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Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Course

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Unfortunately talking about digestion, and the related functions within our bodies, is often considered taboo, which makes increasing awareness about problems that can occur, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a hard task. The Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Course has been created to do away with the taboo and provide open, honest, and frank information regarding the symptoms, causes, diagnosis and management of irritable bowel syndrome.

Written for those with some, little or no previous knowledge or experience of IBS this course will help students to understand the condition, making it easier to manage your own condition or help other to manage theirs. Please note, however, that this course is designed to provide information and awareness only and should not be considered a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

What You'll Learn from the Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Course

This course guides you through 10 comprehensive modules:

  1. Introduction to this Course
  2. An Overview of IBS
  3. Understanding the Human Digestive System
  4. The Large Intestine and IBS
  5. Symptoms of IBS
  6. The psychological impact of IBS
  7. The IBS clinical pathway in the UK
  8. Diagnosis of IBS
  9. What causes IBS?
  10. Managing IBS

The Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Course starts with an introduction to the course itself; enabling students to prepare themselves for what they will learn and how the course is structured, along with what is expected of them.

The second module of the course gives a larger overview of IBS: putting it in context, defining it and discussing its prevalence. Starting with this more rounded knowledge of the condition, students will then be able to understand the specifics in the correct context later in the course.

As a functional disorder of the large intestine, to understand IBS, we must first have an understanding of the digestive system as a whole. The third module of the Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Course teaches students what they need to know about the digestive system, so that they can focus on the main problem area involved in IBS, in module 4: the large intestine.

As the main contributor to the symptoms of IBS, the large intestine and how it can malfunction, is discussed in module 4. Here students will learn about how gut motility, the brain-gut connection, and gut flora, influence the functioning of the gut.

As a syndrome, IBS is made up a number of symptoms that vary in nature, intensity, and duration for each individual. This means as well that two people both suffering with IBS could have symptoms that are totally different to each other, exactly the same, or similar in some ways but not others. The fifth module of the Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Course teaches students about the possible symptoms of IBS, both common and uncommon.

Although some of the physical effects on a sufferer of IBS are better known, though nearly not as much as they could be, what is talked about even less, or overlooked completely, is the potential psychological impact. Living with the syndrome can result in anxiety, depression, and perceived impacts on freedom. Module 6 discusses these problems.

Module 7 of the Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Course shares information with students about the clinical pathway that suffers of IBS (who reside in the UK) will follow; arming possible IBS patients with a guide to the steps they will follow during diagnosis and treatment.

As there is no specific test for IBS, diagnosis of the condition is based on a patient’s symptoms and the exclusion of other disorders. Module 8 describes the criteria medical practitioners expect to be met in order to provide an IBS diagnosis, and the process for this.

As mentioned earlier, the main contributing factor to a patient suffering with IBS is the malfunctioning of the large intestine. How this is thought to occur is discussed in module 9 of the IBS Awareness Course, using up-to-date research findings.

Once a diagnosis of IBS has been confirmed, the focus then moves to management, but with such a diverse range of symptoms and causes, treatment differs vastly from person-to-person. The final module of the course describes the extensive range of treatments available that relate to the sufferer’s specific symptoms.

Who Would Benefit from the Course?

The Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Course has been written for anyone who has IBS and would like information and advice on how to manage the symptoms, once diagnosed. Likewise, the course can be taken by those who are helping or would like to provide help to someone with the condition. Otherwise it can be studied by anyone who would like to better understand the symptoms and treatment of IBS.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Course will take you up to 150 hours to complete working from home. There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace. The course comes with a course assessment in the form of quizzes, written questions and short essays, once you have completed your course assessment please email or post it back to us for marking, you will then receive your feedback and certificates.

This course is registered with the CMA (Complementary Medical Association), which is internationally recognised as the elite force in professional, ethical complementary medicine by professional practitioners, doctors and, increasingly, by the general public. Upon completion of the course you can gain membership to the CMA, which in addition to supplying a professional accreditation, offers a number of benefits, all of which can be found here.

This course also is certified by the IANLPC (International Association of NLP & Coaching) and the IAHT (International Alliance of Holistic Therapists), both of which are internationally recognised organisations. The IAHT certify personal development, health, fitness and nutrition courses. The IANLPC is a global support network for NLP Professionals and coaches, including the fields of Life Coaching, Hypnotherapy Business Coaching, Leadership, Nutritional, CBT, Personal Development and Holistic Therapy.

Course Syllabus

Module 1: Introduction to this Course

  • What's in this course
  • Learning outcomes
    • How this course is organised
  • Course components
  • How to study this course
    • Maximising your study time
    • Using mind-maps

Module 2: An Overview of IBS

  • Syndrome v disease
  • Functional v structural disorder
  • How prevalent is IBS?
  • IBS is a complex disorder
  • The social-economic impact of IBS
  • Module 2 Question Bank

Module 3: Understanding the Human Digestive System

  • The digestive system
    • Purpose of the digestive system
    • What do nutrients do?
    • Features of the digestive system
    • Preparation for digestion
    • Digestion
    • Other organ systems and the digestive system
  • Module 3 Question Bank

Module 4: The Large Intestine and IBS

  • Influences on the functioning of the large intestine
  • Gut motility as a key feature of IBS
    • Peristalsis in detail
  • Brain-gut connection
    • An overview of the nervous system
    • The Enteric Nervous System
  • Gut flora
  • Module 4 Question Bank

Module 5: Symptoms of IBS

  • Abdominal pain
  • IBS with diarrhoea
    • Bowel urgency
  • IBS with constipation
  • Other symptoms of IBS
    • Subtyping of IBS sufferers
  • Module 5 Question Bank

Module 6: The psychological impact of IBS

  • Module 6 Question Bank

Module 7: The IBS clinical pathway in the UK

  • Module 7 Question Bank

Module 8: Diagnosis of IBS

  • Diagnostic criteria
  • Diagnostic process
    • Step 1: Identifying symptoms of IBS
    • Step 2a: Exclusion of other bowel-related disorders
    • Step 2b: Testing for other diseases and disorders
    • Step 3: A positive diagnosis of IBS
  • Module 8 Question Bank

Module 9: What causes IBS?

  • Increased gut sensitivity
    • Food intolerance
  • IBS as a result of gastroenteritis
  • IBS as a result of antibiotics
  • Psychological factors
  • Is IBS genetic?
  • Module 9 Question Bank

Module 10: Managing IBS

  • Managing the symptoms with medication
    • Managing diarrhoea
    • Managing constipation
    • Anti-spasmodic medication
    • Managing IBS with anti-depressant medication
  • Diet and dietary therapies
    • IBS and food allergies
    • Keeping a symptom diary
    • Trigger foods
    • Exclusion diets
    • Healthy eating for IBS
    • Food intolerance or sensitive gut?
  • Dietary supplements
    • Peppermint Oil
    • Probiotics
  • Physical therapies
    • Exercise
    • Yoga
    • Biofeedback therapy
  • Psychological therapies
    • Psychotherapy
  • Complementary therapies
    • Hypnotherapy
    • Meditation
  • Module 10 Question Bank



  • Clinical management of IBS: NICE recommendations
  • FODMAP foods table
  • Example daily food and activity diary
  • Websites

Our courses include comprehensive support, should you require any assistance. You can contact our friendly course advisers by telephone or by email.

Contact Details

Continued Learning

All course delegates are welcome to attend our regular, ongoing learning and inspirational events. We also hold regular inspirational events in Manchester and London for all students studying any of our courses. The events are a great way to watch live demonstrations of different techniques, learn new skills, have a practice with other students and to meet your tutors. Once you've signed up for any of our courses you will receive details of our different monthly events via email. If you cannot attend our events you can watch a live streaming of the event on our tv channel.

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