SCCO Pathway

Have you enjoyed the SCCO courses so far but would like to further integrate and embed your learning into your practice?  Then the SCCO Pathway may be just what you are looking for.

The Pathway has been developed to deepen the osteopath's learning whilst working through the modules and support their journey to becoming a more highly trained practitioner of osteopathy within the cranial field.

The Course content of The Pathway consists of completing Modules 1-10*.  This portfolio of courses has been structured to introduce Osteopathy in the cranial field at a foundation level to those who are new to this aspect of osteopathy (Module 1) and then in Module 2 to acquaint the osteopath with the teachings of Dr. W.G. Sutherland in a comprehensive overview of his ideas and work. Module 4 ( Balanced ligamentous tension ) is also an introductory level course. It is an excellent way to unify what is most familiar to you with your new skills, as you learn the techniques as taught by Sutherland for use in all the joints of the body .

Along The Pathway we then explore different aspects of this fascinating field of study in greater depth through Modules 3-10.  Each of the core Modules (5-8) has been designed to delve deeper into the five phenomena introduced in Modules 1 and 2, which characterise the “primary respiratory mechanism” identified by Sutherland.  As learning demands have changed and our understanding and experience evolved, The Pathway has been extended to include Organs and Systems (Module 3), an Introduction to Paediatric Osteopathy (Module 9) and Integrating Cranial into Practice (Module 10), allowing us to incorporate approaches from a variety of specialisations such as dental, visceral and bioenergetic practices. 

Each Module can be taken as a stand alone course and gives the osteopath comprehensive grounding in the anatomy and theory of every subject before relating it functionally to the whole during the practicals. By engaging with The Pathway as a whole learning process rather than taking the modules separately, however, students have expressed a deeper appreciation and understanding of the changes taking place under their hands in daily practice. By completing The Pathway, you will have had a thorough and inclusive training in all aspects of osteopathy in the cranial field. Whilst this learning is often a life long journey, we are sure that you will find it a rewarding experience both personally and professionally.

Each osteopath completing The Pathway is required to submit 3 case studies for assessment.  This is an opportunity to help consolidate your learning process by relating what you have learned from the Modules to three of your patients, researching the relevant anatomy and physiology; applying your clinical experience and osteopathic reasoning and demonstrating how osteopathic principles underpin the changes you see whilst treating them. Learning how to research and write a case study is a skill that will help you to comply with the upcoming GOsC CPD requirements as a case study is valued as an objective piece of feedback. You will have access to a tutor to mentor you through the whole process and once you are both happy with the Case Study, it can be submitted for marking.

One of these case studies will aim to reach a standard that is publishable. This may sound a bit daunting, but you will be given plenty of support to achieve this. We are keen to start gathering case studies and ultimately to make them available as a resource for the profession. By asking for studies of publishable standard, we are simply hoping that they will be consistent in format and quality. Think of it as an opportunity to contribute to the profession – and to read some really interesting studies that others have written!

Regularity of Pathway Modules

Modules on the Pathway to Fellowship do not necessarily occur every year; some take place more frequently some less. In order to assist with planning your study our Pathway programme is set out below:

Foundation Course [M1] Variable Approx. 6 courses per year
Osteopathy in the Cranial Field [M2] 2 per year 1 each Spring and Autumn
Osteopathic Medicine [M3] Every 2 years February (even number years)
Balanced Ligamentous Tension [M4] Every year May
In Reciprocal Tension [M5] Every 2 years February (odd number years)
Living, Breathing Bone [M6] Every 2 years November (odd number years)
Spark in the Motor [M7] Every 2 years July (odd number years)
The Functional Face [M8] Every 2 years March (even number years)
Introduction to Paediatrics [M9] Every 2 years March (odd number years)
Integrating Cranial into Practice [M10] Every year November

Please note that where months are specified above, these are approximate and that this is subject to change. Please click the link of the appropriate course for full information of exact next delivery.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will it take to complete The Pathway?

Completing The Pathway will take at least four years. This is because although some of the modules are taught annually, others are run every two years.  There is however, no time limit for an individual to complete their own Pathway.

Do I have to do the modules in order?

No. However Modules 1, 2 & 4 are our entry level courses and you must have trained to a Module 2 level before embarking on the more advanced courses (Modules 3, 5-10).

Can I take the modules without doing the assignments?

Yes. It is possible to do all modules as standalone courses, however you will not have completed The Pathway without the written assignments as this constitutes the reflective integrative aspect of your learning.  Consequently you will not be eligible for fellowship of the college.

How do I enrol on The Pathway?

Any osteopath who has joined the SCCO as a Member or Associate Member and is taking SCCO courses is automatically on The Pathway.  It is not necessary to register or formally apply to be on The Pathway.  All you have to do is complete the necessary modules and 3 case study assignments.  The SCCO office keeps a record of modules completed by individual osteopaths.

Is there any guidance available to help my learning on The Pathway?

Yes (see Pathway Support)

How much will it cost for me to complete The Pathway?

The cost of each module is the same whether or not you intend to complete The Pathway.

There is a £75 fee on submitting each of the assignments which goes towards the cost of marking.

If you are applying for Accreditation of Prior Learning, there is a £300 assessment fee.

Will I gain a qualification on completion of The Pathway?

No but you will be eligible to be a fellow of the Sutherland Cranial College of Osteopathy and to use the post nominal letters FSCCO (see membership of the SCCO)

What our Pathway completers have said...

.....having declined a Pathway invitation at the beginning of a module, the reward of just CPD hours did not slake my interest. A suitable case arose which was the cattle prod that stimulated the need to milk the tutors and lecturers wisdom and experience to the next level. 6 years on a proud FSCCO. - C. Hull

I was told by several people that the discipline of writing an assignment after a course was the best way to learn and I couldn't agree more! It is hard to find the time and the discipline to sit down, trawl through books and your notes and write down your thought processes, but it is worth every second. It helped to consolidate what I learned and it developed both my thinking and clarity of thought. - K. Bigwood

I sometimes feel isolated in practice, and love coming on SCCO courses to meet up with like minded colleagues who share my passion for osteopathy.

Some of my best learning can come from chatting with colleagues, a passing comment can really change the way I think about something.

The SCCO is like a big family, and courses are a great place to make new friends and meet up with old ones.