Becoming an Instructor of Companionship is an exciting opportunity and we are thrilled that you are interested. Being a successful Companionship Instructor is highly rewarding; however this role also requires a serious commitment of time, energy and creativity. Before applying to become a certified instructor, you should fully understand what is necessary for certification as well as your long term success as a Companionship Instructor.
Who should apply to be a Companionship Instructor?
An Instructor of Companionship is required to serve as an ambassador and, most importantly, an embodiment of the Companionship program principles. All instructor candidates are required to have the following qualifications:
General knowledge and/or personal experience with issues of mental health, poverty, trauma, or other isolating circumstances
Experience in Companionship work and an understanding of best practices in Companioning relationships
Membership in and strong external support from one’s religious community, professional or community organization, or other community group
Instructor Training and Certification:
The Companionship Instructor Training takes place over two days and is taught by one or more authorized Companionship Senior Trainers. Each training course has a minimum registration of five people and a maximum of 15.
Tuition for each Instructor Candidate is $1,000. This fee includes the instruction, pre- and post- training consultations, a spot in 3-hour Companionship Workshop, a hearty snack during the training, all instruction materials, and continued support and education opportunities from Pathways to Promise for as long as the individual remains a certified instructor. Once accepted to the training, a small deposit is required to reserve your space and full payment must be made prior to the start of the training. Instructor candidates are responsible for travel, hotel and any miscellaneous expenses during the training period.
If you cancel your registration within 30 days or more prior to the training date, you will receive a full refund. If you cancel your registration between 14 and 29 days prior to the training, you will receive a 50% refund. Those canceling with less than 14 days notice prior to training will not be eligible for a refund. Any additional cancellation fees are the responsibility of the registering party and/or their supporting organization.
Can I transfer my registration if I am unable to attend the scheduled training?
Participants may transfer registration to another course with notice of at least 7 days. Scholarship transfers are subject to the approval of Pathways to Promise.
Instructor Training Structure:
Experienced Companionship Senior Trainers guide Instructor Candidates through the two-day training with an emphasis on embodying and communicating the five basic practices of Companionship. On the second day of the training, each instructor candidate will teach back an assigned portion of the Companionship Workshop to the group. The Companionship Senior Trainers will then conduct an individual evaluation of each candidate, using a standardized rubric, and each candidate will provide a peer review for their colleagues. Courses vary in time and location, however all follow the same foundational structure.
Outcomes of a Companionship Instructor Training:
The Companionship Instructor Training has three possible outcomes:
Please note that all certification determinations are made by an elite group of Companionship Senior Trainers with significant experience and knowledge of Companioning work.
What are my commitments as a Companionship Instructor?
When an individual becomes a Certified Companionship Instructor, s/he is committing to actively practicing Companionship in their community and to teach two full three-hour Companionship Workshops per year with fidelity to the core program model and key messages. Instructors are responsible for components of such workshops, including:
Recruiting participants and securing a training location
Collecting course fees
Ordering and providing workshop materials for all participants
Preparing course materials
Compiling a list of local resources
Providing participant evaluations to The Companionship Movement and Pathways to Promise
Maintaining your Companionship Instructor Certification:
In order to maintain Companionship Instructor Certification, instructors are required to:
Teach their first workshop within six months of becoming certified
Teach at least two workshops per year
Provide a Companioning presence within your community
Maintain satisfactory participant evaluation scores
Engage in instructor/workshop refresher activities as instructed and available
PLEASE NOTE: Do not make any travel arrangements until your application has been approved and you have received a letter/email of acceptance.