- Montgomery County, Maryland: Classroom instruction Nov 2017 with distance supervision continuing through April 2018. See course page or contact us for questions.
- Boston, Massachusetts: Classroom instruction October 12-15 2017 with distance supervision continuing through March 2018. Please see the course page or contact us for questions.
- Nantes, France: Classroom instruction in French October 30-November 2, 2017 with distance supervision continuing through April 2018. Hosted in conjunction with Association Change ton Regard (Nantes).
- Shanghai, China (Dec, 2017). Classroom instruction in Chinese. Exact location and dates to be determined. Please complete this form to indicate your interest in the class.
- Antwerp, Belgium: Classroom instruction in Dutch March 5-8, 2018, with supervision continuing through July 2018. For more information see the course page or email Sabine Baeyens.
If you want to enroll in a course but none of the current courses are convenient for you, please complete this form and we will notify you when new courses are added. Also, if we generate enough interest in a particular place, we can schedule a course there.
QST-2 Course Description: QST Child Therapist and Parent Trainer Certification
This course will certify graduates to provide both the QST parent intervention and the QST therapist intervention. Students will learn principles of training and coaching parents in the parent autism massage, as well as receive hands-on training and skill development in the QST autism therapist massage protocol.
This course is designed for occupational therapists, physical therapists, autism specialists, and other professionals working with young children with autism.
The course is five months in length and includes both on-site training and distance clinical supervision via Skype or videotape.
Prior to the course, each student will recruit one child with autism and his/her family to work with during this five-month course. To be eligible, the child should meet the following criteria:
- Have a diagnosis of autism
- Be under 6 years of age
- Take little or no psychoactive medication or chelation therapy
- Have no additional neurological disability (e.g. cerebral palsy or uncontrolled seizures)
- No other intensive autism interventions should be planned to begin at the same time as QST (e.g. 20-40 hours of ABA per week)
- Not be a family member or in the direct care of the QST-2 student
The course begins with four days of intensive training on theory and practice in the massage This is followed by a five-month practicum during which time the student meets with the family on 20 occasions to provide training and support to the parents and to work directly with the child. Throughout the practicum, students are supervised by a QST Master Trainer and have the opportunity both to encounter and teach to difficulties that arise for parents in implementing daily therapy, and to hone their own skills in the more intensive QST Therapist version of therapy. For long distance courses, practitioners will be required to Skype (or videotape) a minimum of three selected QST treatments and receive supervision via Skype (or video review). Practitioners will also submit weekly reports to the Master Trainer. Two additional required 1.5-hour teleconference sessions are required during the intervention, and the practitioner must conduct an exit interview with parents/caregivers of the child with whom they work during the course.
- Have at least two years of professional or para-professional experience working with children on the autism spectrum – or – be a parent or close family member of a child with autism
- Be in good health, taking little or no chronic medication. The reason for this requirement is that Qigong Sensory Training utilizes the energy, intention and sensibility of the QST trainer. According to Chinese medicine, chronic illness and chronic medication decrease a person’s overall energy and sensitivity, and thus the resources they bring to working with QST.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF PARTICIPANTS
- Recruit and obtain the informed consent of a family with a child with autism that meets eligibility criteria for participation in the training. See this page to learn more about recruiting a family in order to finalize your registration.
- Attend all sessions of the training, including required teleconferences, as scheduled
- Collect pre- and post-test data from the child/family with whom they work during the course
- Complete 20 treatment sessions with the child/family with whom they work
- Successfully complete practical written exams at the end of the initial 5 days of training
- Complete 20 treatment appointments, including all supervised sessions, with a child with autism
- Demonstrate ability to successfully “de-block” and “fill” during qigong massage sessions
- Graduates of the training will be listed on the QSTI website
REGISTRATION / CANCELLATION POLICY
Registration is open one year in advance. Classes will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Pre-register here to signal interest in taking a course.
To hold a spot in the class, full payment must be received with your registration. The registration fee is refundable, minus a 10% administrative fee, 60 days or more prior to the start of the course. The registration fee, minus a 15% administrative fee, is refundable 30 to 59 days prior to the start of the course. No refunds are available within 30 days of the start of the course.
CONTINUING EDUCATION HOURS
This course provides 40 hours of continuing education from the Qigong Sensory Training Institute. Upon graduation, students receive a certificate documenting these hours.
Students wishing to earn 4 pre-approved continuing education units (CEUs) from Portland State University must bring a check in the amount of $20.00 payable to PSU the first day of class.