Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions2023-03-18T06:37:36-04:00

Are you wondering how it all works?

It’s really important to us to make it easy to take one of our online courses, become a member of The Collab Salon, join a Faculty Consultation/Training Group and/or attend one of our workshops.Please contact us if you encounter technical difficulties. We pledge to do our best to troubleshoot technical problems, and sincerely apologize for any difficulties you encounter along the way. We’ll offer practical advice, detailed instruction and support to get you started. Rest assured, we are working diligently behind-the-scenes to make everything user-friendly, self-directed and interactive.   While each feature is unique, there a number of common features. Let’s first see if we can answer some of your questions here.

If you don’t see your question(s) answered here, please Contact Us.

How long does it take to complete a course?2022-04-21T09:34:59-04:00

Multiply the number of lessons by two. Each lesson including topics should take approximately 2 hours to complete.

How are your online courses structured?2022-04-21T09:33:34-04:00

Each self-paced Online Course is organized around lessons with topics within each lesson. Depending on the course, materials include text, video, audio, transcripts and exercises.

What does each online course cost?2022-04-21T09:27:51-04:00

In addition to the regular rate, we offer discounts for students or fixed income, international registrants and groups of 5 or more. It costs an additional $25 to earn the Alliant Continuing Education Credit certificate.

What exactly does ‘self paced’ mean?2022-04-21T09:30:39-04:00

Anyone can start at any time. You can move through as quickly or slowly as you wish. Some people finish the course in one day, others go through a lesson each week or take even longer. It’s up to you. Make a commitment, think through how you want to move through the course and set aside the time.

After I register, when and how long can I access materials for an online course?2022-04-21T08:48:47-04:00

There is no time limit. Please engage with the course at your own pace. Once purchased, a registrant can access  course materials 24 hours a day for as long as the Reauthoring Teaching website is up and running.   When you finish the course, we hope you will use the materials as a reference to enhance your future practice.

How can I interact with others while taking a self-paced course?2022-04-21T08:54:17-04:00

Our course content  invites self-reflection. Course exercises, interviews and practices can be enhanced when reflected on with others. Whenever possible, we recommend finding a friend or colleague with whom to take the course. If you contact us, we will try our best to find you a study-buddy (although this is not always possible).  Please use the comments section at the end of each topic and lesson to ask questions and share reflections. We look forward to your participation and interaction to create a space for co-learning and shared ideas.

How do I earn Continuing Education Credit?2022-04-21T09:17:07-04:00

For an additional fee, psychologists, marriage and family therapists, clinical counselors, clinical social workers, and health care providers can sign up for CE credit through Alliant International University. The certificate costs an extra $25-$40. Follow the instructions to document your attendance and participation. Once you pass the quiz and fill out the evaluation form, email to receive the Alliant CE certificate.

Which professional organization accept Alliant CEs?2022-04-21T09:14:23-04:00

Alliant International University is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA)  to sponsor continuing education for psychologists, and approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing to provide continuing education for Nurses. CE approved by APA and Nursing are accepted by many professional disciplines such as licensed clinical social workers, clinical mental health counselors, licensed professional clinical counselors, marriage & family therapists and registered nurses.  However, it is the individual’s responsibility to confirm this with his/her licensing board. For our online courses, we also offer a “Certificate of Completion” for submission to to a particular professional discipline.

How can I earn CE credit for the Collab Salon?2022-03-10T15:35:01-05:00

Participants can earn 18 Alliant CEs for attending and/or viewing The Collab Salon Series for a given year (January-December). First you will need to become a Collab member, and then pay the extra $40 for the CE certificate. Keep track of when you attend in person (remember we always meet at 4pm on the third Sunday of the month, New York time, for 1.5 hours), or when you watch the video recording afterward. After the Collab event, give us a few days to post the recording and evaluation; login to the given Collab webpage to fill out the evaluation. After completing all 12 Collab evaluations at the end of the calendar year, Contact us with your name, degree, license number and email address, and a list of each date that you attended or watch the recordings. We will email you the 18 CE certificate of completion.

What’s new and different about our Learning Community?2018-12-29T07:33:52-05:00

Our learning community keeps morphing to adapt to its members’ preferences. We are doing our best to keep up with new developments in educational technology: adaptability to large and small devices, a growing capacity for multi-media and video conferencing. We began as an online study that connected through discussion forums.  Since 2015, our Collab Salon monthly real-time meetings ‘on a cloud’ have become the centerpiece for conversation. We’ve created several self-paced Online Courses available for continuing education credit. Through our Faculty Offerings, we’ve added Faculty Consultation Groups and Trainings.  We sponsor a series of Refreshing the Spirit of the Work workshops in Vermont, and collaborate with our partners to offer workshops in other places. We now have our own  Reauthoring Teaching Youtube channel. And behind the scenes we are developing new online courses as well as materials for Higher Education. None of this could be possible without creating a collaboratory, and the help of our Board, Faculty and community members.

How do people get to your workshops?2018-11-04T05:36:44-05:00

Burlington Vermont is about 1/2 hour from All Souls Gathering (Shelburne),  40 minutes from Treleven Farm (Vergennes) and one hour from EastView (Middlebury). Many people take a plane, bus or train to Burlington. The Manchester, New Hampshire or Albany, New York airports are about 2 1/2 hours away. We are also about a 3 hour drive from Montreal, Quebec or a 4 hour drive from Boston.  It’s very difficult to get around Vermont without a car; sometimes people rent a car. We also carpool as much as we can.

Do you offer accommodation?2018-11-04T05:38:34-05:00

We do not have onsite accommodation at Treleven Farm, All Souls Gathering or EastView.  The nearest towns are Middlebury (EastView), Vergennes (Treleven), Charlotte, and Shelburne (All Souls).  There are plenty of options nearby: hotels, Bed & Breakfasts, Inns, lakeside cottages and camping. If you need help, please contact us and we are happy to help.

When can I earn CE Credit for Reauthoring Teaching Trainings?2022-03-11T08:18:32-05:00

Our Online Courses, Workshops  and annual Collab Salon series offer continuing education through Alliant International University for  psychologists and other mental health and social work clinicians.  Each CE certificate costs an extra $25-$40. You’ll be asked to follow the regulations such as signing in and signing out, and filling out a quiz and evaluation form at completion. Just be sure to sign up for the Continuing Education option and then follow our instructions.

Who attends our Re-authoring Teaching Trainings?2018-11-27T18:09:19-05:00

Our Narrative Trainings – Workshops, The Collab Salon, Faculty Offerings and Online Courses – are appropriate for psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, nurses, graduate students, counselors, and other human service practitioners in work contexts that include independent practice as well as agency settings such as community mental health, parent-child centers, and hospital programs. We also welcome to our workshops community members/individuals interested in a particular topic.  Contact us if you do not quite fit in this description but hope to participate anyway.

How user friendly are your courses?2022-03-11T09:05:45-05:00

Our self-paced courses are organized into lessons and topics. The different courses also try to accommodate multi-modal ways of learning in form of transcripts, videos, audios, articles, and reflective questions. With an eye toward user friendliness and ease of navigation, we strive to simplify everything. Periodically, we experience technical glitches that test everyone’s patience. If this happens to you, please  contact us. With sincere apologies, we’ll do our very best to troubleshoot and to get you on track.

What do I do if I’m experiencing technical difficulties?2022-04-21T09:22:53-04:00

First and foremost, please accept our sincere apology for any technical problems you encounter along the way. We share your frustration with the limits of this technology!  Behind the scenes, we work hard to fix any glitches. Please contact us with specific details Whether having trouble registering, with login, or accessing materials, it really helps if you can also take screenshots to show us exactly where the problem is occurring. Together we can troubleshoot to get you back on board as quickly as possible.

What happens if I can’t attend any of the monthly Collab Salons?2018-12-01T05:52:19-05:00

Each Salon is recorded and soon afterwards becomes available on-demand to all Collab Salon members. Any member not able to join in real time can login to access the Salon in our Library of Past Salons. Often the Past Salon page also includes recommended materials for further study.

Does the annual subscription runs from the day you join or is there a beginning and end year date?2018-11-29T07:28:54-05:00

The annual membership to the Collab Salon begins the day you join, and lasts for an entire year. You do not need to wait until the end of a Calendar year to join.

What’s Zoom?2018-11-27T18:46:24-05:00

Zoom  is a cloud meeting company offering excellent video, audio and screen-sharing quality across Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, or telephone. For instructions for getting started, simply click here. Our Zoom plan has the capacity for up to 100 interactive video or audio participants. In 2018, we added break-out rooms that give opportunities for smaller group discussions. If this is your first time, please join us a few minutes early. We can easily help get you get acquainted with Zoom features.

How does the Collab Membership Subscription work?2018-12-01T06:02:08-05:00

An annual membership is a subscription that will be automatically renewed unless cancelled. As the renewal date approaches, you will receive email notifications, which also give you the option to cancel.  Please contact us if you have any difficulties subscribing or canceling. We sincerely want The Collab Salon to be a positive experience.

Do I have to contribute or can I just listen?2018-11-29T05:34:37-05:00

There is no pressure to share during a Zoom session. While some folks contribute, others prefer to just listen. Sometimes people feel more comfortable sharing in the smaller break-out groups. Or not. It’s really up to you!

Can I join a Zoom meeting via audio only?2018-11-28T11:00:23-05:00

Zoom makes it possible to join in with either video or audio. While most people join through video, others prefer to just listen. Or to start with video and then shift to audio. It’s really up to you.