Matthew is blessed to have studied personally under Judith Bluestone, HANDLE’s founder, for all three levels of his HANDLE training. Though Judith is no longer with us in body, her legacy lives on in the HANDLE Institute, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, which coordinates community information seminars and trainings worldwide, and in the practices of HANDLE affiliates across the globe.
Though there is no degree associated with becoming a HANDLE Practitioner, the workload is comparable to that of many Master’s programs. The journey begins with a HANDLE Introductory Course, which is open to anyone and is regularly taken by parents and professionals alike. The HANDLE Intermediate Course, open to approved individuals who have completed the Introductory Course, certifies participants who complete both the course and, also, a subsequent examination to conduct HANDLE Screenings. Becoming a full-fledged HANDLE Practitioner involves more.
The HANDLE Advanced Course, open to experienced HANDLE Screeners, is followed by an extensive written examination and a 150-200 practice-hour internship.
- Since being a HANDLE Practitioner involves letting one’s community know about the history, perspectives, and successes of HANDLE, interns give community information seminars and assist with HANDLE trainings.
- Since being a HANDLE Practitioner involves finding clients who can benefit from HANDLE, interns are responsible for finding clients, who enroll in HANDLE under the intern’s supervising practitioner.
- Since every level of HANDLE training is competency-based, and since interns aren’t earning money from supervised clients, it is important that interns have other means to support themselves during training. The costs of becoming a HANDLE Practitioner can easily exceed $18,000, including opportunity costs. Finishing takes substantial dedication. Efforts to finish benefit from hearty enthusiasm about what HANDLE is and what the HANDLE approach can offer a community.
Having grown up atypically gifted with a diagnosis of Tourette Syndrome, and having benefited immensely from HANDLE himself, Matthew is definitely enthusiastic about HANDLE! Matthew loves helping people discover ways to move and learn that minimize problems and that maximize their adaptability. HANDLE is a central modality in his practice.
For more information on HANDLE training, visit the HANDLE Institute’s website.