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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.

ISMETA Approved Programme

The IBMT Diploma Programme is being offered in England, Russia, Lithuania and in Israel. Our program maintains the high standards of an Approved Training Program of the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association (ISMETA). Our graduates meet all requirements to become Registered Somatic Movement Educators (RSME) and Therapist (RSMT).

Infant Movement Development
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If you are interested in the UK Diploma Programme, we will be running some introductory workshops and you could take a series of 1:1 sessions with a practitioner to learn more about the approach.

We are now open for applications for Module 1: Infant Movement Development and Module 2: Authentic Movement & Therapeutic Presence that start in Devon, UK in autumn 2021.

Click here for the Application Process

The Diploma consists of a programme of five Modules, that are taken over three years. Please see below for details of the content of the Modules, along with current dates, cost and venue. Entry points to the diploma are on Module 1, 2 and 3.

  • Year 1 – Module 1: Infant Movement Development & Module 2: Authentic Movement.
  • Year 2 – Module 3: Embodied Anatomy.
  • Year 3 – Module 4: Embodied Anatomy & Module 5: Somatic Psychology.

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. Unless it is incorporated into one of the modules, there is also an additional Presentation Weekend when students offer to their peers a presentation on an aspect of the training that they are developing or applying in their work. The weekend costs approximately £170).

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

Module 1: Infant Movement Development

Module 2: Authentic Movement and Therapeutic Presence

Module 3 & 4: Embodied Anatomy and Movement Re-patterning

Module 5: 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.

You can read feedback from Diploma Graduates here.