Application – Forest Therapy Guide Training
Extend your professional scope and become a Forest Therapy Guide (FTG) certified by and accredited with the International Nature and Forest Therapy Alliance (INFTA) (Professional Training Course Code: HLTFTG53321). INFTA-Certified FTGs perform a vital role in preventative health or therapeutic medicine. The training is suited for medical practitioners, psychotherapists or environmental experts who are active in hospitals, spas, specialized resorts, hotels and wellness centers, in Government departments, organisations, companies or running their own practice. INFTA’s training adheres to the International Core Curriculum for Forest Therapy (ICCFT) validated by experts from over 20 countries in Europe, America, Asia and Australia in 2017. The overall duration of the INFTA FTG training is six months and comprises of:
- compact introductory workshop (40 hrs over five days)
- theoretical and practical training (248 hrs over five months)
- theoretical and practical examination (8 hrs over several days)
The five-day introductory workshop will be conducted at the beautifully located Pallotti College, nestled away from the hustle and bustle near Warburton, Victoria. The training location comprises nearly 200 hectares of private land and forest, ideal for FTG training. The nearby unique and scenic Redwood Forest at the Yarra River, the Rainforest Gallery and O’Shannassy Aqueduct offer the finest of Forest Therapy trails in Australia, perfectly suited for a professional, secluded and effective FTG training.
The next INFTA Forest Therapy Guide Training (Professional Training Course Code: HLTFTG53321) is scheduled to resume immediately after the INFTA Forest Therapy Introduction (3-7 November 2021). It is open to national and international applicants on a first-come, first-serve basis. There are 12 exclusive training places available. The language of instruction is English.
The requirements to participate in the training are:
- at least a Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in a relevant field and at least three years of relevant professional work experience
- proficiency in reading, speaking and writing English as well as adequate IT skills
- skills and experience in teaching, advising or dealing with people
- physically, mentally and emotionally fit
- interest in health, nature and environmental issues
- capable of being outdoors for several hours per day
- professional behaviour and ethical conduct
- ability to self-manage studies, attention to detail completing assignments on time
These requirements are necessary due to the nature and responsibilities of Forest Therapy Guides who have to be capable of leading diverse groups of people outdoors at different biospheres and locations. Also, a current First Aid certificate and Certificate of Participation in Safe Food Handling Practices is compulsory for each FTG trainee (which may be acquired separately from other training providers prior to the final exam).
The INFTA Forest Therapy Guide Training utilizes the latest international research and focuses on the evidence-based aspects of this Public Health practice. The INFTA Forest Therapy Guide Training is delivered by experienced and accredited Certified Forest Therapy Guides, dedicated mentors and lecturers (all having tertiary degrees and specialized in their subject area). The INFTA Forest Therapy Guide Training is quality-controlled and monitored by Dr Dieter Kotte, Secretary of the INFTA, who – among other qualifications – holds a PhD in International Comparative Education from the University of Hamburg, Germany.
To become an INFTA-Certified Forest Therapy Guide, just complete and submit the Application Form. Again, please note there are only 12 training spots available for this training cohort. These are reserved in the order of applications received.
INFTA is looking forward to welcoming you to its next Forest Therapy Guide Training.
- six months course duration (Professional Training Course Code: HLTFTG53321; November 2021 to May 2022)
- compact five-day introductory workshop at Pallotti College (3-7 November 2021)
- 296 lessons of instruction (compact introductory workshop, online training, practical exercises and tasks, feedback and mentoring sessions, teleconferencing)
- comprehensive INFTA Forest Therapy Guide Training material
- access to INFTA’s online database containing over 200 research articles, brochures and books about Forest Therapy, biology, physiology, biochemistry, medicine, Public health and related topics
- theoretical and final exam
- INFTA Forest Therapy Guide Training Certificate (upon successful completion of the course)
- full-board, single-room accommodation during the comprehensive introductory workshop at Pallotti College
- FREE accreditation with INFTA for a period of six months (after successful completion of the Forest Therapy Guide Training)
- down-payment after acceptance of registration by INFTA
- final payment to be made prior to 15 October 2021