The Institute

What does the Psychomotor Education Institute of South Africa offer?

The Psychomotor Education Institute of South Africa (PEISA) offers training for a course following the Bernard Aucouturier’s Psychomotor Method.
The training consists of three different levels.

Level 1 – 62 hours: This level entitles the participant to become a Psychomotor Educator and work in an enviroment provided and supervised by the Psychomotor Education Institute of South Africa.

Level 2 – 150 hours: A professional who has obtained either a teaching qualification, a nursing qualification, a social work qualification, an occupational therapy qualification, speech therapy qualification, psychologists qualification or a physiotherapy qualification will satisfy the requirements of this course. At this level the Psychomotor Educator is qualified to implement the program as well as install it into schools.


The course consists of 12 modules that are divided in:

76 hours of theory;
32 hours of observation of children participating in psychomotor lessons, conducted by psychomotor educators from PEISA;
24 hours of personal participation in psychomotor workshops; 
18 hours of observation of psychomotor lessons conducted in any other school.

To obtain a Level 2 training certificate, the educator will be required to complete:

2 tests
2 written assignments
1 project
1 subjective assessment


Level 3 – 200 hours: Course Outline for Supervisors
The course will consist of different areas of work and observation, to enable a deeper understanding of child’s behaviour and development.

According to the PESSA Constitution, only psychomotor educators with a minimum of 150 hours of practical experience in psychomotor education can apply for the Supervisor Course.
The course is designed to upgrade the competence of the Psychomotor Educator.
A “Supervisor” certificate will be awarded upon completion of a project.
The certificate will enable the Supervisor to advise new Psychomotor teachers in setting up their programme and to assess them during their first year of implementation.
The Supervisor will promote Psychomotor Education in schools.
The Supervisor will also take part in the teachers training course on specific sections (to liaise with other Supervisors)
The Supervisor will be able to set up satellite centres, affiliated to the Psychomotor Education Institute of South Africa.
The Supervisor will be a representative of Psychomotor Education in the country.




Extracts from B. Aucouturier

PPA accompanies something that is hidden: the internal history of the child. (B Aucouturier Presentation EIA Congress-April 2014).
The fears of the child according to Aucouturier-Afraid of nothing, afraid of everything-About the expression of the child’s anxieties-B Aucouturier.

1. Fears and Anxieties

- Experiencing Anxiety
- Interrelated Anxiety Response Systems
- Anxiety versus Fear and Panic
- Normal Fears, Anxieties, Worries and Rituals
- Helping Children to Express their feelings
- The Conscious and Unconscious

2. Symbolic Play

- Why the young child plays symbolically

• Transitional Object
• The Emotions: Anger, Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust
• Fears according to Aucouturier
• Empathy

- The role of Symbolic Play

• Two types of Reassurance play: Deep Reassurance Play, Symbolic Play
• Contents of play
• Play in the PPA

3. Pathology

• The Archaic Reflexes
• Muscular Diseases
• Mechanical Disease
• Understanding Learning Difficulties- Aucouturier: Behaviour and Learning
• Autistic Spectrum disorder (ASD)

4. Definitions


Book Reviews:

• The Magic Years by Selma H. Fraiberg
• Babies and their Mothers by D. W. Winnicott
• The Use of Enchantment: The meaning and importance of Fairy Tales by Bruno Bettelheim
• Understanding Children’s Emotions by Isabelle Filliozat


Toddlers’ observations


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