MORE THAN A TRAINING COURSE!

SUPPORT & ACCREDITATION

On completion of your training course, you will be offered a fully supported career path in partnership with the International Meditation Teachers & Therapists Association (IMTTA).

Once you graduate from your Certificate in Meditation Teaching and Holistic Human Development, you will be offered a full year of registration with the International Meditation Teachers & Therapists Association (IMTTA) completely free!

 

THROUGH THE IMTTA, YOU WILL RECEIVE ALL THE SUPPORT AND MATERIALS YOU NEED TO SET UP AND SUCCEED IN YOUR PRACTICE.

IMTTA Practitioner Registration and Holistic Therapist Career Path

With most study courses your association with the training body ends when your training is completed. When you train with us, your journey continues through IMTTA where you will be assisted to set up and run your own Holistic Wellbeing Business.

Graduate Support Program Benefits:

When you complete your training course and register with the IMTTA Graduate Support Program, you will receive many valuable benefits that assist you in developing a successful career as a Meditation Teacher and Holistic Counsellor. Some of these benefits are included in your Certificate in Meditation Teaching  and Holistic Human Development practitioner kit, which you will receive during module 10 of your certificate-level course. You can read what your practitioner kit contains below. Registration fees ( after your first FREE year) areas little as $95 for life!

If you do not wish to be registered in the IMTTA Graduates Support Program, you will still receive precisely the same training and your graduation certificates on successful completion of your study course. 

As a Registered IMTTA member, you have the distinct advantage of being part of something bigger than your own small business, but you retain all benefits and advantages of being self-employed. Please note:You will run your own business under your business name. While it is essential for the professional reputation and well being of every member ( as outlined in the Code of Ethics on the IMTTA website at imtta.org ) you retain the freedom to run your business exactly as you choose.

The IMTTA Graduate Support Program Registration is not compulsory and can be cancelled at any time. Through your IMTTA Membership, you will be able to access the IMTTA Practitioner Support Dashboard, where your extensive Practitioner kit will be available for you online.

The IMTTA Practitioner kit contains the following:

  • Electronic templates for marketing materials that have been designed by our expert marketing team to make all of your print media advertising, flyers, brochures, posters and business cards professional, simple to use and effective - just add your logo and details.

  • Your guide book to setting up, marketing and running your own Holistic Wellbeing business.Class plans and electronic templates for all your lesson plans and student handouts for all the classes you will be qualified to teach. Including booking forms, disclaimer forms, handouts for your students and even certificates of completion for your students.

  • Electronic templates for a range of teaching aids including posters, PowerPoint presentations and booklets.

The IMTTA Practitioner Support Dashboard will provide you with:

  • Unlimited access to the IMTTA Business Mentor support program via telephone and email so that while you work for yourself, you never have to go it alone. You will be able to access support and advice in all matters relating to your business, be it small business management, teaching, coaching, dealing with difficult clients or just providing a sounding board, brainstorming partner and motivation when you need it.

  • Regular online training seminars to help you expand.Articles and videos on a variety of subjects to help you succeed in growing your own holistic well being business.

  • Newsletters. Free library and the college bookshop.

  • Live 'Practitioner only' Facebook page where you can connect with your peers.

  • You will also have the opportunity to participate in group advertising campaigns, expos and festivals to help promote your business in the most cost-effective way.

  • Listing on the IMTTA web directory to help guide prospective students and clients to your business.

  • Regular Practitioner Kit updates.

 

All the materials, information and ongoing support you will need to start and run your holistic well being practice, supplied digitally for your convenience, by the creators of your IMTTA training program, Isabelle Cunningham and Kerry Doolan.

Our training courses are IMTTA, IMTA, CMA , IICT  IPHM accredited, and graduates can join all of these professional organisations.

Our graduates are recognised in their industry and can easily obtain practitioner insurance.

The IMTTA will provide you with guidance in selecting the best insurance cover and company for you when the time arrives.

You can explore the imtta.org

Many Meditation Teacher and Yoga Teacher training colleges are accredited with “modality” exclusive associations. We, at the IMTTA, are very cautious about who we choose to get our courses accredited with. 

We have chosen the International Institute of Complementary Therapists (who have an excellent global reputation) as our primary industry accrediting body. It is important to emphasise the term ‘industry accredited’.  Yoga and Meditation are two modalities that do not legally require any formal accreditation in any country in the world.

The IICT has accredited our courses based on the quality of the educational content of our courses and not because it fits in with a format or methodology, determined by someone who proclaims to be an expert in a field which has so many aspects, it would be impossible to ever become an expert in it. 

The IICT accreditations allow our graduates to join the IICT and to get professional practitioner insurance,

in 26 countries around the world.

So, we are not interested in having the IMTTA courses “accredited’ with organizations that are focused on approving specific styles or methods for teaching Yoga or Meditation. Yoga is not our main focus.

Our main focus is on Meditation as Therapy and the courses go very deeply into the mind/body connection in physical and psychological health and exploring Meditation as a holistic (and very powerful and effective) healing modality.

IMTTA courses are all evidence (not philosophy) based and incorporate a wide variety of techniques and styles. While the IMTTA courses go way beyond the scope of most Yoga teacher or Meditation teacher training courses, they do not necessarily conform to the requirements of the associations that are interested in training teachers, because we train therapist.

 

"Industry” versus “Modality” Accreditation

Modality-based Associations are usually owned by the same people who own training colleges within that industry.
They only focus on that particular modality and they often only accept membership from graduates of their own training courses.

There is nothing essentially wrong with that. Provided there is plenty of transparency, value and support for members and the course you are going to study is not ONLY accredited with a modality-based association. If it is, it could mean the college has simply started an association to provide accreditation for their own course. Many modality based associations only approve of a specific style, technique, tradition or lineage of that therapy.

Industry-based Associations are not owned by the same people who own the training colleges.

They are separate, not associated with the colleges and non-bias. Their purpose is to protect the end-user and maintain the integrity of holistic and complementary therapies.

They may offer training courses and professional development training but there is no requirement for members to participate.

They accept members from a very wide variety of different therapeutic modalities.

They are not concerned with the specific styles, techniques, traditions or lineages.

They are concerned with the quality, educational content, course outcomes, scope of information, where that information originated and the integrity of the course provider.

They have a rigorous process which course providers must adhere to, before they provide accreditation for any training courses.

Our courses are accredited with the International Institute of Complementary Therapists and the Complementary Medicine Association.

The following industry associations all have an excellent global reputation and a rigorous screening process.


We are very proud to have their stamps of approval.

Our graduates can join the IICT and the CMA, and get professional practitioner insurance.

IMTTA courses are all evidence-based and incorporate a wide variety of techniques and styles.

Graduates are able to join the following associations.

The International Institute of Complementary Therapists 

(International Industry Association with its head office in Australia)

The Complementary Medicine Association 

(International Industry Association with its head office in the United Kingdom)

International Practitioners of Holistic Medicine
(International Association with its head office in the United Kingdom )

The International Meditation Teachers and Therapists Association
(also modality based and owned by Mind Body Education. This association provides our graduates with a huge amount of free resources and support).

Members of all of the above association can be listed on practitioner directories on all of these associations websites, to help drive potential clients directly to you, the qualified and accredited practitioner.

The IMTTA courses are ‘industry’ accredited (as opposed to ‘modality’ accredited) with the IICT so our graduates will have a high level of professionalism and be able to get insurance.

If you have graduated from an IMTTA training course, you can use the following letters after your name, depending on which level of the IMTTA training course you have completed.

Certificate level: Cert.Med.Hol.Couns (MBE)
Advanced Certificate level: Adv.Cert.Med.Hol.Couns (MBE)
Diploma Level: Dip.Med.Hol.Couns. (MBE)
Advanced Diploma Level: Adv.Dip.Med.Hol.Couns. (MBE)
Masters of Holistic Counselling: Mast.Hol.Couns. (MBE)

The (MBE) stands for Mind Body Education. The IMTTA is a division of Mind Body Education.

*If you have completed an IMTTA training course you are entitled to use these letters after your name, no matter which college you graduated from.

Using Titles

 

IMTTA graduates in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom can use the titles Meditation Teacher, Meditation Therapist and also Holistic Counsellor to advertise their services. 

Graduates in the USA can use the titles Meditation Teacher, Meditation Therapist and Holistic Therapist (not Holistic Counsellor) and advertise that they offer Holistic Counselling Services (due to inconsistent laws in various states of America prohibiting the use of the title ‘Counsellor’).

For information on using titles in Canada please visit these two websites.
BC Using Titles 
The Regulation of Counsellors across Canada

If you live in a different country, please get in touch with us to discover the laws about using titles in your country. 

 

Laws, legislation, responsibilities, ethics & using the title ‘Holistic Counsellor'.

 

The IMTTA certificate level course gives the minimum level of education necessary to practice as a therapist offering holistic counselling.

For those with an aptitude for it, this may be all the training necessary. Bear in mind, one of the primary reasons the counselling aspect is included (in what is fundamentally a course to become a meditation teacher) is because meditation often releases traumas, phobias and fears that have been held in the subconscious and the meditation teacher needs the skills to handle those situations effectively.


For those wanting more in-depth skills the Diploma, Advanced Diploma or IMTTA Masters in holistic Counselling course maybe a better option.


There are twelve months of free practitioner support available upon graduation from the IMTTA certificate level course regardless of which college the student graduates from. If necessary a Practitioner may book a ‘debriefing’ call with a qualified peer, during the first free year and this period of Practitioner Support may be extended beyond the first year with a Level 2 or Level 3 subscription to IMTTA Practitioner Registration and Support Service.


Laws
There is no law in Australia that requires a person who provides counselling service to have either qualifications or experience.


Insurance
Having no qualifications and no affiliation to any recognized industry body or association can make getting insurance very difficult, if not impossible. To practice as an IMTTA accredited Holistic Counsellor, insurance is essential, It is also usually required when hiring or leasing venues and it is certainly the safest and most professional choice.

 

Titles
The title of ‘counsellor’ has been the subject of much contention in the UK, Australia and The United States. In the USA, individual state legislatures have passed legislation defining the word ‘counsellor’ as a title; as such, it is only to be used by graduates from varying schools approved of by the USA government.


The IMTTA has a philosophical and ethical disseverment to legislation which places legislative restrictions upon commonly used words and in so doing change the definitions and meaning of the word.


“In the US, licensing is regulated at the state level, and it is illegal to offer services while physically within that state unless licensed by that state. If you are seeking face-to-face counselling in the United States, it is essential that you verify whether your practitioner is licensed — not because licensing provides any guarantee about the quality of the service you will receive (it does not) — but because a counsellor offering services in the US without a license is breaking the law. This would indicate either that the counsellor is unaware of the laws regulating their profession, or that they are deliberately undertaking criminal activity; neither alternative is acceptable.”


Other countries, including Australia and the United Kingdom, do not regulate the profession by means of licensing; in the UK, there is no such thing as a ‘licensed practitioner’.

Notably, a recent 3-year study in Australia*, dubbed “the most comprehensive and diverse study ever to be undertaken on the regulation of the Counselling Profession”, concluded that consumer protection would best be served by not introducing governmental regulation over and above the existing self-regulation via relevant professional organizations.”


counsellingresource.com


The IMTTA is an accredited training course provider with the International Institute of Complementary Therapists and the courses offered are accredited through the  IICT (and several other industry associations). Offering the best possible level of industry protection and regulation.


The etymology of the word counsellor is derived from the Latin word ‘Consilium’ meaning ‘advice'. The common use of the word ‘counsel’ has come to mean it is usually understood as advice however, ‘consultation’ is the meaning taken in the context of Holistic Counselling. Holistic Consultant may be a clearer description, particularly for those graduates practising in the USA.


In the UK there was a great debate with submissions contesting the legislative hijacking of the word ‘counsellor’ and pointing out the many different uses of the word and the confusion defining the word by legislation would cause.

Below is a link to one of those submissions which gives an excellent overview of the debate and the counter argument to defining counsellor as a title.


Sam Brown - The Meaning of “Counsellor”


Following is a Press Release (23 August 2006) from the Australian Counselling Association which provides the latest information regarding speculation surrounding regulation of the Counselling Industry:


"Victorian Government Says "No" to the Regulation of the Counselling Industry After 3-years research and investigation, the Victorian Department of Human Services brought to a conclusion the possibility of a regulated model for the Counselling Profession, in the State, and Nationally. For years there have been spurious rumours that the government would introduce standards for Counsellor Training and Practice. These rumours were often initiated for the political and/or commercial gain of those disseminating them. Whilst the government had no plan to establish standards of practice in Counselling, in 2003 it did initiate an investigation into how a model of self-regulation may be structured. This investigation was undertaken by an Industry Federation, Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation Australia (ACFA), and was funded by the Victorian Department of Human Services. On August 23, 2006, at a meeting of key industry stakeholders and the government, it was concluded that NO regulation of the Counselling Industry would occur. The project was undertaken in the interest of consumer protection, with the core project aim to investigate if a model of self-regulation would better protect consumers of Counselling services. The project was the most comprehensive and diverse study ever to be undertaken on the regulation of the Counselling Profession. Conducted over 3-years, the project studied the standards of approximately 50 Professional Membership Organizations nationally, as well as many International Associations. The project reviewed Training Standards for Counsellors; Accountability of Practitioners; Protection of Consumers; Practitioner Ethics Standards; Governance of Counsellor Associations; Policies for Complaints, Conciliation and Appeals; Codes of Good Governance; and modes of regulation. After a thorough and inclusive process, it was concluded that no action or intervention by the Government was required. What does this mean to the Public, Counsellors, and the Counselling Industry? The decision by the Victorian Department of Human Services concludes long-standing speculation regarding Training and Practice Standards for the Counselling Profession. For many years Industry groups have alluded to the government intervention and a change in Training Standards for Counsellors. This information has often been […] misrepresented to the public at large, to clients of counsellors, and particularly to prospective students of Counselling. The decision confirms the intent of the Government regarding the Counselling Profession. The decision unambiguously demonstrates the government has NO INTENTION of introducing standards to regulate the Training and Practice of Counsellors in the foreseeable future. The decision recognizes the extensive work of the profession to date in establishing a quality self-managed, consumer-driven model of regulation in a diverse industry. So how will the decision affect stakeholders? The decision has serious ramifications for stakeholders. Whether you’re a consumer, a prospective counsellor, or a practising counsellor, the outcome of this decision has important consequences. We’ll briefly examine them below. Consumers One of the core aims in investigating a self-regulated model for the Counselling Profession was to ascertain whether consumers of Counselling services would be better protected under a regulated model. This is of paramount importance to the governments and fundamentally directs their decisions, as they are empowered by the public to implement policy in the interest of their safety. The nature of Counselling results in very few complaints being brought against Counsellors. Counselling, as opposed to Psychotherapy, is more about empowering clients to make their own decisions. Counsellors generally do not give advice and do not deal with clinical issues. As such, the potential risk to clients from Counselling is extremely low. Implicit in the decision of the Victorian Department of Human Services not to regulate the Counselling Profession is that customers of Counselling are not at significant risk; and that the current market-driven model of the profession adequately mitigates risk to the consumer. Prospective Counsellors The academic standard of Counsellors has for some time been an issue of discussion. What level of education is adequate for a Counsellor? As part of the investigation into a self-regulated model, Training Standards for Counsellors were considered. Currently, as the profession is not regulated, there is no minimum education standard for practice. Education and experiential standards are generally maintained through an optional membership with Industry Associations. "


The overwhelming majority of practising counsellors maintain membership to an Industry Association. Membership provides them with professional affiliation; access to insurance; transparency of qualifications; a means for dealing with complaints; a Code of Good Practice; ongoing professional development and much more. The industry has therefore established Training Standard benchmarks by virtue of Association Membership Levels.


These levels reflect qualifications, experience, supervision and commitment to ongoing development. The vast majority of Counsellors have a vocational level qualification, such as a Diploma in Counselling. The decision of the government not to regulate Counselling implicitly recognizes the Training Standards established through existing Association structures. Practising Counsellors Whilst the decision means that practising counsellors need to do nothing differently, it still has ramifications for them. Most importantly, it amplifies the need for Counsellors to get involved in their industry. Whilst the decision clearly recognizes the excellent work the industry has done to self- manage, the status quo could only be attained through the active involvement of Counsellors with an interest in the political landscape of their industry. Counsellors can define their industry through involvement in their Association/s. Associations have to date achieved an extraordinary amount. Whilst there is contention on some issues, as a whole, the industry, through self-governance, has attained high and broadly accepted standards in the areas of Training, Ethics, and Complaints.”

 

Cautions


Safety: If you have a client who is in danger of hurting themselves, hurting someone else or being hurt by someone else, you do need to take action. This will be very rare if it ever happens at all (I have not had to do this in 30 years of counselling). If you seriously fear for some one’s safety ring the emergency number in your locality. Trust your instincts. Your client has come to you for help and if you fear for their safety, or anyone else’s, they have probably given you this information because they want you to do something to stop it.


Minors: For clients under 18 the counselling code of ethics applies. In general, it is probably best to refer under 18’s to an appropriately qualified professional. Should the Holistic Counselling Therapist feel it necessary to engage with an under 18 client, it may also necessitate the involvement of another adult, such as a parent of the client or, another significant adult as nominated by the client (a parent, a favourite Aunt, older brother, etc.). In either case, the involvement of another person may only be at the request of the client. Without the client’s permission, to have another adult (whom they know) present, the Holistic Counselling Therapist should refer the under 18 clients to another professional such as a GP or school counsellor.


Advice: You are responsible, on a professional level, for what you tell your clients to do. If you do not hold a qualification as a healthcare professional you should not give medical advice…ever!

Know when your client needs help beyond what you can legally, responsibly or ethically offer them yourself and refer them to someone who can provide what they need.


Titles: Holistic Consultant may be a clearer description, to avoid confusion while continuing to use the keyword most effective to attract clients, we recommend ‘Holistic Counselling Therapist’ if a job description is required.


In the USA, the use of the label ‘Holistic Counselling Therapist’ avoids claiming to BE a Holistic Counsellor. It instead describes the service provided, so as to remain a clear description for prospective clients.


In Australia and the UK, the use of the title 'Holistic Counsellor' can be used. 

To the best of our ability to gain and share information as at June 22nd 2017 K.Doolan & I.Cunningham-Doolan 
The International Meditation Teacher and Therapists Association.

Please check in your own area to ensure you are able to meet local codes of conduct.

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