Rollin Becker Memorial

Rollin Becker Memorial

Lecture & Workshop with Susan Turner

LECTURE: Essential Philosophy within the Art and Science of Osteopathy

30 NOVEMBER 2019

During this lecture we will explore the philosophical foundations of our craft and how the inspirational teachings of the early osteopaths continue to guide and enliven our community today. Just as Dr William Sutherland was sparked by a ‘guiding thought’ which directed his life journey, we each embody thoughts that resonate with our heartfelt values as we work. Dr. Sutherland, Dr Rollin Becker and others saw the need to ‘read between the lines’ of Dr Still and to forever ‘dig on’ (because there are always more potatoes!). When we draw sustenance from the roots of the osteopathic tree, we tend its living shoots with greater surety, even in unstable times.

All are welcome to attend this lecture.

WORKSHOP: Tuning the Instrument


This workshop introduces the practical application of some ‘guiding thoughts’ from our osteopathic predecessors and contemporaries in related fields. These thoughts will form a starting place, through cooperative enquiry, to set the stage for wider perception in palpation, diagnosis and treatment.

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: Susan Turner

*£20 discount available to paid Members and Fellows

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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