GUIDELINES FOR CHOOSING YOUR CATEGORY OF ISMETA REGISTRATION
ISMETA offers two categories of registration for individual somatic movement practitioners: Registered Somatic Movement Educator (RSME) and Registered Somatic Movement Therapist (RSMT). The two categories were established to address a variety of needs including the preferences of somatic movement training programs, individual approaches to somatic movement process, and differences among state regulations governing somatic movement work.
Some ISMETA-approved training programs see themselves encompassing both registration categories and others recommend registration in one category only. Some training programs envision the RSME category as an initial phase of a longer training, with the RSMT category at the completion of a second phase. Other trainings recommend the RSME category for most students and the RSMT for people who work with more therapeutic practitioner-client roles and processes. Both RSME and RSMT hold equal professional status according to ISMETA criteria. While the final decision is yours to make, the following guidelines may help you choose whether you wish to register as RSME or RSMT or both.
- Does your training program clearly recommend that you register in one of the categories?
- What are the governing regulations for somatic movement education and therapy in the state where you live? Please be aware that in some states in the U.S. it is not legal for you to register as a Somatic Movement Therapist unless you are licensed as a therapist in another discipline.
- What aspects of your training categorize you as either an educator or therapist?
- What is the context for your work in somatic movement?
- Are there requirements based on the setting you will be working in—medical, clinical, institutional, or other workplaces?
As an organization, ISMETA does not distinguish between the two categories, but offers them with the understanding that you will register in the category that both addresses your needs as a practitioner and respects local regulations.