Free CPD for Holistic Therapists During Lockdown

Concerned about getting sufficient CPD points? Well, here are some simple ways of achieving your CPD  during lockdown – without putting pressure on your bank balance.  Do also check out the website of your professional body for details of the policy for CPD for holistic therapists. Many will have templates to help you record your CPD activities.


1. Read and reflect on a book or an article in a journal, related to your work as a therapist.

There are many holistic therapy magazines around now. Your professional body will also publish one that has information and updates on research, best practice and developments in therapies. Simply read an interesting article and then record your thoughts and reflections on what you have learnt from the information. Just make sure that your work is least 300 words. Members of the FHT (Federation of Holistic Therapists) will find a helpful guide to reflecting on articles in every issue of the International Therapist.

You can also record your views and thoughts on particular therapy related books. As an author of several books (including Once Upon a Touch… and Healing Touch for Children), it is always helpful to receive reviews from readers. So do let me know if you would like to review one of my books! My book Healing Touch for Children is available as a e-book for just 99p during lockdown.


2. Watch Videos to extend your knowledge of your therapy or a new therapy

If you are a member of the FHT then you will know about their excellent FHT Stay at Home Series of videos with free CPD questions (and I am so delighted to be part of it). Do make the most of it with information videos from inspirational people such as Carol Samuel and Teresa Rich.

Or check out the You Tube or Vimeo sites of some of your favourite tutors and therapists then write down your reflections on what you have learnt. Remember, it is all about reflecting on how the content of the video is contributing to your professional development. Please note these videos are not insurable hands-on skills. You can see some of my videos here: Story Massage Programme on Vimeo and Mary Atkinson Holistic Therapy Courses on You Tube. 


3. Engage with Live Facebook and Instagram Sessions

Many of your favourite tutors and therapists are doing free live sessions at the moment sharing tips on self-help, mindfulness, business and much. much more. And this can be free CPD for you. You need to watch at least 30 minutes of live sessions and write down your reflections on what you have learnt. Write a minimum of 300 words and put it in your CPD Portfolio. I’m currently doing live sessions of the Story Massage Programme (an FHT accredited course) on Facebook (Tues and Thurs at 2pm) and Instagram (Tues and Thurs at 10.30am) and would be happy to suggest some questions if you email me on mary@storymassage.co.uk


4. Swap virtual self-help sessions with a colleague

This is a wonderful way of caring for ourselves too! Team up with a colleague and swap ideas for sharing virtual self-help sessions with each other and then write down your thoughts and reflections afterwards. Make sure you write at least 300 words as this will prove that you are using the time as part of your professional development.

Many of us are suffering from sleep issues and tension, and Lynne Booth, founder of VRT (Vertical Reflexology Techniques) has released an excellent video to teach self-help on the hands to aid sleep issues. Check out the text below the video for links to an article on sleep and instructions.


5. Write or publish an article about your therapy, or about holistic therapies in general

These days there are opportunities for publishing your work, whether it is in a local newspaper, national magazine or on-line. And even if it doesn’t get published then keep a copy for your records. Why not set up a regular blog on your website? Or contribute to someone else’s blog like mine. I am involved in writing blogs for three websites – Mary Atkinson Holistic Therapy Courses, Story Massage for Children and Indian Head Massage Community. Just contact me if you’d like to be included. I’d love to hear about how you are trying to keep yourself and family members calm, safe and healthy during lockdown.  And if you do get something published, be sure to keep a copy of it for your records.


6. Write and reflect on a case study

We’ve all completed case studies as part of our therapy qualifications. And they are included in courses as a way of structuring therapy sessions, recognising improvements in our clients and reflecting on best practice for future sessions. Case studies are an integral part of my three day FHT Accredited Indian Head Massage Diploma Course and I look forward to reading them to see how students have gained new insights and information. I always learn a lot from reading case studies both published, and unpublished, too.  So go back to your case notes and review and reflect on some of your clients. Then write some more case studies with a minimum of 300 words. You will find it a useful part of your continuing professional development. Note down what you felt went well as well as how you could improve the session.


 7. Learn from other therapists on social media

If you are on social media then now is a great opportunity to spend some time looking at new people to follow on facebook, twitter, instagram, YouTube, Vimeo etc. There is a wealth of information with links and ideas. Or you may even consider stepping our of your comfort zone to set up a new account. Then write down and reflect on any useful information that you have gleaned from others. A starting point could be joining the Indian Head Massage Community Page where there are threads on a whole range of relevant topics plus free video talks and demos from Amy Taylor, Mary Dalgleish, Giuliana Wheater and Rachael Davenport. Indeed, Rachael also has an informative page with lots of tips and ideas: Core Therapies College. 

And do check out the new Face the World Hub page with lots of information and resources to keep you motivated and offer ideas for learning and reflection.


8. Develop a new marketing plan

For a self-employed therapist, qualifying in a therapy is often the easy part! The next step is gaining and retaining a client base which is very difficult at the moment! But you can use this time to plan for the future and maybe think about rebranding. And this is free CPD too! So keep a record of everything you have do to design your flyers, develop your website and promote your business. You will find a lot of help and support from Ali’s Therapy Academy.


9. Check out free online courses

Have you discovered Future Learn? Take a look at some of their courses on nutrition and mental well-being. They are free and well respected. And keep a look out for other courses which can be studied online. Why not team up with a friend so you can keep each other motivated. And if you are sharing your home with others then you can study together. Just be sure to keep a note of how the course has helped your continuing professional development.


10. Study some research to support your therapy

If you take a look at old copies of your professional magazines you will find links to research studies about your therapy or others. And this is a great way of gaining free CPD. There is also a lot of well respected research by Tiffany Field at the Touch Research Institute in Miami. Again, read, reflect on learning and write at least 300 words then put this in your CPD folder.

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