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rebecca treatingThe Medical Qigong Therapist (MQT) is a 555 hour Certificate Program that continues on where the MQP training left off. Students continue to deepen their knowledge and expertise in Medical Qigong by learning advanced assessment skills, remote work, and working with Qi deviations.

Time is spent studying specialty areas such as Pediatrics, Geriatrics, Gynecology, Neurology, Psychology. We begin the work of integrating Medical Qigong practices within the context of Oncology.

Exams within this program will include written, oral, and practical examinations plus skillset competencies.  There are also Additional Requirements for this program that are to be completed outside of class. This program is designed to be completed within one year.  Students who are unable to complete the requirements within the year of enrollment have an additional 12 months after their last Seminar to complete any program requirements. At the end of that time, students wishing to return for training or to submit Additional Requirements will need to file for an Extension or will consider to be withdrawn from the Program.

Prerequisite: Students must have successfully completed all required seminars in the Medical Qigong Practitioner (MQP) program before entering the MQT program. Additional Requirements for MQP do not have to be completed at the time of enrollment, but students will have to obtain their Medical Qigong Practitioner Certificate before they can apply for the Medical Qigong Therapist Certificate at the end of this Program.

The following seminars are required for the completion of the MQT Certificate.

  • T1 - Advanced Assessments and Remote Work +

    This course adds to the Medical Qigong student’s skillset by teaching several methods of performing remote assessments and remote Medical Qigong. This allows the student to work with clients from a distance.  Several other auxiliary modalities, drawn from Daoist traditions, are also presented.

    Course content will include:

    • Including Applications of Intuitive and Perceptual Qi Assessment
    • Assessment Based on Flat Palm Detection (Hand Sensing)
    • Assessment Based on Kinesthetic and Empathic Qi Absorption
    • Hand Assessment Based on Body Association
    • Assessment by Observing Aura Fields
    • Remote Work
    • Faith Projection
    • Negative Thought Projections and Medical Qigong
    • Auxiliary Medical Qigong Modalities

    Objectives:
    Students will be able to:

    • Demonstrate a variety of assessment methodologies and auxiliary Medical Qigong modalities, including several remote techniques, Daoist talismans and the creation of energized fluid, food or other objects.

    Prerequisite: Completion of all the Medical Qigong Practitioner Seminars

  • T2 - Medical Qigong Dao Yin and Rectifying Qi Deviations +

    This course is designed to introduce students to the study of proper Dao Yin training and rectifying qi deviations. Time is spent gaining a deeper understanding of the internal principles of postural, respiratory and mental Dao Yin training so that students develop a deeper comprehension of the body's energetic relationship to the physical structure as well as deviations of the psyche. Time will be spent discussing Qi Deviations, their development and how to rectify them.

    Objectives:

    Students will be able to:

    • Discuss the many qigong postures appropriate for Medical Qigong and clarify which posture is appropriate for certain conditions.
    • Demonstrate at least three forms of Qi Walking and discuss when each could be taught to a client
    • Demonstrate and discuss various forms of Postural Dao Yin Training, Respiratory Dao Yin Training and Mental Dao Yin Training.
    • Demonstrate and describe several methods of rectifying Qi Deviations

    Prerequisite: Completion of all the Medical Qigong Practitioner Seminars

  • T3 - Medical Qigong: Working within Specialty Areas +

    This course is designed to introduce specialized Medical Qigong approaches when working in the areas of pediatrics, geriatrics, and other specialty areas. General principles and specific protocols are offered for each specialty area.

    Course content will include:

    • Early stages of child growth and development and appropriate Medical Qigong Exercises for children
    • Medical Qigong Exercises for geriatric population
    • Self-Care exercises for psycho-emotional disorders
    • Working with clients who have emotional anxieties, phobias, and addictions

    Objectives:
    Students should be able to demonstrate and discuss:

    • Medical Qigong exercises appropriate for pediatrics
    • Medical Qigong exercises appropriate for geriatric population and discuss how Medical Qigong would be modified for geriatrics
    • Windows of the Sky Points for clients with psycho-emotional issues.

    Prerequisite: Completion of all the Medical Qigong Practitioner Seminars

  • T4 - Introduction to Medical Qigong and Oncological Disorders +

    This course is designed to provide students an understanding of the etiology and pathology of various types of cancers and tumor formations from a Medical Qigong and Chinese medical paradigm. Students are not taught to, and will not diagnose, treat, or work directly with cancer.
    This course offers a historical perspective on the theory of significant stagnation and provides possible tools to assist clients who might be going through a cancer treatment process. Students are taught how to describe, assess and work with the underlying emotional root stagnation, using the language and model of Chinese Medicine.
    Medical Qigong exercises are taught that can empower clients who are going through difficult treatments, as well as help them to address energetic roots of physical stagnation.

    Course content will include:

    • Historical overview of the Etiology and Pathology of Cyst, Tumor and Cancer Formation from a Chinese Medical perspective
    • Medical Qigong Approach to Cancer Self-Care

    Objectives:    
    Students will be able to demonstrate and discuss:

    • Self-Care Exercises related to significant stagnation

    Prerequisite: Completion of all MQP Seminars

  • T5 Internship and Final Examination for MQT +

    This 5-day seminar is the culminating event of the MQT Program. In addition to working through comprehensive reviews of previous material, students are asked to integrate everything they have learned throughout the program to work with clients within the structure of a supervised on-site internship.

    The student will study and work with different aspects of energetic dysfunctions and symptom manifestations. During the Internship phase, the instructor will guide and assist in all phases of assessment and Qi Emission.

    Course content will also include:

    • Exploring case studies
    • Integrating advanced modalities
    • Applying advanced assessment and advanced energetic modulation skills
    • Comprehensive academic and practical reviews of MQT theory and skillsets
    • Internship

    Objectives:
    Students will be able to:

    • Demonstrate all qigong exercises taught throughout the program, as well as discuss when each would be appropriate or contraindicated.
    • Utilize assessment techniques, analytical and energetic, to provide a complex Medical Qigong session for a client, utilizing the appropriate secondary protocols, as well as various Qi Emission techniques
    • Teach Self Care exercises to a client based on that client’s individualized needs, as assessed energetically and analytically via intake information and information obtained during the General Protocol
    • Demonstrate and appropriately utilize all qi emission techniques and healing sound techniques taught throughout this program and be able to discuss when each would be appropriate or contraindicated

    Prerequisite: All seminars for MQT (T1 – T4);

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MQT Additional Requirements

Each program has Additional Requirements in addition to the required Seminars.  Additional Requirements for the MQT program are below.

  • Western Anatomy and Physiology +

    Students desiring the MQT Program Certificate are required to take 90 hours of Western Anatomy and Physiology. The student has several options for meeting this requirement and can chose the option that best suites his/her situation.

    This class can be taken onsite at the ICMQ when it is offered.

    Students may also meet this requirement at any accredited college or university, including online. If meeting the requirement this way, the student would need two courses, each approved for 3 semester credits, or a total of 6 semester credits.

    This requirement is not included in the student’s GPA.

  • Basic Traditional Chinese Medicine Theory +

    Students desiring the MQT Program Certificate are required to take 45 hours of Basic Traditional Chinese Medicine Theory. The student has several options for meeting this requirement and can chose the option that best suites his/her situation.

    • This class can be taken onsite at the ICMQ when it is offered.
    • Courses may be taken at any accredited or unaccredited college or university, including online institutions. Courses in TCM that are approved for 3 semester credits will be accepted.
    • Students may do private tutoring with an acupuncturist designated by the ICMQ as a Content Expert. The acupuncturist must by licensed in the state of his/her residence. The Content Expert must agree to cover the outline of required subject material provided by the ICMQ, and must submit a written signed affidavit after the instruction verifying that the instruction took place. All Content Experts must be pre-approved by the ICMQ ahead of time, and documentation must be provided to verify the Content Expert meets requirements.

    This requirement is not included in the student’s GPA.

  • Practicum Hours MQT +

    60 Practicum Hours must be logged and verified before the Medical Qigong Therapist Certificate can be awarded. These are hours in addition to the Clinical Practice hours required for the MQP program. 

    Learning to become a Medical Qigong practitioner requires practice. Every time you work with a client, the academic and theoretical knowledge gained in the Medical Qigong courses is put into practical application. Each Medical Qigong Program requires a certain number of Practicum hours.  These are documented hours working with clients.  Once students have completed “P2 Introduction to Medical Qigong Assessment and Protocols”, they are expected to begin practicing the General Protocol. As students gain experience and attend more advanced courses, their knowledge of Medical Qigong will increase, as will their abilities to assess and work with more challenging cases.

    Practicum hours cannot not include hours spent working on fellow students within class, or hours spent during P5, T5, or M5 Internships. They can include hours spent working on fellow students after regular class hours.  An important part of learning to work with clients, however, is learning to adjust and learn from new situations, new people, and new issues.  For this reason, the student is strongly encouraged to work with a wide range of people while going through the Program. The student is expected to keep documentation on clients, including client histories, protocols used, and self-care exercises. Students are responsible for finding their own volunteers or clients with whom they will log their Practicum hours.

    Practicum hours must be logged on the IMQC Practicum Log form and signed by the practice clients. Once the required number of hours has been logged, the completed Practicum Logs should be turned into the Administrative Assistant.  Program certificates will not be issued until Practicum hours are submitted.  Ideally, Practicum hours are turned in before the final seminar is completed, however students have up to 12 months after the end of the program to submit Practicum logs. Students who are not able to turn in their Practicum hours within 12 months must file for an extension.

    If you are in a country that forbids the use of a visible sign in sheet for privacy reasons, you must still use a Practicum Log.  List your clients by initials instead of names.   Have them initial instead of sign.  

    The IMQC Practicum Log form and other sample forms are available in the Student section of the website or at Sample Forms.

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Shown are currently scheduled upcoming MQT Seminars. 

The program starts every spring, with the T1 Seminar. If there are no Seminars showing, then we have not posted the schedule for the upcoming year yet.

Seminars are 5 days long.

MQT Schedule

For full schedule of all upcoming events, please see Upcoming Events.

Apply to the MQT or MQM Program

The is the enrollment process for students who trained with Dr. Bernard Shannon within the last 5 years and want to continue their training by advancing to the next program level.

If your training was not with Dr. Shannon, or was not within the last 5 years, you may be asked to take an Entrance Exam or be evaluated prior to being admitted for further training.  Please contact our office.

Application Process

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  • Submit your Application online by clicking on the link above. Your information will be entered in a secure  portal.
  • There is a non-refundable $300 Deposit for students applying to any of the Programs.  Once your application is received and processed, our office will send you options for paying this fee, and information on submitting required documentation. This deposit is deducted from the price of your initial seminar and is not a separate fee.
  • Our class sizes are limited, so that we can provide quality experiential instruction. If a Program is full, you will be placed on the waiting list and notified if an opening occurs.
  • Once the Program Application has been submitted, the student may Register for the initial Seminar of that Program.

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