Policies & Procedures

Ground Rules | Learning Agreements | Tuition | Drop/Add/Credit/Refund | Grading | Supervised Practice

Ground Rules This group — CARES!

All students, whether or not in credentials or advanced study training, are asked to agree to these ground rules.

C onfidentiality. Although this is a professional course of study, some of what we’ll be sharing with each other will be personal, and possibly vulnerable. Please honor privacy and confidentiality.

A cceptance.  You may or may not agree with all that is said, shared, experienced. Take what’s useful and leave the rest. Please keep your feedback and comments open-hearted, friendly, and at the level of observation rather than advice-giving.

R espect. We’ve got busy lives and different learning styles. However, it is a sign of respect to your peers and teachers to include yourself in discussions early and often. Please also respect the integrity of this work, and each other’s time and process, by keeping your posts on point for the topic.

E xcellence. While individual participation styles (and class requirements) will vary, plan to spend 2-3 hours per week per class, and check in to read/respond to the discussions at least three times a week. It’s part of your own excellence to not feel rushed or overwhelmed every time you log on.

S elf-managagement. Participation in an on-line class is a bit like Goldilock’s comfort — you’re seeking the “just right” balance between “too much” and “not enough.” You’ll seek the balance between “too much” and “not enough” in how often you check in, respond, participate. And you’ll also be mindful of the balance of discussing and reporting on personal experiences and responses while maintaining a professional training focus.

Learning Agreements All students agree to adhere to the following academic policies:

  • Tuition
  • Drop/Add
  • Maintaining professional focus in online work
  • Grading
  • Supervised practice

Tuition policy: Tuition is payable by credit card (preferred) or check. We accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover. Space can be held in a class, but registration is not considered final , until payment is received.  Non-trainees: $325 per class. Late registrations received less than 5 days prior to start of term incur a $25 surcharge per class.  Trainees: $275 per class. Tuition credits toward unused classes (see: Drop/Add, below) expire after one academic year.

Drop/Add.Credit/Refund policy: If a student withdraws one week or more before the start of the term, a cash refund may be requested and will be subject to a 10% administrative fee OR 100% credit (no admin fee) will be applied toward a future class. 100% credit toward a future class is made when a class is dropped within the first week of the term (within the first week of the term for the shorter, 4-week  classes, after which no credit is available). 50% credit is given for classes dropped during the 2nd week of 8-week classes. No credit is given after the 2nd week. No cash refunds are made. Assuming space is available, students may add classes in the first and (with instructor agreement) second weeks of the term. Registration for all classes is closed no later than the end of the second week of the term. Credits not used within one year from the date they are issued will expire.

Maintaining professional focus in online work: The protocol of the TWInstitute is that in most classes, the actual writing done for personal process assignments is not posted. Instead, what is posted to the discussion boards is a “reflection piece” that stands back from the write itself and reflects on the process of writing it. See How to Write a Reflection Piece, which is posted in each classroom at the start of the term.

Grading policy: Grades are issued to every student on the following grading scale:

  • Pass with honors: 90+% of work is completed with excellence
  • Pass: 80+% of work is completed with sufficiency
  • Incomplete: 50-80% of course is completed with sufficiency
  • Withdraw passing: Less than 50% of course is completed, but with sufficiency
  • Not pass: Must retake for credit

Supervised practice policy: All Certified Journal Facilitator and Certified Journal Therapist trainees must complete a supervised practicum in which therapeutic writing facilitation skills are developed and honed through written session notes and 1:1 supervision with a TWInstitute supervisor. The cost of supervision is contracted with and paid directly to the supervisor.  The amount of supervised practice required is determined through individual assessment. In general, experienced facilitators move more quickly through this stage. Other academic policies may be added; existing ones are subject to revision.

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