Professional Training

Postgraduate Certificate in Autogenic Training (PGC-AT) – minimum one year part-time

Dates for our next course to be announced

Fees for PGCert-AT to be announced

Teach AT – help people to help themselves. It is often said that:
• Stress lies behind many of the symptoms patients present.
• Drug treatments are not enough on their own to deal with certain problems.
• The most effective treatment is when the patient plays an active role in their healing
   process.

Our PGCert-AT professional training course is approved by The British Psychological Society Learning Centre (see
below) and qualifies you to teach AT in your chosen setting as a Full Member of the British
Autogenic Society. The course is open to anyone with previous medical or psychological
training, or who has experience/interest in personal development, or has other personal
interactive skills. Are you already involved in the helping professions in a paid or volunteer
capacity?  As an educator of youth or adults, social worker, carer, teacher?  Perhaps you are
working in an allied health profession, for example, as a nutritionist, yoga teacher or similar?
Our training is set within the context of the kinds of problems clients typically bring (e.g.
anxiety, insomnia, stress related conditions). The application of AT is very broad: it is
suitable for any age (over 5) and any setting.

There are three stages to gaining a Postgraduate Certificate in Autogenic Training.

1. Personal Autogenic Training – your own experience of AT (8-10 weekly sessions,
arranged and paid for privately with any BAS therapist)

2. Module 1 [3 weekends, 3 weeks apart comprising]:

  • classroom training
  • reading and continuing personal AT practice
  • online tasks
  •  test at the third weekend.

Module 1 content covers:

  • philosophy, history and concepts of AT
  • theory (basic principles of AT’s mechanisms)
  • practice and background of each of the six standard AT exercises
  • intentional offloading exercises: rationale and practical teaching
  • basic elements of instructing clients (postures, difficulties, process facilitation).

After module 1, you will gain Associate Membership of the British Autogenic Society.

With your personal experience of AT at the heart of the training, you will learn how to teach AT, and immediately after Module 1 you will start working with your own clients, with individual tutorial supervision. This begins the practical application for your coursework.

3. Module 2 [4 weekends over 4 months approx] comprising:

  • classroom training (approx. 4-6 weekly)
  • broad applications of AT
  • reading and continuing personal AT practice
  • online tasks
  • test at the fourth weekend. Final viva interview after 4 months.

Classroom methods may be carried out online and will include discussion (from set pre-reading, and some online tasks), role play when applicable, some short lectures.

Module 2 content includes:

  • Revisiting philosophy, theory and practice teaching of AT
  • Psychopathology; Neurosciences and AT; Audit and research; Group dynamics; Exploring resistance; AT & physical illness
  • Group supervision – student presentations of their client work
  • Revisit basic principles of AT’s mechanisms – modifications of procedure
  • Revisit intentional offloading exercises: rationale and practical teaching
  • Revisit elements of instructing clients (postures, difficulties, process facilitation)
  • Tutorial discussions / role play – specific topics prepared in advance.

This module follows student progress working with their first clients.
Written Course work includes two case studies and an extended essay

Tutorial Supervision
Your personal supervisor (tutor) will help and support your early practice with teaching AT. Twelve compulsory tutorial hours are accounted for in your training (8 of these are individual). Viva examination at year end to gain your Postgraduate Certificate in Autogenic Training. The essence of our training is a continuing theme: that Autogenic Training induces a therapeutic process unique to the individual. The student therapist’s task is to learn how to manage this process, by fine-tuning their skills in listening, questioning and balancing issues of procedure (autogenic techniques) with process-oriented effects.

How to apply
After completing your personal Autogenic Training course with a BAS therapist, apply to the Course Admissions Administrator on contactus@britishautogenicsociety.uk for an application pack. When the Training Team receive your application, you will be invited to personal interview. This may be online. Acceptance on the course is by interview only.

Venue – London or Online
Training days run from 9.30am – 5.30pm [London] or 10:00am – 4:00pm [Online]

This figure is all inclusive: classroom hours, training materials and books, 8 individual
supervision hours, assessment and viva. Payment can be made in instalments or paid in full in advance.