We are frequently asked similar questions around training as a Sophrology practitioner. Here are a few of the most common queries that prospective students have for us …
Can I work, and study the programme at the same time?
Our key programmes are a mix of online and face-to-face learning, and can fit around many typical commitments. In-person sessions take place over three days including a weekend, every three months. Online training is on a Saturday afternoon. All dates are available well before the start of the programme which means our students can plan ahead for the year and make any arrangements necessary.
Do I need to have prior experience of mindfulness, yoga, or meditation?
A basic understanding and practice of these methods are useful, but not necessary, as we start from the very beginning to ensure that our students build their knowledge and experience in the right way. Remember, too, that Sophrology can be learned by anyone – and as a fully qualified practitioner, you will be teaching others to learn these methods.
Is there a lot of theory to learn?
Our programmes are much more experiential, practical and ‘hands-on’. From the very first weekend of training, students start with leading Sophrology exercises. As a mind-body practice, Sophrology cannot be learned just with the intellect, but rather needs to be mastered holistically. Course materials provide knowledge to underpin practical learning and a wider reading list is available for those who wish to go further. Check out our blog on The Day in the Life of A Sophrology Academy Diploma Student to find out more.
What if I can’t make all the training dates?
There is a minimum attendance needed for each programme but we understand that life happens and sometimes despite best efforts, students need to miss a module here or there. For online training, these can be recorded and caught up virtually. There are multiple ways we support students to catch up as needed.
What kinds of backgrounds do students typically have?
Our students come from a wide variety of backgrounds; we have health professionals and those who come from psychotherapy and the social care professions. Many have started out from education backgrounds in schools and universities. Others have been following careers in business and are now looking for more meaning and a career change to focus on wellbeing and helping others. Listen to a few students talking about why they chose to study Sophrology here.
What kind of recognition or accreditation will my qualification have?
As a school we are accredited by the Complementary Medical Association and our graduates can register as complementary medical practitioners with the CMA. Our courses are accredited by the International Sophrology Federation and our Practitioner Diploma is recognised by the Société Francaise de Sophrologie in France meaning our graduates qualify to become members of these organisations.
How do Sophrology Academy graduates use their qualification?
Some choose to set up as Sophrology or Wellbeing Practitioners, working on their own or as part of holistic, multi-disciplinary health clinics. Others use their newfound skills as part of their existing toolset in coaching, counselling, or teaching for example. And they will, of course, use it as part of their own daily routine to maintain their wellbeing!
What kind of support is available once I have qualified?
The success of our graduates in their work as Sophrology practitioners is very important to us. In addition to individual mentoring provided throughout the course, alumni have access to free group supervision and ‘Business Labs’ to support them in their first year of business.
Are there any additional costs over and above the course fees?
All course materials, along with access to a library of books for further reading, are included in the course fee. For in-person classes, refreshments are provided and students make their own arrangements for lunch. Travel, and accommodation if required, is organised and paid for by students with a range of options to suit all budgets. In the Foundations year, students are required to have a number of sessions with a sophrologist for their own development. The cost of these sessions is over and above course fees and whilst most benefit is gained from one-to-one sessions, they can also be made up of low-cost and sometimes free group sessions.