As many of you know I have been working hard on putting together an Essential Oil Certification Course for our school. In the initial planning stage, I am asking for your feedback – input – ideas, from a student point of view, as to what is really important for you to get out of a course like this. I would also love your ideas for naming the course!
My main goal is to provide solid (and fun!) information in a well-organized manner, and make sure that students don't just read a book - they have to really use the oils and play with the information. I want someone to be knowledgeable, confident, and effective when they complete the course. This is what I want, but I want to know what YOU want also.
Here’s my general draft outline and course setup:
Length of course: 1 year (or 12 parts that must be completed within a 24-month period max)
Textbooks/required reading: To be determined, but will definantly include information by Kathryn Sharp and Kurt Schnaubelt
Class meets one day each month for 3-4 hours. Each class will be videotaped so that distance learning is an option.
For each month/topic, students will be responsible for:
- completing the reading assignment
- providing a written outline to demonstrate satisfactory understanding of the material
- purchasing assigned essential oils (approximately 4 per month) – there is no specific brand required. Students may use essential oils of their choice provided that they are of adequate quality.
- completing and documenting case study assignments using the essential oils
1. Introduction, history, methods of extraction, general safety guidelines, connecting with the spirit of the plant
I am also looking at doing a future Advanced Certification specifically in Chinese Medical Aromatherapy, which will be much shorter in length, and will have the minimum pre-requisites of the following courses currently taught at our school. Basically, someone will need to have an understanding of Oriental medicine and herbs in order to understand and use the information in the Advanced Course:
- Essential Oil Certification (above)
- Theory of Oriental Medicine
- Meridians & Points
- Taoist Herbology
- Preferably, but not required: Acupressure & Meridian Massage Lab and/or Medical QiGong Practitioner
UPDATE: The super popular Essential Oil Certification Class is now available On-Line. The Chinese Medical Aromatherapy classes are being taught live at Alaska Institute of Oriental Medicine and will be available on-line in the future.