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Course Dates

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Infant massage course dates information.

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Places are strictly limited to small class sizes, to allow for individualised attention to your learning needs.

This course has four parts.


Pre-Enrolment
Block 1

Completed this at any time for free.

This block includes three short online infant massage modules (4-7 hours). No enrolment is needed to complete these subjects.

Completion of these modules is required before formally enrolling in the next stages of the course.

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Enrolled students
Block 2

You can start Block 2 after completing Block 1 and enrolling in the course.

This block is made up of 10 weeks of interactive online learning. Learning activities include video, readings and discussions, and a small assignment is due each week. Depending on your learning style, allow 3 – 6 hours a week to complete the set activities. In addition, trainer support is provided by phone, email and online discussions.

Block 3

Attend a 3-day training in your capital city. These infant massage workshops are held in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. These workshops will help bring together your theory knowledge and apply it in a practical setting. This includes working with real parents and babies under the supervision of your trainer during the three days.

Block 4

Following Block 3, complete your practical assessment by delivering the full First Touch Program with parents in your community. You will run all phases of a program from planning and promotion, through to delivery, and evaluation and reflection. Support will be provided in a combination of online materials and support from your trainer.

Approximately 70% of your assessment is completed during your 10-week online learning block (block 2).

After your face-to-face infant massage workshop (Block 3), you have a further four months to complete your practical and remaining assessment items.

However, you may request an extension up to 12 months from the commencement of your 10-week block, if required.

Please complete the free Foundation Course prior to enrolling.

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Infant Massage Course Dates – October 2017 intake:

Block 2 (10 week online learning, 3-6 hours p.w.): 2 October  – 8 December 2017

Block 3 (3-day face-to-face workshop): Fri 9 – Sun 11 February 2018

Block 4 (self-directed practical assessment, 20-30 hours total): Suggest to complete within 6 – 10 weeks. However an extension up to 31 Oct 2018 is available on request.

Closing date for enrolment: 11 Sept 2017  

Late enrolments still open for a limited time – only a few places remaining to ensure small class sizes. Late enrolments here

Infant Massage Course Dates – April 2018 Intake:

Block 2 (10 week online learning, 3-6 hours p.w.): 30 April  – 6 July 2018

Block 3 (3-day face-to-face workshop): Fri 10 – Sun 12 August 2018

Block 4 (self-directed practical assessment, 20-30 hours total): Suggest to complete within 6 – 10 weeks. However an extension up to 30 April 2019 is available on request.

Closing date for enrolment: 13 Apr 2018

Infant Massage Course Dates – October 2018 Intake:

Block 2 (10 week online learning, 3-6 hours p.w.): 8 October  – 14 December 2018

Block 3 (3-day face-to-face workshop): early February 2019, exact dates to be confirmed

Block 4 (self-directed practical assessment, 20-30 hours total): Suggest to complete within 6 – 10 weeks. However an extension up to 31 Oct 2019 is available on request.

Closing date for enrolment: 21 Sept 2018

Venue Location:

Relationships Australia SA, 42A Orsmond St, Hindmarsh, SA, 5007

(or view on Google maps)

Please complete the free Foundation Course prior to enrolling.

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Infant Massage Course Dates – February 2018 Intake:

Block 2 (10 week online learning, 3-6 hours p.w.): 5 Feb  – 13 Apr 2018

Block 3 (3-day face-to-face workshop): 27 – 29 Apr 2018

Block 4 (self-directed practical assessment, 20-30 hours total): Suggest to complete within 6-10 weeks. However an extension up to 28 Feb 2019 is available on request.

Closing date for enrolment: 15 Jan 2018

Infant Massage Course Dates – July 2018 Intake:

Block 2 (10 week online learning, 3-6 hours p.w.): 23 Jul – 28 Sep 2018

Block 3 (3-day face-to-face workshop): 12 – 14 Oct 2018

Block 4 (self-directed practical assessment, 20-30 hours total): Suggest to complete within 6-10 weeks. However an extension up to 31 Jul 2019 is available on request.

Closing date for enrolment: 2 Jul 2018

Venue

Duchesne College, University of Queensland, College Rd., St. Lucia, QLD, 4067.

(or view on Google maps)

Please complete the free Foundation Course prior to enrolling.

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Infant Massage Course Dates – October 2017 Intake:

Block 2 (10 week online learning, 3-6 hours p.w.): 2 October  – 8 December 2017

Block 3 (3-day face-to-face workshop): 23 – 25 February 2018

Block 4 (self-directed practical assessment, 20-30 hours total): Suggest to complete within 6 – 10 weeks. However an extension up to 31 Oct 2018 is available on request.

Closing date for enrolment: 11 Sept 2017

Sorry – bookings are closed for the October intake and we are not able to accept any late enrolments for this course

Infant Massage Course Dates – April 2018 Intake:

Block 2 (10 week online learning, 3-6 hours p.w.): 30 April  – 6 July 2018

Block 3 (3-day face-to-face workshop): 27 – 29 Jul 2018

Block 4 (self-directed practical assessment, 20-30 hours total): Suggest to complete within 6 – 10 weeks. However an extension up to 30 April 2019 is available on request.

Closing date for enrolment: 13 April 2018

Venue Location:

Parent-Infant Research Institute, Heidelberg Hospital, 300 Waterdale Rd, Heidelberg Heights, VIC, 3081.

(or view on Google maps)

Please complete the free Foundation Course prior to enrolling.

Infant Massage Course Dates – February 2018 Intake:

dates tbc

Venue Location:

Ngala Family Centre, 275 Abernethy Road, Cloverdale, WA 6105.

(or view on Google maps)

Please complete the free Foundation Course prior to enrolling.

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Infant Massage Course Dates – October 2017 Intake:

Block 2 (10 week online learning, 3-6 hours p.w.): 2 October  – 8 December 2017

Block 3 (3-day face-to-face workshop): 16 – 18 February 2018

Block 4 (self-directed practical assessment, 20-30 hours total): Suggest to complete within 6 – 10 weeks. However an extension up to 31 Oct 2018 is available on request.

Closing date for enrolment: 11 Sept 2017

Late enrolments still open for a limited time – only a few places remaining to ensure small class sizes. Late enrolments here

Infant Massage Course Dates – February 2018 Intake:

Block 2 (10 week online learning, 3-6 hours p.w.): 5 February  – 13 April 2018

Block 3 (3-day face-to-face workshop): 5 – 7 May 2018

Block 4 (self-directed practical assessment, 20-30 hours total): Suggest to complete within 6 – 10 weeks. However an extension up to 31 Oct 2018 is available on request.

Closing date for enrolment: 15 January 2018

Venue Location:

The Centre, 14 Francis St, Randwick, NSW.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Assessment

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You will need to complete the following infant massage course assessment items:

Block 2 Infant Massage Course Assessment

  • Join a weekly discussion group with other students.
  • Complete a weekly quiz (usually 3-6 questions).
  • Some weeks – submit a learning task or mini-project.

Please allow 1-3 hours per week for assessment activities. Where possible, assessment is built into the learning tasks.

Block 3 Infant Massage Course Assessment

  • Attend 3-day training workshop
  • Participate in workshop activities, including supervised practical teaching with parents and babies.

Block 4 Infant Massage Course Assessment

  • Deliver the full First Touch Program (in your local community or workplace) to a minimum of five families
  • Submit your teaching materials, lesson plans, reflection and the parents’ evaluation of your teaching.
Student practical assignment

Your assessment includes teaching the full First Touch Program to a five families. You will need to find these five families yourself.

It is your responsibility to find families to participate in your student class. However, we will help and provide advice where possible.

If you live in a small community, or do not yet have strong referral networks, you may need to allow extra time to find parents for your student class.

We account for this, by allowing students up to 12 months to submit all assessment items.

Completing practical assessment with existing clients in a service

Many health professionals complete their practical program with parents who are clients of their service.

If you intend to do this, please note: all parents attending your program must complete evaluation and consent forms which contain identifying information. You will need to submit these forms as part of your assessment.

Re-submissions

We will give detailed feedback if any of your assessment tasks do not meet the pass criteria. You are allowed to re-submit your assessment if needed.

You will be required to re-enrol in the course if more than three re-submissions of your assignment are required or if your enrolment period has expired.

Extensions

You must pass all assessment items withing 12 months of the start date of Block 2.

Your enrolment will expire if your assessment items are not submitted within 12-months from this date  (and successfully passed). This means you will need to re-enrol in the course.

Students with additional/ diverse learning needs

This is an accredited infant massage course. We are required to collect evidence to demonstrate your competency, and this is the purpose of assessment items.

However, our processes for assessment may not suit all students.

If you have a disability, literacy or language barrier that makes these assessment tasks hard, please discus your learning needs with your trainer in advance. We are happy to negotiate different assessment methods for students with different learning needs.

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Transfers

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When we can transfer your enrolment

If you are unable to attend the course, you can request to transfer to an alternative course. Requests for transfers can only be approved when your request is made, in writing, via the appropriate form, submitted at least six weeks before your course commences.

Requests to transfer to another course received less than six weeks before your course commences cannot be accommodated – except in genuine and serious circumstances(*) that could not have been foreseen. We will provide a transfer for you in these circumstances when you:

  • advise us in writing of your inability to attend the course and the reasons for this before your course commences; and
  • provide valid supporting documentary evidence from a third-party (e.g. a doctor, social worker, case worker) verifying your inability to attend, within 7 days of your course commencement date.

If approved, a course transfer fee of $100 will apply. All course transfers must be to a course within 13 months of your original training date, and are subject to availability of places.

What if I get sick or am unable to complete the course, once it has started?

During Block 2 (the ten-week online block):

Block two must be completed before you can progress to Blocks 3 and 4 in the course.

During Block 2, you can request a short extension (7-10 days) on submission of learning tasks. This will accommodate situations like temporary illness and other unexpected situations that can arise now and then. However, all Block 2 work must be completed prior to attendance at Block 3 (your 3-day workshop).

If you experience unforeseen circumstances (as per our extensions policy) that will impact on your long-term ability to complete the course as planned, you may apply for a waiver of fees remaining. However, we cannot refund any monies already paid. Please also see our refunds policy.

During Block 3 (the 3-day workshop):

All three days of the face-to-face workshop must be attended in full, in order to complete your assessment and receive your qualification. If you or a dependent become unwell during the training, and you cannot complete all three days, we will offer you a place on an alternative course to make up your missed days. You must provide valid documentary evidence, and must attend your make-up days within 12 months.

If you do not make-up your missed course days within this 12 month period, you will forfeit your enrolment. We cannot waive your course fees owing, or provide refunds in this situation.

Block 4 (self-directed practical activities, after the four-day training course):

We recommend that students complete the learning tasks and practical activities for this Block within 6-10 weeks of attending their 3-day workshop. However, if you are unable to complete your learning tasks within this time-frame you have until 12-months from your course start date (Block 2) to finalise all course-work.

After your 12-month enrolment period expires, a final short extension may be approved in genuine and serious circumstances, in accordance with our extensions policy. To meet these requirements you must still be able to submit at least 50% of your course work by the due date, and provide suitable documentary evidence of your need for an extension.

(*) We define “genuine and serious circumstances” as being situations associated with your personal health or safety, or the health or safety of someone who is dependent on you. For example, we can approve a course transfer for situations associated with death, sudden or serious illness/ injury, or situations where you need to ensure your personal safety (e.g. due to domestic violence or unforeseeable mental health needs). We can also approve a course transfer if you are unable to attend the course because of unplanned responsibilities you have as a serving member of the Defence  or Emergency services. We are unable to approve late-notice course transfers to accommodate (for example) roster changes, birthday parties/ weddings, starting a new job, etc.

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