Module 1: Touch and Human Development
In this module, you will explore the role of touch in human development, and particularly infant mental health development. In this module, you will have the opportunity to:
- explore how parent-infant touch relates to early human development;
- examine some of the key research influencing our understanding of how touch plays a central role in the development of emotional and affect regulation; and
- review touch-related research which adds to our understanding of infant social development.
We will also introduce some ideas and give thought to how people’s own experiences and cultural beliefs about touch can impact on the quality of these early opportunities and interactions to support infant development.
The module takes most people 3-4 hours to complete.
Module 2: Infant Massage In Australia
This module explores some of the historical influences on the development of infant massage and touch education in Australia generally, and introduces the First Touch Program specifically. Students will gain knowledge of how infant massage education has developed and the characteristics of Cue-Based Infant massage. By completion of this module, the student will be able to:
- Describe some of the key influences on the evolution of formal infant massage education;
- Discus some of the main features which can be used to help distinguish between different approaches to infant massage education; and
- Describe these features as they exist in the First Touch Infant massage program.
The module takes most people 1.5 – 2 hours to complete.
Module 3: Promoting Nurturing Parenting Through Infant Massage Education
Infant massage education is widely used in health and community services to promote early parent-infant relationships. This course outlines specific research which identifies various features of infant massage education which, in particular, appear to result in improved parent-infant relationship outcomes. By completion of this course you will be able to:
- Describe some of the ways in which different researchers have approached evaluation and trials of infant massage education;
- Describe some of the key characteristics (mechanisms) of high-quality infant massage education;
- Review different infant massage resources for evidence-based strengths and weaknesses; and
- Discuss some of the risks that may be associated with programs that do not demonstrate these characteristics.
The module takes most people 4-5 hours to complete.
This short course introduces students to some of the key principles and research underpinning the delivery of high quality, evidence-informed infant massage education to families with a baby.
This course is FREE, is open to everyone, and can be undertaken at any time.
The course contains three short modules, which you can complete online, in your own time.
Completion of this course allows you to apply for entry to the nationally recognised Statement of Attainment in Cue-Based Infant Massage and Parent-Infant Relationship Education.