Kid's Clinic: Practice Cranial & Fascial Methods with Infants
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 clinical course 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 5 CEUs for the day.(NCBTMB approval pending)
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 this clinical course, 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 Clinic courses are 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/child. Then for much of the day, families will come in waves: 10.30am, 11.30am, and 12.45pm. Sessions last about 45 minutes and there will be time to debrief over a short lunch break (12.15-12.45pm) and at the clinic's end.
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 clinic, 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.
Calendar - We're moving to Saturdays this fall!
The clinic will be held from 9.30am - 2.30pm on Saturdays in the fall of 2023:
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 (5 CEUs).
• 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.
You can contact Danielle, clinic coordinator here: email@example.com
Masking is now optional during the clinic. In general, if the family members are masked, or ask us to be masked, we mask up. 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 no longer take temperatures at the door.) If you're not feeling well, please let us know -- it's better to shift your enrollment and rest at home.
Location -- We're shifting to Queen Anne!
This fall, we will hold our Kid's Clinic at the Center for Classical Five Element Acupuncture on Queen Anne: 1529 Queen Anne Ave N, Suite 100 (98109). 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 1/2 hour for lunch. You can eat in the clinic space or the kitchen area, as well as outside if the weather is nice.
If you need to reach us on the day of the clinic, text 206-310-9460 to reach Danielle, our clinic coordinator.