Post Graduate Training Courses
The following postgraduate courses are available as stand-alone courses or taken as electives in the Diploma, Advanced Diploma and Masters courses.
The IMTTA Certificate in Meditation Teaching and Holistic Human Development is a prerequisite for all postgraduate courses.
These courses can be started at any time and must be completed within ten weeks of commencement unless a deferment is arranged.
Autonomic Nervous System Realignment Therapy (ANSR)
Compulsory for Diploma, Advanced Diploma and Masters Level Courses
The Autonomic Nervous System is responsible for determining which neurochemicals and what amounts are released into our bodies; these chemicals create the physical environment our cells form and live in. This course explores the link between the way we chose to think (our perception), the neurochemicals those mental states determines and how chemical imbalances cause disease. Based on clinical evidence, ANSR investigates how and why, what we think influences our level of physical wellbeing and explains, in practical terms, how changing our thinking process will dramatically improve our physical health.
Brain Body Medicine
Compulsory for Diploma, Advanced Diploma and Masters Level Courses
This course explores why people can find themselves ‘trapped’ in old belief systems, negative thinking and habitual ideas that do not contribute to living happy or healthy lives. It provides a deeper understanding of the simple and practical tools we can use to help adopt a more positive and healthier thinking process. It includes in-depth exploration of how and why particular thinking patterns manifest into specific physical illness. Based on scientific research and humanistic psychology, this course takes the mystery out of ‘mind body medicine’ and brings a popular theory into a new light as concrete healing modality.
Advanced Marketing and Business Development Skills for the Holistic Practitioner
This training course expands on the marketing skills you began to develop in your Certificate course and provide you with important insight into developing a holistic business in an ethical and conscious way. You will learn about marketing trends, using the internet to promote your business, developing a public profile, free and close to free advertising, attracting new students and clients to your business, networking, developing referrals for your business and creative marketing ideas. You will also learn about writing editorial and articles for print publication, creating newsletters, writing blogs and developing social media. Throughout this module you will develop a comprehensive marketing plan to apply within your own business.
Corporate Stress Management
Corporate Stress Management Stress can have a major effect on work performance. Some of the consequences include absenteeism, diminished performance, negative attitude and cynicism, decline in commitment and creativity, and a decreased ability to concentrate, learn and interact with other employees. Stressed workers can also develop a range of symptoms including insomnia, headaches, back pain, gastrointestinal disorders, fatigue, anxiety, irritability and depression. This course focuses on developing your skills as a Corporate Stress Management Consultant and using your qualification to help build strong workplace stress management programs, better self-esteem among employees, stronger workplace teams and greater productivity levels for business owners.
Advanced Holistic Counselling
This course delves deeper into the practicalities of holistic counselling. You will study communication skills (verbal and non-verbal), building counsellor/client relationships, relationship counselling, the holistic counselling process, mental and emotional wellbeing, counselling parents, counselling teenagers and releasing past trauma. This course also looks at the important ethical aspects of holistic counselling and will guide you in developing a completely professional practice.
Meditation for the Management of Depression and Anxiety
This course provides people with the tools required to self-manage depression and anxiety as well as better manage stress in daily life. As we witness the distressing increase in the number of people dependent on antidepressant drugs to cope with daily life, we realise how essential it has become to provide natural and self-managed alternatives to medication as a standalone treatment. Teaching Meditation for Depression and Anxiety is particularly useful for practitioners who wish to focus on the epidemic of stress, depression and anxiety related disorders that are rampant in our modern communities and combines extremely well with holistic counselling.
Meditation for the Management of Pain and Healing
Modern research has confirmed the age old wisdom that meditation has the ability to cure many physical and psychological ailments. This training program allows practitioners to specialize in the area of self-empowered healing and personal pain management and covers self-healing and recovery, and meditation for pain management. This is an excellent course for anyone who is interested in working in the holistic healing field and combines particularly well with Chair Yoga teaching.
Meditation for Children
This is a great class to teach for those with a special interest in children, offering young students a fantastic first step toward a life time of health and happiness. The kids classes are lots of fun and high energy. Children learn the basics of traditional yoga poses through role play. They learn about how their bodies work, how to look after themselves and how to be calm and relaxed Learning meditation through creative visualization also significantly contributes toward better sleeping patterns and a wide range of other health and emotional benefits for kids and their parents.
Certificate in Men’s Holistic Health and Wellbeing
The course offers a fantastic opportunity to explore the issues many men face in our modern society. Subjects include men and communication, understanding anger, facing fear, sexuality, men's roles in modern society, rites of passage, fatherhood, men's health, and cultivating creativity for men. This course also covers running workshops and retreats for men including warrior-style workshops and celebrations of manhood.
Prenatal meditation and use of meditation during childbirth contribute significantly to a more peaceful, faster and less painful birthing experience. It also helps to create a calmer, happier baby and a more confident, relaxed mother. This is a wonderful and rewarding field to teach meditation, and the program you will learn can be offered as a two-day workshop or adapted for a weekly class structure.
Meditation for Weight Management
This course will assist you to develop a good understanding of the causes of excess weight problems, the physical and emotional impacts, facilitate workshops that assist people to accomplish a healthy body weight, develop and maintain healthy lifestyles, healthier mindsets and a more positive self-image. You will also be able to assist people to adopt healthy eating habits, basic exercise programs and meditation routines, and guide them towards developing positive thinking skills. Your clients and students will be exposed to a new understanding of why they have weight issues, and will be inspired to apply new, practical and achievable ideas. They will have the resources and support they need to overcome the root causes of their weight issues and move forward into a healthier and happier future.
Meditation for Women in Transition and Women's Mid-life Health and Wellbeing
This course will prepare you to support women in transition and guide them with beautiful tools that assist in developing high self-esteem, self-empowerment, inner strength, trust, self-love, joy and forgiveness. You will also learn about the physical effects of menopause, explore social attitudes regarding women and aging, and develop an understanding of the effects of diet, exercise and meditation on managing menopause. This course also covers running workshops and retreats for women including goddess-style workshops and celebrations of womanhood.
The following courses are required for the Masters in Holistic Counselling course and can also be taken as individual postgraduate courses.
Certificate in Holistic Trauma and Abuse Counselling
Trauma and Abuse Counselling works to assist people whose lives have been adversely effected through being abused or traumatized either physically and/or psychologically. This may include sexual abuse, violent physical attack, bullying at home and school or in the work place, domestic violence, witnessing or being involved in a traumatic incident or accident.
The Trauma and Abuse Counsellors provides support, guidance and resources for the client to overcome the trauma and begin to implement strategies and positive life habits that allow them to live a normal, balanced life again. Trauma and Abuse Counsellors must also have a thorough understanding of referral networks and the cycle of domestic violence as some of their clients may still be experiencing abuse and require guidance in removing themselves from danger.
Certificate in Holistic Grief and Loss Counselling
Grief and Loss counselling becomes necessary when a person is so disabled by their grief; and, so overwhelmed by their loss, that their normal coping processes are disabled or shut down.
People may require Grief and Loss Counselling after the death of a loved one, after a long term relationship ends or even after losing their job. All people experience grief and loss differently. Grief counselling facilitates expression of emotion and thought about the loss, including their feeling sad, anxious, angry, lonely, guilty, relieved, isolated, confused, or numb.
It includes thinking creatively about the challenges that follow loss and coping with concurrent changes in their lives. Often people feel disorganized, tired, have trouble concentrating, sleep poorly and have vivid dreams. They may experience change in appetite or in their own health.
Grief counselling may be called upon when a person suffers anticipatory grief, for example an intrusive and frequent worry about a loved one whose death is not imminent. Anticipatory mourning also occurs when a loved one has a terminal illness. This can handicap that person's ability to stay present whilst simultaneously holding onto, letting go of, and drawing closer to the dying person.
Holistic Grief and Loss Counsellors are able to provide clients with coping skills, emotional support and resources (and sometimes referrals) to help support them through the normal grieving process and also through what is known as 'complicated grief' (which occurs when the client gets stuck in, or does not progress through, the natural stages of grief on their own.
Certificate in Holistic Telephone Counselling
The Postgraduate Certificate Course in Holistic Telephone Counselling prepares students to offer telephone and online counselling for clients who are unable to attend in person for various reasons. These reasons may include family or work commitments, disability, location, lack of transport or isolation.
Telephone counsellors need special skills to ensure the client experiences as close as possible, the safe and nurturing environment the counsellor would provide in a face-to-face consultation.
Certificate in Holistic Marriage and Relationship Counselling
The Postgraduate Certificate Course in Holistic Marriage and Relationship Counselling provides students with the skill and information required to counsel married couples, unmarried couples, same sex couples, families, siblings and others involved in close relationships who are seeking assistance to overcome difficulties within the relationship.
In this role the Marriage and Relationship Counsellor will often act as a mediator and will provide the couple (or family) with positive communication skills and life tools to assist them in expressing their emotions in a positive and non-blameful manner, taking responsibility for their part in the relationship breakdown, setting goals and identifying desired outcomes for themselves and the relationship.
The postgraduate courses are available to those who have completed the Certificate in Meditation Teaching and Holistic Human Development.