The Certification Program is expressly designed for students who want to dedicate themselves to developing Craniosacral therapy as a primary modality in their practice. It offers a highly focused, in-depth training with the exploration, supervision, and feedback necessary for students to develop a full Craniosacral practice with competence and confidence. Being certified also allows the practitioner to market themselves with a tangible credential. Upon certification, with their permission, Crafted Touch lists therapists on its website as part of its referral network.
The Certification Program moves students beyond the foundations of protocol-driven treatments to a wider range of treatment possibilities, and fosters the skills of moment-to-moment decision making as well as the depth of presence that prepares them to accompany their clients through their discomfort, pain, and pathologies toward genuine healing. The Core Series provides the foundation of craniosacral knowledge and application; the Elective Classes enable students to expand their technical and interpersonal skills following their own interests. The added time and study allows for deepening into the work within a supervised and collegial circle – honing intuition, personal depth, and their trust in their healing abilities.
This program, initially developed by Ursula Popp, LAc, VCST, CC, is based on the philosophy and methods of A. T. Still and William Sutherland. The approach is also deeply influenced by the work of John Upledger, Hugh Milne, Jean-Pierre Barral and select biodynamic approaches.
Coursework for the Certification Program includes the Introductory Workshop, the Core Series (4 four-day and 4 one-day classes), and 4 additional Elective classes. Additional time outside class is required for practice, reading and study (see below). The length and design of the curriculum is intended to give you the time and support necessary to master this work.
This program is enhanced by:
- local support
- a community of students
- small classes, and
- the opportunity to tailor your education by choosing from six additional Elective Bodywork classes
I want to let you know that almost every day I remark to myself how my two years training with you has benefited me as a practitioner. I see my work differently, I see myself differently, my motivation to continue in the healing arts field is strong and my own health, emotionally and physically, has never been better. I am deeply grateful to you as a teacher, practitioner and supporter. ~ Alison Day, Seattle
Students in the Certification Program must complete the following courses:
Craniosacral Introductory Workshop - 28 hours
This course provides the foundation for coursework in the Certification Program and is a pre-requisite for entrance into the Core Series and some Elective classes. Students are taught fundamental anatomy and physiology of the Craniosacral system, basic hands-on techniques, and sensitivity necessary to do this work.
Core Series - 140 hours
Once you have taken an Introductory Workshop, you are eligible to register for this series. These courses are sequential, so they must be taken in order, as a cycle. There are 4 four-day courses, roughly 3 months apart, with 4 one-day courses interspersed throughout. (Dates are provided in advance.) Material is introduced in each four-day class and then reviewed and clarified during the one-day classes. The approach is multi-dimensional, integrating functional anatomy and physiology with osteopathic principles, assessment and manual treatment methods. Perceptual skills and personal presence are fostered as the basis for our professional practice.
Elective Classes* - 84 hours
Students in the Certification Program must complete their choice of 4 three-day Elective classes. Students are eligible to take any Elective classes upon completion of the Introductory Workshop. These courses are not cumulative and may be taken in any order.
* Students do NOT NEED to be enrolled in the Certification Program to take the Core Series or additional Elective classes.
Extracurricular work is an important part of your learning in this program, as it deepens and expands your understanding and confidence. The following is a list of the necessary work you will do outside of the classroom:
- Give and record 45 craniosacral sessions
- Complete 16 full-exchanges with fellow students
- Receive 10 professional Craniosacral sessions
- Complete 2 case studies (includes 5 sessions each)
- Complete 3 exams: two practical, one theoretical
- Independent study time