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Certified Infant Massage Teacher Training

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Course Number/Program Code: CE 0015/CECIMTT132
Course Name: Certified Infant Massage Teacher Training
Contact Hours: 24.0 Contact Hours
Days to Complete: 3.0 Days
CEUs: 2.4 CEUs
Location: Herzing University Brookfield, 555 S. Executive Drive, Brookfield
Prerequisite(s): None
Who Should Attend: Massage therapists and healthcare professionals working with mothers and children
Course Type: Lecture and Hands-On

Course Description:

This infant massage teacher certification course is presented by the Liddle Kidz™ Foundation. This professional training is for those interested in working with families by becoming a Certified Infant Massage Teacher (CIMT). A CIMT™ is an educator who teaches the art of infant massage to parents or caregivers in the presence of their babies. This training is open to those who care deeply about families and children. Certification qualifies the student to demonstrate knowledge and skill in guiding parents and families in the practical application of infant massage. Certified infant massage teachers (CIMT) instruct parents and caregivers on how to massage their children in group and private classes. This is not a hands-on-baby course. Teachers and students use baby dolls to practice and demonstrate strokes.

This course includes the Certified Infant Massage Teacher Guide, comprehensive up-to-date course materials, a supervised parent-baby class, CIMT™ Certificate (after attending the full 3-day course, verified practicum hours, and an in-class exam), and after-course mentoring from our Master Teacher.

Course Content Overview:

  • The history and global use of infant massage as a parenting practice
  • Infant massage techniques and methodology
  • Massage stroke adaptations for infants with special healthcare needs, babies born prematurely, strokes for common childhood discomforts such as colic, gas, constipation, congestion, and teething
  • Recognizing Infant’s verbal and non-verbal communication
  • Current infant massage research and how best to stay in touch with current research developments
  • Benefits for both infants and caregivers
  • Teaching and facilitating skills
  • Nurturing touch for the growing child
  • Tips for providing classes to families of all kinds, including cultural considerations for families from varied ethnic and cultural backgrounds, extended families, stepfamilies, grandparents raising children, adoptive families, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) parents and teenage parents
  • Marketing skills and techniques for setting up and marketing successful infant massage classes
  • CIMT™ Teaching Guide (provided in class)
  • Supervised practical experience: parent-baby infant massage class is provided on two days of the course. On the 2nd day of the course, student participants observe the Master Teacher, who will conduct the infant massage class, and on the 3rd day of the course, student participants conduct the supervised infant massage class. During this supervised session, student participants have an opportunity to conduct the parent-baby class and put their education to use immediately.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Describe infant massage and nurturing touch techniques.
  2. Describe the benefits of infant massage for and their families.
  3. Describe applications for, and where to use, infant massage.
  4. Demonstrate routines and adaptations for the use of infant massage therapy.
  5. Perform demonstration for parents on how to use infant massage.

Required Texts or other supplemental materials:

Will be provided by the presenter



TOPICAL Outline:

Topic Time Spent on Topic
Day 1 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Introductions 15 minutes
Overview of Course 15 minutes
Define Touch 15 minutes
Types and history of touch 30 minutes
Infant Massage Benefits 30 minutes
Group Work/Benefits 30 minutes
Break 10 minutes
Infant Massage Strokes 60 minutes
Lunch 60 minutes
Infant Cues/Reflexes 30 minutes
Infant Communication 35 minutes
Bonding and Attachment 30 minutes
Break 10 minutes
Parent Class Structure 30 minutes
Facilitation Skills 30 minutes
Break 10 minutes
Closing Exercise 30 minutes
Course Summation 10 minutes
Day 2 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Review of Material Covered 15 minutes
Overview of Course 10 minutes
Infant Touch Research 30 minutes
Review Massage Strokes 30 minutes
Break 10 minutes
Stroke Adaptations/Colic/Gas 15 minutes
Developmental Movement 15 minutes
Lunch 60 minutes
Parent/Baby Class 60 minutes
Break 10 minutes
Discussion of Parent Class 30 minutes
Teaching Group Work 50 minutes
Review FAQs/Resources 60 minutes
Break 10 minutes
Growing Child/Alternatives 30 minutes
Question and Answer Session 20 minutes
Closing Exercise 15 minutes
Course Summation 10 minutes
Day 3 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Review of Material Covered 15 minutes
Parent/Baby Class 60 minutes
Contraindications for Infant Massage 40 minutes
Infant Massage/Special Needs 30 minutes
Marketing Parent Classes 60 minutes
Lunch 60 minutes
Family Considerations 15 minutes
Question and Answer Session 20 minutes
Break 10 minutes
Exam 60 minutes
Review Strokes/Adaptations 35 minutes
Teaching Group Work 30 minutes
Course Evaluation 15 minutes
Course Summation 10 Minutes

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