A question about becoming certified to teach Fertility Awareness.
My response follows below.
I am starting my long held idea of teaching NFP in my community. I have read about the workbook on your website, and will probably be buying it. When it is complete, and reviewed by another teacher, do I get a certification of some kind? Are there other options for becoming and FA or NFP teacher?
For a couple of reasons I don’t want to go through CCL. I still love the organization, but I want to reach a wider audience, and I am thinking of this as a small business that can bring in a bit of income. If you have any advice, I am all ears (or eyes. . .).
Completing my study guide does not give you certification. This is a missing link in the FA community. Everyone involved is essentially running a one-woman show. The only certification program I know of is run by Justisse (http://www.justisse.ca) in Canada. After I studied and did enormous amounts of research, I taught at Women’s Health Services in Santa Fe for many years. The clinic had received numerous grants for educational projects and this allowed me to teach and get paid. The women and couples who took my classes paid a minimal fee. I bet that you can find a similar clinic in your area.
My main concern in teaching this material is that few women have healthy cycles now. Teachers therefore need a big repertoire for responding to health problems that the charts reveal. I certainly recommend becoming well-versed with Marilyn Shannon’s ideas as well as the ones I wrote about in THE GARDEN OF FERTILITY and my workbook, HONORING OUR CYCLES.
Very best to you,