The American Psychological Association has rescinded CE credit approval for somatic programs offered to psychologists and other mental health professionals.
On March 10, 2021, following the APA decision, our Continuing Education (CE) provider, R. Cassidy, notified us, without prior warning, that it was terminating its relationship as the NeuroAffective Touch Institute’s sponsor. This decision affects our current ability to provide CE credits for psychologists, social workers, MFTs, and LPCs. It does not affect our ability to give students who complete our trainings a Certificate of Completion or Certification as NeuroAffective Touch Practitioners.
We regret this current situation and its impact on our students who are directly affected by the APA decision. The APA decision affects 5-15% of our students requesting CE credits for our trainings. Due to this unanticipated withdrawal of APA sponsorship, students who had planned on receiving CE credits and wish to discontinue participation in our programs may request a full refund. Please contact laura@neuroaffectivetouch and allow us two to three (2-3) weeks to issue a refund.
We reached out to other somatic programs and nationally known CE providers only to discover that these programs and providers had received similar communications from the APA. We also learned from several sources that, in addition to targeting all somatically-oriented programs, and in particular those incorporating touch, the APA allegedly told CE sponsoring organizations that they would pull approval for ALL their APA-approved programs if they continued to support these somatic programs.
We were not given the opportunity to discuss this situation with the APA, review their decision in a timely manner, appeal their decision, or make other arrangements for students needing CEs already registered in our trainings.
We are now contacting CE sponsors not under APA rule to determine alternative options for the NeuroAffective Touch Professional Training Program. It is, however, clear that without APA endorsement, we must forego providing CE credits to psychologists.
The APA decision, although coming without warning, does not come as a surprise. New and innovative programs often face stumbling blocks before they become accepted as standard within professions. While this backlash presents an immediate challenge, it also highlights the importance of presenting up-to-date scientific evidence for the efficacy of somatic approaches and showcasing advances in somatic education. We know that NeuroAffecive Touch® is on the leading edge of integrative therapeutic modalities, and we are working toward recognition as an innovative and validated modality to treat developmental issues.
As somatic-based programs become more mainstream, our ability to offer continuing education credits to all participants will improve. In the meantime, we continue to look for ways to support our members with ongoing educational opportunities that strengthen somatic work and its impact.
We will continue to update everyone with any new information as we receive it. Thank you for your support of NATouch as we continue to forge ahead to advocate for the importance of touch and bring somatic work into the mainstream.
The NeuroAffective Touch Team
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