Jin Shin Jyutsu Professional Practitioner Course FAQs

What is the difference between this course and the 5-day seminar you offer?

Our 5-day seminars are based on the lecture format used by Mary Burmeister when she was teaching. Currently these seminars are offered from the varied perspectives of our authorized Jin Shin Jyutsu instructors and are intended to be repeated to cultivate one’s understanding.

The new Professional Practitioner Course, however, offers a standardized and structured training, allowing the development of knowledge and skills over a longer period of time. The course starts with basic Jin Shin Jyutsu concepts and practice, weaves self care into the curriculum, and builds concepts and practice gradually and progressively. Additionally, it includes training in ethics, integrative anatomy and physiology, and professional practices, incorporating both integrative philosophy and current professional standards.

A 5-day seminar offers approximately 35 hours of instruction and practice while the Professional Practitioner Course offers 152.50 hours, including more than 60 hours of practical learning.

The other major difference between the 5-day seminar and the Professional Practitioner Course is assessment. The student attending the 5-day seminar is not tested or assessed for knowledge or skills.  In the Professional Practitioner Course there is continual assessment of participation and contributions, presentations, homework, papers, attendance, practicum learning and more.

I have taken many 5-day seminars. I thought I was certified?

The 5-day seminar and other classes offered by the Mary Burmeister Institute do not confer practitioner certification. Attendees and students receive a certificate of attendance after taking a class, but no one has ever been certified as a practitioner by Jin Shin Jyutsu, Inc, (now the Mary Burmeister Institute). Starting with the Professional Practitioner Course, students can become eligible to earn the Jin Shin Jyutsu Certified Practitioner credential for the first time.

I am a long time Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner. Can I be grandfathered in?

The new Professional Practitioner Course offers training not previously available and sets a high standard for Practitioner certification. We do not offer grandfathering. In the future there will be an alternate pathway to the certification credential that will be affordable, will recognize years of experience, and will be able to measure competency. Applicants using this pathway must meet the same criteria that Professional Practitioner Course participants must meet. This alternate pathway will be designed during the next phase of our own learning and experience with the new course and certification program. As this alternate pathway is developed, there will be updates in the Main Central Newsletter and on both the JSJInc.net and the jsjcp.com websites.

What are the benefits of certification?

Will the certification I receive allow me to practice in my state?

The Jin Shin Jyutsu Practitioner Certification is not the same as a license. The state of New Jersey and most states have laws that regulate the practice of various forms of touch therapies, including light-touch energy work (which is the classification that includes Jin Shin Jyutsu). Be sure to know the laws in your state, county, and city. For more information, visit this page.

What if I need to miss one or more weekends of the program?

Even though full attendance is optimal, we recognize that obligations and events beyond one’s control may occur in the course of a year. If a participant needs to miss one or more days, it is their responsibility to make up the time missed and complete any assignments. All assignments will be posted on the Bulletin Board, and the day-to-day study guide will be helpful. If a more substantial amount of time is missed, such as an entire weekend, then the participant may need to arrange a study session with an instructor, at their own expense. Excessive absence could result in an incomplete grade.

What are the advantages of taking the Professional Practitioner Course if I want to be a Certified Practitioner?

Participants in the Course will travel through the core Jin Shin Jyutsu concepts and practical skills, revisiting them following a spiraling, multi-layered method of holistic learning. Learning will happen not only in class but also between the weekends of class through thoughtful assignments that encourage engagement and guided development of Jin Shin Jyutsu knowledge and skills. We believe this method will build a solid structure, eventually eliminating gaps that may have occurred in the previous Jin Shin Jyutsu learning experiences. The course is intentionally designed to prepare the learner to qualify for and pass the certification process.