QST-1: Autism Parent Trainer Online Certification

Length of course: 20 weeks
Cost: $850 (U.S.) 

Course Discription

This five-month online course provides training and certification in the theoretical and practical skills needed to train parents to proficiency in QST massage for autism. During the course, students work directly with the family of a child with autism, train the parents to adapt the massage to their child’s responses, and provide 12 weekly coaching visits aimed at developing parent skills and optimizing treatment outcomes for the child.

In addition, students learn to adapt the massage and optimize treatment outcomes for the wider range of children with autism. They also learn approaches to helping parents overcome the common barriers to continuing long-term therapy.  Please note that the QST-1 course does not certify individuals to give massage therapy directly to children. This requires the in-person training offered in the QST-2 course.

The QST-1 course involves extensive reading, weekly meetings with parents, quizzes, practical testing via Skype, online discussion forums and a final exam. 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.

 Prerequisites

  • Minimum of 1 year of professional or paraprofessional work experience with children with autism or
  • Completion of the QST Course for parents.
  • A reasonable state of health. (QST massage training utilizes energy and sensitivity that is diminished by chronic illness). 

Responsibilities of Participants

  • Prior to starting the course, students must identify a family with a child with autism under age 6 (not immediate family) who agrees to give the child a 15-minute QST massage treatment every day for 12 weeks, and receive training and support from the student. The child should meet the following five criteria:
— Have a diagnosis of autism
— Be under 6 years of age
— Be on little or no medication
— 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
— Not be a family member or in the direct care of the QST-1 student
  • Collect pre- and post-treatment data from the child/family
  • Complete all weekly course assignments on time
  • Complete 12 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

Resistration For Upcoming Courses

  • English: The QST-1 Parent Trainer Online course is offered continuously in English.  There are three steps to register for a course. 1) Register for your course using the button at the top of this page. If the instructor approves your application, then she will contact you with instructions about how to 2) secure consent from the parent of the child whom you will work with during the course and explain how to 3) make payment. For more information, contact the instructor by email to Linda@qsti.org.
  • Portuguese: The QST-1 Parent Trainer Online course is offered continuously in Portuguese.  There are three steps to register for a course. 1) Register for your course using the button at the top of this page. If the instructor approves your application, then she will contact you with instructions about how to 2) secure consent from the parent of the child whom you will work with during the course and explain how to 3) make payment. For more information, email Rosi@qsti.org.
  • Dutch: The QST-1 Parent Trainer Online course is offered in Dutch every 1-2 months. There are three steps to register for a course. 1) Register for your course using the button at the top of this page. If the instructor approves your application, then she will contact you with instructions about how to 2) secure consent from the parent of the child whom you will work with during the course and explain how to 3) make payment. For more information, email Sabine@qsti.org.

Continuing Education Hours

The Qigong Sensory Training Institute awards 20 contact hours of continuing education upon successful completion of the course. Upon graduation, students will receive a certificate of attendance confirming these hours. Such certificates are useful for satisfying continuing education requirements. Please note that guidelines around continuing education credits vary, and you may wish to consult your professional association representative for further guidance.

QST-1: Course Timeline

Week
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.

Week 1
Review of QST massage research
Role and responsibility of the QST parent trainer
Week 2
The form of the massage
Week 3
Attuning the massage
Week 4
Body language during massage
​PRACTICAL EXAM
Week 5
Train your parents in QST Massage
Week 6
First Coaching Visit
Week 7
Second coaching visit
Activating the skin-brain connection
​Recognizing signs of progress
Week 8
Third coaching visit
​Extra techniques for extending the massage
VIDEOTAPE SESSION
Week 9
Fourth coaching visit
​Emotional release
Week 10
Fifth coaching visit
Additional techniques to extend the massage
Week 11
Sixth coaching visit
​Managing aggression
Week 12
Seventh coaching visit
The healing process with QST massage
Week 13
Eighth coaching visit
​Understanding toxicity
Week 14
Ninth coaching visit
​Diet
Week 15
Tenth coaching visit
Belief & long-term follow-through with massage 
Week 16
Eleventh coaching visit
​Additional questions and concerns
Week 17
Final coaching visit
Week 18
Post-testing
Week 19
Next steps for the parent
Week 20
FINAL EXAM
​​Next steps for the graduate

 

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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.