“Industry” versus “Modality” Accreditation

Modality-based Associations are usually owned by the same people who own training colleges within that industry.

The 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 accredit with modality-based associations. 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 college 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 which course providers must adhere to, before they provide accreditation for any training courses. Our courses are accredited with the International Institute of Complementary Therapists, the Holistic Health Association International, the International Practitioners of Holistic Medicine
and the Complementary Medicine Association.

The above 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, the HHAI, IPHM 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.

Graduates are able to join the following associations:

• The International Institute of Complementary Therapists
• The Complementary Medicine Association
• Holistic Health Associates International
• International Practitioners of Holistic Medicine
• International Meditation Teachers Association
• The International Mediation Teachers and Therapists Association

Laws, legislation, responsibilities, ethics & using the title ‘Holistic Counsellor’.

The IMTTA certificate foundation course gives the minimum level of education necessary to practice holistic counseling skills for meditation teachers.

For those with an aptitude for it, this may be all the training necessary. Bear in mind, one of the primary reasons the counseling aspect is included (in what is fundamentally a course to become a meditation teacher) is because meditation often release traumas, phobias and fears that have been held in the subconscious and the meditation teacher needs the skills to handle those situations effectively.

For those wanting more in-depth skills the Advanced Certificate, two Diplomas or three Masters levels maybe a better option.

There are twelve months of free practitioner support available upon graduation from the IMTTA certificate foundation course regardless of which college the student graduates from. If necessary, a Practitioner may book a ‘debriefing’ call with a qualified peer, during the first free year and this period of Practitioner Support may be extended beyond the first year with a Level 2 or Level 3 subscription to IMTTA Practitioner Registration and Support Service.

There is no law in Australia that requires a person who provides counseling service to have either qualifications or experience.

Having no qualifications and no affiliation to any recognized industry body or association can make getting insurance very difficult, if not impossible.

To practice as an IMTTA approved Meditation Teacher, Holistic Empowerment Coach, Holistic Counsellor, insurance is essential. It is also usually required when hiring or leasing venues and it is certainly the safest and most professional choice.

The title of ‘counsellor’ has been the subject of much contention in the UK, Australia and the United States. In the USA, individual state legislatures have passed legislation defining the word “counsellor’ as a title; as such, it is only to be used by graduates from varying schools approved of by the USA government.

The IMTTA has a philosophical and ethical disseverment to legislation which places legislative restrictions upon commonly used words and in so doing change the definitions and meaning of the word.

“in the US, licensing is regulated at the state level, and it is illegal to offer services while physically within that state unless licensed by that state. If you are seeking face-to-face counseling in the United Sates, it is essential that you verify whether your practitioner is licensed-no because licensing provides any guarantee about the quality of the service you will receive (it does not)-but because a counsellor offering services in the US without a license is breaking the law. This would indicate either that the counsellor is unaware of the laws regulating their profession, or that they are deliberately undertaking criminal activity, neither alternative is acceptable.”

Other countries, including Australia and the United Kingdom, do not regulate the profession by means of licensing: in the UK, there is no such thing as a ‘licensed practitioner’.

Notably, a recent 3-year study in Australia*, dubbed “the most comprehensive and diverse study ever to be undertaken on the regulation of the Counselling Profession”, concluded that consumer protection would best be served by not introducing governmental regulation over and above the existing self-regulation via relevant professional organizations.”


The IMTTA is an accredited training course provider with the International Institute of Complementary Therapists and the courses offered are accredited through the IICT (and several other industry associations). Offering the best possible level of industry protection and regulation.

The etymology of the world counsellor is derived from the Latin word ‘Consilium’ meaning ‘advice’. The common use of the word ‘counsel’ has come to mean it is usually understood as advice however, ‘consultation’ is the meaning taken in the context of Holistic Counselling. Holistic Consultant may be a clearer description, particularly fo those graduates practicing in the USA.

In the UK there was a great debate with submissions contesting the legislative hijacking of the word ‘counsellor’ and pointing out the many different uses of the word and the confusion defining the word by legislation would cause.

Below is a link to one of those submissions which gives an excellent overview of the debate and the counter argument to defining counsellor as a title.

http://www.society-for-philosophy-in-practice.org/journal/pdf/10-1%20017%20Brown%20- %20Meaning%20of%20Counsellor.pdf *

Following is a Press Release (23 August 2006) from the Australian Counselling Association which provides the latest information regarding speculation surrounding regulation of the Counselling Industry:

“Victorian Government Says “No” to the Regulation of the Counselling Industry After 3-years research and investigation, the Victorian Department of Human Services brought to a conclusion the possibility of a regulated model for the Counselling Profession, in the State, and Nationally. For years there have been spurious rumours that the government would introduce standards for Counsellor Training and Practice. These rumours were often initiated for the political and/or commercial gain of those disseminating them. Whilst the government had no plan to establish standards of practice in Counselling, in 2003 it did initiate an investigation into how a model of self-regulation may be structured. This investigation was undertaken by an Industry Federation, Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation Australia (ACFA), and was funded by the Victorian Department of Human Services. On August 23, 2006, at a meeting of key industry stakeholders and the government, it was concluded that NO regulation of the Counselling Industry would occur. The project was undertaken in the interest of consumer protection, with the core project aim to investigate if a model of self-regulation would better protect consumers of Counselling services. The project was the most comprehensive and diverse study ever to be undertaken on the regulation of the Counselling Profession. Conducted over 3-years, the project studied the standards of approximately 50 Professional Membership Organizations nationally, as well as many International Associations. The project reviewed Training Standards for Counsellors; Accountability of Practitioners; Protection of Consumers; Practitioner Ethics Standards; Governance of Counsellor Associations; Policies for Complaints, Conciliation and Appeals; Codes of Good Governance; and modes of regulation. After a thorough and inclusive process, it was concluded that no action or intervention by the Government was required. What does this mean to the Public, Counsellors, and the Counselling Industry? The decision by the Victorian Department of Human Services concludes long-standing speculation regarding Training and Practice Standards for the Counselling Profession. For many years Industry groups have alluded to the government intervention and a change in Training Standards for Counsellors. This information has often been […] misrepresented to the public at large, to clients of counsellors, and particularly to prospective students of Counselling. The decision confirms the intent of the Government regarding the Counselling Profession. The decision unambiguously demonstrates the government has NO INTENTION of introducing standards to regulate the Training and Practice of Counsellors in the foreseeable future. The decision recognizes the extensive work of the profession to date in establishing a quality self-managed, consumer-driven model of regulation in a diverse industry. So how will the decision affect stakeholders? The decision has serious ramifications for stakeholders. Whether you’re a consumer, a prospective counsellor, or a practising counsellor, the outcome of this decision has important consequences. We’ll briefly examine them below. Consumers One of the core aims in investigating a self-regulated model for the Counselling Profession was to ascertain whether consumers of Counselling services would be better protected under a regulated model. This is of paramount importance to the governments and fundamentally directs their decisions, as they are empowered by the public to implement policy in the interest of their safety. The nature of Counselling results in very few complaints being brought against Counsellors. Counselling, as opposed to Psychotherapy, is more about empowering clients to make their own decisions. Counsellors generally do not give advice and do not deal with clinical issues. As such, the potential risk to clients from Counselling is extremely low. Implicit in the decision of the Victorian Department of Human Services not to regulate the Counselling Profession is that customers of Counselling are not at significant risk; and that the current market-driven model of the profession adequately mitigates risk to the consumer. Prospective Counsellors The academic standard of Counsellors has for some time been an issue of discussion. What level of education is adequate for a Counsellor? As part of the investigation into a self-regulated model, Training Standards for Counsellors were considered. Currently, as the profession is not regulated, there is no minimum education standard for practice. Education and experiential standards are generally maintained through an optional membership with Industry Associations. “

The overwhelming majority of practising counsellors maintain membership to an Industry Association. Membership provides them with professional affiliation; access to insurance; transparency of qualifications; a means for dealing with complaints; a Code of Good Practice; ongoing professional development and much more. The industry has therefore established Training Standard benchmarks by virtue of Association Membership Levels.

These levels reflect qualifications, experience, supervision and commitment to ongoing development. The vast majority of Counsellors have a vocational level qualification, such as a Diploma in Counselling. The decision of the government not to regulate Counselling implicitly recognizes the Training Standards established through existing Association structures. Practising Counsellors Whilst the decision means that practising counsellors need to do nothing differently, it still has ramifications for them. Most importantly, it amplifies the need for Counsellors to get involved in their industry. Whilst the decision clearly recognizes the excellent work the industry has done to self- manage, the status quo could only be attained through the active involvement of Counsellors with an interest in the political landscape of their industry. Counsellors can define their industry through involvement in their Association/s. Associations have to date achieved an extraordinary amount. Whilst there is contention on some issues, as a whole, the industry, through self-governance, has attained high and broadly accepted standards in the areas of Training, Ethics, and Complaints.”


Safety: If you have a client who is in danger of hurting themselves, hurting someone else or being hurt by someone else, you do need to take action. This will be very rare if it ever happens at all (I have not had to do this in 30 years of counseling.) If you seriously fear for someone’s safety ring the emergency number in your locality. Trust your instincts. Your client has come to you for help and if you fear for their safely, or anyone else’s, they have probably given you this information because they want you to do something to stop it.

Minors: For clients under 18 the counseling code of ethics applies. In general, it is probably best to refer under 18’s to an appropriately qualified professional. Should the Holistic Counselling Therapist feel it necessary to engage with an under 18 client, it may also necessitate the involvement of another adult, such as a parent of the client or, another significant adult as nominated by the client (a parent, a favorite Aunt, older brother, etc.). In either case, the involvement of another person may only be at the request of the client. Without the client’s permission, to have another adult (whom they know) present, the Holistic Counselling Therapist should refer the under 18 clients to another professional such as a GP or school counsellor.

Advice: you are responsible, on a professional level, for what you tell your clients to do. If you do not hold a qualification as a healthcare professional you should not give medical advice…. ever!

Know when your client needs help beyond what you can legally, responsibly or ethically offer them yourself and refer them to someone who can provide what they need.

Titles: Holistic Consultant may be a clearer description, to avoid confusion while continuing to use the keyword most effective to attract clients, we recommend ‘Holistic Counselling Therapist’ fi a job description is required.

In the USA, the use of the label ‘Holistic Counselling Therapist’ avoids claiming to BE a Holistic Counsellor. It instead describes the service provide, so as to remain a clear description for prospective clients.

In Australia and the UK, the use of the title ‘Holistic Counsellor’ can be used.

To the best of our ability to gain and share information as of June 22nd 2017 K Doolan & IRI Cunningham The International Meditation Teacher and Therapists Association.

Please check in your own area to ensure you are able to meet local codes of conduct.

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