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Thursday, May 24, 2007

Aromatherapy Schools and Training

Many of our customers are interested in furthering their education in using essential oils. A greater knowledge of essential oil use will allow one to effectively utilize the more medicinal aspects of aromatherapy, as is done around much of the rest of the world. In France, for example, doctors will prescribe essential oils and blends for particular illnesses - these prescriptions will then be filled by licenced essential oil pharmacists. In the United States, we're only just beginning to touch on the healing properties of aromatherapy - finally getting beyond just 'smelling nice'.

Some schools are home-study, where others include on-site and hands-on training. Your choice really depends on your commitment and goals. Becoming a full-time professional aromatherapist with paying clients may take a little more effort. Though there is no official aromatherapist 'licensure' in the States, one can, at some schools, receive an internationally recognized Masters degree. You may strongly consider a school that has passed muster with the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy - they do asses curriculums to meet a minimum standard of education. Further, massage therapists CAN be licenced, and can utilize one of the primary modalities of aromatherapy (aromatherapy massage) with their clients. Here are a few links to investigate furthering your education with short descriptions from the schools:

The Pacific Institute of Aromatherapy - Directed by Dr. Kurt Schnaubelt, one of America's leading medical aromatherapists and author of several books on the medical use of aromatherapy. The school offers both correspondence courses, short seminars and a Masters program with international recognition. You can get a taste of Dr. Schnaubelt's views and ideas by reading 'Advanced Aromatherapy' or 'Medical Aromatherapy' (soon to be available on this site - call if you would like a copy - we do have them in stock).

Aroma Studio - Aroma Studio, LLC? is a full service aromatherapy school for professionals. Aroma Studio, LLC? specializes in Home Study Certification, Live Training, Therapeutic Essential Oils & Hydrosols, and Special Events. The program includes Foundation, Advanced, Master, and Teacher Level Training for aromatherapists totaling 300 hours. Aroma Studio was founded in 1999 by Katherine Graf who has over 20 years experience in the aromatherapy field. Katherine is the author of The Business of Aromatherapy: The Insider?s Guide To Success. Kathy is a Provence-trained aromatherapist who teaches European, Ayurvedic, Five Element, and other creative blending techniques.

Aromahead Aromatherapy Certification Program - The Aromatherapy Certification Program offers an extensive training program in Aromatherapy. The course runs 15 days in total, taught in 3 five day segments. Offered in Sarasota, Florida and Ithaca N.Y. Covers NAHA Levels 1 and 2...The course involves a practical and intensive approach to medicinal blending, with a focus on the chemistry and energetics of essential oils. Includes all supplies for in class blending, and a 180 page manual. CEU's for Florida Massage Therapists, and currently applying for National Massage Therapy CEU's. Instructor, Andrea Butje, owned the Finger Lakes School of Massage in N.Y. and has been teaching classes in the therapeutic uses of essential oils for 8 years.

Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy - Aromatherapy Basic Practitioner Course is a very detailed 200 hour course for self-study with over 500 pages of text and complete back up documentation. The Practitioner Module (optional 100 hours) includes case studies and a publishable research paper. Geared towards professional medical health care providers, the course is also easily assimilated by business owners, student beginners or the lay-person who simply desires a better quality of life. This course is considered the most well-referenced, wide-ranging, comprehensive and detailed course available, and stands alone in the marketplace. NCBTMB, 100 CEU?s for massage therapists.; NAHA (Level I & II ). Practitioner Module: (Optional 100 hours) Setting up a practice and clinic. Consultation and treatment program design. The basics of business development Legal business and ethical issues (Students must submit a publishable research paper and ten case histories)
1 Student must complete a 20-25 page research paper of REAL research, (a clinical trial), that is publishable in medical journals. 2 Student must complete a minimum of 10 case histories.

The Healing Touch Spiritual Ministry program offers two tracks: One leads to a certificate of completion as a healing practitioner (integrating energy healing and aromatherapy) and the other track leads to certification in aromatherapy. This is a NAHA approved 240 hour course of study (Level 1 and 2) that includes three courses, required reading, homework packets, a research project and written exams. Contacts hours are awarded to nurses, massage therapists and chaplains. Courses include hands-on energy treatments, anatomy and physiology, organic chemistry, introduction to botany, toxicity and safety, vibrational frequencies, professional issues, description of 55 oils for physical, emotional and spiritual clearing. This program is a holistic approach to the study of essential oil therapy and prepares students to take the ARC exam. Contact hours are approved by the National Certification.

Institute of Integrative Aromatherapy
- The Certificate Program in Integrative Aromatherapy is a comprehensive correspondence course for health professionals and non-professionals. You will be personally mentored by author and Holistic Nurse Aromatherapist, Valerie Cooksley. The certification is fully endorsed by the American Holistic Nurses Association, The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and NAHA (Level I and II). 325 CEU?s for nurses and massage therapists.

NW College for Herbal and Aromatic Studies - The school provides a wide array of comprehensive aromatherapy training programs including: Foundations, Advanced, Masters, and independent training modules, e.g. Aromatic Applications for the skin, Aromas and the Mind, Aromatic chemistry by and for the Aromatherapist and healthcare practitioner, Dynamic blending and Aromatic Reflexology. All programs are available via distance learning or live classes. Live classes are offered in Seattle, WA, Baltimore, MD, St. Louis, MO, Raleigh/Durham, NC, and Tucson, AZ.

Ohio Academy of Holistic Health - The Aromatherapy Certification Program is a comprehensive 303 hour vocational program that includes core requirements in applicable general education, as well as Basic and Advanced Aromatherapy to prepare the graduate for professional practice. All aspects of aromatherapy are covered, as well as legal and ethical office operations, and includes on-site clinical training, off-site clinicals at a medical facility, as well as supervised and critiqued sessions with mentors. This holistically-oriented program at our accredited school will prepare the learner for a fulfilling career in the growing field of Aromatherapy.

OnlineCE.com, a division of OnlineContinuingEd, LLC is a leading provider of distance based continuing education programs. Start your Aromatherapy studies with our Aromatherapy Level 1: Fundamentals of Aromatherapy, a 40 hour course offered entirely online. You can then continue your studies with Aromatherapy Level 2: Professional Aromatherapy Certification, a 160 hour course which is completed by distanced based learning using our online format, but you also communicate by email/fax with a personal tutor. OnlineContinuingEd, LLC is an approved NCBTMB provider for Massage Therapy, the Board of Certification for Athletic Trainers, and our HandCredits division is an approved provider of AOTA (American Occupational Therapy Association).

Parkland College is a community college that has been ?building better lives and stronger minds for 40 years? located in Champaign, Illinois. Parkland offers Aromatherapy: Basic Principles, which focuses on the basic properties of essential oils, history, safety and therapeutic uses . Aromatherapy: Advanced Principles, focuses on the knowledge and skills used in professional aromatherapy including identification of essential oils, safety, actions, methods of use and clinical assessments. Certification is offered after successful completion of both courses (250 hours) and a written exam. Classes receive college credit. Parkland also has a Massage Therapy Program which offers an introduction to aromatherapy.

Penny Price Academy of Aromatherapy - Associate Diploma in Clinical Aromatherapy (384 hours) combined classroom and in home study; including aromatherapy massage and Swiss Reflex Therapy, essays and case studies. The ADCA course is accredited by IFPA and IAM, and endorsed by the IFA, NAHA (Level I & II) and AIA. The Anatomy & Physiology course is 150 hours combined classroom and home study. Both the courses are offered as Distance Learning Courses with the full support of a tutor. Our curriculum is consistently updated as new research becomes available. PPA offers a variety of post-graduate courses for those seeking continuing education. Our programs are favorably structured for the lay person or professional who desires to integrate aromatherapy into their own practice.

RJ Buckle and Associates Dr Jane Buckle?Clinical Aromatherapy for licensed health professionals?not open to the lay public. Taught course (250 CEUs) - 4 classroom weekends plus student-work comprising 33 case-studies plus small mentored research project. Successful completion leads to CCAP (Certified Clinical Aromatherapy Practitioner). Program endorsed by AHNA. CEUs through AACN and NCBTMB. $375. Home-study available for aromatherapists interested in exploring Clinical Aromatherapy. Can lead to Certificate in Clinical Aromatherapy. Two CDs plus mentoring $750.The 'M' Technique®. method of touch suitable for the critically ill, very fragile or novice massage giver. Video/DVD (4.5 CEUs) $45. Certification course (14 CEUs) Two days plus case-studies. $375. Available in the USA.

The Institute for Integrative Healthcare Studies - Offers 40-hour "Aromatherapy Essentials" Continuing Education course to massage and bodywork professionals and non-professionals. Home study course. Level One. Approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB).

This is a short roundup of available aromatherapy education - searching the Internet can provide you with an even greater selection. Here's to furthering your knowledge of Aromatherapy!








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