"In order to cure the human body, it is necessary to have a knowledge of the whole of things."
This two-year part time training consists of eleven 4-5 day seminars providing 48 days of classroom attendance, plus four to ten days at our teaching clinic. It offers a comprehensive foundation to effectively practice Craniosacral Therapy in a professional capacity and is taught with a flexible approach that gives support for individual learning styles. Seminars are held at the Trust's light and convenient venue in London.
The training provides a good balance of theory and practice, with much classroom time dedicated for practical session work. An emphasis is placed on the development of palpatory, perceptual and treatment skills which the student can integrate in a step by step process. The development of skills is based on the student's own explorations and experience of the work, which is comprehensively supported by supervision and feedback from tutors. Clinical experience is gained during the latter stages of the training at the Trust's unique teaching clinic in London.
Trainings offered by the Trust follow a biodynamic perspective of craniosacral work, which is based on an understanding of the natural forces that organise our form and function. The biodynamic approach was pioneered by osteopath Dr. William Sutherland, who discovered that there are a series of subtle rhythms that may be sensed through the body, bringing order and integration to both body and mind. Dr. Sutherland realised that these subtle motions are essentially produced by our inherent life force, which he referred to as the "Breath of Life". The Breath of Life acts as our most fundamental organising force which governs all other aspects of our physiological functioning. Therefore, the free and balanced expression of these rhythms is essential for our health and well-being.
The principles outlined in the pioneering work of Dr. Sutherland and his student Dr. Becker, together with the integrative approaches of Michael Kern and Franklyn Sills have played a major part in the development of course content and teaching methods. The course incorporates extensions of the work developed by other practitioners in the field and students are also introduced to related fields of practice, including Dr. Peter Levine's and Babette Rothschild's approaches for working with the effects of shock and trauma, Dr. Stephen Porges’ new findings about the autonomic nervous system, Dr. William Emerson's work in pre-natal and birth process and Dr. Raymond Castellino's approach to working with babies, children and families.
As a core principle, students are encouraged to listen and respond to the treatment priorities led by the patient's own natural tendencies and capacities to find health. Treatment can then be applied with appropriateness, effectiveness and safety according to individual needs. The course is grounded in an understanding of body physiology and includes a study of the movements that occur during our embryological development, as this provides great insight into how the body is organised and maintained throughout life.
The course is open to health care professionals from a wide variety of training backgrounds as well as those who wish to become therapists as a career change. A "Living Anatomy" foundation course in anatomy and physiology is available for those with no previous experience. It is possible to start the practitioner training in October and the Living Anatomy course the following January. We are also happy to welcome students from many countries around the world.
Successful completion of the training leads to a professional diploma and graduates are eligible to join the Craniosacral Therapy Association, the main registering and accrediting body for Craniosacral practitioners in the UK. Members of the Craniosacral Therapy Association can use the designated letters R.C.S.T. Graduates will also automatically be accepted onto the Craniosacral Therapy register of the CNHC, the new UK regulator for complimentary healthcare practitioners.
Furthermore, as part of the Trust's membership of the International Affiliation of Biodynamic Trainings graduates are awarded the designated letters B.C.S.T. (Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist). Graduates are also eligible to join Craniosacral Therapy practitioner associations in the U.S.A., Canada, Spain, Switzerland, Italy, Scandinavia, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Czech Republic, France and many other countries.
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"As human engineers, as physicians, we are dealing with the most powerful force within the human body when we learn to use the tidal movements of body physiology, tidal movements designed by the Master Mechanic."
- Dr Rollin Becker