The MISP Instructor training is a two day course conducted by a certified MISP trainer, and full attendance is required to gain the Massage in Schools Program Instructor certificate.
The course usually runs over two consecutive days, although this can be flexible. You will learn the series of ‘strokes’ that are at the heart of the Program, and will be given a wide range of background knowledge that will be invaluable as you implement the program.
The detailed Course Curriculum is the same as that used all over the world.
At the end of the 2 day course you will be an internationally qualified Massage in Schools Instructor. You will have a priceless tool to use in your work with children, and can work in schools and other settings (assuming you have appropriate checks for working with children) to introduce the Program to groups/classes of children. You can work alongside teachers to teach them and their classes the program. You can give presentations to schools, parents, education and health staff – whatever is right in your setting. You can also teach the program in a wide range of settings other than schools, eg. family support groups, community groups, before and after school care.
The Program you will be qualified to teach will inspire you, and the children who benefit from your knowledge will become calmer individuals who know what it feels like to give and receive positive touch.
The Core Curriculum:
- The History of Massage in Schools
- The Philosophy
- The Benefits
- The Routine
- Studies and Research
- Hormones and how they are influenced by touch
- The Nervous System
- Child Development
- Temperament and personalities
- Teaching Skills
- Children sensitive to touch
- Working with children with special needs
- How to do studies/observing the child
- Using massage throughout the curriculum
- Touch Games
- Implementing the program
- Child Protection
- Professionalism and ethics
Who can become a MISP Instructor?
Anyone with a desire to improve the health and wellbeing of children is welcome to apply to become a MISP Instructor. People who have completed the training in the past come from a varied range of backgrounds, and include teachers, principals, teacher assistants, massage therapists, infant massage instructors, childcare workers, pre-school staff, family support staff, school and community nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, educational kinesiologists, children’s activities coordinators and others.
Child protection is of course a key factor in our program, and MISP Instructors are bound by state laws and requirements for working with children.