Offering the Society of Ortho-Bionomy® International
Courses in Ortho-Bionomy®
Volume 1, Number 1 Published October 2, 2012
ALL ADDENDUMS AND FLYERS SHOULD BE CONSIDERED PART OF THE SCHOOL CATALOG
RMOBC is Approved & Regulated by the Colorado Department of Higher Education Private Occupational School Board
Grand Junction Office
c/o Sheri Covey
115 N 5th Street Ste 305
Grand Junction, CO 81501
c/o Sheri Covey (970) 209-9400
The Rocky Mountain Ortho-Bionomy® Center, LLC (hereinafter referred to as RMOBC) offers stand alone courses that teach the philosophy, theory and applied techniques of Ortho-Bionomy®. These stand alone courses are a natural addition for massage therapists, body workers and health professionals who wish to enhance their practices with an effective and powerful modality.
Ortho-Bionomy® trainings also offer an opportunity for non body workers to enter the field. RMOBC stand alone courses count towards the Associate in Practitioner Training Program and the Registered Practitioner Program of the Society of Ortho-Bionomy® International (SOBI, http://www.ortho-bionomy.org/) to become a professional Ortho-Bionomist. In Colorado, Registered Practitioners of Ortho-Bionomy® do not need a massage therapy license to establish a practice. Ortho-Bionomy® is not massage therapy, and RMOBC courses do not lead to massage therapy certification.
What is Ortho-Bionomy?
Ortho-Bionomy® is a gentle system of healing that reminds the body of its natural ability to restore balance. The work allows the body to correct itself. The hallmark of Ortho-Bionomy® is pain relief. Founded by British Osteopath Arthur Lincoln Pauls, Ortho-Bionomy® is built on the positional release work of American Osteopath Laurence Jones. Pauls used gentle movements, comfortable positioning, compression and subtle contact. This activated the body’s self-correction reflexes, supporting the patient’s own healing mechanisms. The result is seemingly effortless pain and tension relief, natural re-alignment, relaxation and a deep sense of well-being. Through this process clients discover the ability to heal and restore comfort, ease and balance back into their body.
Students seeking Ortho-Bionomy® courses vary widely in age and experience. Some come with no bodywork experience and a desire to heal themselves and others. Some have extensive training in health and medical fields. A class may include laypersons, massage therapists, other body work modalities, chiropractors, nurses, acupuncturists, psychologists and physical therapists.
Ortho-Bionomy® is not as well known as massage therapy (yet). Knowledge is growing, though, through “Ortho’s” ability to provide healing in situations where traditional body work fails.
Ortho-Bionomy® requires extensive hands-on practice and feedback. Your hands become intelligent and sensitive as you come to feel and sense what your clients’ tissues need. RMOBC emphasizes developing high level “sensing” skills, along with the theory and knowledge that lay the foundation for intelligent, insightful and gifted Ortho-Bionomy®.
RMOBC programs are for body work and health professionals interested in learning a new modality, and laypersons who want to knowledge for self care or are interested in becoming Ortho-Bionomy® practitioners thru the Society of Ortho-Bionomy® International (SOBI).
Ortho-Bionomy® originated and is grounded in osteopathic medicine, and also incorporates intuition and energy healing. It is a healing “art” as well as a science.
Is this your path?
Ortho-Bionomy® can be extremely rewarding whether your focus is on enhancing your body work practice, helping yourself, family and friends, or learning a new profession. To make a living in OB requires educated touch, a desire to serve, solid communication, interpersonal and marketing abilities. It also requires a firm grasp of the concepts and an ability to apply the techniques with skill and understanding. Potential clients are generally familiar with massage therapy but not with Ortho-Bionomy®. Ortho-Bionomy® is NOT massage therapy and RMOBnC courses do not lead to massage therapy certification.
Practitioners need to educate people and invite them to experience the work. Depending on where you live, the market may be saturated with massage therapists & body workers, which makes establishing a practice more challenging, though not impossible. If you’re considering the profession, understand the licensing requirements for Colorado, or for your state and city. Know your market. Know your competition. Start building a clientele while you complete your practice sessions for your requirements. Don’t quit your “day job” until you are well established. Be willing to market yourself and communicate OB to potential clients.
Ortho-Bionomy as an Occupation
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts that employment of massage therapists will grow 19 percent through 2018. Ortho-Bionomy is NOT massage therapy, it is a body work modality. The public's growing interest in using natural alternatives, including body work, to relieve pain, injuries and stress will contribute to job growth for massage therapists and body workers of other modalities. As with any form of healing body work, there is a spill over market from massage therapy for Ortho-Bionomists.
Ortho-Bionomists Potential Income, Based on Massage Projections
Massage therapy salaries are the closest occupational category to bodywork. Ortho-Bionomy® is a type of bodywork. Ortho-Bionomy® is not massage therapy, and RMOBC courses do not lead to massage therapy certification.
Ortho-Bionomy practitioners are not required to have massage certification in Colorado at this time.
Massage therapists earn a median salary of $43,165, according to Salary.com. Massage Therapist salaries range from $27,586 to $64,044 based in part on experience, employer type and location. Ortho-Bionomy practitioners need to find or create a market for their skills, understand anatomy, physiology and the philosophy and application of OB techniques that less movement effects greater healing (less is more). As in any body work practice, you also need to have a business and marketing plan to build a successful practice with a solid client base.
Ownership & Board Members
The School is owned by Sheri Covey of Grand Junction, CO. The Board of Directors includes Sheri Covey, Rob Bleiberg, Jennifer Reinbrecht, Brian Schat and Nancy Anson.
Sheri Covey, Owner, Instructor: 1000 hour Graduate of New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts for Massage, Advanced Practitioner of Ortho-Bionomy and a Registered Intermediate Advanced Instructor of Ortho-Bionomy®. Sheri has built highly successful practices in Crested Butte and Grand Junction. She has taught Ortho-Bionomy extensively at Mountain Heart School of Massage in Crested Butte, Colorado; the New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico and Western State College, Gunnison, CO. Her background includes education, athletics and coaching. Sheri has a reputation for wide ranging and inspiring educational experiences.
Jennifer Reinbrecht: MS (Sociology), Certified Massage Therapist, Reflexologist, Reiki Practitioner, Associate in Ortho-Bionomy® Practioner Training. Administrative Support, Student Enrollment, Registration and Anatomy Assistant Instructor. Over 16 years as massage therapist & reflexologist in private and public practice. Extensive teaching experience at the Denver School of Massage Therapy, Aurora Branch and the Colorado School of Healing Arts, including reflexology, Anatomy & Physiology, pathology, business and spa chemistry. Certified Massage Therapist since 1996.
Denver Campus: The Rocky Mountain Ortho-Bionomy Center, LLC Denver Campus offers classes at Just for Health School of Reflexology & Healing Arts, centrally located at Old Hampden Holistic Center, 3501 South Corona St., #1, Englewood CO 80113.
The classroom is a large comfortable carpeted room with plentiful natural lighting. Students sit on chairs, pillows or massage tables. There is a white board, massage tables, classroom tables and chairs for classes, and a kitchenette where students may store and heat up their lunches and snacks. Bottled spring water is available, along with a land line for local calls, wifi and cell phone connectivity.
Grand Junction Campus: The Rocky Mountain Ortho-Bionomy Center, LLC Grand Junction Campus offers classes in the Conference Training Rooms of the Hampton Inn, 205 Main Street, Grand Junction, CO 81501.
Courses & SOBI Certification Programs
NOTE: Stand Alone Courses earn hours towards the Associate in Practitioner Training Programs & the Registered Practitioner Program offered by the Society of Ortho-Bionomy® International.
Overview: The Society of Ortho-Bionomy® International (SOBI) developed and oversees the Associate in Practitioner Training, the Registered Practitioner Program, the Registered Advanced Practitioner Program and instructor training programs. To learn more, visit their website at http://www.ortho-bionomy.org. Courses, workshops, continuing education and pre-requisites are regulated by the Society (SOBI), a membership organization.
SOBI does not have its own “schools”. They authorize Registered Instructors who teach classes in a variety of settings based on local education laws. RMOBC is set up as a school under the Colorado Department of Higher Education, Division of Occupational Schools to offer courses on a defined, rotating schedule. Students can plan for, and complete, the SOBI Registered Practitioner Training program in a defined time period, or simply take individual courses based on interest or need.
SOBI encourages students to take classes from multiple instructors, and lists classes around the country, and the world, on the Society website and in their quarterly newsletter. You may take classes in any order and from any Registered Instructor in good standing with SOBI, provided you meet the prerequisites. If you choose to do this know that class fees are set by each instructor and vary depending on travel or location fees. RMOBC stand alone class fees are not transferable to another SOBI instructor or location.
Only classes taught by Registered Instructors in good standing with the Society of Ortho-Bionomy® count toward your Stand Alone course prerequisites and SOBI Registered Practitioner Training Programs hours.
RMOBC Certificate Courses
RMOBC invites students interested in Ortho-Bionomy® to take courses whether or not they intend to become SOBI Registered Practitioners. All courses have value and applications as stand alone offerings. Prerequisites for standard courses are established by SOBI. Pre-requisites for specialized workshops are determined by the Instructor. If a prerequisite is listed, students are required to provide proof to the Instructor or Administrator by presenting their certificate from the required prerequisite course. The course can have been completed anywhere as long as it’s signed by a Registered Instructor of Ortho-Bionomy®.
OCCUPATIONAL OBJECTIVES AND GENERAL DESCRIPTION: The Ortho-Bionomy® Stand Alone Courses are designed to give individuals a thorough understanding of the art and practice of Ortho-Bionomy®. Students apply the principles of Ortho-Bionomy® to the techniques they learn. Upon completion of the courses the student can add Ortho-Bionomy® to their body work professional practice, or apply it as a healing modality for their self care, friends and family members.
Ortho-Bionomy® is not massage therapy, and RMOBC courses do not lead to massage therapy certification.
Students who have reached the Associate in Practitioner Training level have the opportunity to begin applying Ortho-Bionomy® skills with potential clients. Students who complete the SOBI Registered Practitioner Program can apply their training at a professional level, adding Ortho-Bionomy® skills to their existing practice, building a client base in the community or working with other health care professionals in an office setting.
Course Descriptions (Courses offered at both Denver & Grand Junction)
NOTE: Prerequisites are established by SOBI, and for specialized workshops by the Instructor. Instructor permission is based on prior applicable bodywork training or experience in course subject.
Phase 4 Spine & Shoulders (2 days, 16 hrs total): This foundation class covers the history, philosophy and concepts of Ortho-Bionomy® and provides an overview of the basic release techniques for the spine and shoulders. Movements and positions of comfort are demonstrated to facilitate the release of muscular tension and overall stress by stimulating the inherent, self-corrective reflexes of the body which help the body create structural alignment and balance from within. ($370 regular/$300 early bird) Prerequisites: NONE
Phase 4 Extremities (2 days, 16 hrs total): This foundation class covers the history, philosophy and concepts of Ortho-Bionomy® and provides an overview of the basic release techniques for the joints of the extremities. Movements and positions of comfort are demonstrated to facilitate the release of muscular tension and overall stress by stimulating the inherent, self-corrective reflexes of the body which help the body create structural alignment and balance from within. ($370 regular/$300 early bird) Prerequisites: NONE
Phase 4 Advanced Pelvis & Organs (2 days, 16 hrs total): This class expands from the basic release techniques to advanced considerations for working with the pelvis and organs, and finding more challenging positions of comfort to facilitate the release of muscular tension and overall stress by stimulating the inherent, self-corrective reflexes of the body which help the body create structural alignment and balance from within. ($370 regular/$300 early bird) Prerequisites: Phase 4 or 5 or permission from the instructor.
Phase 4 Advanced Neck & Shoulder (1 day, 8 hrs total): This class expands from the basic release techniques to advanced considerations around working with the neck and shoulder, and the challenge to find movements and positions of comfort to facilitate release. ($185 regular/$150 early bird) Prerequisites: Phase 4 or 5 or permission from the instructor.
Phase 4 Advanced Extremities (1 day, 8 hrs total): This class promotes a deeper understanding of physiological relationships in the extremities that often influence each other in a state of misunderstanding that creates injury. The class explores techniques and relationships that aid the Practitioner to resolve common and sometimes mystifying extremity injuries and post surgical recovery. ($185 regular/$150 early bird) Prerequisites: NONE
Phase 4 Review (2 days, 16 hrs total): A thorough review of Phase 4 concepts and applications from basic to advanced. ($370 regular/$300 early bird) Prerequisites: Any Phase 4 course.
Phase 5 (2 days, 16 hrs total): Phase Five moves to a more subtle level of awareness of the practice and principles of Ortho-Bionomy®. Phase Five techniques develop and increase the student's understanding and proprioceptive sensitivity to the self-corrective movements initiated by the client. Through observation, following and supporting subtle movement patterns, muscular tension is released, range of motion is increased and pain is reduced. In Phase Five, students are encouraged to do less and let the client be the guide for his/her exploration of change. ($370 regular/$300 early bird) Prerequisites: Any Phase 4 class or permission from the instructor.
Phase 6 (2 days, 16 hrs total): This class is teaches participants access and track sensation and energetic perception in themselves and in their clients, to learn how to make contact without necessarily engaging physically. Techniques will be presented that monitor and acknowledge the inter-relationship between energetic, emotional and physical levels, and that demonstrate how energetic shifts can affect changes in physical patterns. ($370 regular/$300 early bird) Prerequisites: Phase 4 or Phase 5 or permission from the instructor.
Phase 5 & 6 Reflexes (1 day, 8 hrs total): A further integration, not a separate class, of Phase 5 & 6 concepts and the range of responses and positioning to enhance the reflexive release responses of the body. ($185 regular/$150 early bird) Prerequisites: Any Phase 4 class or permission from the instructor.
Ethics & Emotions (2 days, 16 hrs total): Participants learn skills for addressing emotional responses that may arise during a session in an appropriate and professional manner. In addition, participants discuss the guidelines for professional conduct and review the Society of Ortho-Bionomy® International's Code of Ethics. ($370 regular/$300 early bird) Prerequisites: 8 units of Phase 4 classes.
Exploration of Movement Patterns (2 days, 16 hrs total): In Exploration of Movement participants learn to recognize and palpate patterns of joint and muscle movement to facilitate increased range of motion and promote a sense of well-being in the body. By gently exploring and supporting preferred patterns of movement or stillness, the client is invited to actively participate and recognize their patterns. ($370 regular/$300 early bird) Prerequisites: NONE
Isometrics & Isotonics (2 days, 16 hrs total): Techniques for working with inefficient muscular tension patterns as well as underdeveloped muscle tone are presented and practiced. Through the use of restraining movement while the muscle is engaged, self-correcting reflexes are stimulated and habitual holding patterns can be released. Participants learn how the conscious use of obstacles can help promote change from rigid physical patterns to greater mobility and allows the client to actively participate in the session. ($370 regular/$300 early bird) Prerequisites: Any Phase 4 class or permission from the instructor.
Posture & Post Techniques (2 days, 16 hrs total): I n this class participants learn to evaluate and address inefficient postural habits through accurate observation and simple exercises. Techniques to work with spinal curvatures and scoliosis are presented and practiced. Post techniques focus on assessing and releasing areas of tension as well as integrating the work done in a session. In addition, exercises are taught to facilitate the client's ability to maintain balance through the neuro-muscular re-education of postural habits. ($370 regular/$300 early bird) Prerequisites: Any Phase 4 class or permission from the instructor.
Chapman’s Reflexes (2 days, 16 hrs total): This class presents the Chapman's Reflexes system of identifying and stimulating reflex points to facilitate lymphatic drainage and the balancing of the organs. The class also focuses on the relationship between the neurolymphatic reflexes and the endocrine system and its affect on structural balance as well as the individual's physical and emotional well-being. ($370 regular/$300 early bird) Prerequisites: 16 units of Phase 4 or 5 or permission from the instructor.
Elements of Successful Practice (2 days, 16 hrs total): The business side of an Ortho-Bionomy® practice. Participants learn about marketing, advertising, developing a business plan, setting up an office, setting fees, and attending to tax and legal issues. The class also covers communication with clients, record keeping and staying within the scope of practice. ($370 regular/$300 early bird) Prerequisites: NONE
Demonstration Skills (2 days, 16 hrs total): How to describe and present Ortho-Bionomy® to family, friends and the public. Participants are encouraged to find ways to communicate the "unexplainable" and practice presenting Ortho-Bionomy® in a clear and accurate way. Techniques for building confidence and for improving public speaking and presentation are included. ($370 regular/$300 early bird) Prerequisites: 24 units of Phase 4
Anatomy & Physiology (4 days, 32 hrs total): Anatomical and physiological structures and functions relevant to the practice of Ortho-Bionomy®. ($740 regular/$600 early bird) Prerequisites: NONE
Cranial (2 days, 16 hrs total): The advanced study of the principles that govern the Ortho-Bionomy® relationship to the brain, fluids and structure. ($370 regular/$300 early bird) Prerequisites: 24 units of Phase 4, 16 units of Phase 5 or 6 or permission from the instructor.
Visceral (2 days, 16 hrs total): An advanced educational experience that deepens the practitioner’s understanding of the relationships of the pelvis, organs and the upper thoracics. This class examines the relationships that often influence the structural integrity within the human system. ($370 regular/$300 early bird) Prerequisites: Phase 4 or 5 or permission from the instructor.
Practitioner Training (2 days, 16 hrs total): This seminar addresses issues and questions that arise for individuals completing the Practitioner Training Programs and helps participants synthesize their entire training experience. The class format includes time to discuss questions or problems that arise during a session, an opportunity to receive feedback and supervision about difficult cases, and information on how to best structure a session, set fees, and communicate with clients. Participants can also discuss their changing role in the community as they move from being a student to becoming a professional in the health care field. ($370 regular/$300 early bird) Prerequisites: Any Phase 4 class.
Study Groups (2.25 days, 18 hrs total): Study groups are tailored to the participants’ needs and give students a chance to review techniques, receive clarification about the application and principles of Ortho-Bionomy® and to gain insight about specific client cases or situations that concern them. ($370 regular/$300 early bird) Prerequisites: Any Ortho-Bionomy class.
Residential (5 days, 40 hrs total): Residential training programs provide the opportunity to broaden and deepen students’ understanding of Ortho-Bionomy® techniques and principles through a five day immersion of deep study. Residentials allow time for learning and personal growth as well as relaxation to facilitate the integration of technique, philosophy and the qualities of "be-ing" rather than "do-ing". (estimated $2500 includes course, room & board) Prerequisites:
Phase 4 & 5 Self care (2 days, 16 hrs total): This class is designed for anyone interested in having the tools to help influence their health and body self-awareness. It demonstrates strategies for clients to take home - movements that assist in their healing and maintenance, after sessions and on their own. Self care provides options for those who want follow on opportunities within their own power. ($370 regular/$300 early bird) Prerequisites: NONE <
Opportunities to Fulfill SOBI Certification Requirements
Ortho-Bionomy® is a hands on body work modality. Techniques are demonstrated by the instructor and then students exchange and practice the techniques on each other with supervision and feedback. The way to learn a hands-on modality is to give and receive the work.
For students enrolled in the SOBI Associates or Registered Practitioner programs, documented hands on practice giving and receiving is required. RMOBC Instructors are available for
these requirements around the time of the course by appointment for students pursuing SOBI certification. Please make arrangements with the instructor prior to the course for their best availability. The SOBI requirements include:
Sessions Received (8 units): As part of your tutorials, sessions received from a Registered Instructor or Registered Practitioner during the course of your training to help you to understand and integrate what you have learned in class and what happens with the client (on the table and the follow on).
Sessions for Feedback (3 units): As part of your tutorials, you will set up sessions with a Registered Instructor or other individual qualified to be an Advisor (see page 5) to receive feedback on your work, separate from evaluation. At least two of the feedback sessions should be from an Instructor. It is helpful to have a session for feedback from more than one individual and useful to have one of those individuals be your advisor. The program requires that you set up a minimum of one session for feedback during each 100 unit period of training.
Sessions for Evaluation (3 units): These are sessions the applicant gives to a Registered Instructor, Associate Instructor or Advanced Practitioner in good standing to demonstrate his/her Ortho-Bionomy skills. The recipient gives feedback and writes a letter of evaluation. At least two of the evaluations must be with Registered Instructors, and one from the student’s advisor.
Consultations (9 units): As part of your tutorials, this is one to-one time that you arrange to spend with a Registered Instructor or Associate Instructor to discuss your own questions and concerns about any aspect of Ortho-Bionomy. Not all of the private discussions need to be with your advisor. If your advisor is not a Registered or an Associate Instructor, s/he can offer you up to 3 consultations for credit.
SOBI requires you to document all tutorial time, including time, date and Instructor comments. Fees for tutorial time are determined by each instructor.
NOTE: Subject to change. See current catalog fliers & addendums for pricing and discounts.
$300 Early Bird/$370 Regular
$150 Early Bird/$185 Regular
$75 Early Bird/$95 Regular
Required Equipment for Ortho-Bionomy Courses, price not included in tuition/fees – student is responsible to purchase on their own.
In addition to tuition, the student will need to purchase, already own or have available certain supplies. The following is a reasonable and estimated list. Item prices are subject to market forces. These items are also necessary for students to set up a professional or personal practice.
Materials Needed in Each Class
Students are required to bring their massage table to each course unless notified otherwise. Students who fly in to class or are constrained by travel arrangements from bringing their massage table need to notify the administrator or instructor so they can make other arrangements. Students should also bring linens, bolsters, pillows, etc. for the hands-on portion of each course.
REQUIRED (non refundable & subject to cost change)
$45 Student Membership includes Liability Insurance
Waived for Professionals (http://www.abmp.com)
Exercise Ball, folding stool, rolling stool or portable chair (to sit on during therapy)
Suggested Reference Books (see addendum)
SOBI Membership if pursuing certification
Student Membership Annual Fee: $55.00 (includes a discount to ABMP)
Associate Member Annual Fee: $115.00 (ABMP discount)
Associate in Practitioner Training Annual Fee: $100.00 (ABMP discount)
Student’s who have enrolled in the SOBI Associates or Registered Practitioner programs are strongly encouraged to purchase student malpractice insurance from either the Associated Bodyworkers and Massage Professionals (ABMP) or any other entity that offers coverage.
Closures & Holidays
When an unexpected closure occurs due to extraordinary conditions such as inclement weather, students will be notified as soon as possible by phone and/or radio, and/or TV who provide closure information as a public service. RMOBC is closed on the following holidays:
New Year’s Eve New Year’s Day Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Presidents’ Day Memorial Day Independence Day
Thanksgiving Day & the Friday following
Prospective students must have a high school diploma or the equivalent to be accepted for enrollment and be age 18 or older. Some experience in health field and/or knowledge of anatomy and physiology helpful. Proof of age and a copy of high school or college diploma is required.
If applicants are beyond the age of compulsory school attendance in Colorado and do not possess a diploma or equivalency diploma, they may complete an “ability to benefit test” approved by the Colorado Department of Higher Education. The school does not administer the test, but will provide information on availability when requested.
The school does not discriminate based on race, sex, religion, ethnic origin, or disability. A level of physical ability is necessary for successful application of many Ortho-Bionomy® techniques. If your disability makes you physically unable to do Ortho-Bionomy®, you will not pass the course(s). Professional assessment is available upon request. If special arrangements are needed to accommodate a disability please notify us of your needs at least 30 days in advance.
If you are pregnant or may be pregnant, or have any pre-existing medical conditions that may be contra-indicated for the course work or practice sessions, it is your responsibility to notify the Administrator at the time of enrollment, and/or the Instructor at the time of your course.
Prospective students may enroll anytime up until the start of the course. “Early bird” registrations receive a course discount where noted.
Download a “Registration and Enrollment Agreement Form” from the RMOBC website, or fill one out that is provided with the brochure, catalog or flyer. Registration Forms and deposit if not completed on line should be mailed directly to the school location where your course is taking place.
Beginning and Ending Dates of Courses
All current dates of courses are announced by flyers, brochures and website and Facebook, or call for information.
Postponement of Start Date
Postponement of a starting date, whether at the request of the school or the student, requires a written agreement signed by the student and the school. The agreement must set forth:
a. Whether the postponement is for the convenience of the school or the student, and;
b. A deadline for the new start date, beyond which the start date will not be postponed.
If the course is not commenced, or the student fails to attend by the new start date set forth in the agreement, the student will be entitled to an appropriate refund of prepaid tuition and fees within 30 days of the deadline of the new start date set forth in the agreement, determined in accordance with the school’s refund policy and all applicable laws and rules concerning the Private Occupational Education Act of 1981.
RMOBC does not offer job placement. The School provides instruction and ideas for business development. Each student is responsible for creating, marketing and building a practice or promoting the addition of Ortho-Bionomy® to an existing practice.
Current law prohibits any school from guaranteeing job placement as an inducement to enroll students.
Students are expected to arrive on time for all courses with proper materials and/or equipment. A 100% attendance rate is required. Repeated lateness or absence is grounds for probation or dismissal. The instructor may request your withdrawal from the course if absences or tardiness occurs.
Attendance below 100% requires the student to make up the missed class content, labs or techniques to completing the course and receive the course certificate. The ability to make up missed time is completely dependent on how much time was missed. Each course is offered in a specific sequence and may not be offered for some time. Students can make up the missed class with another Ortho-Bionomy® Instructor in another location at their own expense, or they have can wait for one more class offering of the same course and make it up at no charge at RMOBC as long as a refund has not been issued. If a refund is issued the entire course must be repeated.
Leaves of Absence: A student who withdraws from a course for medical or personal reasons but who desires to complete the course at RMOBC may obtain a leave of absence. Written documentation will be required to substantiate a student’s leave of absence date and ability to re-enter the course the next time it’s offered. Refund policy will be held over to that next course.
If a student on leave-of-absence is not able to return a refund will be issued.
NOTE: Students who are pursuing the Associates or Registered Practitioner certifications thru SOBI must maintain a current annual membership with SOBI as a Practitioner in Training (or Associate).
Fees for add’l make-up or tutoring sessions are additional and at the discretion of the instructor.
Measurement and Evaluation:
Students must attend, be attentive and participate in class. Students maintain a passing status thru class participation and by demonstrating competence in the techniques, in the private evaluations required by the program, and consultations with the instructor.
Grading System: >br>Ortho-Bionomy courses are pass/fail. There are no exams. Evaluations are made throughout the course through observation and experiencing the application of hands on techniques, discussion and application of key concepts, techniques and class interaction.
Upon successful attendance, participation and completion of a stand alone course, the student will receive a certificate showing the title of the course and total hours for the course.
If a student is absent, leaves early or misses any portion of the class, s/he must make arrangements with the instructor to make-up what was missed. No certificates will be issued without completion of make up assignments.
The following is unsatisfactory:
Students who are not attentive and do not participate in class
A student who is absent and does not complete all outside assignments in the time-frame required. Students who do not do make-up work as indicated Incompetence in classroom or instructor evaluation sessions
Fees Due to Absence:
If a student misses a class segment make-up time that requires tutorials is considered above and beyond the regular class costs.
Fees for private tutorials will be arranged between the student and the instructor providing that service.
System Of Reporting Grades To Students
Students will be periodically informed of progress in the form of:
Private hands-on evaluations during class
Verbal conferences as needed
Conduct Policy & Code Of Ethics
Students are expected to act maturely and are required to respect other students and faculty members. Possession of weapons, illegal drugs and alcohol of any kind are not allowed at any time on school property. Any violation of school policies may result in permanent dismissal from school. As a student or “practitioner” of Ortho-Bionomy, you are expected to adhere to the highest professional standards.
These include a commitment to provide quality Ortho-Bionomy to all people without discrimination, to respect other students and clients right to privacy, and to “do no harm” to the physical, mental and emotional wellness of your fellow students, instructors, clients and your self.
Any student may be dismissed for violations of rules and regulations of the school, as set forth in school publications. A student also may be withdrawn from classes if s/he does not prepare sufficiently, neglects assignments, or makes unsatisfactory progress. The owner, after consultation with all parties involved, makes the final decision.
The instructor may temporarily suspend a student whose conduct is disruptive or unacceptable to the academic setting. After appropriate counseling, students who demonstrate a genuine desire to learn and conform to school standards of conduct, may be allow.
The Society of Ortho-Bionomy International determines the requirements for stand alone course prerequisites, the Associate in Practitioner Training and the Registered Practitioner Training Program. Ortho-Bionomy courses are unique. There are generally no equivalent courses from other institutions, although students can take these classes all over the country and the world from SOBI Registered Instructors. If students have taken the same course at another location with a SOBI Registered Instructor, RMOBC accepts that as an equivalent course. RMOBC does not guarantee transferability of our credits to another institution unless there is a written agreement with another institution.
Student Grievance Procedure
Step One:Evaluation Forms
Forms will be handed out at end of each Module so students have the opportunity to provide constructive feedback and/or address concerns or complaints. Staff will read, consider all comments and take action if deemed necessary.
Evaluation forms can be anonymous or not. If student desires problem addressed personally, they may include their name and private meeting will be set up with instructor.
Step Two: Request for Student-Instructor-School Director Conference
If problem still remains after above Evaluation Form procedure is followed, student may request private meeting with their instructor and school director.
Step Three: Grievance filed with DPOS
Students with complaints should follow above steps 1 and 2. If satisfactory resolution cannot be reached between the student and the school, the student may file a written complaint online with the Colorado Division of Private Occupational Schools at www.highered.colorado.gov/dpos or by requesting a complaint form at 303-866-2723.
NOTE: RMOBC does not require exhaustion of its internal grievance/appeal process before filing a complaint of any nature including, but not limited to a claim of a deceptive sales or trade practice, with the State of Colorado and through the Division of Private Occupational Schools.
Student complaints should be brought to the attention of the Owner or the Administrator to attempt resolution. The Owner or Administrator and the student are to follow the grievance procedures according to school policy printed in the school catalog. If satisfactory resolution cannot be reached between the student and the school, the student may file a written complaint online with the Colorado Division of Private Occupational Schools at highered.colorado.gov/dpos or by requesting a complaint form at (303) 866-2723. All student complaints submitted to the Division must be in writing and shall be filed within two years after the student discontinues training at the school. NOTE: This school does not require exhaustion of its internal grievance/appeal process before filing a complaint of any nature including, but not limited to a claim of a deceptive sales or trade practice, with the State of Colorado and through the Division of Private Occupational Schools.
An Enrollment Agreement or contract is signed by the student as part of their registration.
Students not accepted to the school are entitled to all moneys paid. Students who cancel the enrollment agreement contract by notifying the school within three (3) business days are entitled to a full refund of all tuition and fees paid. Students, who withdraw after three (3) business days, but before commencement of classes, are entitled to a full refund of all tuition and fees paid except the maximum cancellation charge of $150.00 or 25% of the Enrollment Agreement contract price, whichever is less. In the case of students withdrawing after commencement of classes, the school will retain a cancellation charge plus a percentage of tuition and fees, which is based on the percentage of contact hours attended as described in the table below. The refund is based on the last date of recorded attendance.
1. The student may cancel this contract at any time prior to midnight of the third business day after signing this contract.
2.All refunds will be made within 30 days from the date of termination. The official date of termination or withdrawal of a student shall be determined in the following manner:
a. The date on which the school receives written notice of the student’s intention to discontinue the training program; or
b.The date on which the student violates published school policy, which provides for termination.
Should a student fail to return from an excused leave of absence, the effective date of termination for a student on an extended leave of absence or a leave of absence is the earlier of the date the school determines the student is not returning or the day following the expected return date.
3.The student will receive a full refund of tuition and fees paid if the school discontinues a program/Stand Alone course within a period of time a student could have reasonably completed it, except that this provision shall not apply in the event the school ceases operation.
4.The policy for granting credit for previous training shall not impact the refund policy. Disclaimer
Attendance at the Rocky Mountain Institute Ortho-Bionomy courses requires you to hold the RMOBC and its representatives not liable from litigation for any injury, accident or unanticipated effects that may occur at the course meeting site, from their equipment and/or from other students.
This includes and is not limited to faulty elevators, slippery stairs, sidewalks, hallways and meeting rooms, falling light fixtures, breaking chairs, collapsing tables or any equipment brought in by another participant, and pre-existing or unidentified medical conditions.
It is also agreed that the RMOBC and its representatives are held not liable for inappropriate behavior or actions by any persons encountered at the course, including but not limited to hotel or meeting site staff, and other participants.
If you encounter ANY inappropriate behavior, notify the instructor immediately. IMMEDIATELY. If for some reason this is not possible notify the Administrator.
Sheri Covey is an Advanced Practitioner & Advanced Instructor of Ortho-Bionomy. Sheri has been studying OB since 1995 and her profound experience in her successful practice motivates her teaching and her wonder of the work.