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Frequently Asked Questions about QiTalks on Zoom

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We are excited to announce that QiTalks is moving to Zoom starting September, 2020! You will continue to get the same fascinating conversations with experts in the world of qigong led by the articulate and ever-curious Vicki Dello Joio, and now with Zoom we are able to add video and screen sharing.

If you've never used Zoom before, or even if you have, read on to learn more about what to expect.

General questions
Registration questions
Accessing QiTalks the night of the talk
During the talk
After the talk

General Questions

How are QiTalks on Zoom different from what we've been doing?

There are a few key differences:

  • Host Vicki and her guest will be on video! You will be invited to turn your camera on when you ask a question during the Q&A.
  • You will need to register for each month's talk. (If you've been around for a long time, you may remember we also did that years ago.)

Registration Questions

How do I register for a talk?

Just click on the link in any of your QiTalks reminder emails (starting about a month before the call). Registration is quick and easy!

What happens after I register?

You will immediately receive an email with all the meeting information, including a link you can click on when it is time for the program. (The registration confirmation will also include a Meeting ID and Passcode in case you need it, and phone numbers if you prefer to call in.)

If you use an electronic calendar, you may be able to add the meeting information directly to your calendar. If not, make a note of the relevant details, including the link, so that you will have them ready for the event.

Accessing the Talk

How can I access QiTalks the night of the talk?

There are two ways to join QiTalks:

  1. Online, via computer, tablet or mobile device. This allows you to both listen and see the video. When asking questions, you can turn on your camera if you wish.
  • Click the meeting link in the email you received after registration (or saved in your calendar).
  • If you do not have the meeting link but have the Meeting ID and Passcode, open Zoom, click Join, and enter the Meeting ID and Passcode where requested.
  1. Call in, via telephone. This only allows you to listen. You will not see video of the speakers or any screen or document sharing that happens during the meeting. You can also ask questions verbally during the Q&A.

If you’ve never used Zoom before and are connecting any way other than by phone call, you will have to install the required Zoom software. Zoom does a wonderful job of walking you through that process when you join your first meeting. If you don't want to miss the beginning of the meeting, plan to log in 5-10 minutes early. You can also try a Zoom test meeting at any time to familiarize yourself with the way Zoom works.

Do I have to be on video?

No. You can keep your camera off, whether or not you ask a question.

During the Talk

I joined the meeting, but I can't hear (or see) anything.

This could be due to any number of reasons (depending on the device you are using). The easiest solution is to Leave Meeting and rejoin it. If that does not work, try the following:

iOS or Android
Computer, iOS, Android

Due to the vast number of devices and operating systems, the NQA cannot troubleshoot problems during the call.

After the Talk

What if I missed the talk or want to listen to it again?

This has not changed. Each month's talk is available to the general public until the next talk is posted (typically about a month).

Members can access the entire archive of previous talks. If you are not a member, join now!

Clinical Qigong Practitioner

  • At least 500 hours documented formal Qigong training including 350 didactic hours (see website for description) 200 of which are specific to Qigong
  • Includes at least 100 hours of Qigong treatment which may include contact and non-contact Qi emission, adjunct massage manipulations, and teaching of prescriptive exercises or any combination thereof.
  • At least 2 years clinical experience
  • Must carry a current liability insurance policy
  • An interview with members of the Application Review committee may be required

Senior Clinical Qigong Practitioner

  • At least 1500 hours documented formal Qigong training including 500 didactic hours (see website for description) 350 of which are specific to Qigong
  • Includes at least 1000 hours of Qigong treatment which may include contact and non-contact Qi emission, adjunct massage manipulations, and teaching of prescriptive exercises or any combination thereof.
  • At least 10 years clinical experience
  • Must carry a current liability insurance policy
  • An interview with members of the Application Review committee may be required

This track is for NQA Professional Members who primarily offer a skillset or healthcare modality that is complementary to Qigong but wish to show clients that their training in Qigong is sufficient to enhance their service offering and warrants national certification. This Certification is for those who primarily offer health and healing modalities at a professional level, and utilize Qigong principles and practices in their work to enhance their treatments.

Qigong Integrated Practitioner
  • At least 300 hours documented formal Qigong training
  • At least 5 years of personal Qigong practice
  • 2 years experience integrating Qigong into your professional practice

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: If I am already a professional member of the NQA, how is this different?
A: Certification is a separate additional option that you may choose to enhance and highlight your professional standing.

Q: How do I determine my proper level?
A: There are two divisions to Professional Member Certification: Instructor and Clinical. See each tab above for more details.

Q: May a person hold certification in both tracks?

A: Yes, a person may hold certification as both Qigong Teacher and Clinical Practitioner and some of the same hours could apply to both. You may apply simultaneously on the same Certification Application.

Q: How will I benefit from this certification?
A: 1) You will receive a certification listing on your member page of the NQA website, a resource for the public seeking a professional with distinction.
2) Our publications often highlight certified professionals with articles about them and their practice.
3) You will receive a certificate for display so that the public/clients/students will know that you have been internally certified by the NQA. Please note that these benefits may change or be added onto without notice at any time, based on the needs of our members.
4) You will become part of a strong active organization involved in protecting Qigong from the numerous legislative attempts around the nation to control Qigong in a variety of ways, specifically in Mass. and Illinois.   Qigong should remain self-governed.  Your involvement will make us even stronger.
5) Within the last 3 years, the NQA has been actively involved in protecting Qigong from numerous legislative attempts around the nation. We have participated in joint efforts at writing legislation (Illinois S3516) and thwarted efforts in Massachusetts to license Qigong as a subset of bodywork. The only way we can keep Qigong autonomous (self-governed) is to have the numbers to speak up and let your legislators know we’re out there and are involved. Please join us in our efforts to protect our beloved Qigong by becoming a NQA Certified Professional member.
6) In response to the many attempts to legislate Qigong, the most popular response has been to seek the protection of “Health Freedom Act” related Bills. The California bill (SB577) has been very successful and been in force since 2002. All of the currently in-force or proposed Health Freedom Act related bills around the country, have one very important requirement written into them. they require that every practitioner (along with their treatment plan) provide documentation supporting their training and certification to potential clients and/or anyone requesting that information. A certificate from the NQA Certification Committee fulfills that requirement, and is likewise, nationally recognized.

Q: How much does it cost and for how long is the certification?
A: Initial certification extends for two years at a fee of $150 except for the Senior Qigong Teacher which has a fee of $250 due to the needed interview. Renewals are $50 and extend for two years. An upgrade or add-on is charged $100 except for the Senior Qigong Teacher, which is $150.

Q: Is there a requirement for continuing education for renewal?
A: Not at the present time, but a continuing education requirement for renewal may be initiated at some point in the future.

Q: What is a didactic hour of instruction?
A: Didactic hours include anatomy, physiology, Chinese medical theory and Qigong history, theory and philosophy (with regard to Qigong.) It is considered to be instruction received in a class setting from an instructor rather than clinical practice with patients.

Q: What is considered Formal Qigong Training?
A: Formal Qigong Training is considered in-person training, meaning that the teacher and student are physically present in the same location. It includes cultivation of the perception of Qi, and the experience of Qi in practice (neidan and weidan) –– cultivation of the Qigong State / Centering, cultivation of Rooting / Grounding, and includes the study of Qigong Theory, describing what Qi is, how Qi works, how Qi is utilized in practice, teaching and Qi emission. Formal Training includes an understanding, and Qi perception, of the Three Tan Tians, Jing / Qi / Shen, Yin/Yang polarity, Five Element Theory, and the Meridian / Acupoint system

Q: How are online, virtual training hours incorporated into my studies?
A: Classes where the teacher and student are connected online and can see and speak to each other describe “virtual training.” It may be one on one, or it may be a larger group. Virtual courses can have different values for certification depending on the specific circumstances of the online training. The certification committee has the discretion to decide on the number of hours to be awarded for virtual training in each individual case, up to 25% of the total hours required for a specific level of certification. A letter of explanation from the teacher explaining the format of the virtual training and what was taught will be needed as part of the committee’s assessment of the value of this training.
Example: Level I = 200 hours formal Qigong training, therefore the maximum number of virtual training hours would be 50.
Level II = maximum 87 hours out of 350
Level III = maximum 125 hours out of 500
 Senior Teacher = maximum 250 hours out of 1000

Q: What if I receive additional training in the course of my certification?
A: If you wish, you may submit an upgrade. Just enter the additional information on a new application and send it in along with the appropriate fee. The supplemental application will be added to the information already in your file.

Q: How long does it take after I send in the application?
A: With the exception of the Senior Qigong Teacher – which requires an in-person interview with Certification Committee members – most applicants will receive a decision within a reasonable amount of time after full completion and submission of your application.

Q: What if my application is denied or if I receive a lower level of Certification classification than the one that I applied for?
A: If the application is denied or if you receive a lower level of classification than that for which you applied, you are welcome to apply again after one year.