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Supporting parents and babies to share moments like this, is one of the most important things you will ever do.
Qualify to teach the First-Touch Program in this nationally accredited infant massage training.
This nationally accredited infant massage training, qualifies you to teach the First Touch Program to new parents. As a result of doing this training you will gain skills to deliver a program that supports sensitive and responsive parent-baby interactions.
The First Touch Program is evidence-informed, peer-reviewed, strengths-based, and practical.
After certification, you’ll be able to help parents build their confidence in understanding their baby’s cues. At the same time, you’ll be providing parents with skills to respond sensitively to their babies using massage, other forms of healthy touch, movement, voice and eye contact.
This is the only infant massage training in the world that is nationally (government) accredited.
Being able to watch and support parents and babies connect and bond with each other in this way is uplifting and rewarding work. You can use your certification in a variety of settings such as health and community organisations. You can also use your qualification to work for yourself and offer the infant massage classes to parents in your own community.
Each student receives a subsidy from Baby in Mind of $1,400 to off-set the cost of your course. The balance of the course fees can be paid up-front, or in smaller monthly payments starting from as little as $45 a month.
The training program in cue-based infant massage education is also endorsed for CPD by the following professional associations.
Infant Massage Training: Course Structure
This infant massage training leads to a nationally recognised award in Cue-Based Infant Massage and Parent-Infant Relationship Education. The course is held over four blocks altogether.
In summary, this is a flexible learning program combining online and face-to-face learning. In order to find out more, please click on the tabs below to learn more about each block.
This is the introductory part of the infant massage training: Principles of High Quality Infant Massage Education.
This block has three short modules. Together, these modules will introduce you to some key principles of high quality infant massage education. Specifically, Block 1 is done online and includes:
- Touch and Human Development.
- Infant Massage in Australia.
- Promoting Nurturing Parenting Through Infant Massage.
It takes most people between 5-7 hours to complete all of these topics.
These modules are available for FREE, and should be completed before formally enrolling in the infant massage training course.
We offer these introductory modules for free so that you can evaluate if the course will meet your needs, before you commit to enrolling.
After successfully completing each module, you will receive a certificate of completion. After you complete all three topics, you will be eligible to enrol in the next stage of the course.
After you have completed Block 1, you can formally enrol in the infant massage training.
The next step is to complete Block 2. This is a 10-week program and each week you will receive:
- Online activities including videos, discussion groups and lectures (approx. 1-2 hours per week); and
- Self-directed activities including readings and small assessment tasks (approx 1-2 hours per week).
Sessions in this block are taught on-line, in a gently-paced interactive format. For example, you will have the chance to discuss ideas with, and get to know, other students even though you are online.
In addition, your trainer will provide academic support, guidance and active feedback during this block.
Depending on your learning style, you should typically allow between 4-5 hours per week to complete the learning activities.
The topics for the 10 weekly sessions are:
- Course introduction and orientation, Parent engagement
- Infant skin and oils; parent-baby program structure
- Parent-baby program structure and planning
- Social support
- Infant communication
- The role of the facilitator
- Talking with touch
- The role of the facilitator (c’td)
- Infant massage
- Wrap-up and preparation for Block 3
If you have never undertaken online learning before, don’t let this put you off. For over 60% of our students, this is their first experience of online learning and we take this into account with all activities. We walk you through every step of the process, including detailed information about how to make the most out of learning online.
Nor do you miss out on connecting with others and learning from each other. Here’s how some of our previous “first time” online students have evaluated this component of the course:
The highlight of Block 2 so far has been the interaction with other students – Jenny, Occupational Therapist, 2017
The highlight for me has been the quality of the information. I have undertaken courses before, full of enthusiasm, only to have the bubble burst when confronted with poor teaching and light on learning. This course has exceeded my hopes and made me feel very confident that I am learning quality, relevant and important skills and knowledge. I feel you should charge more for the course – it is really inexpensive, especially considering the materials provided, and the personal touch from [the trainers]. – Sharon, Psychologist, 2017
For me the highlight has been the way that the course is put together so that everything flows so easily. I was very uncertain about online courses having never done them before. But the way that this course is put together is the best of both worlds with the interaction with others as well as being able to complete activities at a time in the week when it suits me. – Deanne, Midwife, 2017.
After completing the 10-week online part of this infant massage training, you then commence Block 3. This involves attendance at a 3-day workshop, held in most capital cities of Australia.
This is where all your theory and foundation studies come together.
With 70% of your assessment already completed, we spend three days exploring cue-based infant massage in detail including infant massage strokes, structuring your program, working with families and babies who have additional and important needs. During the three-day workshop you will work with real parents and babies, observing interactions, practicing your program delivery and receiving individualised feedback and support from your trainer.
The three day workshop runs from 9am – 5pm, except for the final day where we finish at 3:30pm (accommodating those who need to travel home).
The final Block 4 brings all your practical skills together with your knowledge. You will do this by running your own First Touch Program from beginning to end with support from your trainer. This includes:
- Developing and planing your promotional material and approaches;
- Practical delivery of your Cue-Based Infant Massage Program to a minimum of five families in your community; and
- Evaluation, reflection and planning for future courses.
Delivery of your program in “real life” is an essential requirement of this course, and most students take around 25-30 hours to complete this component of the training.
This course and the resultant qualifications are recognised as fundamental professional development within all our child and parenting programs. These include programs with a mental health focus, parenting skills, family support, therapeutic services to families within homelessness and domestic violence services. This short course is, to my knowledge the only accredited training available with a focus on infants and parents relationships, is cheap, and cost effective to run. The course is excellent.Deb LockwoodManager, Children's Services Relationships Australia SA