Price: *£390 (non-res only)
Duration: 2 days (across 3 days)
Leader: Henry Klessen
Frequency: Exclusive
Eligibility: 2 + 2 other Pathway courses **

*Discount available to paid Members and Fellows
**Or equivalent cranial experience.

Total CPD hours: 16 hours (over 3 days)
A – Communication & patient partnership: A1, A2, A3
B – Knowledge, skills & performance: B1, B2, B3, B4, B5
C – Safety & quality in practice: C1, C2, C3, C4, C5
D – Professionalism: D4, D5
Foetus in utero

Jane Easty and Henry Klessen will be jointly presenting an exploration of the clinical application of biodynamic embryology for patients of all ages.

The growth dynamics and morphogenesis of the embryo can reveal and inform a profound understanding of the tissues under our hands.

The works of Erich Blechschmidt, Raymond Gasser PhD and Professor Brian Freeman, among others, will be used as a wonderful resource in developing this relationship. Static anatomy will be expanded into spatiotemporal kinetic morphogenesis.

This course is associated with, but not dependent upon, the course led by Jane Easty in February 2020, and will take place in Göttingen, led by Henry Klessen. Two days will be split between visiting the Blechschmidt and Blumbach Collections at the University to discuss some of the 60 incredibly detailed largescale 3D embryo reconstructions. The remaining time will be spent at the Best Western Hotel Am Papenberg for lectures, practicals and discussion. Henry will explore the journey to walking upright, combining medical knowledge with the principles of human differentiation and their connection with osteopathic principles. This course will be supported by Professor Michael Schultz (Dr Med, Dr Phil Nat) of Göttingen University.

In conclusion we hope those attending will find the beautiful fluid interaction of embryonic tissues responding to the needs of adjacent physiology in order to meet the growing demands of the whole embryo absolutely awe inspiring. A fluid harmony and true cooperation within the whole mechanism – an osteopathic aspiration that deepens our ability to connect with the regenerative powers of these forces.

As Arthur Diekman said, “Structure is a slow process of long duration.”

Attending this course? Why not arrive a day early to view the extensive Blechschmidt Collection at your leisure before the course starts; we highly recommend it!

Please note that this is a short course and does not follow the usual student/tutor ratio. It will be led by two members of the SCCO faculty.

SCCO Course Providers: All SCCO courses are run by a resident Course Director, who is an Osteopath and a member of the SCCO Faculty. Pathway courses are delivered by SCCO Faculty and may be supported by guest speakers. Short courses are usually delivered by a visiting guest lecturer.  SCCO Faculty members all hold recognised osteopathic qualifications but may not be GOSC registered osteopaths.

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Forthcoming opportunities to attend the Embryology courses



What our students said about the first part of this course

This course is simply superb. Jane brings embryology to life, which digs deeply into osteopathic mechanisms, diagnosis and treatment. Jane presented the material in a clear, cohesive, fun and skilled manner where her passion and decades of study in the field allowed the information to flow, from the detail of her lectures, accompanied by incredible images often combining embryo details with her own drawings and notes. [Continued next column]

… This rare ability to distill vast information into digestible packages reminded me of Professor Willard’s brilliant methods. To then make the subject matter clinically relevant speaks a huge amount about her skill as an osteopath and it is this combination of a brilliant mind and “seeing thinking feeling” hands that guided us in the practicals and onward to our offices to explore the principle that the forces which built us are the forces of health and maintenance throughout life.

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 Provide osteopathic care for a diverse range of patients that is underpinned by an extensive 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.
2 Develop an understanding of the inseparable nature of the progressive co-development of human structures and the qualitative differences in the resultant anatomy. Competently provide effective osteopathic care around a deeper understanding of the morphological origins of the tissues. Reflect upon the impact of your experiences on your development as an osteopath.
3 Demonstrate an enhanced palpatory connection to the embryonic forces within the patient and the practitioner. Nurture and encourage this delicacy of palpation and non-intervention to enable the involuntary mechanism to freely express the needs of the tissues. Select from a diverse range of therapeutic approaches in order to develop and implement a coherent treatment plan that responds to the patient’s specific needs; Explain your approach and critically defend your decisions, backed by research-based evidence as appropriate.
4 Formulate a working osteopathic hypothesis for diagnosis and treatment incorporating new knowledge of morphogenetic influences. Develop, implement and monitor osteopathic management plans for your patients and adapt them in response to clinical evidence and patient needs over time.
5 Integrate biodynamic principles in osteopathic management and confidently apply them to common clinical presentations and the complex and dynamic needs of the patient over time thus ensuring best care. Critically reflect on your role and practice as an osteopath and your responsibility to your patients to provide the best patient-centred care possible.
Type of Learning Learning Activity NLH*
Scheduled Learning Hours Lectures 6.5
Practical classes 7.5
Workshops 0.25
Scheduled online activities
Guided Learning Directed reading & research 1
Reflective portfolio development
Peer assisted learning 1.2
Independent Learning Unguided reading from defined reading lists 1-2
Assessment preparation
Tutor defined project/dissertation activity
Autonomous Learning Reading from non-specific sources
Reflection on clinical experiences 2
Placement Clinical observations
TOTAL 19-22

* Notional Learning Hours

OPS Theme OPS Mapping
1 2 3 4 5
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