Kid's Clinic

A place to practice

Working with children is such a treat! And for those who are new to this work, it can sometimes be a challenge to find enough infants to work with at the beginning. As you ground experience through on-going practice, it's also valuable to come back to refresh your understanding of the principles and techniques.

This clinic is open to licensed manual therapists who have taken pediatric classes with Lauren as well as these educators: Carol Gray, Upledger Institute, Etienne Piersman, and Pat O'Rourke. Generally, we offer craniosacral, myofascial and visceral methods -- depending on the particular style of each practitioner and the needs of the baby. If you have training with someone not listed here, please email me so we can see if your background is a match for the kind of treatment offered through the clinic.

Students receive 7 CEUs for the day.(NCBTMB approved)
To learn more about Lauren's infant classes, click here.

A place to build community

Another goal of this clinic is to support practitioners through a collegial circle. During the clinic, you can meet up with prior classmates as well as meet new practitioners -- some may be live near by, others might come from far away. In any case, being among our professional peers is a good reminder about how important our work is and about how we belong to this community.

Students who attend 3 or more Kid's Clinics will be added to the referral list on this site.

What to expect

We gather in a circle to begin -- grounding and settling ourselves before welcoming families to the clinic. We'll review the flow of the day and students will sign up to work with a particular family. One family will come in at 10.30am for a demonstration with Lauren -- this is to refresh your awareness of the work and to spark conversation.

Then for much of the day, families will come in -- in 3 waves: noon, 2.00 and 3.00. Sessions last about 45 minutes and there will be time to debrief after the first and last waves.

Depending on the numbers, students will work with 1-2 families. Students work in pairs -- with one person leading and another offering support. (You choose your own partner; we don't assign.)  You will meet families and orient them to the space. Building on the information already provided, you will conduct a short intake to hear what the parents' concerns are for their child. You proceed with the work at your own pace and focus -- at any point calling on either of the supervisors for support. If you are not working with a family, you are welcome to observe the sessions going on -- a rich learning experience in itself!

At the end of the day, we have our last debriefing to digest the highlights and conundrums from the day. It's a lovely opportunity to hear from one another and to give and receive support. You receive your CEU certificate and are asked to complete a short course evaluation.

Supervisors -- Lauren and Loretta

Lauren and Loretta have been working together in craniosacral classrooms since the early 2000's. They each bring a rich background in craniosacral therapy -- with particular commitment to working with children and supporting families as they grow. You can learn more about their individual approaches on our teacher page.

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Logistics

Calendar

The clinic will be held from 9.30am - 5.30pm on Fridays in 2023:

February 3rd
April 21st
May 12th
June 16th
August 25th
September 29th
October 27th
December 1st

Should this clinic gain momentum, we look forward to expanding by adding a location -- hopefully in the south end -- with another day/month.

Registration & Fees

• Attendance is $140 (rate of $20/CEU hour).

• Pay $30 by card to reserve your place at the clinic (below).

The remainder is due at the beginning of the clinic, by card (below) or check. Please make checks payable to Crafted Touch.

You will receive a reminder email 4 days before the clinic. If you are not able to attend, please let us know as soon as possible.

Canceling your registration within 3 days of the clinic will result in a fee of $30. (If we are able to fill your place with another practitioner, we will refund that fee.)

You can contact Danielle, clinic coordinator here: cstkidsclinic@outlook.com

 Protocols

In accord with state law, practitioners and families are required to be masked during the clinic. Practitioners must be fully vaccinated (or have negative COVID test results within 24 hours - home tests okay). Participants will be asked to attest that they meet these requirements, have no symptoms, have studied pediatric methods, and carry professional liability insurance. We will take temperatures at the door.

Location

Currently, we hold our Kid's Clinic at the Sacred Embodiment Center on Capitol Hill: 1818 E Mercer St, Unit 102. Set back from 19th, just off the alley; between Mercer and Roy streets.

Click here for directions and parking information.

The space is comfortable, with ample cushions and seating options; they request leaving shoes at the door. There is a full kitchen we can use, including microwave and fridge. Please bring food with you, as there is only 1 hour for lunch. You can eat in the clinic space or the kitchen area, as well as outside if the weather is nice.

Day-of Communication

If you need to reach us on the day of the clinic, text 206-310-9460 to reach Danielle, our clinic coordinator.