15 credits at level HE4
The module is designed to introduce, reinforce and develop the theoretical and practical aromatherapy skills required to work in professional practice. You will acquire knowledge and skills to be able to assess clients with varying needs and devise treatment plans to enhance their overall well-being. You will study the professional and ethical issues relating to aromatherapy and how your working practice must meet the National Occupational Standards (N.O.S). Completion of this module does not give you a licence to practice as an aromatherapist, however evidence from this unit can be used towards a qualification in aromatherapy.
• Theoretical Knowledge: history and philosophy of aromatherapy; aromatherapy techniques; potential physical, physiological and psychological effects (both short and long term, possible benefits, risks and possible side-effects); properties, uses and effects of carrier and essential oils; methods of extraction; chemical composition of essential oils (toxicology); ethical, professional and safety issues relating to practice; contra-indications, contra-actions and cautions to treatment; consultation techniques and treatment planning; adaptations to treatment; aftercare advice; liaising and working with healthcare practitioners; factors affecting treatment (e.g., gender, culture, religion, age, disabilities).
• Practical Techniques: factors affecting treatment; consultation techniques and treatment planning; aromatherapy techniques; methods of application; blending methods; adaptations to treatment; health and safety legislation.
• Professionalism: maintaining appropriate health and safety, legal and ethical standards including adhering to relevant codes of practice and standards.
• Evidence-based research in aromatherapy.
• Reflective Practice: case history taking; professional clinical practice; treatment evaluation; development of reflective practice skills.
Study and academic skills: research skills; reading academic literature; reflecting on, and evaluating, practice.
Transferable skills and understanding: communication skills including active listening and questioning; diversity; working with others, ICT.
You will learn through a variety of methods including lecture, practical demonstrations, practical work in the college salon, group activities, tutorials and class-based activities. You will be assessed through (i) an assignment, (ii) an examination and (iii) the development of a work practice portfolio containing records of observations made of your practical work and your discussion, and your reflective case studies.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Have explored ancient and modern history of aromatherapy and its role in society today.||
1.1 Research the ancient history of aromatherapy (to include e.g. Ancient China, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, Rome, Arabia and the Middle East) and the roles key figures (e.g., Gattefosse, Valnet and Madame Marguerite Maury) have played in developing the therapy.
1. 2 Explain how the development of the National Occupational Standards has influenced aromatherapy to date.
|2.||Have understood potential effects of aromatherapy, and factors that may affect or restrict treatment.||
2.1 Describe potential physical, physiological and psychological benefits, risks and side effects (including contra-actions) of aromatherapy.
2.2 Explain contra-indications and contra-actions that would prevent or restrict treatment and the appropriate action to take.
|3.||Have demonstrated knowledge of carrier and essential oils.||
3.1 Explain the properties and uses of both carrier and essential oils.
3.2 Explain different methods of extraction.
3.3 Identify the chemical constituents of essential oils.
3.4 Store and use oils safely following correct health and safety legislation.
3.5 Correctly blend oils as appropriate to the clients and their requirements.
3.6 Select carrier and essential oils appropriate to your clients’ needs.
|4.||Have demonstrated effective communication and consultation skills, and the technical knowledge and understanding required to perform a full consultation with clients.||
4.1 Demonstrate effective communication and consultation skills in the consultation process during working practice.
4.2 Conduct a range of consultations with a variety of clients in a professional manner, investigate and assess clients’ needs accurately, and formulate suitable treatment plans to meet their needs.
4.3 Apply ethical and professional standards when undertaking consultations with clients and explain how these standards have been applied.
|5.||Have conducted physical analyses of clients, planned treatments and make recommendations to enhance the well-being of clients.||
5.1 Conduct a physical analysis of clients correctly, incorporating posture, body and skin types, and accurately record the findings of the assessment.
5.2 Devise suitable treatment plans based on the visual, verbal and postural analysis of clients.
5.3 Make realistic recommendations tailored to clients’ needs, to enhance the well-being of clients (this is to include home care advice).
|6.||Have demonstrated effective aromatherapy techniques and maintained accurate client records.||
6.1 Perform aromatherapy techniques in line with National Occupational Standards and adapt techniques correctly to meet varying clients’ needs and explain how you have done this.
6.2 Adhere to health and safety legislation whilst undertaking your professional practice and explain how you have done this.
6.3 Implement an ethical approach to practice and explain how you have taken an ethical approach when working with clients.
6.4 Complete client records correctly and ensure they are appropriately maintained to meet legal requirements (e.g. contra-indications, contra-actions, details of treatments, feedback from the client, any adverse effects from treatment and a disclaimer).
|7.||Have reflected on your professional practice and identified ways to improve your practice.||
7.1 Reflect upon your performance identifying strengths and weaknesses and how you can improve your working practices.
7.2 Evaluate the treatment plans you have devised, and the treatments you have provided, for clients and discuss how they could be improved.
|8.||Have demonstrated academic skills at level 4.||
8.1 Demonstrate the following in your assessed work:
(i) appropriate structure and good presentation;
(ii) correct use of English (e.g., grammar, punctuation, spelling, style);
(iii) correct use of Harvard referencing;
(iv) theoretical knowledge appropriate to level 4.
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Research assignment 900 words||Exam – short answers, unseen, 1 hour||Work practice portfolio containing: Records of observations made of your practical work and your discussion (L.O. 3,4,5,6) Reflective case studies (L.O. 7, 8)|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
Clarke, S. (2002) Essential Chemistry for Safe Aromatherapy. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone
Schnaubelt, K. (1998) Medical Aromatherapy : Healing With Essential Oils. New York: North Atlantic Books
Tisserand, R. (2001) Essential Oil Safety 2ed. London: WB Saunders
Williams, D. (1996) The Chemistry of Essential Oils. London: Micelle Press
Positive Health Journal
Alternative health practitioner : the journal of complementary and natural care Complementary health practice review
Complementary Therapies in Nursing and Midwifery
Today’s Therapist Ltd - Topaz Publications - 1, Granville Walk. Chadderton, Oldham, OL9 6SR
Aromatherapy Council http://www.aromatherapycouncil.co.uk/
Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council http://www.cnhc.org.uk/pages/index.cfm
General Regulatory Council for Complementary Therapists http://www.grcct.org/
International Fragrance Association http://www.ifraorg.org/Home/Code,+Standards+Compliance/IFRA+Standards/page.aspx/56
The Prince’s Foundation for Integrated Health http://www.fih.org.uk/index.html
Research Council for Complementary Medicine http://www.rccm.org.uk/
Skills for Health http://www.skillsforhealth.org.uk/about-us.aspx
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