Post Graduate Certificate in Autogenic Training

PROFESSIONAL TRAINING COURSE leading to Postgraduate Certificate in Autogenic Training

PLEASE NOTE: We aim to run our professional training course every 18 months (beginning March or September in alternate years) depending upon levels of demand. Dates as we plan them are always posted on this website page.

Teach AT – ‘Helping people to help themselves’
Teaching AT is a rewarding experience, and the extent of the rewards can surprise the practitioner. The BAS’s one-year part-time course is open to those already working in the helping professions, and leads to the Postgraduate Certificate in Autogenic Training. This qualifies you to teach AT in your chosen setting as a Full Member of the British Autogenic Society.

How to become a Therapist
You should consider training as an Autogenic Therapist

…if you agree with any of these statements:

  • ‘Stress lies behind many of the symptoms patients present.’
    • ‘Drug treatments are not enough on their own to deal with certain problems.’
    • ‘The most effective treatment is when the patient plays an active role in their healing process.’
    • ‘Preventative approaches are an essential complement to current practice.’

and work in any of these roles:

  • doctor, nurse, counsellor, psychotherapist, psychologist, complementary therapist, social worker, teacher

or have the equivalent life experience.

Benefits of the course
After qualifying, you will have added a new string to your therapeutic bow by having acquired the skills to teach people a powerful method of deep relaxation, which rebalances the body’s autonomic nervous system. The emphasis is very much on helping people to help themselves.

You could set up in independent practice, or work in the many areas where AT is applicable, such as in organisations concerning mental health, pregnancy and child-birth, stress reduction, complementary health centres; industry; sports and fitness centres. In time, it would be our hope that GP surgeries would make NHS provision for AT for their patients.

You will be eligible to become a Member of the British Autogenic Society and enjoy the benefits of being in touch with like-minded professionals around the world.

Teaching AT is a rewarding experience, and the extent of the rewards can surprise the practitioner. The BAS’s one-year part-time course is open to those already working in the helping professions, and leads to the Postgraduate Certificate in Autogenic Training. This qualifies you to teach AT in your chosen setting as a Full Member of the British Autogenic Society.


EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY – policy of non-discrimination
The British Autogenic Society is committed to ensuring equal access to training opportunities.  Such training will not be withheld, either at selection or subsequently, on grounds of prejudice such as gender, race, culture, age, class, disabilities or other differences unrelated to competence to practise/train as an autogenic therapist.

Each new trainee is required, on commencement of training, to read the British Autogenic Society’s written Code of Ethics and Code of Practice.

The admission of new trainees to Associate Membership of British Autogenic Society, eligible after Module 1 of the Postgraduate Certificate in Autogenic Training  (professional training course), shall be taken to mean that they have read the British Autogenic Society Codes of Ethics and Practice and agree to be bound by it.


About the course structure
There are two training Modules, taught in 7 units in London:

Module 1 – Unit 1 – Two day weekend
Module 1 – Unit 2 – Two day weekend
Module 1 – Unit 3 – Two day weekend
Module 2 – Unit 1 – Two day weekend
Module 2 – Unit 2 – Two day weekend
Module 2 – Unit 3 – Two day weekend
Module 2 – Unit 4 – Two day weekend

Our training course integrates the theory and practice of Autogenic Training.

Teaching strategies include lectures, small group work and experiential learning techniques.

Students are expected to spend time on home study (see below).

Entry requirements

Who are we looking for? The BAS takes care, in our student selection, to find the right kind of person to teach AT. So a good starting point is if you have a qualification in one of the helping professions such as: nursing, clinical psychology, psychotherapy, medicine, social work, counselling; also teaching.

However, any work (voluntary or professional) where you have gained interpersonal / listening skills, and are a good communicator, always counts as ‘other relevant life experience’. So please don’t hold back in your further investigations about training with us as we have had successful practitioners from all walks of life!

Course Dates 2018

Module 1
Unit 1
  March 24, 25
Unit 2  April 14, 15
Unit 3  May 5, 6

After Module 1, you will become an Associate Member of the British Autogenic Society.

Module 2
Unit 1  
June 23, 24
Unit 2  July 21, 22
Unit 3  September 15, 16
Unit 4  November 17, 18

Viva interview  – April  2019 

Training days run from 9.30am – 5.30pm.

Venue     The courses are held at 4th floor practice, 86 Harley Street, London, W1G 7HP.

When do I start to teach AT? Module 1 (6 days) contains the theory and practice of teaching basic AT. After this you will have all you need to begin working with clients with the help of your personal supervisor.

How to apply

  1. Complete a basic Autogenic Training course with a BAS practitioner. Ideally you will consolidate your own personal AT process over a 6-month period, before undertaking professional training, but this is not always possible.
  2. Apply to the Course Admissions Administrator (see below) and complete our application form, which includes supplying a reference from a professional work colleague in your current job. We will later ask for one from the therapist who taught you AT.
  3. Personal interview with two members of the BAS Education and Training Team. Acceptance on the course is by interview only.


For application forms, or any other queries, please contact Jane Bird, Course Administrator, via email or phone 01923 675501.


The cost of this course is: £2,970.

The first ‘starter’ payment of £800 is due by March 1st, £350 of which will be non-refundable in the event of cancellation after this date.  Thereafter, 10 monthly payments of £217 are made by Standing Order, from 1st April 2018 to 1st January 2019 inclusive.  If you wish to pay the full amount up front, a 5% discount of £148.50 is allowed.

Difficulties occurring during the course:
Every effort is made by the Education and Training Team, and the BAS Treasurer, to accommodate difficulties, whether personal or financial.

Tutorial Supervision
Your personal supervisor (tutor) will help and support your early practice with AT. Twelve compulsory tutorial hours are accounted for in your training.

Written Course work

1 Two Case Studies
You are required to submit two typed in-depth case histories of two clients to whom you have taught Autogenic Training as part of your continuous assessment. In order for you to gain the most from this useful self-reflective process, you are asked to write up your very first client, and one other. Your own growth in confidence and awareness between the two studies usually shows up.

The Case Studies should be discussed with your tutor, who will guide you as you go.

This piece of work is the only written work by which we can assess the actual procedures you carry out in teaching AT. There is plenty of guidance about how to present your studies and we do not necessarily ask for a ‘success story’. Sometimes we learn more from ‘failures’. The subtleties of AT are quite elusive at times, and our task is not to ‘claim success’ or even wish for it. The client is in our care to engage in their autogenic process, and the outcome is going to vary enormously.

We ask to read your own self-reflection about it. What have you learned? How might you approach things differently another time? Were there any aspects of feedback which surprised you? Did you find yourself in conflict at any time with your clients? How did you resolve this?


2 Extended Essay
This can take the form of an article/discussion paper/report for a medium-weight professional journal of the student’s choice – always with guidance from the student’s supervisor. Or it can be an essay on AT exploring its application in an area of particular interest to the student.

The purpose is to stimulate the student’s thinking and research abilities; to test their ability to present AT clearly and describe its relevance to a particular potential target client group.
The essay is 2-3,000 words, or as appropriate for the target audience/journal.

The essay will include reference to several sources and authors.

A subject heading to capture your own interest might be:
* ‘AT and …..’

Course Syllabus

Module 1 Units 1 – 3
* History and Development of AT
* Practical aspects of preparing/managing a group and the teaching of each standard exercise.
* Theory and Practice of Intentional off-loading Exercises (see below)
* Contraindications to AT
* Physiology and Biochemistry of stress
* AT and physical illness
* Psychopathology Part 1
* The pre-course client assessment
* Getting started in your teaching
* Basic methods test

Intentional Off-loading Exercises
These are a vital adjunct to the autogenic process. Using the powerful relaxation tools of AT can sometimes lead to emotional difficulties that need extra support and management. These exercises are called Intentional, because they carry a deliberate intent (unlike autogenic exercises, which rely on passive awareness and acceptance). The Intentional Off-loading Exercises cover strategies for dealing with anger, grief, anxiety, muscular tension in the body and throat.

Module 2 Units 1 – 3
This module follows students’ progress in working with their first clients.

Tutorial discussions – afternoons

These address specific topics and are designed for the student who is starting out in practice, to widen their knowledge and develop their therapeutic skills in teaching AT. Incorporated into these discussions is group supervision, where students present case studies of their client work, for peer discussion.

More theoretical content includes:

Psychopathology; creating Personal and Motivational formulae; Neurosciences and AT; Audit and research; Group dynamics; Sleep problems
* Developing your practice
* Codes of Ethics and Practice
* Equal opportunities
* Business planning
* Record keeping
* Student presentation on AT (marketing)
* Final test

Throughout Module 2
Revisit the introduction and management of all the Standard exercises
Revisit the introduction and management of all the Intentional off-loading exercises
The tutorial session works well as a further training opportunity for our own members who wish to join the training team.


Further training

The PGC-AT qualification allows you to teach basic AT. Further training in teaching and facilitating Autogenic Meditation is available.

Please contact us via email to or phone 01923 675 501.