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Accreditation

Awards!
We have been nominated for and won several awards, including:

M & A Best Global Holistic Therapist Training provider 2021 and 2022

Corporate Vision Best Global Holistic Therapist Training provider 2022

The International Institute of Complementary Therapists awarded the Seal of Excellence - Global Education Ambassador 2021 and 2022

Industry recognition and approval is essential for holistic therapist training courses. 

There is a wide range of holistic and complementary therapy modalities that do not fit into the Government Training Frameworks in most countries. These include Yoga, Holistic Counselling, Empowerment Coaching, Meditation, and Holistic Integrated Creative Arts Therapies, just to name a few. There is a misconception that these modalities are unregulated, but they are, in fact, industry-regulated. 

In modalities that are industry regulated instead of government regulated, the use of terms like Diploma, Advanced Diploma, and Masters are used to define training courses, but these courses do not provide a nationally recognized/ government accredited qualification. These courses provide graduates with an internationally approved and industry-recognized qualification, which meets the requirements to practice as a therapist under these modalities, join industry associations and get professional indemnity and liability insurance.

Training courses provided by Mind Body Education do not lead to government-regulated higher education awards. The modalities we teach are all industry-regulated, and we comply with those standards. 

There are two types of associations.

Modality-based Associations are usually owned by the same people who own training colleges within that industry. They 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 accredited with a modality-based association. 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 colleges, and are 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 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 that course providers must adhere to before they provide approval for any training courses. 

Our courses are recognized by the International Institute of Complementary Therapists, the International Practitioners of Holistic Medicine, the International Association of Therapists, and the Complementary Medicine Association. These 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, IAOTH, 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.

HICAT graduates are able to join the Holistic Integrated Creative Arts Therapist Association (this is a newly established modality association to support HICAT practitioners- It's free for your first year and provides ongoing support and networking (and yes, we do own it). In Australia and many other countries, HICAT graduates can use the title HICAT practitioner, Holistic Integrated Creative Arts Therapy Practitioner Creative Arts Facilitator, or Creative Therapist. If you live outside of Australia or New Zealand, you may use the title Creative Arts Facilitator or Creative Therapist. 

Meditation Teacher Training graduates are able to join the International Meditation Teachers and Therapists Association (also modality based and owned by us). This association provides our graduates with a huge amount of free resources and support. 
Members of all of the above associations can be listed on practitioner directories on all of these associations' websites to help drive potential clients directly to you, the qualified and industry-approved practitioner.

Any courses listed as Postgraduate courses are intended as professional development courses only for graduates of a Mind-Body Education Course and are not part of any government-regulated education award. 

No matter where you decide to enroll, we recommend you only choose training courses with industry accreditation. You may not be able to obtain insurance or practice legally if you do not. 


Who Wrote the Mind Body Education Training Courses?

The Meditation Teacher Training Program (includes Holistic Counselling Skills for Meditation Teachers - Isabelle Cunningham

The Holistic Integrated Creative Arts Therapy Training Program - Isabelle Cunningham

23 Postgraduate Training Courses - Isabelle Cunningham and Kerry Doolan

HICAT Titles and Laws

In  Australia and New Zealand, HICAT graduates can use the title HICAT practitioner, Holistic Integrated Creative Arts Therapy Practitioner, Creative Arts Facilitator, or Creative Therapist. 

In the USA and the UK, you can use the title Creative Arts Facilitator or Creative Therapist. 

Art Therapists in the UK must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), which is the statutory regulator of the profession. ' The Holistic Integrated Creative Arts Therapy Practitioner Training Course' is not an HCPC-approved program and completing the course will not lead to graduates being able to register as Art therapists or to provide Art Therapy in the United Kingdom. 

Graduates of the HICAT Course are not Art Therapists, they are Holistic Integrated Creative Arts Therapy (HICAT) practitioners. 

 HICAT is a modality that uses a wide range of creative ArtS which enable people to connect with the creator inside themselves.
 HICAT is empowering and does not require an 'expert' to interpret the finished piece or monitor the creative process in any way.
All that is needed is an open heart that can hold a safe space to share beautiful, gentle, creative tools.

HICAT graduates should not advertise themselves as Art Therapists - Some organizations own the words and they get very upset when other healers use those words.

HICAT Practitioners can register with the International Institute of Complementary Therapists, the International Association of Therapists,  and the Complementary Medical Association, the International Association of Therapists, the International Practitioners of Holistic Medicine and get professional insurance to practice in the following 27 countries: Oceania: Australia & New Zealand the UK and Europe: United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, France, Spain, Portugal, Denmark, Gibraltar, Liechtenstein, Iceland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Greece, Latvia, Sweden, Channel Islands, Norway, Estonia, Malta, Isle of Man, Netherlands South Africa (covered under the EU/UK insurer) United States, Canada. 

It is most certainly legal for HICAT graduates to practice as HICAT Practitioners in all of the above countries.

Please also be aware that the association called ANZACATA is not a legally regulating body for art therapy in any country. They are a private company.