The Institute of Somatic Therapy Policies

Terms of Use

Enrollment Policies

When you enroll in a course, you agree that it is for your private use only, and agree not to allow anyone else access to your account. You further warrant that all homework requirements and testing performed under your username and password will be done by you and you alone, and that no other person will take any tests for you.

You have one year from the date of enrollment to complete your online exam or the course will become inactive. There is a fee to reactivate expired courses. While we are happy to accept course completions up to one full year after enrollment, it is impossible for us to guarantee that CE laws that govern you (such as from your state or national board) will not change within one year. Therefore, when we state that you have one full year to complete the course, we are saying that we will honor the completion, but it is outside of our ability to guarantee that any outside agency will do the same. Laws and regulations change continually, often with no advance notice, so we encourage our students to complete courses immediately upon enrollment if they want their jurisdiction will accept the hours.

We have provided a “State Guidelines” page as a courtesy, and do our best to keep it current, but state boards do not notify CE providers when rules change. Your state will hold you ultimately responsible for the laws that govern you, and as such, it is your responsibility to determine if these continuing education credits are valid in your jurisdiction, both at the time that you enroll, and the time that you complete the course for submission to your board.

The information we provide is not to be construed as legal advice. You agree to indemnify, defend and hold Institute of Somatic Therapy harmless against any claims or costs, including attorney's fees, arising from the use of this site.

We allow our students to take the same course more than one time, although most jurisdictions will not give CE credits if you have repeated the same course during a single licensure period. It is your responsibility to ensure that any courses you take are valid for your jurisdiction at any given time.

Notice to international students: While we will gladly ship our courses to any location in the world, we cannot guarantee that DVDs or DVD-ROMs will work on international systems, which may be different from the technology used in the USA. We will mail outside of the USA, but we DO NOT guarantee delivery, as it is outside of our control. Orders placed to international addresses are done at the risk of the student. We will not refund international orders when we can provide proof of shipment. We encourage international students to limit themselves to our online courses, and to accept electronic certificates instead of having us send gold-embossed certifictes.

Refund and Exchange Policy

Due to the proprietary nature of online education, it is impossible to allow students to have a preview period and then get a refund once a course has been accessed.

If you enroll in a course and then change your mind for any reason within three days from your order date, you may cancel the enrollment if the course has not been accessed. A processing fee of 10% or $5, whichever is greater, will be charged. 

Within thirty days from your order date, if you discover that you accidentally enrolled in the wrong course, as long as you have not already accessed the training content, you may contact us to cancel the enrollment and replace it with a course of equal or lesser value. We reserve the right to charge a 10% processing fee, or a minimum of $5, for any exchanges.

Please note that there are no refunds or exchanges of any type on our volume discount package specials. All purchases of the volume discount package specials are final.

Package offers are also not retroactive. If you enroll in individual courses that are offered elsewhere as a package, no refunds or discount can be made at a later time.

No refunds on packages shipped internationally. All shipping, including international shipping, is outside of our control, so we are not able to guarantee it.

Certification Policy

Students who have enrolled in a course that awards a certification title must complete the course and online test, along with all requirements of the certification process, within one year of the date of enrollment. Initital enrollment tuition covers the course materials and online test to receive CEs, but does not include the certification option. Students can complete the online test and earn their CEs without submitting the optional documentation to apply for certification. There is a certification fee as outlined in the applicable course description pages.

Even upon successful completion of a course and online test, the Institute of Somatic Therapy reserves the right, for any reason, to refuse the optional certification fee and not award a certification title. This will not affect the tuition paid and CEs earned, as that is a separate component from certification. Some examples why this might happen are a resonable suspicioun that the student did not actually complete the certification practice sessions as represented on their paperwork, if they have committed an ethics violation of any type, or if in the course of dealing with us, the student has lied or behaved in a manner that could be found offensive to a reasonable person. Having our signature on a certification document is a privilege, and we reserve the right to withhold awarding that privilege when we feel that the person would not represent the values and demeanor that we attempt to uphold in our profession.

Privacy Policy

Institute of Somatic Therapy never rents, sells, or otherwise transfers your name, email address, address, phone, or any other personal information to any third party for any reason whatsoever.

Institute of Somatic Therapy will occasionally send you emails or newsletters as appropriate for our students. You are free to opt out of receiving such emails, although by doing so, you acknowledge that we will not be able to inform you about any developments that might affect you. It is your responsibility to maintain your account status, including your email address and opt in/opt out feature.

Managing Your Account

To avail yourself of our services, you are required to register with us. You have the ability to change or update your account information with us by logging onto your account and choosing to update registration. Institute of Somatic Therapy does not store your credit card information. Like many websites, in order to remember you, we utilize cookie technology. Upon registering an account with us, the cookie will be stored on your computer. To help prevent fraud, our system also logs your IP address, which is the electronic code that identifies the location of your computer on the Internet.

Notice of Copyright

Everything on this site is protected by federal copyright and intellectual property laws. Our courses are intended for the personal use of enrolled students only, and you expressly agree that you will not reproduce or distribute in any format any portion of our course materials without the advance written consent of Institute of Somatic Therapy.

General Disclaimers

The Institute of Somatic Therapy reserves the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason.

The Institute of Somatic Therapy and its employees and agents disclaim all warranties regarding the material on this site. Institute of Somatic Therapy specifically disclaims any express or implied warranties or guarantees including without limitation, warranties of fitness for a particular purpose, warranties of merchantability or warranties against infringement. Institute of Somatic Therapy and its employees and agents shall not be liable for any damages or losses arising from the use of this service. Users of this site acknowledge that the information contained in these courses is not the only opinion or treatment available.

Institute of Somatic Therapy reserves the right to change these Terms of Service at any time by posting revised Terms of Service online. By using our services after such policy changes, you agree to be bound by the revised terms. We reserve the right to modify or discontinue any portion of this website without notice or liability. Our terms of service will be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Missouri, without regard to any conflicts of law provisions. Any cause of action you believe you may have with respect to this website must be filed in the federal or state courts located in Laclede County, Missouri, or any other jurisdiction approved by Institute of Somatic Therapy, within one year after the cause of action arises or the cause is barred by statute of limitations. These terms of use are not intended to and do not create any contractual or other legal rights in or on behalf of any party.