Step 1: Personal Autogenic Training for Professionals

Are you already involved in the helping professions in a paid or volunteer capacity?  As an educator of youth or adults or as a physician, nurse, psychologist, social worker, carer, or counselor?  Perhaps you are working in an allied health profession, for example, as a nutritionist, yoga teacher or similar? 

If you’d like to become an Autogenic Therapist, this training course starts you on an exciting journey of self-discovery and self-care. Many professional organisations accept this course for Continuing Professional Development (CPD).  BPS has accredited it for 20  CPD hours for BPS members. 

Choose one of the therapists from the list at the bottom of this page.  Those whose names are in bold typeface followed by an asterix (*) offer distance learning by Zoom or Skype.  Click through to read their profiles and to contact them. 

Certificate of Competence in Personal AT

Autogenic Training is a simple structured meditative-style practice consisting of a set of easy mind-body exercises learned over 10 once weekly sessions, in a group or one to one.  These exercises can be practiced for just a few minutes at a time, almost anywhere.  The resulting altered state of consciousness allows spontaneous, often subtle, psychological and physiological changes – known as the ‘autogenic switching process’. It’s a unique experience for each person.  With regular practice, quietening the autonomic nervous system’s sympathetic (fight-flight) activity can help you manage stress and can allow subtle and gentle psychological processing to release old physical and emotional traumas, tensions and anxieties. 

Once you have earned your Certificate, there are two further steps to take to become and Autogenic Therapist:  the Foundation Course and the Post Graduate Certificate in AT Course.  Click on the links to read more about how to apply for these follow-on courses.

For a research article on the psychological underpinnings of AT, see Yurdakul, Holttum and Bowden (2009) in Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice

For an article on including AT in your healthcare client work, read Naylor & Marshall’s 2007 article in the Journal of Holistic Healthcare.

These BAS members are approved by the British Psychological Society Learning Centre to teach Certificate of Competence in Personal AT.

Jane Bird*

Jo House*

Nida Ingham* Surrey & West Sussex

Pauline Young

Photo credit: Toni Hukkanen