RCST® Self-Awareness / Self-Care Session Requirements

Note: For renewal in 2020, you have until July 15, 2020 to fulfill your requirements for 2019/2020.

See below for online options for fulfilling your session requirements.


A valuable part of practitioner professional development is the continued cultivation of self-awareness and self-care in relationships, with one or more of the following intentions in mind:

Self-Awareness/ Self-Care Intentions

  • Support and strengthen the practitioner in developing a presence that is clear, loving, and compassionate.
  • Enhance the self-awareness of personal issues that may interfere with holding the field with a client.
  • Create a safe environment for personal reflection and professional inquiry.
  • Support the practitioner with his/her personal process of inquiry.
  • Strengthen the professional’s ability to generate a holding field that creates a healing opportunity for the client.

Each year, RCSTs are required to provide a record of completion of at least four (4) self-awareness/self-care sessions that fulfill any of the intentions listed above.

Types of sessions that meet this requirement:

  • One (1) hour of Individual consultation with an individual skilled in shadow and reflection work.
  • One day (7 hours) of continuing education that meets one (1) intention listed above.
  • Three (3) hours of group discussion (no more than 6 participants) with an individual skilled in shadow and reflection work.

Especially during this time when in-person classes and consultations have been restricted, you have the option to fulfill your Self-Care/Self-Development sessions online. See below for some suggested ways to meet your requirements online.  

 When you renew you will be asked to describe your four (4) sessions for 2019/2020 below, including:

  • Type of session and teacher/facilitator
  • Location and date(s)
  • 1-2 sentences describing what you learned or gained from the session or training

ONLINE OPTIONS
For Fulfilling Session Requirements

For one (1) hour of Individual consultation with an individual skilled in shadow and reflection work: 

  • Phone or video consultations qualify.

For one day (7 hours) of continuing education that meets one (1) of the intentions listed above:

  • Attend or watch recordings of online classes or presentations that add up to 7 hours. Examples:
    • Attend or watch recordings BCTA/NA Professional Enrichment Series webinars available here.
    •  Watch conference presentation videos from 2014, 2016, or 2018. Find videos here.
    •  Attend any online workshop or class offered through BCTA/NA. Upcoming special online offerings are listed here.
    • Watch relevant videos on YouTube or other sources
  • Self-study adding up to 7 hours, can be combined with online classes/presentations to total 7 hours:
    • Read relevant texts or spend time reviewing BCST foundation texts. Recommended books can be found here.
  • Participate in an online meditation program of 7 hours or more, held by a meditation center.

For three (3) hours of group discussion (no more than 6 participants) with an individual skilled in shadow and reflection work:

  • Online mentoring groups that fit the parameters.
  • Online facilitated coaching/counseling groups


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