Module 3: IMIM Canine Professional Diploma Training
Length of training: 12 months
"As I draw close to watching every single one of the one to ones before I re-watch them and complete my homework, I am constantly inspired by your unwavering passion for your life’s work and to see the truly individualised approach in action for each and every case. I guess it’s not called IMIM for nothing! Your patience, calm manner, and acute art of subtle observation is to be wondered at, especially since the one to ones were such a marathon in terms of time, commitment and mental concentration.
What a learning experience and what a role model, thank you Caroline! I hope we all turn out to be model practitioners and do you proud! With best wishes Julia"
Next diploma start date: October 2024 (TBC)
1. One to One Training practice, Tutor: Caroline
You will need to book an online zoom session with Caroline, where she will help to guide you working with a dog in need of help (this could be yours or somebody else’s dog). We will provide an online booking form for you to book your session. The session needs to be completed within the first three months of the training. At this stage it is advised not to take on anything too challenging such as a reactive dog, or puppy farm dogs. The aim of this session is to help support and develop your practical skills. Other students can watch these sessions unfold live or watch the recording which will be stored as part of an important online resource library for all IMIM Diploma students to learn from during the training. A release form will be provided and anyone present will need to sign it, and the form returned to us.
2. Practical Lessons
Lesson: Towards the latter part of the training, Caroline will take you through a step-by-step guide of how to work with a rescue dog that has been rehomed, who is fear aggressive towards men. This session is split into Part 1 and Part 2. A recording will be made available in the 1 to 1 library.
3. Live Discussion Clinics
These will be scheduled monthly. These will be a great way to discuss with Caroline and the group, concerns, problems, as well successes in your studies. You will also get support and help with the cases you are working with as well as sharing any other learning experiences.
These sessions will be recorded and available as a reference library for diploma students for the duration of the course. We aim to hold these discussions at the end of the month, and are normally scheduled on a Saturday. There will be a morning discussion class and an evening class to enable students in different time-zones to attend.
Dates and times will be announced at the beginning of each month. If you cannot make a session, please email your questions to us and we try to include it in the discussion.
Practical Case studies
You will need to complete 6 case studies together with follow-up sessions and record these on the Ingraham App. These must be completed within the 12 months of the course. Caroline can access these case studies via the App and will select one of these to discuss in greater detail in the oral exam if you go on to take the exam.
The practical cases are for you to gain your own practical experience and you can work with them in whatever way works best for you (ie in person or remotely via zoom). They do not need to be video-recorded but details of each session must be entered into the app. If you need any support with the case, it is recommended that you book in with your client and dog for a private session with Caroline via zoom.
Review of Modules 1 and 2
In this important homework you will need to summarise the main points you have learnt from each lesson in Module 1 and Module 2 where there is a video, e.g Geophagy, Sensory Modulation Theory, Mindfulness (if a lesson is split into multiple parts, provide an account of your learning for each part that contains a video) etc.
Format per lesson:
Listed in bullet points
Word count per lesson 100 to 200.
Must be completed and sent to us within the first 6 months of the course. For students with English as a foreign language please let us know if you need a longer time to complete this homework.
Deadline for current class: 15th October 2023 (if you need an extension please send us an email by 30th September at the latest).
6. Homework: Learning review of 20 recorded student practicals (1 to 1 sessions)
Format per practical session (videos found in the study library on the website):
Listed in bullet points
Word count per session 150 minimum.
Must be completed and sent to us within the 12 months of the course (before 15th April 2024 for the current class).
7. Private tuition: Individual support with Caroline, at reduced additional cost if needed
This will be available to all IMIM Diploma students at a 45% discount and is recommended if you are struggling with a difficult case. Session times available are 30 minutes, 45 minutes, or 60 minutes. If suitable any of these discounted sessions may also be used in the diploma student library or used in any other way for other educational purposes.
Ingraham App. This will be free for the duration of the 12-month training (you can continue after this with a subscription)
Additional support. Private 1 to 1 online support for those requiring extra help is available during the course at a 45% discount
Student resource library
Dedicated IMIM Facebook page for diploma students
Graduates will go on to have access to a dedicated site specific to them after successful completion of the exam
Required items for the IMIM Diploma
that are not included in the cost of the diploma training
Ingraham Core Kit and Canine Add-on-kit (https://www.ingrahamshop.com/collections/ingraham-kits)
Book: Help your dog heal itself 3rd edition (https://www.ingrahamshop.com/products/help-your-dog-heal-itself)
Book: Animal Self-Medication (optional) (https://www.ingrahamshop.com/products/animal-self-medication-softback)
For those seeking to take the exams, this will need to be booked within 6 months after the 12-month training: fee applies
i. A zoom session where Caroline will observe you working with a dog you have not previously worked with. In this session you will be expected to guide the owner/ carer/ guardian in the same way that Caroline will be guiding you in the practical you have with her. The dog will be expected to have either a behavioural or physical issue. If you cannot find a dog, we will try to find one for you.
ii. An oral exam, talking about a case study selected by Caroline from your work on the Ingraham App.
If you find the English language difficult and we will try and find a solution for you.
Please listen to the following before beginning the diploma training
We would ask you to review the following information before confirming your acceptance of a place on the course or paying any money:
i) Please listen to the IMIM Group talk on 13th December’22. The information in the discussion does not aim to set out hard rules, rather guidelines to keep you safe when working with the general public. For students outside of the United Kingdom, please make sure you are aware of any legal restrictions regarding the use of plant extracts with animals in your own country, as we are only able to advise how the law currently stands for those practicing in the United Kingdom. This recording can be accessed at the end of the lessons in Module 1.
ii) Please note that student insurance and professional insurance is available only to students/ graduates in the following countries: United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland and The Netherlands. For all other countries you will need to secure your own insurance cover.
iii) The course is subject to change at any time without prior notification as the training evolves to give you the best standard of education possible.