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Mining the Gap: Mobilizing the Priceless Resources Hidden between Teaching and Learning

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Competencies at the Heart of the Profession: A Collective Inquiry into our Skills and Resources

Debi Adams

Offering a New Way to Measure Teacher Competence


This 3 video series is designed for those who are currently training, or are interested in beginning to train, somatic movement professionals.

Mining the Gap: Mobilizing the Priceless Resources Hidden Between Teaching and Learning

Learn and experience how competency-based processes have been designed and utilized in Feldenkrais training programs and explore using these processes in training Somatic Movement professionals.

How do we become more powerful teachers of extraordinary work? Moshe Feldenkrais said, “There is no limit to learning and refinement.”

As Feldenkrais educators, we have tested and refined competency-based training processes that demand that we improve our teaching at the same time that they support our students to embrace the novelty and the challenge of their learning. Immerse yourself in competency explorations, learn from our failures and triumphs, and imagine the possibilities for your educational initiatives.

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Candy Conino 


Candy Conino is a Feldenkrais® Assistant Trainer and an international facilitator. She is the Director of Learning for the Feldenkrais Training Academy. Candy has worked with competency teams since 2007 and co-founded the International Assistant Trainer Collective. She practices in North Carolina. 

Competencies at the Heart of the Profession: A Collective Inquiry into our Skills and Resources

With Elisa Cotroneo, Maria Luisa Diaz deLeon Zuloaga and Elisabeth Osgood-Campbell

In this video, we reflect on ISMETA’s most recent version of the Core Competencies of our profession and engage with the following questions:

  • Which competencies do you embody in your practice?   
  • Which competencies are your growing edges, and what resources and strategies do you need to develop these competencies?   
  • As our profession continues to develop, how do we maintain coherence and keep the ground, heart, and spirit of our work alive? 
  • How do Standards of Practice and a Code of Ethics weave together into Competencies for a profession?

Elisa Cotroneo

ISMETA Executive Director Emeritus

Elisa Cotroneo has worked in education as a Somatic Movement Educator and Therapist and Teaching Artist for more than 40 years. She began her career designing sensory motor educational programs for children ages 6 months to 5 years who were challenged with developmental disabilities. Elisa has taught in thousands of classrooms, preK-16, and designed hundreds of professional development and degree granting programs for educators and artists throughout the US. In her private practice, she draws on her 50 years of study of Somatic Movement, yoga, Chi Gong, Authentic Movement, Mindfulness, and Dreamwork. Elisa has served on the ISMETA Board of Directors since 2007, holding the office of President from 2009-2014 and Executive Director from 2014 - 2023. 

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Elisabeth Osgood-Campbell

MA, EdM, MSME/T, REAT, ISMETA Executive Director

Elisabeth is an expressive arts therapist who cherishes the Body as an on-going, creative process. As a member of Tamalpa Institute’s faculty and the Continuum Teachers Association, she facilitates embodied awareness practices for groups and individuals across the lifespan. After serving on the Board of Directors of ISMETA for 9 years, she recently volunteered as Co-Chair of its Research and Publications Committee and Co-Chair of the Equity, Justice, and Accessibility Committee. She authored an academic article on the educational implications of the philosophical concept of embodied cognition and presents internationally on the impact of movement on human development.


Maria Luisa Diaz de Leon Zuloaga

ISMETA President

Maria Luisa is a therapist, movement specialist, educator, and researcher born in Mexico. Her professional experience in psychology, somatics, and the arts includes work in education, private practice, and community intervention. As the creator of Mythic Life, she brings her expertise to work with women's empowerment through a forward-thinking integration of myth, arts, somatic movement and archetypal psychology. She is on faculty at the Tamalpa Institute, is President of the ISMETA Board of Directors, and serves as Co- Chair on the Professional Standards Committee. 

Offering a New Way to Measure Teacher Competence

With Debi Adams 

This presentation addresses new ways to measure teacher competence based on qualitative rather than quantitative standards that are applicable to all methods of Somatic Movement.  Alexander Technique International (ATI) certifies teachers rather than training courses. The process of developing standards that are universal yet adaptable to varied training backgrounds is a model that can be used by all methods. In this presentation, you learn about the process that led to achieving this creative approach to certification. The evaluations are individual and the standards are high through a sponsorship (evaluator) process. 

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Debi Adams

MSME, Board Member, Alexander Technique International 

Debi Adams is a founding member of Alexander Technique International and currently serves on the Board of Directors. She is on faculty at Boston Conservatory at Berklee and runs the Alexander Technique teacher-training course there.  Debi is an ATI Sponsor (evaluator) and has chaired several ATI committees including membership, communications and ethics. 




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