Rollin Becker Memorial

Rollin Becker Memorial

Lecture & Workshop with Mandy Banton

LECTURE: How can we say that cranial osteopathy works?

27 NOVEMBER 2021

Mandy undertook her professional doctorate in osteopathy so she could investigate the question, “How can we say that cranial osteopathy works?” The timing of her research project coincided with a shift in the philosophy of Evidence-Based Medicine, with the medical profession and researchers calling for the patient to truly be at the heart of medical care.

In this year’s Rollin Becker Memorial Lecture, Mandy will share her experience of her research in a presentation that proposes contemporary ways of understanding osteopathic traditions and practice, as well as the experience of osteopathic patients.

In the lecture, Mandy will talk about the philosophical tradition of Phenomenology, which enables researchers and practitioners to study the structure and content of what is known as “lived-experience”. She will introduce the concepts of embodiment and enactive cognition (which enable us to understand human experience as the product of our whole-person, direct and meaningful interaction with the world) and will suggest that they are relevant to our evolving understanding of the practice of osteopathy and other physical health and bodywork traditions.

All are welcome to attend this lecture.


28 NOVEMBER 2021

The practical workshop will involve an exploration of phenomenological awareness during cranial osteopathic work. Participants will be introduced to a new method of distilling embodied experience into language. We will consider the implications of this phenomenological approach for our communication with patients, for osteopathic education, and for research.

To attend the workshop you should have either completed our Module 2: Osteopathy in the Cranial Field or have equivalent cranial experience.

Eligibility: Open (Lecture), Module 2 (Workshop)
Location: Regent’s Conference Centre, LONDON
Price: £25 (Lecture) £165* (Workshop)
Duration: 2 hours (Lecture) 1 day (Workshop)
CPD: 2 hours (Lecture) 8 hours (Workshop)
Frequency: Biennial
Leader: Mandy Banton

*£20 discount available to paid Members and Fellows

BOOK WITH CONFIDENCE: In the event of future restrictions imposed by the UK government due to Covid-19, this event will take place online,

Guest Speaker

Guest Speaker

Mandy Banton

Mandy Banton is an osteopath practising in Newcastle upon Tyne, having graduated from the London School of Osteopathy in 2007 and becoming interested in research whilst teaching on the Master of Osteopathy Course at Leeds Beckett University.

She became a Fellow of the SCCO in 2014, the same year that she began her doctoral studies at the British School of Osteopathy (now the University College of Osteopathy), under the guidance of the late Professor Stephen Tyreman.

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What our students say about Rollin Becker Memorial events

A very enthusiastic lecturer, at the top of his scientific game; he didn’t try to “dumb down” any of his presentation; he was humorous in the right places. The subject matter was very relevant to our ideas and work.

Excellent throughout.

It was an outstanding example of superb quality teaching. Every piece of information thoughtfully, succinctly and astonishingly put together – a superbly crafted piece of teaching, delivery and presentation of information.

Great speaker and highly relevant to our work. Well planned sessions, enjoyed exploring the difference in palpation.

Very useful event which was highly informative and very well orientated to the osteopathic perspective.

Superb delivery of complex information given ‘simply’ in visuals and in teaching. So much thought had gone into creating this workshop, this was very evident. A privilege to attend. Teaching, planning, teaching materials/aids exquisitely delivered.



Rollin Becker Memorial Lectures in the past

This lecture was first given in November 1998 by the late Dr Alan Becker, brother of Rollin, who had died two years previously.

American Osteopath, Dr Rollin Becker D.O. (1910-96) was known to many Osteopaths in the UK, having been guest lecturer many times at the Annual SCTF Osteopathy in the Cranial Field course held in London since 1972. His vision, understanding and interest in Osteopathy had a huge influence in the way many of the UK Osteopaths who were introduced to the Cranial Concept, utilised it in practice.

Dr. Becker’s approach represented a tactile quantum shift away from the very mechanical bony model that was being taught on postgraduate Osteopathy courses particularly in the USA. What became apparent to UK Osteopaths (amongst others) was that Dr Becker was a man who was able to think laterally and ‘out-of-the box’. His ideas and approach were seemingly more radical as they embraced an energetic concept, and a subtlety in treatment that was for many initially difficult to comprehend, but once understood seemed to open many doors in our understanding of our treatment of patients.  He embraced Dr Andrew Taylor Still’s concept that the role of the osteopath was to find health which he saw as an optimal balance between all systems of the body.

The Memorial Lecture.

Originally conceived in 1998 by the President of the SCCO, Colin Dove and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the SCCO, Clive Hayden, the Memorial lecture is intended to be presented biennially. It was created with the aim of inviting primarily – but not exclusively – osteopaths to present to an invited audience a topic of their choice. It was not intended that the lecturer should be able to review Dr Rollin Becker’s life and works but that the chosen topic should enhance our understanding of the way in which the body works. The ideal guest lecturer was therefore considered to be a person who in the spirit of Dr Becker had been able to ‘dig on’ and explore the truths, myths, conceptions and misconceptions in our understanding of the body.

The invited lecturer is ideally given 90 minutes (with perhaps a break midway) to present his/her topic and then should allow up to 30 minutes to answer questions. Where possible it is desirable that lecture notes should be provided at the time or made available afterwards for dissemination to the audience.

— Colin Dove, SCCO President

Previous lectures in the series

Year Lecturer Nationality
1998 Dr. Alan Becker D.O. USA
2000 Dr. Rachel Brooks M.D. USA
2002 Dr. James Jealous D.O. USA
2004 Colin Dove D.O. UK
2006 Dr. R. Paul Lee D.O. USA
2008 Nick Handoll D.O. UK
2011 Peter Armitage D.O. (postponed from 2010) UK
2013 Dr. Michael Burruano D.O. USA
2015 Martin Pascoe D.O. UK
2017 Gerald Pollack PhD USA
2019 Susan Turner D.O. UK