CCAP Course Content
Introduces the core concepts of clinical aromatherapy using touch and smell, emphasizing its place within the history of medical therapies, plus different clinical application methods, safety, and basic plant taxonomy. Details on how to take a clinical case-study & generic consent forms. Introduction to The 'M' Technique® on the hand. Nine essential oils are covered with evidence-based, research-backed material.
Outlines the chemistry and main functional groups found in essential oils, the aroma-togram and essential oils in infection. Also covered is biosynthesis and special carrier oils. Nine new essential oils.
Emphasizes key concepts in the clinical use of essential oils and their potential use within a health care framework with specific reference to stress, psychoneuroimmunology, and mental health. Group tutorials on research projects. Eight new essential oils.
A review of all essential oils covered in the course with special reference to inflammation, pain, insomnia, cancer, AIDS & women's health: supporting case-histories & research data. Protocols and policies. Research project catch up. Oral presentation guidelines. Exam prep. Eight new essential oils.
CCAP Course Details
The course comprises four modules, each one over two days, usually a weekend. The weekends are spread out over approx. 12 months. Each module is usually 9 am - 6 pm making up 68 taught hours plus 182 hours of student effort. In special circumstances a missed module can be made up by arrangement with the instructor. The modules must be taken in consecutive order.
Homework & Exam
There is homework in the form of 34 case studies, one for each essential oil covered. These need to be completed between modules and presented in class. They give the student an ongoing practical experience of using essential oils in a clinical way.
The exam is in 2 parts – a written test and presentation of a small research project – both parts are externally assessed.
Certification as a Clinical Aromatherapy Certified Practitioner (CCAP) is awarded after completion of 34 case studies and successful testing.
CCAP Course Purpose
To know how to use thirty-four essential oils effectively and safely in clinical practice
CCAP Course Approval
This continuing nursing education activity is approved by the American Holistic Nurses Association's Education www.ahncc.org
250 CEs: AHNA 1155 - through 10/6/2017.
Clinical Aromatherapy for Health Professionals (CCAP) has been peer-reviewed and is endorsed by the American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA).
It was the first aromatherapy program in the USA to be endorsed by a national nursing organization in 1997.
RJ Buckle Associates LLC is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (www.ncbtmb.com) as a Continuing Education Approved Provider. Approved since 1997. Provider No 839132, thru 8/30/2019.
Carol Scheidel is the director of R.J. Buckle Associates, LLC - a continuing education company. R.J. Buckle Associates, LLC receives monetary compensation for teaching the Clinical Aromatherapy and 'M' Technique® courses.
One of the requirements of the CCAP course is to complete a small research project. Some students carry out ambitious hospital-based studies that require IRB (Internal Review Board) approval. Others complete more modest, but still interesting, studies on family and friends exploring the effects of clinical aromatherapy on insomnia, menopausal symptoms, gender preference, memory enhancement, nausea and so on.
There is new research into the clinical use of essential oils emerging all the time and it would not be possible to list it all on this website. However, there are many on-line databases, such as Medline, that will enable you to search. It is best to use the botanical name of the plant rather than 'aromatherapy'.
R.J. Buckle Associates reads and critiques every study. Typically more than 50% are suitable for publication. However, very few students actually follow this path! Getting published in a peer-reviewed journal is hard work. The best paper is not written, it is rewritten. But unless your work is out there for the world to read, what you have done will have minimal impact.
Dr. Buckle was a reviewer for NIH and NHS and says that the best research in the world has often started in a very modest way. Go on and have a try! Sometimes, a meticulously observed and documented case-study will be accepted for publication. —Dr Jane Buckle PhD, MA, RN, Cert Ed
Each module is $375 for non-AHNA members and $350 for AHNA members. The exam is the same price as each module. In addition there is the cost of materials.
Essential oil packs for each module range from $75 for Module 1 to $150 for Module 4. They come from 4 separate distributors. RJBA does not sell essential oils. For a list of distributors for the course and recommended, please click here.
The course and materials may be tax deductible for education, depending on your state.
Please click here to be directed to the database that stores all the upcoming classes. You will be able to search by Module (1-4), exam, month, State or Instructor name. Or you can just click on the Find Courses link on the database page and all the modules will be listed in chronological order showing the module, the date and the State.
For additional details, just click on the link Click here on the module you have selected for more details and to find the location, the instructor name and contacts, the coordinator name and contacts.
If there is no taught course in your State, please click here to go to the list of instructors and select an instructor closest to you. This will give you her bio and her email. Then you can contact her to see if she is preparing to teach in the near future. If there is no instructor in your area, please consider the R.J. Buckle Associates Aromatherapy Foundation home-study course. Although this is not the same, it will give you a good start in aromatherapy. Click here to go to the Aromatherapy Foundation home-study course.
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