EXPLORE OUR DIFFERENT TRAINING & CERTIFICATION OPTIONS AND USE OUR VIRTUAL INTERVIEW TO SEE WHICH IS BEST FOR YOU

July 5, 2016

Limited Enrollment From Fall 2017 through the end of 2018; Apply early if you want a spot!

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OPTIONS, Options, Options! We’ve got a lot of options for you.

Use this page as your starting point toward understanding the full breadth of our training options. Begin with our Virtual Interview, designed to help you discern which of our offerings will meet your needs.

That’s followed by an overview of each of our training program options, from the most comprehensive down to the quickest certificate class. While we’ve got lots of additional information on our site, this page is a great place to start exploring how the different programs work, and what they can help you accomplish.

Make sure you also check out our podcasts, “Understanding The Six Certifications” and “Is this Path, and Training, For me?” as well. 

NOW…Let’s get started with the Virtual Interview!

There are a number of considerations when discerning which of our programs may be a good fit for you. Spend a few moments on this Virtual Interview, to get an idea of which options may be the best-fit for you. Let us begin:

What’s your goal in pursuing training?

Do you want to earn regular or primary income while doing the meaningful work of facilitating conscious, informed death and mourning? Are you looking to enhance existing skills, to do your current work better (we have quite a number of hospice workers, nurses, social workers, clergy members, etc, train with us for just this reason)? Do you offer existing support, and want to add death and mourning support to your current offerings (we get a number of birth doulas, massage therapists, reiki practitioners, etc, too)? Are you simply looking to enhance your personal skills so you can better support loved ones, helping them create more meaningful deaths and funerals, and to ideally save money in the process? (Note: The majority of our graduates find they offset the cost of their training through savings in just one or two funerals, depending on the options they choose; many students find they earn back their tuition working with a very small number of clients. Some of this is impacted by your geographic location; other elements depend on your marketing and promotion skills, and your skill in asking for business)

  • If you answered that you are looking to work full time in this field:While you can definitely begin your new career in under a year, it takes time to build a practice that can become sustainable; it often includes educating your area market about your services, and why they would want them. It also includes wearing the hat of the self-employed, which means learning to market and promote your business, building business-to-business relationships, shaping your reputation, and becoming comfortable with asking for people’s business, not to mention any number of other administrative details involved in running a business. SO: If you are looking to make this your career, how will you support yourself as you transition into this work, and build it into something sustainable? Can you continue to work full or part time? Have other means of sustaining yourself? Additional considerations: If you want to transition to this as your full time work, you will find you have the most flexibility and support with the Complete 6-in-1 Death Doula Training Class. Why? Because it allows you to create the most diverse set of service offerings, allowing you to balance offerings that require you to be on-call, with ones that you can easily schedule and control. This can allow you to use your time to maximum benefit; it also allows you to offer clients the largest service menu. Additionally, the Special Edition Class comes with live phone coaching sessions, which you can use once you’re certified and working with clients. This provides support as you begin getting out there and working in the field.
  • If you answered that you only want to supplement your career, add to existing modalities, or simply provide support to loved ones: Then you will find that the Modified 5-in-1 Training (Only available through Spring 2017, after which that session will no longer be offered!) OR, if not working with clients but only family, the 3-in-1 Certificate Class are enough for you. Part of the consideration is how much support you want to provide post-funeral. Do you want to be able to provide support when someone is dealing with the physical artifacts left after the major estate questions are settled? There’s an awful lot of folks who have to deal with estates and personal effects long distance these days, and we’re seeing great interest in this service. Additionally, it’s the kind of work you can schedule, earning additional income around the on-call work – but, if you are, say a nurse or hospice worker or social worker, and are simply looking to add-on to your existing skills, you probably don’t need that training; you may find the 3-in-1 Certificate Class is enough for you (but there are other considerations – more on that soon, and again, you won’t be learning anything about the professional or income-earning aspects in the 3-in-1).

How Important Are Home Funerals to you?

  • If you want to be an advocate and active facilitator of home funerals, then providing Home Funeral Doula Support is of high priority to you. For this, you will likely want either our Modified 5-in-1 Training Program, or the Complete 6-in-1 Death Doula Training Program, or the Special Edition Version of the Complete 6-in-1 Death Doula Training Program (the only version of the class currently offered). NOTE: The 3-in-1 Certificate Program does provide an introduction to the Home Funeral, and prepares you well enough to support a loved one in this work, it is a less intense version of our training in that area.

What Kind of Support Do You Appreciate When Learning Something New?

Our trainings are online, but we provide varying methods of support:

  • The Complete 6-in-1 Death Doula Training, as well as the Special Edition Version of that class, offer a highly intensive learning experience. Each week, in addition to your learning materials, you have assignments in a number of forums. You engage not just with other students, but receive personal one-on-one feedback from Laura, the founder of our program. When I say feedback, on a number of our forums she may provide up to 1-2 pages of feedback. The Special Edition of the class (the only one currently offered) also provides live, one-on-one phone based coaching sessions following certification, so you have feedback when you begin working in the field, and during the training, Laura will provide an MP3 recording of feedback focusing on your performance. This is Laura’s favorite way to teach, however, it is also highly involved, and she is currently limiting enrollment in this class to only 15 students per year – as I’m sure you can understand why.
  • The Modified 5-in-1 Death Doula Training is a lot like the Complete 6-in-1 Death Doula Training, however, there are some crucial differences beyond the fact that it includes one less certification area. In the Modified 5-in-1 Training Program, there are still forums for assignments and discussion with peers, however, rather than the intensive one-on-one feedback Laura provides in the Complete 6-in-1 Death Doula Training/Special Edition classes, in the Modified 5-in-1 Death Doula Training there is only Group Feedback. Essentially, once all students have posted their comments and discussions, Laura reads them all, then drafts one general feedback post for the entire group. It is still a highly effective method of learning, and if you’re a self-starter who can work largely on their own but appreciate some feedback and the instructor’s perspective while training, this may be the right program for you. Keep in mind that the Modified 5-in-1 Death Doula Training doesn’t include the “What’s Next?” Post Loss Coaching Certification, and is only 16 weeks long, as opposed to 20 weeks.
  • The 3-in-1 Certificate Program may be for you if you prefer to work on your own, just moving through the material, studying, taking quizzes, and doing your assignments, without engaging with other students or an instructor – and if you’re only taking this training to support loved ones.This class prepares you as an End-of-Life Doula, Death Doula, and Mourning Doula, with enough of an introduction to Home Funeral Doula Support that you can support loved ones. Again, if being a professional doula is your goal, we do encourage you to take either the Modified 5-in-1 Death Doula Training or the Complete 6-in-1 Death Doula Training/Special Edition classes. With the 3-in-1 Certificate Class, you do receive a Certificate of Completion, however, you do not receive Certification in our methodology. You can read more about our Certification here.

How much of a time investment can you make right now? 

  • The Complete 6-in-1 Death Doula Training/Special Edition classes involve a longer commitment, it’s twenty weeks, plus the six week Business Quick Start Training, plus you receive access to several other classes, such as an intense version of Life Review, Self-Care for Care-Providers, and Creating Amazing Info Sessions. Depending on the pace at which you complete those extras, you could spend nearly a year on the training. You are also more likely trying to create this as a primary or at least major revenue for yourself, which also requires time and effort. The class itself typically takes about 6 to 10 hours per week, depending on how much time you spend engaging with the instructor and other students, and whether you provide shorter or lengthier commentary in the forums.
  • The Modified 5-in-1 Death Doula Training is 16 weeks long, plus the six week Business Quick Start Training,and you receive access to one of the other extras. Again, depending on how fast you complete the extras, you could spend a little over half a year working your way through the materials. If you are simply looking to enhance your existing career or add these skills to other service modalities, you can likely begin to see some fruit from your labors pretty quickly. The same is true if you are looking to merely support loved ones, or members of your inner community (religious community, social community, etc). This training also takes a bit less time on the week-to-week basis, clocking in at about 4 to 6 hours per week, most weeks, as there is less back and forth with the instructor. Again, some of this time is defined by how much or little you write in response to forum queries, assignments, etc.
  • The 3-in-1 Certificate Program is only 10 weeks long. You could finish this in little over one season, prepared to provide doula support to loved ones rather quickly. This class is for personal use, for supporting loved ones, and teaches you nothing of how to handle the professional aspects of doula support. If you’re looking to build a business, check out our other classes, such as the Modified 5-in-1 Death Doula Training, or the Complete 6-in-1 Death Doula Training/Special Edition.

Do you care about Certification?

  • If you care about certification, and the benefits that accompany it, you will want either our Complete 6-in-1 Death Doula Training/Special Edition or the Modified 5-in-1 Death Doula Training. The 3-in-1 Certificate Class only provides a certificate of completion.

Do you want yet further support?

  • If you feel at any time that you want further support, you can opt to add-on live, phone-based coaching sessions with Laura (based on availability).

What does Certification mean, who is certifying me and in what, and why does it matter?

  • At this writing there is no current industry requirement for certification, though some areas have some licensing requirements. We are certifying you in our Methodology of Service – our service method is built around a protected coaching model, which you can read more about here. Certification demonstrates that you have not only met robust requirements which demonstrate proficiency in our methodology and certification requirements, but also that you continue to maintain quality delivery of service. We have a Standard of Practice which our Certified Graduates are expected to maintain; we have a Grievance Procedure through which the public can file a complaint if they feel you have violated your commitment to your Standard of Practice. This helps create a level of trust the public can come to rely upon.
  • Additionally, because there is currently no industry requirement, people are calling themselves doulas without any specific standard of practice. Some guarantee a soul will get to heaven; some promote a spa-like death experience. You get the idea. What the Momdoulary Certification provides is a way for the public to be able to openly see the standard of training you went through, and be able to clarify the commitment you’ve made to a certain quality of service. They can see that you’ve met requirements that protect them, and you, such as completing our Blood-borne pathogen safety requirement, and our Food Handler Safety requirement (you may be warming food, you may be working in a client’s home where food is served to guests; safety comes up in a variety of ways). More importantly, we believe that Certification demonstrates QUALITY.
  • There are many instances in which certification may not matter to you: If you are only taking this for your own personal goals, to provide support to loved ones; if you are looking to simply enhance your existing career in the medical or care field, for instance. However, if you are looking to do this work as your primary business, or if you are adding it as a significant modality to your existing modalities, we do encourage you to explore the value of Certification.

Is Tuition A Concern?

  • You have to be practical in terms of tuition. There is a balance that should be sought, between what you are trying to create, and what you can afford. Explore what courses best fit your needs, and help you get to where you need to go, but also take tuition into consideration. The Special Edition Complete 6-in-1 Death Doula Training initially looks like it is double the tuition of the Modified 5-in-1 Training. However, it comes with a lot more in-depth support, including those crucial live phone coaching sessions after class has ended, and you are beginning to create your business. It also comes with a lot of bonus classes. AND – if you apply early, and can pay in full, completing the full enrollment process, you can receive significant discounts, some of which reduce tuition by nearly 1/3. However, you could also save on the Modified 5-in-1 Training, by enrolling early, further reducing the tuition. AND, if you wanted to take the Modified 5-in-1 Training, but to have some additional support, you could just purchase coaching sessions with Laura separately – and this? Would allow you to break the expense up a bit. Finally, the 3-in-1 Certificate program is the most economical program of all, and if it meets your needs, it could be the answer you are looking for. The goal should be to look at what your aims are, which programs will best get you there, and to discover how to best afford it.
  • We do offer payment plans. You can save by paying in full – we do take credit cards, and use Paypal for processing (some students tell us they applied for delayed or credit payments via Paypal and were approved by Paypal in that way). We also offer a 3 payment plan, and with the Special Edition Complete class, a four payment plan (downpayment plus three payments). We can also, in some instances, create a custom payment plan. How far in advance you begin your payment plan will impact how large or small your monthly payments are. Do subscribe to our newsletter and/or follow our facebook page, as we sometimes run discounts on tuition, but they are only announced via those avenues.

 Thank you for participating in our Virtual Interview. Hopefully you found it useful in better understanding which of our offerings may be a good fit for you. Now, allow us to introduce you to the trainings:

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The Complete 6-in-1 Death Doula Training
Train for a New Career in Under a Year

This is the most unique training & certification program of its kind. The Momdoulary Method Online Complete 6-in-1 Death Doula Certification prepares you for 6 certifications, built around a unique coaching model that trains you to support your client in finding the best-fit solutions for their death and funeral needs.

The 6-in-1 Training For Certification Classes are our most comprehensive offering, delivering a robust, intense training, for those who are seriously committed to this calling. The basic part of the training is 20 weeks long, plus includes a complementary 6-week self-directed Business Super-Start Class, and more.

Successful completion of this program will provide the bedrock skills necessary to help support people at some of the most challenging moments in their lives. While attaining your end-of-life, death, and mourning doula skills, you will also be trained in Professional Organizing & Post-Loss Life Coaching Skills, tools your clients may call upon you for once their initial period of grief is past, to help them organize their lives as they determine how to move forward. This allows you to maximize your area of both serviceability and your potential revenue so that you can earn a reasonable wage serving people in a way that continually gives back.

You will be working as a facilitator of a more conscious and informed engagement with death, through doing ALL of the following, and more:

Work as a Mourning Doula– providing physical, emotional, informational, administrative and concierge-style support to families in the hours and days following a loss
Work as an End-of-Life Doula – providing physical, emotional, and informational support to healthy and infirm individuals as they explore end-of-life options
Work as a Death Doula – providing physical, emotional, and informational support in the final weeks and hours of life, as well as working with our popular Life Review method
Work as a Home Funeral Doula – providing physical, emotional, and informational support for home funeral. Most especially, you learn to create and hold the space for the family to take ownership of caring for their dead.
Work as a “What’s Next?” Post Loss Coach supporting individuals as they make important changes following loss
Work as a Professional Organizer or Re-organizer, helping individuals dealing with material artifacts after losing a loved one.

Momdoulary Method Complete 6-in-1 Death Doula Training could be the key to a fulfilling and flexible career that helps you feel more connected to both your work and your community. Combine any or all of the skills you have to provide service and earn a living in a variety of combinations, allowing for maximum earning potential, as well as expansive ways in which to serve those who turn to you.

CURRENTLY WE ARE ONLY OFFERING THE SPECIAL EDITION VERSION OF THE COMPLETE 6-in-1 DEATH DOULA TRAINING. It prepares you for the six competencies, but includes a LOT of extras, and a lot of in-depth exchange with Laura. This program is open to ONLY 12  STUDENTS IN 2017 and 12 Students in 2018.

ON-LINE TRAINING CLASS INCLUDES (SPECIAL EDITION BONUS ITEMS HIGHLIGHTED IN RED)

  • Training covering basic Mourning Doula, Death Doula, End-of-Life Doula, Home Funeral Doula, What’s Next? Post Loss Life Coaching, and Professional Organizing Skills
  • Understanding of burial, natural burial, direct burial, home burial, cremation, direct cremation, alkaline hydrolysis, and other alternative options
  • History of modern funeral industry
  • Ethics, standard of practice, and more
  • Memorial options
  • The Funeral Rule
  • Understanding grief
  • Researching & understanding your local rules, laws, options, and implied rules
  • Exploration of rites and rituals surrounding death and the funeral industry, including cultural awareness
  • Ergonomics & Body Mechanics for the doula professional (to take care of yourself while caring for others)
  • Food Handler safety (connection to external online program)
  • Understanding add-ons and options (flowers, caskets, urns, and more)
  • Basics of Self-Care in the Grieving Period
  • Scheduling & lifestyle management for doulas
  • Understanding & Utilizing the Coaching Model
  • Boundary setting for coaches & doulas
  • Professional Organizing Basics
  • Six Week Business Quick Start Class
  • Access to a bonus class: Create Amazing Information Sessions To Promote Your Business
  • 3 online webinars with Laura
  • 2 live phone-based coaching sessions with Laura following your certification – for extra encouragement and support when you’re out there starting your business
  • Access to our new class, Herbal Training for Death & Mourning Doulas
  • Access to a self-directed class in Advanced Life Review Support
  • A self-directed class in Self-Care for the Care Professional.
  • And much more!

*Note that in some areas additional licensing requirements must be met to work in these areas.
** Qualifying exam must be passed with a minimum grade of 70%. Upon completion of training requirements you are eligible to submit a Certification Packet to Momdoulary Method, LLC.

TO BECOME A MOMDOULARY METHOD, LLC Multi-CERTIFIED MOURNING, DEATH & END-OF-LIFE DOULA, HOME FUNERAL DOULA, ORGANIZER & WHAT’S NEXT? POST LOSS COACH you must meet ALL Certification Requirements:

LIFETIME CERTIFICATION, barring loss of it through a Grievance Committee hearing. The requirements for our Momdoulary Passages Method Certification include:

  • Successful completion of the training
  • Successfully passing the Qualifying Exam (70% or better)
  • Membership in Good Order
  • Signed Coaching and Doula Promise
  • Completion of Bloodborne Pathogen Training
  • Completion of Food Handler Safety Training
  • Submission of Seeds of Change Essay
  • Submission of all signed forms (releases, acknowledgments, terms of service, copyright and logo use, representation of Momdoulary, LLC name in promotion and marketing, standard of practice, code of ethics, licensing agreement, recognition of grievance process, acknowledgment of area law and requirements statement)
  • Submission of Client Resource List

TRAINING DATES AND TUITION FOR THE SPECIAL EDITION COMPLETE 6-in-1 DEATH DOULA TRAINING:

September 10, 2017.Online, 12 seats.  Class is 20 weeks long, but you will have 21 weeks to complete the training, to allow for any vacation or travel plans students may have. There is no class during Thanksgiving week or the last week of 2017. Business Quick Start Class will begin only after the class has taken the Qualifying Exam for the Six Certification areas. Enrollment opens June 21, 2017. 

Tuition: One payment of $3,150; OR a downpayment of $500 and 3 payments of $1,000 (totaling $3,500), with final payment due by no later than the 6th week of class. For additional payment options, contact us.

January 14, 2018 – ONLY TRAINING OPTION IN 2018! Online, 12 seats.  Class is 20 weeks long, but you will have 21 weeks to complete the training, to allow for any vacation or travel plans students may have. Business Quick Start Class will begin only after the class has taken the Qualifying Exam for the Six Certification areas. . 

Tuition: One payment of $3,250; OR a downpayment of $600 and 3 payments of $1,000 (totaling $3,600), with final payment due by no later than the 6th week of class.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY FOR THE SPECIAL EDITION COMPLETE 6-in-1 DEATH DOULA TRAINING NOW

CHECK OUT OUR MODIFIED     5-in-1 DEATH DOULA TRAINING CLASS

This is a *MODIFIED* version of our Complete 6-in-1 Death Doula Professional Training, with limited instructor feedback, and significantly lower tuition. In this course the instructor will provide weekly group feedback, as opposed to individual in-depth discussion feedback of the Complete 6-in-1 Death Doula Training, plus it trains you in 5 competency areas, rather than 6; additionally, there are no coaching or teleconferences, though you could add coaching sessions separately (click here to learn about working privately with Laura). This structure allows us to dramatically reduce tuition on this offering. You will still receive access to a self-directed version of the Business Quick Start Class.

This 16 week program trains you in 5 Competencies:

  • End-of-Life Doula
  • Death Doula
  • Home Funeral Doula
  • Mourning Doula
  • Professional Re-Organizer/Post Loss Artifact Organizer

It also includes:

  • Access to a self-directed version of the six-week Business Quick Start training, in pdf format.
  • Access to our Life Review Intensive Course

TO BECOME A MOMDOULARY METHOD, LLC Multi-CERTIFIED MOURNING, DEATH & END-OF-LIFE DOULA, HOME FUNERAL DOULA, ORGANIZER & WHAT’S NEXT? POST LOSS COACH you must meet ALL Certification Requirements:

LIFETIME CERTIFICATION, barring loss of it through a Grievance Committee hearing. The requirements for our Momdoulary Passages Method Certification include:

  • Successful completion of the training
  • Successfully passing the Qualifying Exam (70% or better)
  • Membership in Good Order
  • Signed Coaching and Doula Promise
  • Completion of Bloodborne Pathogen Training
  • Completion of Food Handler Safety Training
  • Submission of Seeds of Change Essay
  • Submission of all signed forms (releases, acknowledgments, terms of service, copyright and logo use, representation of Momdoulary, LLC name in promotion and marketing, standard of practice, code of ethics, licensing agreement, recognition of grievance process, acknowledgment of area law and requirements statement)
  • Submission of Client Resource List

REQUIREMENTS FOR OPTIONAL MOMDOULARY CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL GOLDEN CIRCLE MEMBER:

  • Meet all requirements for Basic Lifetime Certification
  • Submit client reviews and releases for each certification area
  • Submit proof of consistently maintained insurance
  • Continuous membership
  • No disciplinary action following Grievance filing
  • Has had a book or video published, or hosts a blog, podcast or vlog, or created an actively produced product related to the industry, or has had at least 3 articles published by national media outlets

TRAINING DATES AND TUITION FOR THE MODIFIED 5-in-1 DEATH DOULA TRAINING:

September 10, 2017 Start Date. – 12 seats Class is 16 weeks long but you may take up to 17 weeks to complete, allowing some flexibility for vacation or holiday plans. There is NO CLASS Thanksgiving week. 

TUITION: 1 payment of $1,450; OR 3 payments of $550 (totalling $1,650), with final payment due by no later than the fourth week of class. For other payment options, contact us.

We don’t foresee offering this course again until 2019.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY FOR THE MODIFIED 5-IN-1 TRAINING NOW!

CLICK HERE TO APPLY FOR THE MODIFIED 5-in-1 TRAINING NOW!

We are no longer enrolling for the 3-in-1 Training for 2017.

Please contact us for more information.

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