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The Diploma in Meditation Therapy and Holistic Counselling

Available completely online

Graduates will receive the Mind Body Education Diploma and are entitled to use the letters Dip.Med.Hol.Couns. (MBEd)

Includes both of the following programs and a full year of IMTTA Practitioner Registration with a total of 8 IMTTA accredited certificates over 44 weeks, part-time or 22 weeks full-time.

10 hours of study per week for 44 weeks, part-time or 20 hours of study per week for 22 weeks, full-time.

Program 1. Certificate in Meditation Teaching and Holistic Human Development

Program 2. Diploma in Meditation Therapy
Postgraduate Certificate in Autonomic Nervous System Realignment Therapy (ANSR)
Postgraduate Certificate in Brain Body Medicine
Plus two elective postgraduate certificate courses

Postgraduate Course Electives (you will complete four of the following ten Postgraduate certificate courses throughout your Diploma of Meditation Therapy. You receive formal Postgraduate Certification for each course.)

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Prenatal Meditation
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Meditation for Children
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Meditation for the Management of Pain and Chronic Healing
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Meditation for the Management of Depression and Anxiety
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Meditation for Weight Management
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Holistic Counselling
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Corporate Stress Management
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Meditation for Women in Transition and Women’s Mid-life Health and Wellbeing
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Meditation for Men’s Health and Wellbeing
  • Advanced Marketing and Business Development Skills for the Holistic Practitioner
You can choose to complete further postgraduate courses after graduating from the Diploma of Meditation Therapy, as standalone short courses if you wish.

Course Dates, Fees & Payment Plans

Course commencement dates:

16th March 2020
27th April 2020
8th May 2020

Course fee paid in full on enrolment: $2563 AUD

Course fee payment plan

For part-time students doing the 44-week course only
$229 on enrolment. Plus, 40 weekly payments of $60.
Total $2629 AUD

Course fee payment plan. For full-time students doing the 22-week course only.
$229 on enrolment. Plus, 20 weekly payments of $120
Total $2629 AUD


Practitioner Registration

All course graduates receive an invitation to join the International Meditation Teachers and Therapists Association (IMTTA) FREE for the first year, as a registered IMTTA Practitioner.

The IMTTA will provide you with resources, support and guidance to assist you in beginning and successfully establishing your new holistic practice. (You can re-register each year after the first free year expires at $220 per year if you wish to receive continuing support and assistance.) You will receive your invitation to join the IMTTA free when you graduate from your course (Certificate in Meditation Teaching and Holistic Human Development) and can start working in your exciting new career immediately, even if you plan to continue studying through postgraduate courses to achieve your Diploma, Advanced Diploma, or Masters in Holistic Counselling.

Course Duration

Part-Time Study: 10 hours of study per week for 44 weeks for a total of 440 study hours
Full-Time Study: 20 hours of study per week for 22 weeks for a total of 440 study hours

Extensions and Deferrals

Extensions and Deferrals can be arranged, provided your total study length does not exceed 25 months, which allows an additional five months to complete your course if required. Longer deferrals are also available under special circumstances at the Principals discretion. Payment plans cannot be deferred, and fee instalments must be paid each week until the total course fee has been paid in full.

Online Study and Support

This course is delivered entirely online. Links to your online classroom where you can access your lesson packs and associated materials will be emailed to you, and you will submit your course work via email. Associated audio and audio-visual components can be viewed or listened to online or downloaded on to your computer.

This is a high support course, and you will have as much personal contact with your teacher, student supervisor and student mentor as you wish, via email and telephone to ensure you receive the amount of guidance and support you need to complete your course.

Course Outcomes

On completion of the first Certificate level component of this intensive accredited training course, you will be qualified to work as a professional meditation teacher and holistic counsellor if you wish to do so while working through to the advanced diploma level.

You will be able to work for yourself teaching meditation, chair yoga and positive life skills in the community to groups and individuals and in the corporate sector as a stress management consultant. You will also be able to provide holistic counselling services. You may also seek employment, if you wish, in holistic healthcare centres, wellbeing clinics, health clubs, natural therapies centres and retreats, gymnasiums, respite centres and community centres as well as several other areas that seek to employ qualified holistic therapists with a focus on meditation therapy and positive self-development.

As you complete each of the postgraduate modules through your training course, you will be able to specialise in those particular areas and offer a broader range of skills and services.

On completion, you will have the skills, qualifications and confidence to develop a solid general holistic wellbeing practice or a specialist practice, focused on one or more particular areas of interest and you will have ongoing practitioner support to assist you in successfully developing your practice.

You will be able to register for full membership with the International Institute of Complementary Therapist, The International Meditation Teachers Association and several other recognised holistic and complementary therapist associations.

You can read about laws, legislation and accreditation here

Postgraduate course selections

Autonomic Nervous System Realignment Therapy (ANSR)
Compulsory Diploma Level Course
The Autonomic Nervous System is responsible for determining which neurochemicals and what amounts are released into our bodies; these chemicals create the physical environment our cells are formed in and live inside. This course explores the link between the way we chose to think (our perception), the neurochemicals those mental states determine and how chemical imbalances cause disease. Based on clinical evidence, ANSR investigates how and why, what we think influences our level of physical wellbeing and explains, in practical terms, how changing our thinking process will dramatically improve our physical health.

Brain Body Medicine
Compulsory Diploma Level Course
This course explores why people can find themselves ‘trapped’ in old belief systems, negative thinking and habitual ideas that do not contribute to living happy or healthy lives. It provides a deeper understanding of the simple and practical tools we can use to help adopt a more positive and healthier thinking process. It includes an in-depth exploration of how and why particular thinking patterns manifest into specific physical illness. Based on scientific research and humanistic psychology, this course takes the mystery out of ‘mind-body medicine’ and brings a popular theory into a new light as a comprehensive healing modality.

Advanced Marketing and Business Development Skills for the Holistic Practitioner
This training course expands on the marketing skills you began to develop in your Certificate course and provide you with valuable insight into developing a holistic business ethically and consciously. You will learn about marketing trends, using the internet to promote your business, developing a public profile, free and close to free advertising, attracting new students and clients to your business, networking, generating referrals for your business and creative marketing ideas. You will also learn about writing editorial and articles for print publication, creating newsletters, writing blogs and developing social media. You will develop a comprehensive marketing plan to apply within your own business throughout this module.

Corporate Stress Management
Corporate Stress Management Stress can have a significant effect on work performance. Some of the consequences include absenteeism, diminished performance, negative attitude and cynicism, a decline in commitment and creativity, and a decreased ability to concentrate, learn and interact with other employees. Stressed workers can also develop a range of symptoms including insomnia, headaches, back pain, gastrointestinal disorders, fatigue, anxiety, irritability and depression. This course focuses on developing your skills as a Corporate Stress Management Consultant and using your qualification to help build active workplace stress management programs, better self-esteem among employees, stronger workplace teams and higher productivity levels for business owners.

Advanced Holistic Counselling
This course delves deeper into the practicalities of holistic counselling. You will study communication skills (verbal and non-verbal), building counsellor/client relationships, relationship counselling, the holistic counselling process, mental and emotional wellbeing, counselling parents, counselling teenagers and releasing past trauma. This course also looks at the ethical aspects of holistic counselling and will guide you in developing a professional practice.

Meditation for the Management of Depression and Anxiety
This course provides people with the tools required to self-manage depression and anxiety as well as better manage stress in daily life. As we witness the distressing increase in the number of people dependent on antidepressant drugs to cope with everyday life, we realise how essential it has become to provide natural and self-managed alternatives to medication as a standalone treatment. Teaching Meditation for Depression and Anxiety is particularly useful for practitioners who wish to focus on the epidemic of stress, depression and anxiety-related disorders that are rampant in our modern communities and combines exceptionally well with holistic counselling.

Meditation for the Management of Pain and Healing
Modern research has confirmed the age-old wisdom that meditation can cure many physical and psychological ailments. This training program allows practitioners to specialise in the area of self-empowered healing and personal pain management and covers self-healing and recovery, and meditation for pain management. (This is an excellent course for anyone who is interested in working in the holistic healing field and combines particularly well with Chair Yoga teaching.)

Meditation for Children
Meditation for children is a great class for those interested in working with children, offering young students a fantastic first step toward a lifetime of health and happiness. The kid’s classes are lots of fun and high energy. Children learn the basics of traditional yoga poses through role play. They learn about how their bodies work, how to look after themselves and how to be calm and relaxed Learning meditation through creative visualisation also significantly contributes toward better sleeping patterns and a wide range of other health and emotional benefits for kids and their parents.

Certificate in Men’s Holistic Health and Wellbeing
The course offers a fantastic opportunity to explore the issues many men face in our modern society. Subjects include men and communication, understanding anger, facing fear, sexuality, men’s roles in society, rites of passage, fatherhood, men’s health, and cultivating creativity for men. This course also covers running workshops and retreats for men, including warrior-style workshops and celebrations of manhood.

Prenatal Meditation
Prenatal meditation and use of meditation during childbirth contribute significantly to a more peaceful, faster and less painful birthing experience. It also helps to create a calmer, happier baby and a more confident, relaxed mother. This is a wonderful and rewarding field to teach meditation, and the program you will learn can be offered as a two-day workshop or adapted for a weekly class structure.

Meditation for Weight Management
This course will assist you in developing a good understanding of the causes of excess weight problems, the physical and emotional impacts, facilitate workshops that help people in accomplishing a healthy body weight, developing and maintaining healthy lifestyles, healthier mindsets and a more positive self-image. You will also be able to assist people in adopting healthy eating habits, basic exercise programs and meditation routines, and guide them towards developing positive thinking skills. Your clients and students will be exposed to a new understanding of why they have weight issues and will be inspired to apply new, practical and achievable ideas. They will have the resources and support they need to overcome the root causes of their weight issues and move forward into a healthier and happier future.

Meditation for Women in Transition and Women’s Mid-life Health and Wellbeing
This course will prepare you to support women in transition and guide them with excellent tools that assist in developing high self-esteem, self-empowerment, inner strength, trust, self-love, joy and forgiveness. You will also learn about the physical effects of menopause, explore social attitudes regarding women and aging, and develop an understanding of the impact of diet, exercise and meditation on managing menopause. This course also covers running workshops and retreats for women, including goddess-style workshops and celebrations of womanhood.

Certificate in Holistic Trauma and Abuse Counselling
Trauma and Abuse Counselling works to assist people whose lives have been adversely affected through being abused or traumatised either physically or psychologically. (This may include sexual abuse, violent physical attack, bullying at home and school or in the workplace, domestic violence, witnessing or being involved in a traumatic incident or accident.)

The Trauma and Abuse Counsellors provides support, guidance and resources for the client to overcome the trauma and begin to implement strategies and positive life habits that allow them to live a normal, balanced life again.

Trauma and Abuse Counsellors must also have a thorough understanding of referral networks and the cycle of domestic violence as some of their clients may still be experiencing abuse and require guidance in removing themselves from danger.

Certificate in Holistic Grief and Loss Counselling
Grief and Loss counselling becomes necessary when a person is so disabled by their grief; and, so overwhelmed by their loss, that their normal coping processes are disabled or shut down.
People may require Grief and Loss Counselling after the death of a loved one, after a long term relationship ends or even after losing their job. All people experience grief and loss differently. Grief counselling facilitates an expression of emotion and thought about the loss, including their feeling sad, anxious, angry, lonely, guilty, relieved, isolated, confused, or numb.

It includes thinking creatively about the challenges that follow loss and coping with concurrent changes in their lives. Often people feel disorganised, tired, have trouble concentrating, sleep poorly and have vivid dreams. They may experience a change in appetite or a change in their health.
Grief counselling may be called upon when a person suffers anticipatory grief, for example, an intrusive and frequent worry about a loved one whose death is not imminent. Anticipatory mourning also occurs when a loved one has a terminal illness. (This can handicap that person’s ability to stay present while simultaneously holding onto, letting go of, and drawing closer to the dying person.)

Holistic Grief and Loss Counsellors are able to provide clients with coping skills, emotional support and resources (and sometimes referrals) to help support them through the normal grieving process and also through what is known as ‘complicated grief’ (which occurs when the client gets stuck in, or does not progress through, the natural stages of grief on their own.

Certificate in Holistic Telephone Counselling
The Postgraduate Certificate Course in Holistic Telephone Counselling prepares students to offer telephone and online counselling for clients who are unable to attend in person for various reasons. These reasons may include family or work commitments, disability, location, lack of transport or isolation.

Telephone counsellors need special skills to ensure the client experiences as close as possible, the safe and nurturing environment the counsellor would provide in a face-to-face consultation.

Certificate in Holistic Marriage and Relationship Counselling
The Postgraduate Certificate Course in Holistic Marriage and Relationship Counselling provides students with the skill and information required to counsel couples, families, siblings and others involved in close relationships who are seeking assistance to overcome difficulties within the relationship.

In this role the Marriage and Relationship Counsellor will often act as a mediator and will provide the clients with positive communication skills and life tools to assist them in expressing their emotions in a positive and non-blameful manner, taking responsibility for their part in the relationship breakdown, setting goals and identifying desired outcomes for themselves and the relationship.