you would like to work in each capacity. Typically, the mentor role requires significantly more involvement and time commitment.

If you are chosen to participate in this program, the Forms and Worksheets section of this document will provide you with the various forms to be used during the evaluation program. It is your responsibility to provide copies of the forms, ensure their completion, and submit them in a timely manner.

Program Requirements

The actual evaluation program consists of attendance, participation, and practice teaching at five 5-Day Basic Jin Shin Jyutsu Seminars, interviews, giving hands-on sessions, and receiving feedback and evaluations. You are responsible for all of the scheduling and arrangements associated with these activities.

Your practice teaching will be in the form of ten presentations at five 5-Day Basic Jin Shin Jyutsu Seminars given by five different instructors. These presentations, as well as the presentations made in Scottsdale as detailed below, are to be made without computer assistance so that your command of the material, teaching style and student engagement are more immediately observable. You are expected to attend all five days of all the seminars. Additionally, you will participate in the hands-on segments held each day of the class and arrange to give a hands-on session to the class instructor.

You will provide the instructor with six Class Presentation Feedback forms (found in the Forms and Worksheets section) and request that five be given to repeat students and one to a new student. In addition, you will also provide the instructor with a Hands-On Session Feedback form to complete. You will collect the completed forms and send copies by email to the director, ICEP administrator, and to your mentor soon after the class is completed.

The instructor will provide you a narrative evaluation that will include your class presentations, the session received from you and your involvement in the hands-on segments of the class. You may receive this directly from the instructor by the end of class or it may be emailed to you after class. In either case, you will email a copy to the director, ICEP administrator, and to your mentor.

You also participate in a five-day administrative intensive in Scottsdale, Arizona, at which you will meet the office staff and learn about our policies and procedures, office operations, required documentation for seminars and the expectations for cooperation between instructor and administrative support. The director will interview you if he has not previously done so. You will also give hands-on sessions to two of the staff and to the director and provide the staff members with the Hands-On Session Feedback forms to complete. The director will include his evaluation in a comprehensive narrative as indicated below. It is your responsibility to send copies of the completed forms to the ICEP administrator and your mentor.

Your primary activity in Scottsdale is four hours of class presentation, two hours from Text 1 and two hours from Text 2. You will arrange to go to Scottsdale for the intensive when you feel in sufficient command of the material to present at this level. On the first day, the director will inform you where you will begin your presentations in Text 1 and Text 2 so you will know in advance. The presentations will occur on the fourth day unless otherwise arranged. Your presentations may be attended by office staff, the director, faculty members, ICEP administrator, guests, and JSJ students of varying levels. You may offer whatever breaks you wish during each presentation.

You are responsible for providing six Class Presentation Feedback forms, collecting them, and sending copies to the ICEP administrator and your mentor. The director will distribute the forms to class attendees of his choosing. The director will also provide you a narrative evaluation that will include both of your presentations, the session received from you and your interview with him. You may receive this directly from him before you leave Scottsdale or it may be sent to you later. In either case, you will email a copy to the ICEP administrator, and to your mentor.

The ICEP administrator may assign interviews in addition to the one conducted by the director. These interviews may be conducted by phone, video calling (such as Skype), or in person at any time during your evaluation program. The interviewer will provide a narrative report to you. You will provide copies to the director, ICEP administrator, and your mentor. When you have finished all of these requirements, email the completed Candidate Evaluation Requirements Checklist form to the director, ICEP administrator, and your mentor for review.

Financial Obligations

The candidate agrees to assume the responsibility for the financial requirements associated with the Instructor Candidate Evaluation Program, such as airfare, hotel, meals, and other related expenses. There is no charge for attendance at the five classes in which you will be presenting.

Candidate Withdrawal

Issues and concerns may arise during the evaluation program. The ICEP administrator and your mentor will work with you in good faith to resolve such concerns, but it is your responsibility to meet all requirements. A participant may be withdrawn from the ICEP at any time by the director. If appropriate, you may be given consideration for future openings in the ICEP Program.

If you choose to withdraw from the ICEP, you are expected to speak to both your mentor and the ICEP administrator. A personal letter of withdrawal must be sent to the ICEP administrator with a copy to the director.


The Instructor Candidate Evaluation Program selection is based upon applicant qualifications and utilizes feedback from the Mary Burmeister Jin Shin Jyutsu Institute administration, staff, faculty, and other sources. All information contained within the applicant/candidate files including selection process, feedback forms, evaluations, and discussions governing the criteria for selection are maintained in the strictest confidence by the ICEP administrator and Mary Burmeister Jin Shin Jyutsu Institute.

Final Selection

Upon successful completion of the Instructor Candidate Evaluation Program, the ICEP administrator may recommend the candidate to the faculty and director of Mary Burmeister Jin Shin Jyutsu Institute to become an instructor. If approved, the director will formally invite the candidate to join the faculty.

Please note that entry into the ICEP and participation in the program does not guarantee final selection as an instructor. The ICEP administrator may not recommend you to the faculty and director or the faculty and/or director may not accept the ICEP administrator’s recommendation. In either case of non-selection, an explanation will be provided.

Mentoring Guidelines

Each ICEP candidate is required to have a mentor from the Mary Burmeister Jin Shin Jyutsu Institute faculty. The mentoring relationship is established in the following sequence: 1) The candidate invites a faculty member other than their sponsor to be their mentor; 2) Both agree upon terms of availability and communication; and 3) The faculty member accepts.

A mentor has two principal, overlapping responsibilities. The first is to the candidate. The mentor’s job is to guide the individual through the Instructor Candidate Evaluation Program by offering the wisdom of one who is already established in the position the candidate is seeking. This includes: assistance in resolving misunderstandings; advising on practical matters such as scheduling, financial details, establishing a working relationship with organizers, time management, etc.; developing pedagogy; helping to clarify the candidate’s understanding of the established materials; and by providing constructive feedback and counsel.

The mentor’s second responsibility is to Mary Burmeister’s Jin Shin Jyutsu Physio-Philosophy, which includes supporting the work of MBJSJ Institute and its family of instructors, students and organizers. The task here is to work closely with the ICEP administrator to ensure that the candidate merits selection as an instructor upon completion of the ICEP. The ICEP administrator recommends candidates who have a high probability of becoming instructors. However, the ICEP may expose weaknesses or deficiencies resulting in extending the program duration, increasing the program requirements, or even leading to the decision to deny selection of the candidate as an instructor.

Mentor Responsibilities

1. Be accessible and available. Before entering into a mentoring relationship, the instructor and the candidate must determine, as specifically as possible, the instructor’s availability for performing this role and the extent of the candidate’s expectations/needs for the mentor. The candidate must agree to the instructor’s parameters for availability. If the candidate requires more than the instructor is prepared to offer, the candidate may need to seek a different mentor.

2. Stay current. The mentor will receive copies of all feedback forms and narrative evaluations. Staying current with the feedback and evaluations will allow an informed response from the mentor to the candidate and to the ICEP administrator.

3. Respond promptly. Candidates’ needs for mentoring will vary from individual to individual. Since the needs of the candidate may be intermittent with occasions of urgency, responding promptly within the parameters you establish will be critical to a successful mentoring relationship.

4. Provide feedback. The mentor will provide feedback to the ICEP administrator that will be utilized to determine the candidate’s ability and readiness to become an instructor.


5. Requirements presented in any of the three stages may be waived based on the needs of the organization.

6. Additional requirements may be added at the discretion of the ICEP administrator and the approval of the director.

7. At the discretion of Mary Burmeister Jin Shin Jyutsu Institute, there may be times when application to become a candidate is restricted to applicants from specific countries or regions,


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