About IKON

Welcome to the Ikon Institute of Australia

Dr. Rafael Locke first established the ‘Ikon Institute of Healing Arts’ in 1988. Since inception, Ikon has been a nationally accredited Registered Training Organisation (RTO), started primarily as an institute to study and educate practitioners in the transpersonal worlds, through a therapeutic framework. In the main, the inspiration for the original courses came from Dr. Locke’s extensive experience gained through research, training and practice in anthropology, psychoanalysis, humanistic and transpersonal psychotherapy, holistic and nutritional medicine, behavioural medicine as well as parapsychology and neuroscience.

In 2005 the South Australian branch was established. In 2008, the business was bought by Brad Seaman and Simon Paul, the current directors and owners, and the branch became the Ikon Institute of South Australia, an RTO in it’s own right. In 2010 the Institute expanded into Queensland and Western Australia, becoming the Ikon Institute of Australia. The head office is now located in Adelaide, with training centres in Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Mullumbimby. The Ikon Institute of Australia has also evolved to incorporate training in the broad areas of Creative Therapies, Psychotherapy, Counselling and Community Services.

In 2018 UCW Limited, an ASX-listed entity that owns and operates a number of tertiary education businesses, acquired Ikon from its two shareholders, Brad Seaman and Simon Paul. Brad and Simon remain as directors and executive employees of Ikon and are now shareholders in UCW Limited.

Educational Philosophy

Ikon is a unique organisation with a strong focus on the cultivation of professionals that support the mental health and wellbeing of Australians. Ikon is both a Vocational Education and a Higher Education Institution of which there are only around 25 such institutions in Australia. Ikon is also unique in being an organisation that delivers both national training package qualifications whilst having extensive experience in the development and accreditation of unique, specialised qualifications.

Ikon’s educational philosophy is grounded in functional and evidence-based humanism, whilst validating and utilising the wisdom and experience of global intellectual and spiritual traditions. In addition, Ikon embraces emerging technologies and digital learning techniques. Ikon provides a blended learning environment, that provides a combination of classroom learning and online study.

Ikon aims to create a difference through learning and has a strong commitment to faciliating a process of ongoing education for graduates. Ikon’s ultimate goal is to develop professionals with the necessary skills and knowledge to contribute to an international community committed to social change, community building and individual healing.


Ikon is an institution dedicated to advancing knowledge and understanding in humanistic studies through vocational and higher education, leadership and practice. Ikon’s educational philosophy is a grounded, functional and evidence-based humanism, based on free intellectual enquiry.

Ikon aims to produce graduates who are enabled to continually develop their own potential, and whose skills, knowledge and therapeutic client-centred practice contribute to the creation of an international community of people and practitioners committed to social change, community building and individual healing.

In order to fulfill its Vision and Mission, Ikon provides unique qualifications in the human services fields of: Art Therapy, Counselling, Transpersonal Psychotherapy, Youth Work, Mental Health, Disability; as well as professional development in these areas.



To be Australia’s leading provider of therapeutic and human services training and to be the leading mental health and wellbeing educator.

Through being Australia’s leading provider of therapeutic and human services training, Ikon is creating social change, building strong communities and facilitating individual healing and growth throughout Australia.

Hear from Ikon’s CEO, and learn how Ikon is helping to build strong communities.