30 Years Old This Month!
The Association of Reflexologists was set up in 1984 and since then it has gone from strength to strength and has supported over 25,000 members through the last 30 years!
This article looks back on our involvement in promoting excellence in training over the years:
A brief history of Reflexology Training
In 1984, when the AoR was first formed, there were no set teaching specification or national standards for reflexology; each school would set its own syllabus and would decide how the students would be assessed at the end of their course. Exams were sat in-house with no external assessment. Quite surprising that this was the case only 30 years ago!
In 1989 the AoR decided that this needed to be addressed and facilitated a meeting of 32 representatives of various reflexology organisations and schools resulting in the standards for teaching being unanimously agreed – these marked the start of some very exciting changes which have resulted in the Reflexology Diploma now being placed on the national Governmental framework.
The next milestone was in the early 1990’s when the first AoR Practitioner’s Course was run, this was the start of external assessment in reflexology training as students were examined not only by the school but also by a representative from the AoR training and education department. This course continued until the early millennium when it then became externally moderated by independent awarding bodies, first the AQA and then the ABC, meaning that the requirement for a high standard of training truly lay outside of the schools.
Alongside this, the AoR were also involved with the setting of the National Occupational Standards (NOS) and the development of the Core Curriculum for reflexology; both of these were produced to consolidate training standards and education for reflexology in the UK. All this hard groundwork meant that in 2010 the Diploma in Reflexology was at last able to be placed onto the Qualifications and Credits Framework (QCF), the National Governmental framework, securing for reflexology a nationally recognised qualification.
It is always good to step back occasionally, to allow time to reflect on how far you have come - and a big birthday is often such a time. However, be reassured that the AoR remains forward thinking and we will continue to strive to remain the foremost inspirational reflexology association; supporting both individual reflexologists and reflexology as a profession.
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