Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is Evidence-Based Practice?
Evidence-Based Practice is a framework for making health decisions. It recognizes the importance of the person at the centre of the decision as well as the experience and education of the practitioner in the field, but also recognizes that both of these domains are subject to influence (e.g. the last time a decision went well, or poorly) and that there is value in considering knowledge that is gained by research in the decision-making process.
2. Who is Critical Mass for?
Critical mass is for people who are looking to get to the next level using research; who want to learn how to see their relationship with science differently. It's for graduate students, researchers, doctors, physical therapists, occupational therapists, dentists, coaches, trainers, nutritionists, dietitians, nurses, health media writers, editors, research bloggers, and critical thinkers. It's for people who use health research to inform their professional practice, whether that's helping individuals or populations make good health choices.
3. How much does the Critical Mass mentorship cost?
Tuition for Critical Mass is an investment of $3000 USD in your profession. Critical Mass requires significant time and energy investment as well, not only for live video sessions, but preparation and generosity of effort for your group-mates. Registration is capped at 5 students per session.
Tuition for Critical Mass exists because it takes considerable investment to get to the next level; not just financially, but intellectually as well. Monetary investment can be a powerful motivator when the going gets tough (and it does get tough).
For some professionals, this program can be counted towards Continuing Education. Critical Mass does not have any formal arrangements with any certifying bodies, so please check with your certifying organization if this is a concern for you. For some employed professionals, your organization may be willing to assist you with the cost of Critical Mass, and I encourage you to reach out to your employer to explore this option. This may also be a tax-deductible benefit if you are self-employed or own your business.
If this investment in your profession is too high, it’s understandable. All of the "content" in Critical Mass is available online for free or in books. If a free online statistics course is what you're looking for, Daniel Lakens has a wonderful course on Coursea that I highly recommend.
4. What are the requirements for this program?
A recognition of need for skill development, a field of practice/knowledge, and a solid work ethic are good characteristics to have. You need a working high-speed internet connection, above-average skills working in spoken and written English, and access to a computer or mobile device with a camera capable of video-conferencing and headphones.
5. How does the schedule work?
The Mentorship is 8 weeks in total with 10 main projects completed within sprint weeks and smaller projects between spring weeks.
Sprint weeks consist of live video meetings on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.
Here is a week-by-week breakdown:
Week 1: Orientation (single video meeting)
Week 2: No scheduled video meetings
Week 3: Sprint week #1
Week 4: No scheduled video meetings
Week 5: No scheduled video meetings
Week 6: Sprint week #2
Week 7: No scheduled video meetings
Week 8: Sprint week #3
6. What forms of payment do you accept?
At this time, Paypal is the only form of payment I can accept.
7. What is your refund policy?
A deposit of $500USD is required to hold your spot in the group. This is non-refundable.
The balance of your tuition ($2500USD) is due 7 days prior to the start date. If you are accepted into Critical Mass and request to withdraw from the group 14 days prior to the start date, this balance will be refunded to you. If you choose to apply again, a new deposit will be required.
If you're not contributing to the group, I will let you know. If you still can't contribute, you will be asked to withdraw. In this case, no refund is possible.
8. Um... dot ninja?
Yes! Because ninjas are capable of amazing things!