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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 and Lithuania. 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 Embodied Anatomy & Movement Repatterning that starts in Devon, UK in autumn 2022.

Click here for the Application Process

The Diploma consists of a programme of four Modules, that can be taken over three years.

Modules run in an academic year, beginning in the autumn. We offer the Infant Movement Development module alongside the Authentic Movement module, the first half of Embodied Anatomy takes an academic year on its own, and then we offer the second half of the Embodied Anatomy alongside Somatic Psychology.

There are three entry points for the diploma. ie. the Infant Movement Development module, Authentic Movement module and Embodied Anatomy module. If you have not worked with us before you are required to attend one of our introductory workshops before applying to join the programme. The Somatic Psychology Module requires you to have taken a previous module with us or have an equivalent somatic movement training.

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. 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:

Infant Movement Development

Authentic Movement and Therapeutic Presence

Embodied Anatomy and Movement Re-patterning

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.