QST CT: Online Autism Parent Trainer Endorsement
Upcoming Courses: This course is offered
on an ongoing basis
— Course Discription
This 12-week online course provides training and certification in the theoretical and practical skills needed to train parents to proficiency in QST for autism via online delivery. During the course, students under the supervision of a QST Master Trainer will work directly with the family of a child with autism, train the parents to adapt the massage to their child’s responses, and provide 6 teleconference coaching sessions aimed at developing parent skills and optimizing treatment outcomes for the child.
The course involves extensive reading, bi-weekly online meetings with parents and online discussion forums. It is important to stay on the course schedule and not fall behind. Successful students are independent learners with high motivation, strong organizational skills, and the ability to self-monitor progress relative to multiple course requirements. See complete course schedule at the bottom of the page.
QST Certified Trainer having successfully worked with 4 children in an in-person setting
— Responsibilities of Participants
- Prior to starting the course, QST Master Trainer will assign a family with a child with autism for the Trainer to work with during the course.
- Collect pre- and post-treatment data from the child/family
- Complete all course requirements on time
- Complete 6 coaching support sessions with the child/family
— Graduation Requirements
- Successfully complete written quizzes online
- Successfully pass a practical exam via Skype and a final written exam
- Complete 12 coaching support sessions with the family
- Demonstrate the ability to coach the parent to adapt the massage to their own child
— Enrollment / Cancellation Policy
Classes will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Please submit an inquiry of interest to participate here. If you are accepted into the course after meeting pre-enrollment screening, you will enrolled in the course and payment of tuition will be due.
Full payment must be received with your enrollment. The course 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
— Contact Hours
Upon graduation, students receive a certificate documenting 24 contact hours from the Qigong Sensory Training Institute.
Parent’s Online Course Timeline
Course Activities Value
Prior to beginning coursework
1) Recruit and consent the parents of a child with autism (under age 6) who meet eligibility requirements, and agree to provide daily QST massage for 12 weeks with training and support from you
2) Pre-test the child via parent interview and questionnaires (Parent History, Parent Concerns, Autism Touch and Self-Regulation Checklist, Autism Parenting Stress Index).
3) Ask the parent to purchase the Parent Essentials Package that is appropriate for their child.
Review of QST massage research
Role and responsibility of the QST parent trainer
The form of the massage
Attuning the massage
Body language during massage
Train your parents in QST Massage
First Coaching Visit
Second coaching visit
Activating the skin-brain connection
Recognizing signs of progress
Third coaching visit
Extra techniques for extending the massage
Fourth coaching visit
Fifth coaching visit
Additional techniques to extend the massage
Sixth coaching visit
Seventh coaching visit
The healing process with QST massage
Eighth coaching visit
Ninth coaching visit
Tenth coaching visit
Belief & long-term follow-through with massage
Eleventh coaching visit
Additional questions and concerns
Final coaching visit
Next steps for the parent
Next steps for the graduate
Qigong Sensory Training Institute (QSTI) is a nonprofit organization that developed and teaches Qigong Sensory Treatment (QST) to parents and professionals. We are the only source in the world that teaches QST, and only organizations and individuals certified by us are qualified to teach and treat. See the list of QST Certified Trainers here.