Location: Hawkwood, STROUD
Duration: 3 days
Leader: Jane Easty
Eligibility: M2 + 1 other Pathway course *

Discount available to paid Members and Fellows
* of 3 or more days’ duration

Total CPD hours: 20 hours
A – Communication & patient partnership: A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7
B – Knowledge, skills & performance: B1, B2, B3, B4
C – Safety & quality in practice: C1, C2, C3, C4, C5, C6
D – Professionalism: D1, D2, D3, D4, D5, D6, D7, D8, D9, D10, D11, D12
Foetus in utero

During this 3-day course, studies in and experiential knowledge of the clinical application of the fluid dynamics of Blechschmidt’s embryology and the mechanical forces of morphogenesis will be shared and explored in depth. Knowledge of these dynamics informs our understanding of anatomy and enriches our sensory experience. Our view of static anatomy will expand to include spatiotemporal kinetic function and morphogenetic forces. The mechanobiology and metabolic relations evident during growth, development and repair will be examined and considered. Current research burgeoning in these fields will also be referenced.

All osteopathic approaches can be enhanced by an in-depth knowledge of the physical and energetic forces to which embryonic tissues are subject during early development. With any tissue or organ, an ability to trace the development of its position, its form, and its structural geometry together with a knowledge of the mutual interdependence of adjacent and distant structures will allow a deeper and more profound relationship during treatment

Course structure:

  • Before the course: 1 hour pre-course reading
  • 3 day face to face course: further theory lectures, clinical application and discussion, as well as plenty of time for practical work.
  • After the course: one optional post course discussion to help you integrate the learning into your practice.

Course aims:

  • To explore the underlying principles of the biodynamics and biokinetics of embryology from the moment of conception onwards, studying the work of Blechschmidt together with current related research in mechanobiology and tissue mechanics.
  • To observe and work towards an understanding of the different developmental forces of morphogenesis and healing and their clinical relevance.
  • To compare and contrast the developmental journeys of specific anatomical regions within and including the brain, face, ear, bone, and other structures within the context of the growth dynamics of the whole.
  • To further develop delicate palpatory skills to explore the free expression of embryological forces within the involuntary mechanism and how this influences your ability to differentiate tissue qualities and support the regenerative influence of these forces.
  • To be able create a working osteopathic hypothesis for diagnosis and treatment incorporating a fundamental awareness of morphogenetic forces and thus, the origins of position, form, and structure of different tissues in relation to the global growth and applied physiology.

Please note that this is a short course and does not follow the usual student/tutor ratio. It will be led by 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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What students said about previous Biodynamic Embryology courses

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 Recognise the biodynamic principles of human differentiation as originally presented by Blechschmidt.  Extrapolate these principles to contrast with current research in mechanobiology. Appreciate and explain the physical forces and developmental journeys different organs and tissues have undergone.
2 Describe and demonstrate 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. Demonstrate and acknowledge value of the psychomotor skills of grounding/centering and affective realm of receptivity for connecting with therapeutic forces. 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.
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 8.25
Practical classes 9.75
Scheduled online activities 1
Guided Learning Directed reading & research 1
Reflective portfolio development
Peer assisted learning
Independent Learning Unguided reading from defined reading lists Optional
Assessment preparation
Tutor defined project/dissertation activity
Autonomous Learning Reading from non-specific sources
Reflection on clinical experiences
Placement Clinical observations

* Notional Learning Hours

OPS Theme OPS Mapping
A: Communication & Patient Partnership 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
B: Knowledge, Skill & Performance 1, 2, 3, 4
C: Safety & Quality in Practice 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
D: Professionalism 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12