Osteopathy in the Cranial Field

Osteopathy in the Cranial Field

Pathway to Fellowship: Module 2

In this, the SCCO’s flagship course, we study and clinically apply the key hypotheses that comprise ‘Osteopathy in the Cranial Field’ as developed by W.G. Sutherland. Over the course of 50 years Dr. Sutherland developed key concepts, calling them the five phenomena, as a way of assessing and treating whole body function.

The course introduces each of these five phenomena along with treatment approaches that you can use immediately in practice. In addition, the course will present how contemporary scientific research has enhanced our understanding of the relevance of these five phenomena:

  • The mobility of the cranial bones
  • The reciprocal tension of the membranes
  • The motility of the CNS
  • The fluctuation of the CSF
  • The involuntary motion of the sacrum between the ilia

This course will help you understand how treating the involuntary mechanism (IVM) can be applied to all, from paediatrics to geriatrics, and how to attain better outcomes of treatment. In the first half of the course you will learn to recognise the unique palpatory quality of the structures making up each of the five phenomena, and begin to understand how they relate to each other. The second half of the course moves into the area of diagnosis and treatment, including the fascia, face, ligamentous and intra-osseous problems. This course will teach you treatment approaches such as balanced ligamentous treatment (BLT) and fluid management techniques that you will be able to use immediately in your practice.

The course consists of a well-balanced mixture of short lectures or workshops followed by practical sessions. You will work in small groups of 1 tutor to 4 students, giving you almost individual tuition in the practicals. Time is set aside at the end of each day for individual reflection and discussion with your tutor.

Scholarships & Bursaries

Scholarships worth up to 50% off non-residential course fees are available on application. Alternatively, we offer bursaries worth £150 to a limited number of new graduates per course.

Eligibility: Module 1 or prior cranial training
Location: Columbia Hotel, LONDON
Price: £990
Duration: 5 days
CPD: 40 hours
Frequency: Spring & Autumn
Leader: Taj Deoora / Dianna Harvey

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Forthcoming opportunities to take Module 2: Osteopathy in the Cranial Field

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What our students say about Module 2: Osteopathy in the Cranial Field

“Loved it, one of the best courses I’ve been on!”

“Excellent course for all levels of cranial understanding.”

“I have never before seen such a dedicated group of tutors and lecturers. The tutors and lecturers knowledge and skill base was superb. It was a privilege to have the opportunity to work under guidance of 5 different tutors.”

“Fantastic tutors, great individual attention. So much experience brought to one place.”

“Lovely atmosphere and supportive environment. All my tutors were amazing, very patient.”

“The course way exceeded expectations, It was expertly run and delivered, the content expertly married structure/function and principles and the tutors were fantastic. All the tutors I worked with and listened to were highly skilled and knowledgeable yet friendly, supportive and empowering. Really impressed.”

“Very supportive yet room to breathe in the learning process.”

CPD Scheme

CPD Scheme

How this course maps to the GOsC CPD Scheme

On completion of this course you should be able to:
To achieve the learning outcome you must demonstrate the ability to:
1 Immediately use treatment approaches in  practice relating to the mobility of the cranial bones, the reciprocal tension of the membranes, the motility of the CNS, the fluctuation of the CSF and the involuntary motion of the sacrum between the ilia. Select from a diverse range of osteopathic techniques relating to the five phenomena in a range of settings in order to attain better treatment outcomes. Critically defend decisions, backed by research-based evidence as appropriate
2 Evaluate and map complex and conflicting evidence encountered during the evaluation of one’s patient, working confidently and independently. Provide a reasoned treatment and management plan for a patient that is based on osteopathic evaluation of the individual and responsive to the patient’s needs, values and expectations. Confidently and autonomously provide osteopathic care for a diverse range of patients that is underpinned by a range of cognitive, affective and psychomotor skills; Take full responsibility for managing all aspects of their care, centered on their needs as a person and your duty of care as a professional.
3 Communicate osteopathic evaluation and the proposed treatment and management plans to patients (and other stakeholders if appropriate) so that they are equipped to make informed decisions about their care. Flexibly adapt communication skills to ensure patients and other stakeholders are appropriately informed about all aspects of their care.
4 Apply and reflect on a variety of specialised cranial approaches to osteopathic practice, informed by one’s learning experiences both taught and observed. Competently provide effective osteopathic care using cranial techniques. Reflect on the impact of one’s experiences on development as an osteopath.
Type of Learning Learning Activity NLH*
Scheduled Learning Hours Lectures 15
Practical classes 15
Workshops 5
Scheduled online activities
Guided Learning Directed reading & research
Reflective portfolio development
Peer assisted learning
Independent Learning Unguided reading from defined reading list
Assessment preparation
Tutor defined project / Dissertation activity
Autonomous Learning Reading from non-specific sources
Reflection on clinical experiences 5
Placement Clinical observations

* Notional Learning Hours

OPS Theme OPS Mapping
1 2 3 4
Communication & Patient Partnership
Knowledge, Skill & Performance
Safety & Quality in Practice
CPD Standards
CPD activities are relevant to the full range of osteopathic practice See above mapping exercise
Objective activities have contributed to practice Peer review/Observation
Case-based discussion activity
Seek to ensure that CPD activities benefit patients Communication/Consent activity
Maintain CPD documentation Certificate of attendance/Overview document provided to student