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The diploma programme is an integrated programme that was developed through Linda Hartley’s therapeutic and somatic approach of engaging body, mind, soul and spirit. It aims to support the unfolding of process through the body, and the cultivation of awareness, clarity and compassion in the therapeutic relationship.

The IBMT Diploma Programme is being offered in England, in Russia and in Lithuania.


We are now accepting Applications from those who wish to join Infant Movement Development, of the UK Diploma Programme, which begins in September 2018, and Authentic Movement & Therapeutic Presence, beginning in October 2018.

Click here for the Application Process

The Diploma consists of a rolling programme of five Modules, that are usually taken over three years. Please see below for details of the content of the Modules, along with current dates, cost and venue.

As well as attendance at all Modules, some home study will be required. The primary focus of the training is embodied practice, so participants will be expected to engage in personal movement and peer practice between seminars. Reading lists will be given at the start of each Module, as support for the experiential learning.

Trainees will be required to submit two written papers throughout the training and after all Modules have been completed, a written case study and video of a practice session will be required for the final assessment.

For more information on each module, please click the links below:

Infant Movement Development

Authentic Movement and Therapeutic Presence

Embodied Anatomy and Movement Re-patterning: Body Systems 1

Embodied Anatomy and Movement Re-patterning: Body Systems 2

Somatic Psychology

IBMT is an approved training programme with ISMETA and successful graduates of the Diploma can apply to ISMETA for professional registration as a Somatic Movement Therapist and / or Educator.

All trainees and graduates are also welcome to become  Associate members of BMCA

You can read feedback from Diploma Graduates here.