Massage In Schools Programme (MISP) Instructor's Training
See scheduled MISP training dates at the end of this page. Please request details of in-house training if applicable.
Role of the Instructor
Instructors are adults from education, health, social services and therapy and from organisations such as Sure Start, Barnardos and National Pyramid Trust who care about the physical, social and emotional development of children and wish to make a difference.
Instructors introduce the peer massage routine to the children, supported by the class teacher or adult in charge. They can teach all staff how to use positive touch, using visualization and kinaesthetic learning, in the curriculum. The programme is fun, for the children and staff!
All adults working with children require an enhanced Criminal Record Bureau disclosure or equivalent when the current requirements change.
Massage in Schools Association (MISA)
The Massage in Schools Association (MISA) supports Instructors. MISA is a member of the Anti-Bullying Alliance.
The two-day Instructor’s training course and associated case study is accredited by Edge Hill University as part of a continuing professional development programme for teachers and children’s workforce staff. Information about this accreditation is provided at the training. Therapists qualify for credits through their professional organisations.
The two-day training includes:
• Background to the MISP
• Benefits of massage
• Effects of massage
• Health and safety and risk assessment
• Studies and research
• Child development
• Children with special needs
• How to implement the MISP
• Child protection
• Support and ethics
• Formal massage routine
• Touch in kinaesthetic learning
Full attendance is required. The training is intensive but great fun and participants enjoy the opportunity to work with others of a like mind! Instructors receive a comprehensive manual to support the training, a certificate of attendance and are given the first year of membership of the Massage in Schools Association (MISA) which supports MISP Instructors. During the training there is plenty of opportunity to exchange information and ideas with others.
Anne Crease is a trainer with the Massage in Schools Association (MISA). She is a former secondary teacher with extensive classroom experience and has five grandchildren of primary school age. She is a professional massage therapist, member of Complementary Therapists’ Association (CThA), Massage in Schools Programme (MISP) Instructor since 2001, Massage in Schools Programme (MISP) Trainer since 2003, current Chairperson of the Massage in Schools Association (MISA). She supports instructors throughout the country. Anne has a particular interest in developing the delivery of the MISP for use with children with special needs.
MISP Trainers work under the auspices of the Massage in Schools Association (MISA), which is a member of the Anti-Bullying Alliance. The Trainer and MISA supports Instructors and there are resources for Instructors’ use on the MISA website www.misa.org.uk
“Well balanced, good range of different activities – which we all appreciated. It was a really excellent course. Thank you so much.”
“I have learnt how powerful the simple strokes given and received by children can be.”
Massage Therapist, New Zealand
“The course has more than met my expectations. I had not realised that we would be getting so much theory and background to the massage- but this has made it the more fascinating for me.”
Early Years practitioner, Rhondda Cynon Taff
“I was put at my ease and felt very comfortable for the duration of the course.”
Learning Support Assistant, Worcester
How to apply for MISP Instructor’s training with Anne Crease
Please use the contact form to request information about the trainings listed below. You can also use the form to request information about providing in-house training for your LEA or other organisation. Anne is an experienced MISP Trainer with a wealth of knowledge and experience and supports Instructors as they introduce the programme to children.
Two-day MISP Instructor’s trainings
Academic Year 2010-2011
November 17 - 18, Near Cardiff, Wales
November 24 - 25,Yeovil, Somerset
26 - 27 January, Bristol
2 - 3 February, Worcester
2 - 3 March, Lincoln, with revision session for previously trained instructors
22 - 23 March, Exeter, Devon
25 - 26 March, Stoke on Trent - In-house training for the Child Development Centre
18 - 19 October, Hampshire
9 - 10 November, Near Cardiff, Wales
23 - 24 November, Nottingham
March, Exeter, Devon
If these locations and dates do not meet your needs, please contact me to discuss your requirements for in-house training.