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Code of Ethics

Society of Ortho-Bionomy International®


As a registered member of the Society of Ortho-Bionomy International® I agree to uphold the highest standards of professional behavior, guided by the Code of Ethics stated below.

  1. The philosophy and concepts of Ortho-Bionomy shall be the guiding principles in my work with clients.

  2. I will at all times render the highest quality of services possible for the well being and benefit of my client.

  3. I will only offer skills or services in which I have specifically been trained. For issues that fall beyond the scope of my practice, I will refer clients to other qualified professionals.

  4. To protect the privacy of my clients, I will keep all communications, clients’ records and client identity confidential.

  5. Recognizing the vulnerability of the client in a therapeutic relationship, I will maintain the highest standard of professional conduct. I will show regard for common legal, moral and ethical standards.

  6. To preserve the integrity of Ortho-Bionomy, I will make a clear distinction between Ortho-Bionomy and other modalities that I use.

  7. I will bring to the notice of the Society any action of another member that appears to be ethically inappropriate or contrary to standards set by the Society.

  8. I will use all Society trademarks only in accordance with the current established guidelines. Failure to follow guidelines will lead to suspension of said trademark use.

  9. I will endeavor to improve my technical skills and professional standards through continuing educational training.

  10. I will uphold professional relationships, never slandering a member of the Ortho-Bionomy community or the allied professional community.

  11. Anyone in my employment will abide by the policies and trademark regulations set by the society of Ortho-Bionomy.

  12. I will display a copy of this Code of Ethics in my work area where it is clearly visible.

  13. I understand that transgression of the Codes of Ethics may result in the surrender of my membership.

Steps to Enroll in Practitioner Training Program

  1. Become a SOBI Member – Join Online Now as a student member.

  2. Complete Practitioner online application - Practitioner Training Program Application

    1. Complete form, pay application fee $100

    2. Download the Practitioner Training Program Handbook

    3. Pick an Advisor before completing first 100 hours of the program

  3. Find a Class and start completing your training program forms & requirements Most trainees choose to find a Phase IV or Basics class for their first class, but if a class does not have a pre-requisite, you can take it without taking a Phase IV/Basics class. (Confirm with the instructor or class coordinator.)

  4. Evolve to Associate in Practitioner Training - Optional

    1. Complete the 114 unit Associate training portion of practitioner training program (forms included in this handbook)

    2. Send in your Associate training evolvement form & record forms

    3. Benefits include: online listing on our Find a Practitioner web search, voting level member, gain limited use of trademarks, and more

  5. Completion of Practitioner Training Program - classes, requirements (505 units):

    1. Complete the Practitioner Evolvement request form

    2. Create your Practitioner Evolvement Portfolio Packets

    3. Pay evolvement fee $150

    4. Mail printed portfolio copies and email electronic copy to the SOBI Office

  6. Practitioner Review Committee (PRC) reviews Practitioner Portfolio

    1. PRC makes recommendation to SOBI Board

    2. Board reviews and accepts recommendation

    3. SOBI Office notifies you of the results

    4. Congratulations, you are now an Ortho-Bionomy Practitioner with the Society of Ortho-Bionomy

Ortho-Bionomy Advisor and Trainee Agreement

In order to create clear expectations of the relationship between the Advisor and Trainee enrolled in the Ortho-Bionomy Practitioner or Advanced Practitioner Training Program, we have created this agreement.  This clarity will allow for more productivity of our time when working together, easier communication, and clarity of expectations for your training.

This is a working, evolving, and ever-changing document that can be tailored to meet the needs of each individual student. It is important to me to be able to know more about how you learn, process, and can be supported through the journey of becoming a Practitioner. In order to match my advising role to your specific needs, please answer the questions on the last page. (on another sheet of paper or via email).

I have included some of my basic expectations for our relationship as Trainee and Advisor and may add different requests as needed for each individual.

Consultations, Study Groups, and Sessions for Feedback

  1. Regular scheduling of consultations, study groups, and sessions for feedback throughout your training is expected. It is most helpful for you to have these hours interspersed throughout your program instead of lumping them all toward the end. It is helpful to create a working calendar of your requirements and approximate dates of completion to keep you on track.

  2. I expect you to track when to schedule these hours, ideally to be spaced at regular intervals throughout your training.

  3. These hours should be scheduled between 2-4 weeks ahead of time. You may always request hours that I may not have open in my online schedule, and I will make every opportunity to honor those requests.

  4. Consultations can occur over the phone, by Skype, in person, and in small groups of 4 or less.

  5. Consultations can take the form of any learning opportunity that helps support your process. Options may include discussion about client issues, questions about your process, questions about the program, review of technique, discussion about your practice, or any other topic that will help your learning journey. I expect you to track what you need to prepare for these scheduled hours. For consultations and sessions for feedback, come prepared with questions and how you would like the hour to be spent.

  6. Consultations and study groups can be created with a group (consultation maximum is four students), so if there are particular areas of interest or content you need more support with, it can be beneficial to include others. The cost of a consultation can be shared, and study groups are a per person flat fee.

Ortho-Bionomy Membership

  1. It is expected that you to maintain membership in good standing with The Society of Ortho-Bionomy International. Ortho-Bionomy takes place in community and with the understanding of the larger system. SOBI is the system in which we are in relationship with, and this relationship is important to be a part of  in order to maintain the integrity of the work, the evolution of the work, and support with the work. Volunteering, connecting to Social media and email lists, receiving regular newsletters, and attending SOBI conferences are all ways in which to be involved with this organization. You must be a member in order to begin training in the Practitioner Training Program.

Exit Strategy from Trainee or Advisor

  1. If you choose to change Advisors, leave the Program, or take some time away from the Program, please inform me as soon as possible. Right relationship is essential to receive the best mentoring possible.

  2. If I choose to discontinue the relationship of Trainee/Advisor due to unforeseen circumstances or wrong relationship, I will inform you as soon as possible.

Expectations From Me

  1. You can expect me to track your progress in the Program as you develop the skills to become a Practitioner.

  2. You can expect me to monitor the larger picture of your process as well as communication about the details of what classes you are taking and the order in how you are taking them.

  3. You can expect me to ask questions and request tasks of you to help balance your strengths and weaknesses in order to create a more embodied understanding of the work.

  4. You can expect me to make time for quick check-ins by phone, email, or in person (20 minutes or less) within 48 hours of a request without charge.

  5. You can expect me to create space for scheduled consultations 2-4 weeks in advance. I am always happy to adjust my schedule to accommodate your availability.

  6. You can expect me to monitor how comfortably you are embodying Ortho-Bionomy and allowing the principles to unfold into your life and relationships.

  7. You can expect my fees for a one hour student consultation to be a 20% discount from the standard rate.  

Ortho-Bionomy Advisor and Trainee Agreement Form <Download>

Ortho-Bionomy Advisor and Trainee Agreement

Practitioner Training Handbook <Download Here>

Advanced Practitioner Training Handbook <Download Here>

Practitioner Training Handbooks

Practitioner Training Curriculum Checklist <Download>

Practitioner Training Curriculum Checklist

Society of Ortho-Bionomy International®
Trademark Guidelines and Member Agreement

The Society of Ortho-Bionomy International, Inc. owns these registered trademarks: Ortho-Bionomy®, Society of Ortho-Bionomy International®, and the Sand Dollar design. The Society encourages its members to promote their individual Ortho-Bionomy practices in ways that maintain the integrity and reputation of the Society’s programs and services.

STUDENT MEMBERS: Student Members cannot use any of the Society’s trademarks. 

ASSOCIATE MEMBERS: Associate Members can use the term Ortho-Bionomy in promotional literature by listing “Ortho-Bionomy®” among the bodywork modalities that they practice. Associate Members can also state that they are members of the Society of Ortho-Bionomy International®. They cannot use the Society’s trademarks in any way that suggests they specialize in, or exclusively practice, Ortho-Bionomy or in any way that suggests they have completed the Society’s Registered Practitioner Program. They cannot use the words "registered," "practitioner," or "instructor" in conjunction with the term Ortho-Bionomy®. Associate Members cannot use the Sand Dollar trademark. 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERS: Professional Member can use the trademarks Ortho-Bionomy®, Society of Ortho-Bionomy International® and Sand Dollar design in promoting their Ortho-Bionomy practice or teaching. Practitioner Members can also use the phrase “Registered Practitioner of Ortho-Bionomy®” in promotional literature. Instructor Members can use the phrase “Registered Instructor of Ortho-Bionomy®.” The Sand Dollar trademark may be used in any size, but it may not be modified in any other way. The Sand Dollar trademark must always be accompanied by the symbol "®". In order to ensure that Ortho-Bionomy training meets the standards of the Society, Instructor Members must submit their instructional materials to the Society for review and approval.¬ 

REQUIRED STATEMENT OF OWNERSHIP AND REGISTRATION: All flyers, brochures, class outlines, class manuals, handouts or any other materials that contain any of the Society’s trademarks must also include a statement of registration and ownership in a conspicuous position, usually on the first page containing the trademark. Use one of the following forms or combinations, depending on which trademark used:

  • Ortho-Bionomy® is a registered trademark of the Society of Ortho-Bionomy International, Inc. and is used with permission.

  • The Sand Dollar design is a registered trademark of the Society of Ortho-Bionomy International, Inc. and is used with permission.

  • Society of Ortho-Bionomy International® is a registered trademark that indicates membership in the Society, and it is used with permission.

  • Ortho-Bionomy® and the Sand Dollar design are registered trademarks of the Society of Ortho-Bionomy International, Inc. and are used with permission.

  • Ortho-Bionomy®, the Sand Dollar design, and Society of Ortho-Bionomy International® are registered trademarks of the Society of Ortho-Bionomy International, Inc. and are used with permission.

Professional and Associate Members can use Ortho-Bionomy® on business cards without a statement of registration and ownership, although they must always use the symbol "®." 

USES OF THE SOCIETY’S TRADEMARKS REQUIRING LICENSING AGREEMENTS: The Society must approve, in writing, any use of the Society’s trademarks other than those listed above. Uses requiring authorization include instructional materials, video or audio tapes, merchandise, such as T-shirts, buttons and pins, and any other use not listed above. 

Trademark Guidelines