Alexander Technique International (ATI) is a worldwide organization of Alexander Technique teachers, students and supporters of the Alexander Technique. It was created to promote and advance the work discovered by F. M. Alexander. ATI embraces the diversity of the international Alexander community and works to encourage international dialogue.
ATI was formed in 1992 with a charter membership of 28 teachers as an open organization. Anyone who supports the purpose of Alexander Technique International and who pays the dues as set by the Executive Board is welcome to join ATI whether they are teachers or not.
ATI provides a forum for the future evolution of the Technique through open communications among members and with the public. ATI works for members' interests in legislative arenas, and provides a means for teaching members to acquire professional insurance. Members have the opportunity to exchange ideas about the work, advances in teaching, and information from related fields, through the following media:
ATI is a member-run organization. Members have the opportunity to volunteer to participate on the following committees: Communications Committee, Membership Committee, International Committee, Professional Development Committee, Certification Coordinating Committee, Ethics Committee, Vision-Mission Committee, Government Relations Committee, Nominations Committee, Agenda Planning Committee and Workshop Planning Committee.
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By August 2004, ATI had 12 regional offices located around the world--USA (Boston - main office), United Kingdom (London), France (Paris), Australia (Sydney), Germany (Munich), Switzerland (Basel), Ireland (Galway), Norway (Bergen), Austria (Linz), Hungary (Budapest), Japan and Israel (Givatayim)--serving over 320 members in 19 countries. In addition there are a number of regional groups of ATI members who meet to discuss ATI-related issues and work together.
If you are interested in joining ATI as a member, contact the ATI Home Office. Members are included in all the mailings and have a voice in all the business of ATI. We believe that we can only thrive when we can all get together with tolerance and without fear to work on our common issues.
As of this date the ATI Membership has officially recognized the 'affiliated' societies--STAT (UK and Ireland), AmSAT (USA), AuSTAT (Australia), CanSTAT (Canada), SVLAT (Switzerland), GLAT (Germany), DeFLAT (Denmark), SASTAT (South Africa), ISTAT (Israel), ISATT (Ireland), ABTA (Brazil), AEFMAT (Belgium), AFPTA (France), NSTAT (Netherlands), etc. as well as ATN (the Alexander Teaching Network) and PAAT (the Professional Association of Alexander Teachers). Thus, anyone holding a certificate or teaching membership in one of these societies is eligible to become an ATI Teaching Member.
Growth of ATI
The elections for Sponsoring Members and recognition of other societies were completed at the November 1994 annual meeting (by which time there were 196 members of the society). Now that the sponsorship and certification process is in place, most ATI members who are Alexander Technique teachers will become ATI Teaching Members. In the first year, 85 teachers began the process to become sponsored and certified, and 52 had completed it by the 1995 annual meeting. A large number have also become Teaching Members through recognition. By 2006, ATI had a much larger membership, only a very small portion of whom are not Alexander teachers or trainees.
Code of Ethics and Professional Insurance
ATI has a Code of Ethics which all Teaching Members must sign and agree to uphold and an elected Ethics Committee to uphold the Code's standards and deal with any complaints. Professional insurance is available in the USA, UK and Australia (so far) to ATI Teaching Members who either hold an ATI Teaching Certificate or that of another recognized society.