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August 2016

Music Licencing for Infant Massage Educators

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Music is an integral part of the First Touch Program -  and high-quality infant massage education generally. The use of nursery rhymes and singing is used to help support parent-infant interaction. Many educators also choose to use recorded music in their sessions - either as background music to help create a relaxed and supportive environment or as part of the activities in parent-baby groups. Recorded music is typically copyrighted material. This means the use of recorded music requires educators to ensure they comply with the relevant copyright laws.

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Copyright for Infant Massage Educators

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Whether you are teaching infant massage in private practice or in paid employment, at one time or another you will probably want to use materials (such as photographs or writing) that has been produced by someone else, in your promotional activities. Most of these works will be protected by copyright. Any work that you create yourself, will also have copyright protection. Therefore, understanding some of the basic principles of copyright is essential if you are going to be publishing any sort of material – either on your own website, social media or even paper.

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Outline

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Infant massage course outline.

The most important decision we can make is whether to believe we live in a friendly, or hostile, universe.

~Albert Einstein         

The primary goal of babies is to learn about the universe they have been born into.  This is a period in which our view of the world, and our relationship to it, is being shaped.

For the baby, their parents are the beginning and end of their universe.

It is within the subtle, day-to-day interactions between a parent and baby that each of us comes to discover whether the world is, indeed, a friendly place or not.

The baby’s ‘universe’ is the setting for the social, emotional, genetic and brain development of each human being. In turn, this early development shapes the long-term mental health of individuals and communities. For this reason, more of us are looking for skills and tools we can use to ensure each baby’s world is a friendly one.

However, the broader community is largely unaware of the main way human development is shaped: through our relationships. In particular, it is shaped through the earliest interactions with our parents.  The interactions that take place between parents and babies are often subtle, and sometimes invisible against the backdrop of other challenges. However, this does not mean they are trivial.

For a baby, responsive and sensitive touch, voice, movement and eye-contact are the neurological and developmental equivalent to the Big Bang. Neurobiology, medicine, psychology, sociology and even genetics research all pinpoint parent-infant interactions as being the source of our developmental pathways.

Responsive touch, movement, voice and eye-contact seem simple. But they are not. A parent’s ability  to provide this sort of friendly world for their babies does not always come easily.

This training program provides health workers with a simple, unique and effective tool to support these interactions via The First Touch Program.

This course is taught in six major learning themes. Please see the infant massage course outline below for more information.

Infant Massage Course Outline – Theme 1:

Rethinking infant massage: The principles of high-quality infant massage education

Most people think of infant massage as an enjoyable “soft” activity for parents and babies. Some researchers have also found that infant massage can have an impact on a range of isolated clinical outcomes: such as weight gain and brain activity.

However, we generally under-estimate the potential impact of infant massage education on infant and brain development. Infant massage education is also often misunderstood, and there are many examples of infant massage interventions being applied without critical reference to the research.

In this theme we first explore the role of Touch in Human Development.

Secondly, we explore the history of infant massage education in Australia.

Finally, we then introduce the available research concerned with how infant massage education works, for whom, and under what circumstances.

This theme sets the scene for the remainder of the course, by inviting students to think critically about the context and framework of infant massage research and delivery of parent education.

Infant Massage Course Outline – Theme 2:

Parent-infant interaction: The heart of attachment

A child’s attachment pattern, by definition is not consolidated until the age of around 2 or 3 years. Yet the foundations for these patterns are established during the first year of life. How do we support or respond to something that we (and parents) cannot yet see or measure or fully experience? To do this, we must first shift our attention from attachment as a goal. We must then more deeply understand the basic mechanisms of attachment during infancy:  touch, eye-contact, facial expression, movement and voice.

This theme explores a simple 5-step framework. This framework forms the basis of the First Touch Program, and is based on the work of Vimala MClure. Using this framework, we are able to pay closer attention to the ways that parents and babies use touch and other interactions to have a “conversation” with each other. In turn, we see attachment as the result of the shared meanings that arise from this conversation.

The job of an ‘expert’ is to give knowledge to parents about attachment. Our influence is limited to the supply of brochures, information, instruction, advice, charts, diagrams and lists. But we can move beyond this ‘expert’ role by viewing focusing on the parent-baby conversation. Our role, therefore, is no longer to advise. Instead, our role expands to one of holding space for a conversation to unfold. Because early development takes place in the space between the parent and baby, this helps make our influence stronger. There are many different ways we can create and hold this space. We explore some of these as part of this theme.

In this theme we also explore different ways in which parents and babies have their own conversations. We also consider where we should place ourselves in this space, and how this influences the interaction between parents and babies and the meanings they create.

Infant Massage Course Outline – Theme 3:

The authentic conversation

Attachment is often talked about as a goal. This naturally leads us to focus on what a parent needs to do (or know) in order to “achieve” attachment. In this theme, however, we view attachment as the quality of conversation that parent and baby have with each other. This helps us become more attuned to the ways that parents and babies “hear” each other…rather than being fixated on our opinion about what they “should be saying” to each other.

In this theme we work through some of the protocols and considerations that the facilitator uses to deliver the First Touch Program. These approaches enable us to support parent and baby in communicating more authentically with each other. In turn, this helps us to nurture the relationship between them.

The modules in this theme are mostly practical.  We will provide you with the framework and activities for delivering the First Touch Program. These activities reflect the idea that the role of the facilitator is not to direct parents how to interact or what to “do”. Rather we use our activities to enable parent and baby to use touch, massage, voice and other interactions in an authentic and personal way to communicate with and “hear” the other.

Infant Massage Course Outline – Theme 4:

The baby as teacher

We often hear the expression that the “parent is the expert”. But how often do we take the time to think about what this actually means? Or to consider the actual pathway to engaging a parent’s expertise? What does parent expertise look like? Is it related to their knowledge? Skill? Intuition? Can the parent still be an expert without having knowledge, skill or awareness of their own intuition? How is their “expertise” gained? What do we do when a parent’s expertise conflicts with our professional knowledge about infant development and needs?

In this theme, we try to overcome these (and other) difficulties with the parent-as-expert concept. To do this, we need to consider the parent’s expertise in the broader context of their relationship with their baby. We introduce the idea that the baby plays the central role in the development of their own parent’s expertise.

The more we can foster the baby’s role as a Teacher, the less tricky it becomes to engage the parent’s expertise.We explore this idea by examining the ways that babies communicate. This occurs through their use of body language, body positions, body movements, eye contact, facial expressions, voice and skin. We explore the link between these expressions and their underlying neurological and emotional states. This theme asks students to build their ability to notice these behaviours and to become curious about what the baby is teaching us. This allows us to more directly draw out the infant’s role as the teacher…and the parent as expert…within the infant massage education setting.

Infant Massage Course Outline – Theme 5:

Parent-baby infant massage classes

These practical sessions allow you to observe, reflect on and practice the delivery of the First Touch infant massage Program. The sessions are designed to support you to apply the themes, principles and theory in a real-life infant massage education setting.

Parents and babies join the class-room for a modified/ abbreviated version of the First Touch Program over three days. Trainers and students will work together to run the infant massage groups together. As a result, students can practice and observe the program delivery and dynamics in a supported environment.

In these sessions, students are immersed in the real-life, spontaneous dynamics, interactions and communication occurring between facilitators, parents and babies during a First Touch Program. We then review our observations in-depth. Our experiences are considered in the context of the function of parent-infant interaction, infant cues, the baby’s role as the teacher, and other key themes.

Infant Massage Course Outline – Theme 6:

Beginning as an infant massage educator

Moving into independent practice opens up many challenges and questions. For this reason, we assist you to navigate some of these challenges by introducing some relevant topics and resources. We will explore some of the legal and professional regulations that impact on parent educators. We will also explore some methods and approaches you can use to engage parents and colleagues in the First Touch Program.

Accredited infant massage course outline

Content

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Infant massage course content:

The cue-based infant massage training will empower you to transform early parent-baby relationships.

This training will qualify you to teach the First Touch Program. This is a program which supports responsive and sensitive interaction between parents and babies. The program is evidence-informed, peer-reviewed and strengths-based.

infant massage course content

This infant massage course content will equip you with the knowledge, skills and insights to deliver parent education programs in cue-based infant massage.

This training is the only nationally (government) accredited infant massage course in Australia. The program meets the national competency standards in Delivering Cue-Based Infant Massage Education to Families. The program is also the only also infant massage course in Australia to meet, and exceed, the International Association of Infant Massage (Australia) standards.

You will be eligible to register with Baby in Mind as a parent educator, and to be licenced to deliver the First Touch Program to families.

This infant massage course content covers a wide variety of topics, including:

Rethinking infant massage

Touch and human development
History of infant massage in Australia
Mechanisms of high-quality infant massage education

You can do these three modules straight away for free.

Parent-infant communication

Talking with touch
The experience of touch
Relationship-based practice
Bonding and attachment

The authentic conversation

First Touch Program – 16 protocols and guidelines
Positioning and infant regulation
Environments to support parent-infant interactions
Supporting parent mindfulness
Oils
Infant massage routines – feet, legs, tummy, chest, arms, face, back
Gentle movements
Voice, singing, rhymes
Eye contact and facial expression
Massage for unsettled babies
Touch and the pre-term baby
Nesting and containment holds
Touch relaxation
Babies with additional needs
Adaptations for older children

The baby as teacher

Infant communication
Behavioural states
Infant cues, stress, reflexes and supporting parent sensitivity
Timing of massage
Infant crying, communication and emotion
Parent-baby group delivery
The Good Facilitator
Listening to the baby
Facilitating parent interactions
Reflection

Beginning as an educator 

Engaging parents (or colleagues) in the First Touch Program
Planning promotion and marketing
Documentation
Code of Conduct
Legal issues
Professional Networking

Session times

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Infant massage workshop times:

Find out how much time you will need to commit to this course, and the session times/ timetable for each block:

Pre-Entry Course Work

Commitment:

To complete this part of the course, you complete three, short modules online.

Combined, these modules contain approximately 4 hours of course material and teaching. You should allow another 2-4 hours to take notes, review materials, and complete the short quizzes.  You may need to allow some additional time if you are new to using online learning, or if you do not have any previous qualifications relating to early child development.

Infant Massage Workshop Times:

There is no time limit to complete this block. You can commence any time, and complete the activities in your own time, at your own pace.

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Online Course Work:

Commitment:

This block is held over a 10-week time period. Most students will need to allow 3-6 hours per week to complete the combination of activities and assignments.

Infant Massage Workshop Times:

Activities can be completed at a time in the week that suits your own needs as all materials will be available throughout the week.

However, you will be required to complete and submit an assessable task each week, during this block. The final assessment task is due one week following completion of this block (i.e. week 11).

Face-to-Face Workshop:

Commitment:

This block is held over 3 consecutive days. You must attend all three days of the workshop.

Infant Massage Workshop Times:

A typical timetable is:

Day 1: 9am – 5pm

Day 2: 9am – 5pm

Day 3: 9am – 3:30pm

Practical and Practice:

Commitment:

You complete this block after attending the three-day face-to-face workshop. Most students will need to allow 20-30 hours to complete this block.

During this block you will be delivering a full First Touch infant massage program to five families in your community. You run this program over five (1 – 1.5 hour) weekly sessions. In addition, you will complete a number of tasks including planning and promoting your infant massage class. You will also complete an evaluation afterwards. Therefore, at a bare minimum you need to allow at least 6-7 weeks to complete this block.

You may need to allow additional time to find enough families to work with if you live in a smaller community. Likewise, you may need to allow additional time to meet the course requirements if you live in a community with lower levels of parent engagement.

Infant Massage Workshop Times:

You have four months (following your face-to-face workshop) to complete this final part of your course.

However, you may request an extension of up to 12 months from the date of your initial enrolment (Block 2) to complete this block. This will allow you flexibility to meet course requirements.

Important note:

We are currently phasing out the full four-day face-to-face version of this training program, where all course content is delivered during a four-day workshop. Self-directed learning and assessment tasks are completed following attendance at the workshop.

We have a limited number of places available in the remaining scheduled 4-day course structure.

Sessions are held from 9am – 5pm. We strongly suggest that during the training program, you do not schedule other activities as there will be a small amount of preparation and review you will need to undertake between each day.

Following the workshop, you will need to allow 50 – 60 hours to complete the required tasks and assessment activities.

You have four months to complete the self-directed tasks and assessment items, following your 4-day workshop. However, an extension of up to 12 months from the date of your training workshop is available on request.

Accreditation

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Nationally accredited infant massage course

Baby in Mind provides training for students who wish to undertake a nationally accredited infant massage course.

Baby in Mind offers the only nationally (government) recognised, accredited infant massage course in Australia.

There is a lot of information (and mis-information!) about accredited infant massage courses in Australia.

What is an accredited infant massage course?

Australia has a very complex training system, run by the government. In Australia, a nationally ‘accredited’ course is one that has been through a government review and approval process. This process also includes an independent review by experts. All other courses in Australia are called non-accredited or non-vocational.

Are all infant massage courses in Australia accredited?

No, because infant massage in Australia is not regulated. Infant massage instructors and infant massage training providers do not have to meet any minimum standards to practice here.

Accreditation of infant massage training is therefore voluntary.

In Australia, Baby in Mind is the only organisation that offers a nationally accredited infant massage course. This is also the only accredited infant massage course that meets the national standards in cue-based infant massage education.

But I’ve seen other ‘accredited infant massage courses’ in Australia

Some infant massage training organisations in Australia say their courses are ‘accredited’.

Typically, these courses are accredited by organisations in other countries, who use the word differently.

For example, the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCTBTMB) ‘accredits’ a number of infant massage courses taught in Australia. However, The NCBTMB is a licencing body in the United States. It has no role or authority here in Australia. Their process of ‘accreditation’ is equivalent to a continuing education endorsement here in Australia. Therefore, this ‘accreditation’ has no relationship to the Australian training accreditation process.

In Australia, it is illegal to use the term ‘nationally accredited’ or ‘nationally recognised’, unless a course is approved in our national training system.

However, the use of the term ‘accredited’ on its own is a loophole that creates confusion for un-suspecting students. Therefore, it is wise to look closely at any claims of ‘accreditation’.

In addition, you might also find the following useful:

Benefits of a Nationally Accredited Infant Massage Course:

  • Your training meets the needs of employers and community expectations. This is because nationally accredited training is based on industry and community consultation. The Baby in Mind course has been developed in partnership with many industry experts. These partners include: early childhood and perinatal health services, research institutes, community organisations, clinical experts and specialists, and large and small businesses in metro, rural and regional areas.
  • Your training course provides you with a set standard of skills, knowledge and competencies. This is consistent – regardless of your individual trainer, or where you do your training.
  • You receive a nationally recognised certificate on successful completion of your course. This is issued in line with the national qualifications framework.  In turn, this is more widely recognised in the sector, and more easily integrated with other qualifications.
  • The skills and knowledge you you gain through this course are transferable. This means your course is recognised in all states and territories of Australia.
  • You may be eligible for supplementary financial assistance from Centrelink to undertake this course.
  • The training provider (that’s us!) has to comply with strict standards regarding our practices. We have to meet standards in many areas that impact on your experience. Our compliance with these standards is regularly reviewed and audited by an external government assessor.

Course details:

Course name: Short Course in Cue-Based Infant Massage and Parent-Infant Relationship Education
Australian Qualification Code: 10282NAT
Relevant Competency Unit(s): CIMDCI001 Deliver Cue-Based Infant Massage and Parent-Infant Relationship Education to Families.
ANZSCO professional category: Health Promotion Officer (code: 251911).

Confirm our national accreditation at www.Training.gov.au

We are able to offer you a course with an organisation well-established in the community, with a high standard of ethics. Baby in Mind is a nationally registered Health Promotion Charity. To meet our Registered Training Organisation (RTO) requirements we partner with Relationships Australia SA (registration number 102358).

Endorsement

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In addition to our National (government) Accreditation, this is an infant massage course endorsed by the following professional associations for the continuing education of their members.

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The Australian College of Midwives

CPD endorsed by the Australian College of Midwives for 26 MidPLUS points.

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Occupational Therapy Australia

CPD endorsed by Occupational Therapy Australia for 10 CPD points in category 6.

Infant massage course endorsed for Social Workers CPD by AASW
Australian Association of Social Workers

CPD endorsed by the Australian Association of Social Workers.

Infant massage course endorsed for Massage Therapists
Association of Massage Therapists

CPD endorsed by the Association of Massage Therapists for 35 CEUs.

Infant massage course endorsed by other associations for CPD:

Members of other professional associations may also be able to count this course toward their CPD requirements.

Infant massage course endorsed for Midwives, Social Work, OT and others

Pre-requisites

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Infant Massage Course Pre-Requisites

You will need to meet the following criteria to gain entry to this course in Cue-Based Infant Massage and Parent-Infant Relationship Education.

Step 1: complete the first three subjects

We ask all potential students to complete the first three subjects of the course, before you enrol.

You can do these online, at any time that suits you, for free.

We ask you to complete these subjects before you enrol, so you can try the course before having to commit to a full enrolment.

Step 2: Meet the enrolment criteria

Once you have done the pre-course subjects, you will need to meet the following infant massage course pre-requisites to enrol in the full training.

Age:

To enrol in this course you must be at least 18 years old when your course starts.

Qualifications:

To gain entry into this course you must have ONE of the following:

(a) A health, welfare, early childhood, child development or a related qualification at diploma level or higher.

OR

(b) A Certificate IV (or higher) in Massage.

OR

(c) A Certificate IV (or higher) which includes the unit HLTAAP001 – Recognise Healthy Body Systems or an equivalent unit.

OR

(d) Have relevant equivalent work, volunteer or life experience. This can be related to the care, health and well-being of infants. It may also be in a health education or promotion role. Your life experience as a parent, grandparent or carer of children is relevant experience for entry to this course.

Character:

To gain entry into this course you must also be of good character. This means you must not hold any criminal convictions that would prevent you from working with children or other vulnerable people. You must also be in good standing with any associations, registration bodies or other similar organisations with whom you are associated.

Assumed knowledge:

You will need sufficient English literacy and numeracy skills to complete this course. We recommend a minimum of year 10 level English.

You will also need to have a basic knowledge of the human body, sufficient to enable you to achieve the learning outcomes of this course.

Suitability

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Suitability: Should I do an Infant Massage Course?

The Baby in Mind infant massage course offers students the chance to experience the reward and satisfaction that comes from helping new parents bond and connect with their babies.

As well as being uplifting, our work is important and – at times – complex. If you are thinking about doing an infant massage course, it is good to make an informed decision before you commit to this program. It’s in your interests – and ours – to make sure we can meet your expectations and deliver you the best possible training!

We do a number of things to help you decide “Should I do an infant massage course?”

  1. First:  complete some of the infant massage course for free.  These subjects will give you an insight the basic principles of the course, and help you decide if this area is right for you.
  2. Second: read each of the questions below to check some of the hurdles that some students deal with.
Should I do an infant massage course?

Click on the on the left to see some questions.

These will help you self-check if this course is right for you.

Should I do an infant massage course?

Check to see if your learning style is a good match for this course…

  1. Do you have a flexible approach to learning? 

This course will prepare you to work with families. If you already work with families, this course is intended to help extend some of the skills you already have.

The babies and families you work with, will rarely fit formula and “text-book”solutions. Therefore, this course is most suited to students who have flexible thinking and patience.

2.  Are you comfortable with the principles of Adult Learning? 

We use adult learning principles in our training. This means we want this infant massage training to be useful to you. We have some limits around our course requirements. However, we enjoy helping students adapt the course as much as possible to match your own ideas, passions, challenges and real-life situations.

Are you someone who can identify and tell us about your own learning needs? Or are you looking for an “off the shelf” training that is the same for everyone?

3. Are you comfortable taking initiative? 

How do you respond when confronted with something you don’t know? Are you the sort of person who is able to look up ideas? Can you reach out to others for help and suggestions? Or do you feel overwhelmed when there is something you don’t know how to do?

This training (and the work you will do after graduating) is best suited to people who can take initiative to find out answers and talk to others, when they don’t know something.

What your answers mean:
If you answered ‘yes’ or ‘most of the time’ to these questions:

You will probably find that your learning style is a great match for this course. You will also be well-suited to working with families to teach cue-based infant massage.

If you answered ‘no’ or are uncertain about your answers to these question:

That’s no problem. But it is good to be aware you may find the style of learning in this course challenging. You may need to be willing to try new ways of learning, and working in partnership with your trainer, to get the most out of this course.

Should I do an infant massage course?

Check to see if this is the right course for you, in your current situation…

  1. Are you in financial distress? 

Unfortunately, some training organisations gain students for baby massage courses, by telling people they can earn hundreds and thousands of dollars a week. This sounds good to people on very low incomes, and who need work that is flexible.

However, most infant massage educators take around 12-24 months get their practice off the ground. Some people can take even longer depending on factors like location, time, and the resources needed to start a business.

Many of our graduates do go on to establish very successful practices to varying degrees. But any businesses takes time to get going, and teaching infant massage or the First Touch Program is no different.

Therefore, if you are in financial  distress and need an immediate income source, we believe it is important to be realistic.  You will need time and energy to build your infant massage practice to a viable level.

2.  Are you in active recovery from childhood or relationship trauma? 

This course is about child mental health development. The main focus of the infant massage training is on the quality of early parent-child relationships. In the past, we have found that these topics can trigger uncomfortable or painful feelings for some people.

If you in the early stages of recovery, or in active healing from:

  • any type of childhood or parenting-related trauma;
  • violence or other relationship-related trauma; or
  • pregnancy loss, miscarriage, or loss of a child

this may not be the right time for you to do this training.

What your answers mean:
If you answered ‘yes’ to either of these questions:

Please contact us prior to enrolling in this program.

We would love to speak with you, so we can give you with more detail about the course. We’ll be able to talk about questions you have. This way you can make an informed choice if this is the right training for you now, or if it is better to wait a while.

Should I do an infant massage course?

Check to see if you have the time to do this course…

  1. Do you have approx 3-6 hours a week to spend on your course work? 

Most students spend from three-to-six hours a week on the course work.

This may not be every week during the course: it is an averaged-out amount over most weeks. But three-to-six hours is a good guide.

You also need to think about any specific learning needs you have. For example, if you have not studied for a long time, or if you are new to using online learning, you may need to allow some additional time.

2.  Can you meet deadlines? 

This infant massage course has some flexible parts. It also has some parts with tighter deadlines.

For example, the deadline to submit your assignments for Block 4 has some flexibility.

However, Block 2 is 10 weeks of online learning. A small number of learning tasks are due each week, so it is important you have enough time each week to submit your tasks.

What your answers mean:
If you answered ‘yes’ both of these questions:

It seems likely you will have sufficient time to do this course.

If you answered ‘no’ to either or both of these questions:

If you want to enrol in this course, you may need to re-order some of your activities or priorities. This will help you get the most out of the program and to participate in the activities.

Should I do an infant massage course?

Check to see if this course is a good fit with your working style…

Is your preferred working style suited to this course:
  1. For health/ allied health/ welfare professionals: Are you comfortable to work outside of a treatment framework? 

Many of our students come from health professional backgrounds. Most tell us this infant massage course enhances their practice, and adds depth to their repertoire of skills. This is true of our students working in clinical, tertiary health services, as well as those providing primary and secondary health care.

This training helps develop facilitation skills and relationship-based approaches to support parent-baby interactions in any environment.  The First Touch Program is a health promotion and education intervention which is adaptable to a wide range of situations and contexts. (Here is an example).

However, it is important to be aware that this course does not provide training in complex infant mental health diagnosis or treatment. If you are looking for a treatment-focussed intervention, that addresses specific clinical problems, this course may not be suitable for your needs.

2. Are you comfortable working with people from diverse backgrounds? 

Our student body is made up of people from very diverse backgrounds. People attending our course include PhD graduates, medical practitioners, nursing and midwifery practitioners, allied health professionals, teachers, bodywork therapists, complementary health therapists, and lay-persons. Each student has strengths and areas they want to learn more about. Your background, strengths and interests may be different to some of your fellow students.

Our teaching faculty also is made up of professionals from varied backgrounds. They have qualifications ranging from nursing, midwifery, occupational therapy, education and teaching, and massage therapy. However, all of our faculty have extensive experience in their background profession and in delivering the First Touch Program to families in many diverse environments.

This course is most suited to people who are comfortable with learning in a cross-disciplinary environment that respects a wide variety of professional knowledge.

3.  For students intending to teach infant massage in private practice: Do you like connecting with others? 

Many people are attracted to teaching infant massage as a private practitioner, because it is a way to have flexible hours that fit in with other things. Many graduates go on to establish successful programs working for themselves, and others who struggle. Although there can be many reasons for this, one of the things that our most successful graduates have in common is that they are able to connect with others in their community.

Some students come to the course with the idea that they must compete with other educators and services in their area. However, we have found the opposite to be true. Infant massage educators who meet up and build networks with other graduates, who get involved in and make use of the Baby in Mind resources, and those who support others, typically face fewer challenges. They are much more likely to still be practicing five years on, than those who tend to isolate themselves from the infant massage community.

This issue does not directly affect your training. But if you are intending to work in private practice after you graduate, and are reluctant to connect with others, you may find it helpful to consider these issues before committing to the training.

What your answers mean:
If you answered ‘yes’ or ‘mostly’ to these these questions:

Then it is likely this course is a good match for your needs.

If you answered ‘no’ or ‘probably not’ to these questions:

Please contact us to discuss your concerns – we’d be happy to talk through a bit more about the nature of this course and to work out whether we can effectively adapt the materials to suit your needs.

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