With the First Touch Program you will be engaging parents in building the early foundations for their baby’s mental health development.
Supporting parents and babies to share moments like this, is one of the most important things you will ever do.
This nationally accredited course gives you a practical, strengths-based, evidence-informed approach to focus in on supporting high quality parent-infant interactions.
Once qualified to teach The First Touch Program to new parents, you will be able to use a range of activities to help parents build their confidence in recognising their baby’s cues. At the same time, you’ll provide parents with skills to respond sensitively to these cues using baby massage, other forms of healthy touch, movement, voice and eye contact.
By supporting these early interactions you’ll be using your knowledge to help stop more parents and babies from falling through the gaps – now, and for generations ahead.
The training program in cue-based infant massage education is also endorsed for CPD by the following professional associations.
The Australian College of Midwives.
Occupational Therapy Australia.
The Australian Association of Social Workers.
The Association of Massage Therapists.
From 1 June 2017, our Course in Cue-based Infant Massage will be offered in a mix of online and face-to-face learning.
You can commence Block 1, any time (including right now if you like) for FREE.
This is an introductory course, consisting of three short modules introducing you to the foundation principles of high quality infant massage education.
These modules are available online and include the topics:
- Touch and Human Development
- Infant massage in Australia
- Mechanisms of Cue-Based Infant Massage Education
It takes most people between 5-7 hours to complete all of these topics.
Once you have completed all three topics, you will receive a Certificate of Completion in Principles of High-Quality Infant Massage Education and will be eligible to formally enrol in the next stage of the course.
Block 2 is a 10-week program of structured learning. Each week you will receive:
- A range of online activities including videos, discussion groups and lectures (approx. 1-2 hours per week);
- A series of self-directed activities such as additional reading (approx 1-2 hours per week); and
- A weekly assignment – such as an open-book quiz or written response (approx 1-2 hours per week).
Weekly topics will vary, focusing on different aspects of infant massage education such as parent-infant attachment, infant skin and use of oils, relationship-based practice and facilitation, the 16 protocols and guidelines of the First Touch Program, parent mindfulness, and infant communication and behavioural states.
Your trainer will be available to provide academic support and guidance during this block via phone and email. Depending on your learning style, you should allow between 4-6 hours per week to complete the learning activities.
Block three 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 commences at 10:30 on the first day, and finishes at 3:30 on the third day – allowing time for those who need to catch flights home.
Your final block of learning focusses on bringing all your practical skills together with your knowledge, so that you facilitate a full 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 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