Here you will find all information about the INFTA-Certified Forest Therapy Guide Training (Professional Training Course Code: HLTFTG53323) starting with the introductory workshop at Pallotti College, Warburton/Victoria, 22-26 November 2023. If you wish to become an INFTA-Certified Forest Therapy Guide, please click the tab ‘Application Form’ below, fill out the required fields and register your interest by pressing the ‘SUBMIT’ button. INFTA will review your application within three working days and inform you whether you are accepted for the next INFTA-Certified Forest Therapy Guide Training. Should you have any further question about the training, you can contact us any time. We are happy to help and make your Forest Therapy Guide Training as professional and rewarding for you as possible. Looking forward to seeing you soon!
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: HLTFTG53323). 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 recommended overall duration of the INFTA FTG Training is six months and comprises of:
The FTG Training starts with an intense, five-day introductory workshop, 22-26 November 2023. This 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 forest trails in Australia, a surroundings perfectly suited for a professional, secluded and effective FTG Training. The six-months practicum resumes immediately after the introductory workshop.
The FTG Training 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:
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 (which has to be acquired separately from other training providers as part of your practicum) and adequate insurance coverage are compulsory for each FTG trainee.
The INFTA FTG Training utilizes the latest international research and focuses on the evidence-based aspects of this Public Health practice. The INFTA FTG Training is delivered by experienced and INFTA-Certified and Accredited Forest Therapy Guides, dedicated mentors and lecturers (all having tertiary degrees and specialized in their subject area). The INFTA FTG 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 and is Honorary Associate Professor, Faculty of Health, Deakin University.
If you wish to become an INFTA-Certified Forest Therapy Guide or just wish to participate in the introductory five-day, face-to-face workshop to find out if the full-fledged, six-months training is right for you, 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 and accepted.
If you have any other question about the Forest Therapy Guide training, most likely you will find the answers to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) helpful.
INFTA is looking forward to welcoming you to its next Forest Therapy Guide Training.
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