Sunday, 14 August 2011

Shirley Price Aromatherapy Diploma - recommended reading list

Recommended Reading
Battaglia, S. (2003) The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy. Second edition The
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Bowles E Joy (2003) The Chemistry of Aromatherapeutic Oils Australia, Allen &
Unwin Paperback 256 pages ISBN 174114051X
Buckle, J. (2003) Clinical Aromatherapy 2nd Edition, Churchill Livingstone.
Paperback 236 pages (August 20, 2003) ISBN: 0443072361
Caddy, R. (1997) Aromatherapy: Essential Oils in Colour. Amberwood Publishing
Clarke, S. (2002) Essential Chemistry for Safe Aromatherapy. Churchill Livingstone
Paperback 256 pages (March 27, 2002) ISBN: 0443064857
Davis, P (1995) Aromatherapy an A-Z C.W. Daniel Co. Ltd Paperback 335 pages
ISBN: 0852072953
Gascoigne, S. (1992) Prescribed drugs and the Alternative Practitioner: The
Essential Guide. Energy Medicine Press ISBN: 1-85398-022-6
Gattefossé, R.M. Gattefossé’s Aromatherapy (1993) The First Book on
Aromatherapy, C.W. Daniel Co. Ltd. Paperback 176 pages ISBN: 0852072368
Kusmerik, J. (2202) Liquid Sunshine. Floamicus ISBN: 0-9543295-0-3
Lawless, J. (2002) The Encyclopaedia of Essential Oils. Harper Collins Paperback
224 pages ISBN: 0007145187
Sellar, W. (2001) The Directory of Essential Oils. C.W. Daniel Co. Ltd Paperback
191 pages ISBN: 0852073461
Tisserand, R. Balacs, T. (1995) Essential Oil Safety; A Guide for Health
Professionals Churchill Livingstone, Hardcover 296 pages ISBN: 0443052603
Tisserand, R. (1997), reprinted 1993) The Art of Aromatherapy C.W. Daniel Co.
Ltd. Paperback 321 pages ISBN: 085207140X
Lavabre, Marcel (1997) Aromatherapy Workbook. Inner Traditions International,
Paperback 192 pages ISBN: 0892816449
Price, S. (1983) Practical Aromatherapy. HarperCollins Paperback 128 pages
ISBN: 0722508050
Price, S. (1999) Aromatherapy for Health Care Professionals. Churchill
Livingstone. Paperback 394 pages ISBN: 0443062102
Valnet, J. (1980, re-printed 1991) The Practice of Aromatherapy. C.W. Daniel Co.
Worwood, V. (1997) The Fragrant Mind. Bantam Paperback 640 pages
ISBN: 0553407996
Updated May 2009 CP 22
4. Applied Aromatherapy
Outline of Syllabus Contents:
1. Introduction to methods of application of essences. An outline of the range of
current uses of essences in professional and home treatments.
2. Practical: Presentation and preparation - environment for massage, equipment,
comfort, consultation set up, professionalism - attitude, dress, client
management, time management, hygiene, consultation contraindications,
physical signs, client welfare.
3. Full Body Massage sequence - names of massage strokes, benefits of strokes,
sequence of strokes, how to perform strokes; use of body - posture of therapist;
energy and massage; intention and integrity of therapist - the therapeutic
exchange; protection of therapist and client; practice sessions on fellow students
and models.
4. Preparation of blends for massage treatment - safe dilutions for full body and
face; blending techniques for massage and other applications
5. Inhalations: - when to use and for what reasons/conditions helpful for (i.e.
respiratory congestion); equipment required; how to prepare; safe dilutions of
essences; frequency of use; recommended essences to use; contraindications.
6. Compresses: - when to use and for what reasons/conditions helpful for (i.e.
inflammation, etc); equipment required; types of compress (i.e. hot or cold or
both); methods of preparing; hydrolats as compresses; safe essence dilutions;
recommended essences to use; contraindications.
7. Diffusing: - when to use and for what reasons/conditions helpful for (i.e.
contagious conditions, psychological effects, etc); equipment; different ways of
diffusing oils, types of diffusers available; safety aspects - diffusing oils to public;
psychological effects; recommended safe dilutions and choice of essences;
8. Bathing: when to use and for what reasons/conditions helpful for (i.e. stress,
insomnia, etc); equipment required; types of carrier for bathing/showering, etc.;
safe dilutions; recommended essences, contraindications; sourcing carriers for
bathing preparations; labeling.
9. Creams, lotions, hydrolats, gels, sprays, clay, topical application etc.: - when to
use and for what reasons/conditions; equipment required; different types of
media - creams, lotions, gels, hydrolats, vegetable oils and when to use which
type of medium i.e. depending on condition of client; diluting media & safe
dilutions with essences; sourcing base creams and lotions and gels, etc for
making effective aromatherapy preparations - ingredients and costs, labeling
requirements, etc.; making own creams and lotions at home - equipment,
ingredients, recipes, etc.
Recommended Reading
Biel A (2001) Trail Guide to the Body Books of Discovery; 2nd Rev Edition Spiral
Bound ISBN: 0965853411
Essential Aromatherapy CD Rom, The Revision Package by Essential Training
Juhan D (1998) Job’s Body A Handbook for Bodywork Barrytown Limited
Paperback: 412 pages ISBN: 1581770227
Updated May 2009 CP 23
West O (1999) The Magic of Massage Hastings House Book Publishers Unbound
(1999) ISBN: 0803800002 Other Editions: Paperback
Premkumar Dr K (2003) The Massage Connection: Anatomy, Physiology &
Pathology Lippincott Williams and Wilkins Hardcover 704 pages ISBN:
Price L & S (2004) Understanding Hydrolats: The Specific Hydrosols for
Aromatherapy: A Guide for Health Professionals Churchill Livingstone Paperback,
300 pages, ISBN: 0443073163
Mosby’s Fundamentals of Therapeutic Massage. (2004) Mosby Unknown Binding
1408 pages ISBN: 0323026818
Vickers, A. (1997) Massage and Aromatherapy: A Guide for Health Professionals.
Nelson Thornes Paperback 328 pages (July 1, 1996) ISBN: 0412576309
5. Therapeutic Relationships
Outline of Syllabus Contents
1. Individual and cultural prejudices, personal areas of strength and weakness,
health beliefs, the ability to give and receive feedback, the ability to self-assess.
2. The patient/practitioner relationship - communication skills to include models of
conscious and unconscious communication, building empathy, transference
and counter-transference, setting boundaries, proper professional conduct,
beginning and endings in a therapeutic relationship, dealing with sensitive
issues such as bereavement and loss.
3. Aromatherapy within the complementary and conventional health care sector.
Students will be provided with an overview of other complementary therapies.
Students will also learn when a client’s needs are outside of their level of
expertise and know when to refer to other healthcare professionals.
Recommended Reading
Brown, G. Esdaile, S. Ryan, S. (2003) Becoming an Advanced Healthcare
Practitioner. Butterworth Heineman
Mitchell, A. Cormack, M. (1998) The Therapeutic Relationship in Complementary
Health care. Churchill Livingstone
Featherstone C (1996) Medical Marriage Scotland, the Findhorn Press
7. Legislation & Ethics
Outline of Syllabus Contents
1. Confidentiality - confidentiality and the law, Data-protection act, situations in
which patient information may be disclosed, sources of legal help and advice;
confidentiality within the practice, other staff, making and storing case notes,
patient access to their own notes
2. Referrals - to orthodox practitioners, to others within same discipline and to
those in other disciplines, patient care when the practitioner is absent.
6. Relationships between practitioners: communication, courtesy, professional and
ethical conduct; disputes and complaints procedure; transfer and referral of
patients, case histories and patient notes.
7. Continuing professional development; boundaries of the therapeutic space;
safeguarding the legitimate needs of the practitioner.
8. Professional misconduct: complaints, disciplinary procedure, advice and
guidance, insurance.
Updated May 2009 CP 24
9. Prescribed conduct regarding: abortion, venereal disease, notifiable diseases,
consent and supervision of minors and people with learning difficulties,
procedures for the intimate examination of a patient of the opposite sex,
notification of adverse events.
Recommended Reading
S12(1) of the Medicines Act 1968 and proposed review MHRA documents.
The Cosmetic Products (Safety) Regulations 1996
Massage & Special Treatment Licensing Acts & Regulations
8. Business Practice
Outline of Syllabus Contents
1. Advertising standards: methods and wording, creating expectation and making
claims (S12(1) of the Medicines Act 1968).
2. How to advertise and promote your business; marketing skills; advantages and
disadvantages of the different types of employment; choice of premises; homevisiting
practice; networking; financial considerations and business plans;
banking and writing a CV. Explanations of business development from sole
trader, partnerships and limited company.
3. Setting up a business; fees, charges and costs and insurances.
4. Taxation and business issues; record keeping; taxable expenses; tax shelter;
personal pensions, preparing Tax Returns and accounts; hiring an accountant;
National Insurance Contributions (NIC).
5. Selling products - Trading Standards; Trades Descriptions Act 1968, The
Cosmetic Products (Safety) Regulations 1996, Consumer Protection Act 1987,
Sale & Supply of Goods Act 1994.
6. COSHH, CHIPS, Health & Hygiene & Safety at Work Act 1974, Veterinary
Surgeons Act 1966. RIDDOR,
7. National laws and Common Law; Byelaws, Local Authority Licensing;
Recommended Reading
Aldred Elaine M., “A Guide to starting your own Complementary Therapy Practice”
(2007), Churchill Livingstone ISBN -0-443-10309-7
Bailey, Anthony The "Which" Guide to Starting Your Own Business: How to Make a
Success of Going It Alone ("Which?" Consumer Guides); Paperback ~ Paperback
288 pages (March 2003) Publisher: Which? Books ISBN: 0852029306
Bickne, Carrie Web Design on a Shoestring; Hardcover ~ Hardcover 250 pages
(July 2003) Publisher: New Riders ISBN: 0735713286
Reuvid, Jonathan & Millar, Roderick Start Up and Run Your Own Business;
Paperback ~ Paperback 292 pages (September 3, 2003) Publisher: Kogan Page
ISBN: 0749440287
Rooney, Kathy (Editor) Good Small Business Guide: How to Start and Grow Your
Own Woods, Caspian From Acorns... How to Build Your Brilliant Business From
Scratch; Paperback ~ Paperback 172 pages (December 12, 2003) Publisher:
Prentice Hall ISBN: 0273688057
Webb P & S (2003) The Small Business Handbook: An Entrepreneur's Definitive
Guide to Starting a Business Paperback 608 pages (December 15, 2003)
Publisher: Bloomsbury ISBN: 0747566909
Updated May 2009 CP 25
Inland Revenue Leaflets (available as PDF’s from
SE/1 Thinking of working for yourself? - Includes an application form to register
yourself as a self-employed person and also to register for National Insurance
CF10 – Self-employed people with small earnings
ES/FS1 – Employed or self-employed for tax and national insurance contributions
SA/BK4 Self Assessment. A general guide to keeping records.
Gives general advice about the records that need to be kept for tax purposes each
year and how long they need to be kept.
SA/BK8 Self Assessment. Your Guide. contains a lot of information useful
to the tutor when teaching about tax obligations.
9. Understanding Research in Practice
Outline of Syllabus Contents
1. Define what research is and what function it performs.
2. Discuss hypothesis, control measure, variables, measurements, significance
3. Relate to current medical & scientific research.
4. Explain the meaning of placebos, control groups, double blind etc.
5. Include specific examples of types of medical and aromatherapy research
6. Identify the needs of the scientific community
7. Critical analysis and research
8. Discuss examples of research formats and presentations
9. Identify and discuss the differences between qualitative & quantitative research
and the difficulties underlying some aspects of aromatherapy research
Recommended Reading
Lewith G. (2001) Clinical Research in Complementary Therapies. Churchill
Livingstone Paperback 392 Pages ISBN 044306367
Sutton C (1987) Handbook of research for the helping professions, New York
10. Reflective Practice
Outline of Syllabus Contents
1. An introduction to the philosophy of reflective practice and its relevance to the
2. Understanding Self Attitudes, beliefs, and values; what they are and how they
develop and the factors that influence their development. Defining health and
3. Identifying the therapist’s own attitudes and beliefs. The effect these might
have on clients and others with whom the therapist may
4. Interpersonal skills. The nature of inter-personal relationships, the therapeutic
relationship and working with others. How these relationships may affect the
therapist's ability to work effectively. To recognise and deal effectively with own
behaviour and practice, when it adversely affects working with different people.
5. Effective learning and development. Review and evaluate existing knowledge
and professional practice using NOS and Professional Code of Practice toidentify strengths and limitations. Knowing how we learn, learning styles, what
they are, to improve upon the limitations identified above.
6. Learning from experience. To learn effectively from experience requires
analysis and interpretation of the event so that it leads to new understanding.
Structuring the process to identifying the experience, returning to the
experience and describing it, attending to feelings, making sense of the
experience and assessing competence.
7. The role of reflective journaling as part of the learning and self development
8. Writing a development plan. Produce a Portfolio of learning evidence and
detail programme for future professional progress.
9. Support for learning and development to gain knowledge of various types of
support systems and networks and how to access them.
Recommended Reading
Reflection -
Boud D, Keogh R & Walker D; (1985) Reflection: turning experience into learning,
Kogan Page
Johns C. (2002) Guided Reflection Blackwell Science
Johns C. (2000) Becoming a reflective practitioner; a reflective and holistic
approach to clinical nursing, practice development and clinical supervision
Blackwell Science
Johns C (1994) Guided reflection. In reflective practice in nursing (Palmer A et al
eds) Blackwell science, Oxford
Reflection -

Source: AC Core curriculum


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