Module 3: IMIM Professional Masterclass Diploma Training
Length of training: 12 months
Diploma start date: Saturday 15th April 2023: Course full
We will begin with a group zoom meeting to welcome everyone on the course, outlining the year ahead and answering any remaining questions. This, like all other meetings, will be recorded and available later on the website.
If you require an extension for handing in a homework assignment, please send us an email by 30th September 2023.
1. Individual 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. These sessions will be recorded and used to create an important online resource library for all Masterclass 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, Tutor: Caroline
Lesson: 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 will include a follow-up session.
Lesson: Caroline will take you through another case working with a challenging dog.
3. Live Discussion Clinics, Tutor: Caroline
These will be scheduled monthly. These will a great way to discuss with Caroline and the group, concerns, problems, as well successes on 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 either mid-or-end of the month, this will include an occasional Saturday. These dates and times will be announced at the beginning of each month. If you cannot make a session, please email your question to us.
4. Homework: 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 it is recommended that you book in with your client and dog for a private session with Caroline.
5. Homework: Review of Modules 1 and 2
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: 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
Format per practical session (found in the study library on the website):
Listed in bullet points
Word count per session 150 to 300.
Must be completed and sent to us within the 12 months of the course.
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
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.