The SCCO Pathway

What is it?

The SCCO Pathway is a "portfolio" or complete collection of the SCCO modules.  Once these and 3 case study assignments have been completed by an osteopath, that osteopath is considered to be trained to a very high standard in “Osteopathy in the Cranial Field” and is eligible to be a Fellow of the Sutherland Cranial College. The Modules give a thorough grounding in the theory and practice of cranial osteopathy but also present the work from a comprehensive variety of specialized approaches, for example, neurological and bioenergetic, facial and dental, paediatric and visceral.  Completing the Pathway will take at least 4 years and is evidence of both commitment and proficiency.

How do I go about getting on the Pathway? 

Any osteopath who is has joined the SCCO as a Member or Associate Member and is taking SCCO courses is automatically on the Pathway.  There is no requirement to “join” or pay an extra Pathway  joining fee. 

It is not necessary to register or formally apply to be on the Pathway.  All you have to do is complete the necessary Modules and 3 case study assignments. The SCCO office keeps a record of Modules completed by individual osteopaths. 

Case study assignments:

Case study assignments offer an excellent way of reviewing course material and integrating your learning from the course into your clinical practice. The length of the study is up to you but should be around 2000 words.   It includes the patient’s history, your examination, your osteopathic reasoning, an account of the progression of treatment and observations on your own learning journey.  Writing a case history will immerse you in reviewing the relevant information and skills you have learnt on courses.  It will deepen your knowledge of relevant anatomy and physiology and will draw on your clinical experience.  You will have a chance to explore how osteopathic principles underpin the changes you see in your patient as they progress.

Feedback from previous students shows that they reach a better understanding of the patient’s potential for health and healing through writing the case study.  

Is help and support available?

Jenny Lalau-Keraly is an experienced faculty member who is available to answer questions and provide advice to osteopaths interested in completing the Pathway and achieving SCCO Fellowship.  If Jenny does not have the answers, she can put you in contact with someone who does.

Mentoring:  Our mentoring scheme is still in development.  We are working with the GOsC to ensure that our mentoring system dovetails with future and developing GOsC requirements.  However, meanwhile, experienced mentors are available through the SCCO network and  you wll be allocated a faculty member on the course you attend who will give helpful feedback on your case study before it is marked. Penny Price and Jenny Lalau-Keraly are co-ordinating student support.

We recommend:

  • Keeping a learning journal
  • Exploring self-directed study
  • Contacting our Pathway Support faculty

Eligibility for Basic Courses:

Modules 1, 2 and 4 are entry level courses.  Module 1 is a non-residential, 2 day Introduction to Cranial Osteopathy, designed for those who have not encountered this work at undergraduate level.  It is a “taster” course. If you like this approach and want to go further, the next thing to do is Module 2, our “flagship” 5 day basic course. This gives a good introduction to Osteopathy in the Cranial Field, as well as allowing more experienced osteopaths to deepen their knowledge and practice, whatever stage they are at.  Module 4 teaches Balanced Ligamentous Tension (BLT) and applies to the body as a whole, working through the connective tissue and ligamentous systems.  It is not possible to enrol on Modules 3 to 9 without having completed Module 2 or its equivalent.

What is meant by “equivalent”?

  • If you have taken a 5 day “Osteopathy in the Cranial Field” course with a different organisation to the SCCO, it is necessary to fill in an Accreditation of Prior Learning application form.  This is so that we can establish which of our courses will best meet your learning needs. As there is a considerable amount of work involved in this process, there will be a research fee of £300 payable at application. For further details, please contact the office either by email or by phone on +44 (0)1453 767607. 

Considering Fellowship

If you have already done the “old” Module 3, which was an advanced version of Module 2, then it is not necessary to take the “new” Module 3, (Osteopathic Medicine: Organs and Systems) in order to be eligible for Fellowship.  We do, of course, highly recommend the Organs and Systems  Course.

The new one day course, “Integrating Cranial into Practice” is required for those applying for Fellowship, though is not compulsory for anyone who was registered on the old SCC Pathway before September 2013.

If you have completed the OCC Diploma or MSc training, then you are exempt from Module 9: Introduction to Paediatrics.

Once you have completed all the Pathway requirements, the SCCO office will contact you and invite you to apply for Fellowship.  This involves paying a fee of £50, renewable yearly. You will be entered on our website as a Fellow of the SCCO.  You will be eligible to use the post nominal initials of FSCCO and will be eligible for Fellows discounts and access to Fellows-only events.