Each day more people search the web for color therapy home study courses. But without guidance how do you know which course is right for you? Where do you begin, and what are the pros and cons of color therapy home study courses overall?
Let’s begin, I’ll assume you’ve already decided you want to study color therapy at home, and this is about how to choose the right kind of course and delivery method for you.
*** Training Levels: Personal or Practitioner
Before we discuss delivery methods, we should consider the level of learning you want to experience. Are you seeking color therapy education for personal use? Because if you are, it increases your choices. Alternatively, if you want to train as a color therapy practitioner, the decision making process becomes more involved because you need to consider whether the course is accredited, whether you’ll get certified – and if so, by whom? Color Therapy is still a self regulated profession and not all color therapy training is created equal. More about that later…
*** Practical or Theoretical
Let’s assume you want to study color therapy at home for personal use and enjoyment. When you are reviewing a home study course, you need to consider the training offered, is it all theoretical? Will you get reading materials and be expected to simply digest the information?
A so-called ‘self-paced’ home study course might work for some, but think of this: if a book of information was all it took to be smart, then why are libraries unpopular, and why do people languish with so many self-help products? Simple really, learning is a participatory activity.
A professional educator, trainer or teacher will tell you “doing” helps reinforce learning. Reading provides limited retention of the subject matter, whereas a home study course encouraging participation ensures a higher, and more satisfactory level of learning.
*** What’s a Fair Price For a Color Therapy Home Study Course?
At the time of writing there are color therapy home study courses priced for less than $100, to courses priced well over $1,000. And many courses hide their true total cost by offering segments!
Each course creator is entitled to charge whatever they consider fair, however having experienced many of the courses – both cheap and outrageously expensive, I have found the main differences are customer service, interactivity, and support.
And NO, price does not indicate the levels you can expect to receive. More money paid, does not mean more service rendered. In fact, one of the most expensive courses I ever bought simply provided me with a single CD – no printed materials, no email support, no phone support. I’d spent over a thousand dollars and I was on my own!
Remember, many color therapy home study courses are not guaranteed. Their creators will sell you the training materials “sight unseen.” Caveat Emptor – buyer beware is good advice.
Guarantees are not required by law in many countries. If you are dealing with a trustworthy business, they understand a strong guarantee is great for business. A strong guarantee speaks volumes about them, the course and finally it provides you with a level of comfort reducing any concerns you may have.
*** Delivery & Teaching Methods
Mail order is probably the oldest delivery method available for home study. Today many courses offer this option and if you are located in parts of the world where Internet access is unreliable or limited, it may be good choice. Remember though, the mail can be slow, customs are often an issue, and it’s not an interactive medium by modern email or web based standards.
Mail order can deliver course materials in a timed or sequential fashion, but the logistics are tricky. It is possible for one lesson to arrive before another. If you are simply getting the entire course materials in one batch, then out-of-order lessons is not a problem.
The best way to study color therapy at home is via an Internet training model. The web offers excellent opportunities for students, and teachers alike to interact and train in ways which until recently were not possible.
Lesson and other materials are delivered only when appropriate, students are not deluged with information, and tools like email, websites, forums and pod casting makes for a rich learning environment.
Of course, training like this is not for everyone, but for ease of use, interactivity and price – yes, a home color study course delivered via web technologies is often better value than a printed and mailed version.
Here’s a summary of the things to consider when deciding on the pros and cons of any color therapy home study course:
– Decide if you want to learn color therapy for personal use, or whether you are planning to open your own color therapy practice.
– Assuming personal use, decide if you are theoretical learner, or if you’d prefer hands-on practical exercises as part of your studies.
– Don’t fall for the high-prices, the Internet affords e-publishers the opportunity to pass along cost savings to you. Remember, high prices don’t guarantee a quality learning experience.
– Speaking of guarantees, if the course you are considering does not offer a 100% Money-Back guarantee then consider yourself warned. Choosing an education is a personal matter and you want to feel comfortable with your decision without worrying whether you can get a refund if it’s not right for you.
– If you want the best available home study teaching features, I recommend an Internet delivered course. It affords you interactivity, and other benefits a 3-ring binder, or a mailed CD simply cannot.
– Finally, contact the author of the course if you have doubts. And if they don’t offer support via email, special forums and other mechanisms – I’d pass.