Post Graduate Certificate in Autogenic Therapy

A 12 month part time course

We welcome applicants who are now working in these professions and roles:  counsellor,  psychotherapist, psychologist, complementary therapist, doctor, nurse, social worker, teacher, manager or a similar role in the allied health professions or in voluntary work.  We welcome all applicants regardless of gender identification, race, culture, age, class, disability or other differences which are unrelated to competence to practice as an Autogenic Therapist. We have had successful practitioners from all walks of life. 

About the course structure

There are two training Modules, 3 units in the first and 4 units in the scond.  Meetings are from 09.30 – 17.30.  They are held at 4th floor practice, 86 Harley Street, London, W1G 7HP.

Module 1 – Unit 1 – Two day weekend
Module 1 – Unit 2 – Two day weekend
Module 1 – Unit 3 – Two day weekend

Module 2 – Unit 1 – Two day weekend
Module 2 – Unit 2 – Two day weekend
Module 2 – Unit 3 – Two day weekend
Module 2 – Unit 4 – Two day weekend

Our training course integrates the theory and practice of Autogenic Training.  Teaching strategies include lectures, small group work and experiential learning techniques.  Students are expected to spend time on home study and to write 3 papers.  After completing Module 1, you will be an Associate member of the Society and you may begin work with clients under tutorial supervision. Your course fee covers 12 hours of tutorial supervision.

Steps to Apply

Complete the Certificate of Competence in Personal Autogenic Training for Professionals.  Ideally you will consolidate your own personal AT process over a 6-month period before beginning the PGCert course.  This personal learning may be used for CPD for many allied health professions.

Complete our application form, which you may request by email  from Training@autogenic-therapy.org.uk or by phoning 07902 365165.  We require a reference from a professional work colleague in your current job and one from the therapist who taught you AT.

We invite you for interview with two members of the BAS Education and Training Team. Acceptance on the course is by interview only.

Cost: The cost of the next course will be set by September 2018.  If you would like to receive information, please write to Training@autogenic-therapy.org.uk to be put on our mailing list of course updates.  

Every effort is made by the Education and Training Team and the BAS Treasurer to accommodate difficulties arising during the course, whether personal or financial.

Written Course work

Two Case Studies
You are required to submit two typed in-depth case histories of two clients to whom you have taught Autogenic Training as part of your continuous assessment. In order for you to gain the most from this useful self-reflective process, you are asked to write up your very first client, and one other. Your own growth in confidence and awareness between the two studies usually shows up.

The Case Studies should be discussed with your tutor, who will guide you as you go.

This piece of work is the only written work by which we can assess the actual procedures you carry out in teaching AT. There is plenty of guidance about how to present your studies and we do not necessarily ask for a ‘success story’. Sometimes we learn more from ‘failures’. The subtleties of AT are quite elusive at times, and our task is not to ‘claim success’ or even wish for it. The client is in our care to engage in their autogenic process, and the outcome is going to vary enormously.

We ask to read your own self-reflection about it. What have you learned? How might you approach things differently another time? Were there any aspects of feedback which surprised you? Did you find yourself in conflict at any time with your clients? How did you resolve this?

Extended Essay
This can take the form of an article/discussion paper/report for a medium-weight professional journal of the student’s choice – always with guidance from the student’s supervisor. Or it can be an essay on AT exploring its application in an area of particular interest to the student.

The purpose is to stimulate the student’s thinking and research abilities; to test their ability to present AT clearly and describe its relevance to a particular potential target client group.
The essay is 2-3,000 words, or as appropriate for the target audience/journal.

The essay will include reference to several sources and authors.

Course Syllabus

Module 1 Units 1 – 3
* History and Development of AT
* Practical aspects of preparing/managing a group and the teaching of each standard exercise.
* Theory and Practice of Intentional off-loading Exercises (see below)
* Contraindications to AT
* Physiology and Biochemistry of stress
* AT and physical illness
* Psychopathology Part 1
* The pre-course client assessment
* Getting started in your teaching
* Basic methods test

Intentional Off-loading Exercises
These are a vital adjunct to the autogenic process. Using the powerful relaxation tools of AT can sometimes lead to emotional difficulties that need extra support and management. These exercises are called Intentional, because they carry a deliberate intent (unlike autogenic exercises, which rely on passive awareness and acceptance). The Intentional Off-loading Exercises cover strategies for dealing with anger, grief, anxiety, muscular tension in the body and throat.

Module 2 Units 1 – 3
This module follows students’ progress in working with their first clients.

Tutorial discussions – afternoons

These address specific topics and are designed for the student who is starting out in practice, to widen their knowledge and develop their therapeutic skills in teaching AT. Incorporated into these discussions is group supervision, where students present case studies of their client work, for peer discussion.

More theoretical content includes:

Psychopathology; creating Personal and Motivational formulae; Neurosciences and AT; Audit and research; Group dynamics; Sleep problems
* Developing your practice
* Codes of Ethics and Practice
* Equal opportunities
* Business planning
* Record keeping
* Student presentation on AT (marketing)
* Final test

Throughout Module 2
Revisit the introduction and management of all the Standard exercises
Revisit the introduction and management of all the Intentional off-loading exercises
The tutorial session works well as a further training opportunity for our own members who wish to join the training team.