The educational assumptions of GFDMO were developed by the organization’s Scientific Council and consist of 3 levels. Depending on the skills and experience in manual therapy, we have set precise rules for certification at individual levels.
The first level of education at GFDMO includes two programs designed for therapists with different levels of advancement in manual therapy.
The education program at GFDMO for beginning physiotherapists consists of 5 modules.
The program for physiotherapists with extensive experience in manual therapy consists of 3 intensive training modules. At this level, during the courses, instructors do not cover basic issues related to, for example, tissue sensation or functional anatomy.
The first level ends with a theoretical and practical exam. A positive result of the exam entitles you to receive a certificate and to be entered on the international list of FDM therapists with the FDM PRACTITIONER title.
After 3 months of practical use of the knowledge from FDM 1, 2, 3 or FDM 1 Intensive courses, the FDM therapists who are interested in further development have the opportunity to participate in second-level courses (the 3-month period is a GFDMO recommendation).
The second level of education lasts a total of 17 training days and includes 5 modules. The GFDMO Scientific Council decided that in order to obtain the FDM Certified Practitioner title, there is a requirement to participate in three freely chosen modules and also to write a thesis in a research paper form.
The thesis is to relate to the FDM model, consist of ca. 5,000 – 10,000 words and address one of the following areas:
After 3 months of practice, the FDM therapists who are interested in further development have the opportunity to participate in the third level courses (the 3-month period is a GFDMO recommendation).
The third level of education at GFDMO is available to therapists who meet the requirements set by the Scientific Council:
The final level 3 exam takes place in front of an international body of instructors. It includes a thesis exam, a written and practical exam. A positive result of the final examination gives the physiotherapist the right to use the FDM Advance Practitioner title and the right to take assistantship to become an international FDM instructor.
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