Industry recognition and approval is essential for holistic therapist training courses 

There is a wide range of holistic and complementary therapies modalities that do not fit into the Government Training Frameworks in most countries. These include Yoga, Holistic Counselling, Empowerment Coaching, Meditation and Holistic Integrated Creative Arts Therapies, just to name a few. There is a misconception that these modalities are unregulated, but they are, in fact, industry regulated. 

In modalities that are industry regulated instead of government regulated, the use of terms like Diploma, Advanced Diploma and Masters are used to define training courses but these courses do not provide a nationally recognised/ government accredited qualification. These courses provide graduates with an internationally approved and industry-recognised qualification, which meets the requirements to practice as a therapist under these modalities and to be able to get professional indemnity and liability insurance.

There are two types of associations.

Modality-based Associations are usually owned by the same people who own training colleges within that industry. They only focus on that particular modality and they often only accept membership from graduates of their own training courses. There is nothing essentially wrong with that. Provided there is plenty of transparency, value and support for members and the course you are going to study is not ONLY accredited with a modality-based association. If it is, it could mean the college has simply started an association to provide accreditation for their own course. Many modality based associations only approve of a specific style, technique, tradition or lineage of that therapy. 

Industry-based Associations are not owned by the same people who own the training colleges. They are separate, not associated with the colleges and non-bias. Their purpose is to protect the end-user and maintain the integrity of holistic and complementary therapies. 

They may offer training courses and professional development training but there is no requirement for members to participate. They accept members from a very wide variety of different therapeutic modalities. They are not concerned with the specific styles, techniques, traditions or lineages. They are concerned with the quality, educational content, course outcomes, scope of information, where that information originated and the integrity of the course provider. They have a rigorous process that course providers must adhere to before they provide approval for any training courses. 

Our courses are recognized by the International Institute of Complementary Therapists, the International Practitioners of Holistic Medicine and the Complementary Medicine Association. These industry associations all have an excellent global reputation and a rigorous screening process. 

We are very proud to have their stamps of approval. Our graduates can join the IICT and the CMA, and get professional practitioner insurance. 

Mind Body Education courses are all evidence-based and incorporate a wide variety of techniques and styles.

HICAT graduates are able to join the Holistic Integrated Creative Arts Therapist Association (this is a newly established modality association to support HICAT practitioners- It's free for your first year provides ongoing support and networking (and yes, we do own it). 
In Australia and many other countries, HICAT graduates can use the title HICAT practitioner, Holistic Integrated Creative Arts Therapy Practitioner Creative Arts Facilitator or Creative Therapist. If you live outside of Australia or New Zealand you may use the title Creative Arts Facilitator or Creative Therapist. 

Certificate in Meditation Teaching graduates are able to join the International Meditation Teachers and Therapists Association (also modality based and owned by us). This association provides our graduates with a huge amount of free resources and support. 

Members of all of the above associations can be listed on practitioner directories on all of these associations websites, to help drive potential clients directly to you, the qualified and industry-approved practitioner.