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Course overview

Infant Massage in Australia.

This is a self-paced, free online course which highlights some of the historical influences on the development of infant massage and touch education in Australia generally, and introduces the First Touch Program specifically. We outline the way infant massage education has developed, and the characteristics of one approach to infant massage education. This will allow students to complete the course with knowledge of some factors that may help in evaluating different approaches to infant massage education.   The course is most suited to health, early childhood, bodywork and community professionals who are interested in using infant massage education in their practice, or who want to be able to refer parents and families to high quality infant massage education programs. The course takes most people 1.5 – 2 hours to complete. You can do the course in your own time, and at a pace that suits you.

The course is also one module from the nationally (government) accredited qualification in Cue-based infant massage and parent-infant relationship education

On completion of this module, you will be able to:

  1. Describe some of the key influences on the evolution of formal infant massage education;
  2. Discuss some of the main features which can be used to help distinguish between different approaches to infant massage education; and
  3. Describe these features as they exist in the First Touch Infant massage program.

This course is free, but you will need to log-in to the website to access the material. If you are not a member, you can create a free account here.

Course content

Session 1: Module welcome and introduction 

Session 2: A brief history of infant massage

  • The emergence of infant massage in the West
  • The impact of McClure’s work

Session 3: Infant massage: The Australian context 

  • A local history
  • Programs in Australia
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Learning outcomes

On completion of this module, you will be able to:

  1. Describe some of the key influences on the evolution of formal infant massage education;
  2. Discuss some of the main features which can be used to help distinguish between different approaches to infant massage education; and
  3. Describe these features as they exist in the First Touch Infant massage program.

Cost

This module Infant Massage in Australia is free.

Who this course is suitable for

This course is designed for:

  • health, early childhood, allied health and bodywork therapists with no formal or accredited infant massage education qualifications.
  • health, early childhood, allied health and bodywork therapists who are curious about infant massage in the Australian context, but who do not want to teach infant massage themselves.
  • anyone who has completed a non-accredited course in infant massage education (i.e. with Infant Massage Information Service, Infant Massage Australia or Liddle Kidz) and wishes to add some additional depth to their knowledge.
  • anyone enrolled in, or intending to enroll in the nationally accredited  course in Cue-Based Infant Massage and Parent-Infant Relationship Education.
  • Infant massage educators who completed nationally accredited training prior to Nov. 2016, and wish to update or extend their knowledge.

Time commitment

This course takes most people 1.5 – 2 hours to complete. 

A certificate for 2 Continuing Professional Development hours is issued on successful completion.

The course material is 50 minutes in length. Most people take approximately an additional 1 hour to review material, take notes and complete the quiz questions.

You can take this course ‘on demand’, which means you can enroll any time and complete at your own pace.

You may need to allow additional time if you:

  • are very new to the topics in this course;
  • are new to using online learning;
  • want to review the material in greater depth; or
  • want to undertake further reading/ extension activities.

Course assessment

Assessment for this course consists of three short quizzes to check your understanding of the core concepts. These quizzes are located at the ends of:

  • Session 2: 2 quiz questions
  • Session 3: 2 quiz questions

After completing each quiz, you will receive your results straight away. You can go back and review any material as you you need.

To receive the certificate, you must complete all quiz questions and achieve an 80% pass-mark. You can re-take the quizzes as many times as you like.

Once you have completed the quiz questions successfully you will be:

  • issued with a Certificate of Completion for your CPD portfolio, which you can download straight away; and
  • able to use this course toward enrolment in the nationally accredited course in Cue-Based Infant Massage and Parent-Infant Relationship Education.

Course Instructor

Baby in Mind is an Australian health promotion charity, supporting infant mental health development in communities and organisations. Our primary activity is providing nationally accredited training to health, community and education professionals, as well as community members, in cue-based infant massage education. Baby in Mind has been providing this training in Australia since 1994, and is the only organisation in Australia to offer nationally accredited training in this field.

The instructor for this course: Infant Massage in Australia is Rochelle Dorman, a Teacher and Trainer with Baby in Mind. Rochelle has been a qualified early childhood primary teacher for 25 years. She began to specialise in early childhood programs, and particularly infant development, after developing a strong interest in prevention of behavioural and developmental challenges which impact on the inclusion and participation of children in education. As well as teaching the nationally accredited course in Cue-Based Infant Massage and Parent-Infant Relationship Education, Rochelle continues to deliver the First Touch Program to families. She works both in private practice, as well as with a number of grass-roots community organisations that provide support to families facing significant and complex challenges.

Links to other courses

This module Infant Massage in Australia can be taken either:

  • as a stand-alone module for general interest or professional development purposes. There are no pre-requisites, but we strongly recommend completing the module Touch and Human Development prior to this course. 
  • Or, you can combine this module, with two other online modules: Indicators and mechanisms of high-quality infant massage education, and Touch and Human Development to be used toward a Certificate of Completion in Principles of High Quality Infant Massage Education.

From 1 July 2017, successful completion of this module will also form part of the Nationally Accredited Course in Cue-Based Infant Massage and Parent-Infant Relationship Education. Students enrolled in this course, or intending to enrol, should complete this module before attendance at the face-to-face training component of their training.

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