IPT is a post-graduate training that lasts for nine months. It is a mix of theoretical knowledge and hands-on training. You will finish the course with a theoretical, practical, and oral exam. You also write a thesis that you present at the end of the training.
During the training, you’ll learn the following skills:
- Anatomy and physiology of the central nervous system
- Anatomy and physiology of the pelvis
- External and internal treatment techniques of the pelvis
- Vaginal mapping (a tool for the therapist to physically locate the trigger points)
- Energetic work in a body
- Work with presence in a body
- General gynaecological abnormalities and diseases. The IPT practitioner can recognise these and refer them to the specialist if necessary
- Correctly perform a pelvic floor assessment and give appropriate exercises if necessary
- Recognise sexual dysfunctions and, if appropriate, treat them with IPT®
- Being able to recognise and treat traumatic patterns such as sexual abuse or sexual violence
- Trauma work on a therapeutic basis
- Recognising / and anticipating dissociation patterns
- Be able to apply consent
- Professionally administering a general anamnesis
- Use IPT® in preparation for delivery or processing after a traumatic delivery
- To be able to apply IPT® by protocol
- Know contraindications for IPT®
- Know how to file a medical record for your client
- Able to reflect professionally on your own actions
- Be able to recognise different character structures
- Can apply and use breathing/breathing techniques
- Imaginary rescripting
- Making contact with a sense of inner wisdom, trusting intuition, and being able to get to know your feminine self
- Being able to apply and use meditations/visualisations
We strongly believe that your professional development must run parallel to your personal development. To support this development, we invite you to go through a process of your own, during the training. This way, you learn to examine your own pelvis, and you’ll practice on fellow participants. You will gain insight into your limitations, blockades, and triggers. This journey requires a dedication to self-discovery, a flexible attitude and a willingness to look at your own patterns. Mariëtte and Daphne will guide you on your path, assisted by a team of already graduated Integral Pelvic Therapy practitioners.
The training has a study load of 504 hours, representing 18EC (European credits), spread out over nine months:
- 272 hours in training days
- 18 hours of exams
- 194 hours home study (including practice sessions with clients)
- 20 hours of an organised study group
Everyone has their own study pace. You will need to include approximately 6 hours of home study each week into your schedule, including about once a month a practice session with a client, depending on your preferred way of studying.
The exam consists of an oral, written, and practical exam. The components are assessed by an examination committee consisting of the trainers and their assistants, who are also IPT Practitioners. After passing the exams, you may call yourself an Integral Pelvic Therapy- practitioner and join the Integral Pelvic Therapy Association (IPTA).
If you do not immediately pass, there is the possibility of re-exam, which will take place within one month.
Integral Pelvic Therapy Education is accredited by:
– For naturopaths: KTNO and BTCA (18 EC)
– For midwives: KNOV accredited our course with 16 study points in cluster A plus 60 points in cluster D.