Diploma of Autogenic Therapy

Diploma in Autogenic Therapy  (click here for brochure)

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  • The only qualified provider of the evidence-based Autogenic Therapy and Training courses in AustraliaICAT
  • Accredited by AAS (Australian Autogenic Society) and ISATAP (International Society of Autogenic Training and Psychotherapy)
  • Accredited by ICAT (International Committee of Autogenic Therapy)
  • This course is designated a Focused Psychological Strategy and qualifies for Continuing Professional Development Points (CPD) by the Australian Psychological Society and the Department of Health for many professions.

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Diploma in Autogenic Therapy (Dip AT)

Who is this for:

Health and Allied Health Professionals wanting to practice as Autogenic Therapists and wanting to have a nationally and internationally recognised professional qualification in Autogenic Therapy. Other qualified people such as teachers, sports coaches, performance coaches and life coaches can apply for admission as well and will graduate with a Diploma in Autogenic Training. Graduates of the Diploma of Autogenic Therapy and the Diploma in Autogenic Training can register as Professional Members of the Australian Autogenic Society and the International Society of Autogenic Training and Psychotherapy. Membership with ISATAP welcomes attendance at the yearly ISATAP Conference (usually held in Europe) and encourages Members to make a scientific contribution to the promotion of AT worldwide by presenting an original research paper.



Sydney CBD or lower north shore (tbc)

Duration: 2 terms/ 6 months approx

Time: Saturdays 9.00am to 1.00pm

Dates: October 14th, 2017 to March 24th, 2018

Term 1

Oct 14th, 21st/2017

Nov 4th, 18th/2017

Dec 2nd, 16th/2017

Term 2

February 10th, 24th/2018

March 10th, 24th/2018


Registration: Contact us here with full contact details (please note that places are strictly limited and not secure until full payment received)

Fee: $4950

20% discount offer of $3960 for APS and PACFA members and early bird registrations

Course includes:       

  • 40 hours of face-to- face teaching including in-class experiential learning, discussions, tutorials and supervised practice of clients
  • 70 hours of self-practice
  • email contact
  • trainee monitoring of daily self-practice in personal journal
  • a general health, stress and psychological distress assessment using professionally validated questionnaires (confidentiality is assured)
  • ATTI’s assessment and self-measurement tools
  • class hand-outs
  • recommended reading materials

Course content:

  • experiential learning/self-practice of the Autogenic mental exercises (internalising and practising what we preach)
  • history of AT, applications, research
  • neurological, psychological, physiological, biochemical and epigenetic foundations
  • differences and similarities between AT, Eastern forms of Meditation, Mindfulness, Biofeedback Training and Hypnosis.
  • the science of AT: the neuro-psychological, biochemical, physiological and epigenetic dynamics (cognitive, emotional, behavioural and physical)
  • prevention and treatment vs a spiritual process towards a sense of ‘oneness’ and self-actualisation.
  • stages and phases of the Autogenic Process
  • neutral’ and ‘altered’ state of consciousness during AT
  • the Autogenic Switch
  • the Autogenic State
  • Autogenic postures and environmental considerations
  • training protocols
  • passive concentration, passive awareness and passive acceptance
  • indications and contra-indications
  • training symptoms vs Autogenic Discharges
  • how to deal with anxious resistance
  • The Preliminary/Priming Exercise
  • measuring and monitoring before and after formula effects
  • The 6 Standard Formulae or Exercises
  • The Supportive Formula
  • The Short Exercises
  • The Jaw, Neck and Shoulders Exercise
  • The Close/Cancellation Technique
  • The Personal and Motivational Formulae
  • The Physical Healing Formulae
  • The Autogenic Bio-memory Formula © (Gibbons, J; 2015)
  • switching on the placebo response
  • Autogenics as a Psychotherapy
  • Autogenic Memory and Feeling Meditation
  • applying Autogenic Therapy to psychosomatic conditions such as chronic pain, migraine, gastro-intestinal disorders, psoriasis etc.
  • applying Autogenic Therapy to treat phobias, OCD and other Anxiety Disorders, PTSD and Depression
  • applying Autogenic Training for Peak Performance and motivation in sports, performing arts, academic pursuits, public speaking
  • how to teach Autogenics in groups
  • structuring the sessions including assessment, diagnosis, when and if to refer on, pacing the training, applying an individual approach to suit client needs

 Course Assessment and Requirements

  • bi-monthly quizzes
  • tutorial participation and presentations
  • trainee monitoring of daily self-practice in personal journal
  • journal interview
  • completion of a 3,000 to 5,000 word essay
  • supervised trainee training of a client
  • one case study
  • compulsory reading tasks
  • attendance mark

Note: It is important for trainees to attend each class as each new class builds upon what has been taught and experienced during the previous lesson. Upon signing up for this course trainees are committed to attending classes, doing the self-practice as described and writing about their daily practice observations and experiences in their journals. Trainees will get back what they put into the course.

*please note that on occasion a trainee may be deemed unsuitable for the Diploma course training due to personality or mental health issues. If this is the case the trainee will in most instances be given an option to work on their mental health or self-development issue and be allowed to begin their training again during another intake of the Diploma course when the issue has been resolved.   

About the Trainer

Helen Gibbons has over 20 years experience as a Psychologist, Clinical Hypnotherapist and Autogenic Therapist (AT) in both clinical and organisational settings and is the Director and Chief Psychologist of the Autogenic Training and Therapy Institute of Australia. As an international expert in AT she was invited to present her work on AT for the mental health of workers from high risk industries at Oxford University in 2015 and NASA, in California in 2016. She is a Board Member and Head of the Oceania Chapter of the International Society of Autogenic Training and Psychotherapy (Madrid), an Honorary Member of the British Autogenic Society, President of the Australian Autogenic Society and Full Member of the Australian Psychological Society. She also has a private practice in Sydney. Her paper titled ‘The Effectiveness of Autogenic Training for Occupational Health and Safety in High Risk Industries: Mining and Police in Australia’ was published in the latest edition of The European Journal of Autogenic and Bionomic Studies.

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Professional recommendations

January, 2016

“I am writing this letter in support of Helen Gibbons and the Australian Autogenic Project. Ms Gibbons is not only an internationally recognized expert in Autogenics, but also an outstanding leader who will not only make this project successful but make it thrive….this project has the opportunity to become an international best practice standard for treatment and care. I believe that Ms. Gibbons will make a significant difference in the way we provide health services internationally.”

Dr Kori D. Novak, Ph.D., MBA


Oxford University Researcher

Affiliation: Stanford University

March 2017,

“Dr. Gibbons is a highly skilled therapist in Autogenics and is making great contributions to the management of stress in working environments. She is a very active member of ISATAP where I had the opportunity of exchanging clinical and research experiences. I´d like to reccomend her Course & Diploma in Autogenic Therapy. As an accomplished AT therapist and organizer in this course every aspect from basic science to managerial issues will be covered with the final goal of bringing resilience to every participant.”

Dr Eduardo Gomez-Utrero


Madrid Hospital, Spain