Status on Training, Diploma, & Certification Programs

Since this has been coming up frequently, here is an update on our current status for these training programs...
A number of people have commented recently because they have had trouble finding pricing and program plan information for those interested in our training, workshops, diplomas, and certification programs.
 
We apologize for the difficulty in finding the information lately.
 
We recently attempted to scrub the previous pricing information because we have been significantly revising the program and we are still working out the new details.
 
We are trying to significantly lower the costs of our training to make them more accessible to more people.
 
We do not currently have a "one size fits all" program, but we're trying to nail that down for a few specific tiers (see outline later in this post), while still allowing for customization as needed.
 
If you have some specific goals, with an overview of your current experience, training, and credentials, we can provide you with a ballpark estimate of requirements. 
 
Below is a lengthy explanation of the current status of our programs, that may help you understand the process.
 

Previous Programs

The previous programs were based on our research and evidence-based-practice experience and information from our clients and programs, iterating changes to our programs from 1983 through 2015.. We try to keep our programs up to date, evaluating, and if necessary overhauling, based on the latest empirical evidence, and we are always looking to find methods to lower the costs of the program while retaining their unique depth of coverage and quality offered nowhere else.
 
The previous programs were almost exclusively paid for by employers, for their employees, providing employers with cost-savings compared to individual programs. This usually covered groups of employees at a time, not individual costs. This was due in large part to the programs being mostly in-person / on-site.
 
These were either through contracts or specific program plan agreements worked out on a case-by-case basis.
 

Difference in Backgrounds & Disciplines

 
Over the years we have generally needed to create custom programs based on the organization's (or individual's) specific discipline, existing accreditation, and prior relevant experience.
 
For example, over the decades we have discovered (in general) that (including those with at least 5 years RPG or music experience):
  • People with the NCTRC CTRS require the least training (their degree/cert is most applicable to our music and RPG programs)
  • Those with an OT degree/credential required about 30% more training than the above.
  • Those with PsyD or PhD in relevant therapeutic field for the targeted populations require about 50% more training.
  • Those with MSW and various counseling degrees require about 70% more training.
  • Those without any prior RPG or music experience need an additional 10-50% more training (on top of the above).
 
 

Improving Scale & Cost - Moving More Online

We are now updating our approaches, moving as much as we can online, improving our ability to scale to meet overwhelming demand, and improve the efficiency of the programs to train people to targeted goals more quickly.  This takes a lot of man hours to accomplish.
 
Moving the courses online is incredibly time consuming. It is much easier to "just teach the courses" in person, than to move them into automated online platforms, debug the tests, etc. However, the online option scales far better, so it is our ultimate goal, but a very long-term process that will likely take years to complete.
 
This means the current program is in significant flux this year making it difficult to give a flat rate "one size fits all" estimate without more information. 
 
 

Neuroscience & Gamification Enhancements

Based on feedback from the RPG.Education students from 2015 through 2019, we're also overhauling the online platform's delivery approach, applying more of the learning techniques we teach in the courses to the actual training itself ("eating our own dogfood" so to speak), which means further application of neurosience-based best-practices, and further gamification of the course material learning process.  This is a VERY time consuming process requiring a LOT of testing and debugging.
 

More Targeted & Affordable Courses

About 10 years ago we offered around 77 different courses (students taking between 12 to 50 courses on average depending on their goals). 
 
Based on feedback we are breaking the courses into smaller more targeted pieces at much lower individual cost. 
 
For example, previous course offerings (in person, on-site, group) were about $1,000 to $5,000 per course (1 to 5 day targeted custom workshops which are far more economical for employers than individual programs). Online courses were targeted around $200-750 (except the introductory courses which have been around $25-$99 per course).
 
While the on-site rates remain about the same (though we're working on some lower cost workshops), the online courses will have averages in the following ranges:
* Prerequisite courses (RPG-09x): $10-20/course.
* Introductory courses (RPG-1xx): $20-50/course.
* 2xx courses $99-200/course
* 3xx courses $99-300/course
* 4xx courses $99-400/course, 
etc.
 

100+ Courses

It looks like we will be able to offer around 100 different courses when the transition is complete.
 
 

Specific Discipline Goals

We do sometimes offer bundled packages. We are working on trying to put some generic bundles together for the following areas, that probably best apply to what you are looking for:
* Laypersons (wishing to just become better game masters, to Tier 2 GM training).
* Recreational RPG professionals (Tier 3 GM training).
* Entertainment RPG professionals (Tier 4 GM training).
* Educational RPG professionals (Tier 5 GM training).
* Therapeutic RPG professionals, non-specialist (Tier 6 GM training).
* Master-level (trainers) (Tier 7 GM training).
* Various add-on options for population specialization.
 
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Training Alternatives from RPG Research

One option we have suggested, for people waiting for us to finish this transitional process and those without employer financial backing, is to consider joining as an active training volunteer at the 501(c)3 non-profit RPG Research. Their training and diploma programs map very well to our requirements, though the training process takes longer since they are spread out as 3 hour training sessions 1-2 times per week, you do end up with more hands-on real-world training experience due to their approach.
 

New Workshops Coming

Meanwhile we are putting together some publicly available workshops.
 
We were tentatively planning on the second week of December, but due to people's holiday schedules it looks like we will wait until January.
 
We are trying to get the workshop costs down to meet a goal around $300 per full day workshop (8 hours of actual training).  See the introductory workshop for professionals outline here: http://www.rpgtherapy.com/workshops/series-for-professionals/rpg-for-professionals-introductory-workshop 
 
The only step left for launching the workshops is a reservation/ticketing/payment system. 
 
We are working on setting up an online reservation system so we can start booking these workshops. If you would like to be added to the contact/wait-list, to be contacted when we have the next workshop scheduled, let us know and we will add you to the list. Some of these workshops can be done live over remote connection for those that can't attend in person.
 
This was a lengthy way of letting you know we're working on the pricing but during the interim asking how we can best serve you by finding out:
* What are your goals?
* what is your current background?
* Where would you like to be going?
 
And then we can give you a more specific estimate.
 
 

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