In 2015, the International Sherborne co-operation group (ISCO) invited each national association to nominate 2 or 3 people with specified skills and knowledge to apply to join the new Training/ Learning panel which would be tasked with reviewing the present structure and creating a completely new structure which would be fit for the demands internationally of the 21st century.
After a process of evaluation the following were accepted to work on this panel :- Unni Vagstol, Cia Klinta, Kerstin Wallin, Malgorzata Mroziac, Marta Bogdanowicz, Bart Jamine, Jo Deams, Ellen Van de Gruiter, Carolyn Childs, Janet Sparks and Alleyne Cliff. Elizabeth Marsden co-ordinated the preparation of the members, set the brief and served as note taker at the first meeting which took place in Warsaw in November 2015. After an amazing International Conference - The Sherbonre Education Event (SEE) , in the summer of 2022, we are now using the new Sherborne curriulum for all courses and training.
Training Courses in Sherborne Developmental Movement (SDM) are progressively structured with essential periods of practice in between the sessions. We now use a tree to show progress and exit points for our new curriculum.
Structure of the New Courses
The motif of a tree was a starting point for creating the new course. The roots symbolise the variety of experiences participants bring to the training programme. The trunk symbolises the core knowledge, skills, understanding and experience all SDM practitioners should have. The branches symbolise how the knowledge base can be developed in specific and specialised settings, e.g., learning to become a course leader, research, special populations such as the elderly, people with dementia, autism, attachment, trauma etc.
12 three-hour sessions complete the initial training.
Sessions 1-6 are based on four aspects that are common to each session:
The intention in the first six sessions is to give course participants a strong foundation of personal movement experiences. Embedded in these experiences is guided reflection aimed at developing reflective practitioners. Throughout all the sessions there is awareness of both what is being taught and how it is being taught, so that the very particular nature of the SDM learning environment is emphasised.
In all practical contexts and in all discussions, awareness and understanding of sensitive physical contact, the appropriate use of touch, safe handling of the body and the exploration of personal space will be addressed.
Having completed session 6 and before returning for session 7 the participants are required to complete the minimum of 12 hours teaching in their own workplace, over a minimum of 12 weeks. Participants should be encouraged to do more.
Participants could leave the course at any point, but the formal exit points will be after session 4 and 6 where the participants are given a Certificate.
Session 7 will focus on the participants’ learning journey to date and provide an introduction to the next block of work. It therefore aims to reflect on practice, celebrate achievement and inspire further study. The time is divided between a practical workshop; structured group reflection and tutor input. Students will be required to bring their session plans and Learning Journals to this session.
Sessions 8-10 focus on the themes of Creating an SDM Learning Environment, Communication through Sensitive Touch and Movement Development through Lifespan. They are all structured under the headings;
Session 7-12 is organised nationally with encouragement to invite international course leaders and participants.
A final assessment is carried out in session 11 and 12. The assessment will include:
Transition from the Previous to the New Training Programme
Participants will be acknowledged for their previous training and experience in SDM when determining the entry point to the new training programme.
Participants who have completed Level 1 will be able enter at session 5; participants who have completed Level 2 in the previous SDM training system will be able to enter the new programme at Session 7 as long as the practical requirements of a minimum of 12 hours teaching over a minimum of 12 weeks have been met.
For those who have completed an Advanced Practitioner Course (APC) and want to become an Internationally Qualified Course Leader (IQCL) or to fulfil the requirement of an SDM Qualified Practitioner, they will need to be assessed at session 11 and 12.
The future of SDM is in the hand of course leaders who share fully Veronica Sherborne’s passion for and understanding of the value of movement experiences. In this new training programme, it is hoped you will find the material to make you a confident course leader, able to take this creative and unique approach to movement into many different working environments and to continue to benefit people in the future.
The following are currently registered and qualified as Internationally Qualified Course Leaders;
Anyone not on this list is neither registered nor qualified to run Sherborne Courses.
In the UK the following are current IQCLs:
In Poland the following are current IQCLs:-
In Japan the following are current IQCLs:-
In Belgium the following are current IQCLs:-
Marleen Van Renterghem
In Holland the following are current IQCLs:-
Ellen Van de Gruiter
Lonneke van Elburg
Stephanie van Ruijven
Edith van Gerven
Karina van Haelst
In Sweden the following are current IQCLs:-
In Norway the following are current IQCLs:-
Merete Welhaven Steen
In Germany the following is a
In Greece the following are