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Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Professional Training

COURSE DESCRIPTION

The Biodynamic approach in Craniosacral Therapy represents the leading edge in this continually evolving field.  Craniosacral Biodynamics is derived from original practices in osteopathic medicine and combined with modern awareness of quantum physics, consciousness studies, and depth physiology.  Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy unfolds new vistas in practitioner awareness and higher levels of clinical effectiveness.  This study develops incredible degrees of therapeutic precision by integrating traditional skills with modern awareness in energy medicine.

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Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy was developed significantly by Franklyn Sills.  Sills attended osteopathic college in England, where an emphasis on manual medicine is still prevalent and the practices trace their roots more directly to the original philosophy of osteopathy.  Sills has been visiting faculty at several osteopathic colleges and has managed his own training programs at the Karuna Institute for over two decades.   As the unique features of Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy became established as a new professional discipline, Sills authored the textbook, Craniosacral Biodynamics.

Roger Gilchrist, the director of this training program, first studied with Franklyn Sills in 1990, is a graduate of advanced biodynamic trainings, and has been mentored directly by Sills to teach this work.   Gilchrist has been teaching

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy since 1995 and has assisted Sills with a complete professional training and various advanced courses.  This course is an excellent opportunity to encounter the depth of Biodynamic work in a direct lineage from its founder.  

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy honors the original development of cranial osteopathy by William Garner Sutherland, D.O.   The clarity with which Dr. Sutherland articulated his cranial concept is acknowledged as the source of craniosacral therapy practice.  Further refinements by some of Dr. Sutherland’s students, especially those of Dr. Rollin Becker, contribute significantly to the Biodynamic model.  We also acknowledge the important work of Dr. John Upledger in helping Craniosacral Therapy become a widely established profession.  As this profession continues its development, the Biodynamic approach represents a paradigm shift into new ways of approaching craniosacral therapy practice, clinical awareness, practitioner perception, and therapeutic skills.  Many people who have practiced craniosacral therapy for years have found that once they study the Craniosacral Biodynamics model their practice shifts into new dimensions that were previously unavailable and that more pronounced benefits occur for their clients.

In this training we will explore all the salient features of Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy practice.  Several of these are drawn from traditional osteopathic understanding; others are new advancements

in the field unique to the Biodynamic approach.  It is certainly true that BCST is a quantum approach in therapeutic practice.

It is important to acknowledge that Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy is a distinct practice that is different from both cranial osteopathy and from other approaches to craniosacral therapy.  However, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy draws upon these other traditions and refines their practices into this evolving professional discipline.  In this way, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy creates a high order of integration among various lines of wisdom in craniosacral therapy practice.  References will be provided to the multiple sources that are drawn upon in this training.  Additionally, insights from many different world spiritual traditions will be utilized in relation to how they contribute to understanding both biodynamics and the essence of the client-therapist relationship.

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy covers the entire spectrum of human functioning, allowing us to work with structure and physiology, nervous system dynamics, behavior, and the client’s relationship to life itself.  Important features of Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy include the following aspects:

Specific clinical skills will be learned in relation to each of the above aspects.  Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy offers a depth approach in the practice of craniosacral therapy.  At the heart of this understanding is an appreciation of how universal forces meet the conditioned forces within the individual.  A core of health is always available and the practitioner’s work is dedicated to helping this inherent health reveal itself and become established in the client’s system.

The Wellness Institute training in Craniosacral Biodynamics is oriented to developing professional skills and aptitude in clinical practice.  The cutting edge of craniosacral therapy is available with Biodynamic principles and understanding.  At the same time, our endeavor is to cultivate aptitude with clinical practice, so practitioners can effectively utilize this therapeutic mode after graduation.  

In one respect, our training is oriented to developing specific skills in professional practice, yet at the same time, the study is not driven by learning a list of techniques or protocols.  Rather, we emphasize understanding the healing principles in Craniosacral Biodynamics.  These healing principles are based upon natural organizing forces demonstrable in living systems.

Whereas, early approaches to CranioSacral Therapy had a biomechanical orientation, as the profession has evolved it has oriented more and more deeply to the organizing principles in life.  Here we see the interface of the laws of physics, biophysics, and metaphysics.  Learning to dynamically engage these forces in the healing process is a profound discovery.  

Everyone we know who has studied Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy has had dynamic changes in their professional practice, and often in their personal lives.  Healing practice is not the same once Biodynamic principles are incorporated.

Graduates from the Wellness Institute professional training in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy have included a wide array of people, ranging from laypeople to professors of medicine at esteemed medical schools.  Commonly our classes are a mix of bodyworkers, physiotherapists, osteopaths, nurses, massage therapists, and psychotherapists.  We find these mixed groups create an excellent training milieu for the benefit of all.


Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Professional Training

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Roger Gilchrist, MA, RPP, RCST® is a psychotherapist, a registered craniosacral therapist, and a registered polarity therapist.   He has specialized in behavioral medicine and has worked in hospitals and clinics integrating psychology, medicine, and complementary services.  Roger has been a consultant on energy medicine to the National Institutes of Health, the Alliance Institute for Integrative Medicine, the Institute for Integral Development, AMTA, and many other groups.

Roger is the author of the book and video set, Craniosacral Therapy and the Energetic Body.  He has published in peer reviewed journals on group work and transpersonal psychology, and has contributed articles on integrative therapy to the American Holistic Medical Association and American Counseling Association, and several bodywork publications.  Roger served three years as the Vice President of the American Polarity Therapy Association, while the organization was developing its educational standards.

Roger has been teaching Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy since 1998.  He has graduated numerous trainings in the USA, Australia, and Europe.  He originally studied with the founder of Craniosacral Biodynamics, Franklyn Sills, and later studied with osteopaths in the tradition of Robert Fulford, DO.  Roger apprenticed to teach Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy with Sills, and has assisted Sills with professional trainings and various advanced seminars.

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy integrates cutting edge insights and new material emerging into the cranial field from modern innovators.  In this training Roger will emphasise the energy-based aspects of Craniosacral Therapy and spiritual insights that are relevant to the work.  Most therapists say they find this approach to cranial work heightens their effectiveness, and many who have been in practice a long time comment that this approach has forever changed their perceptual skill and the nature of their practice.  Roger is known for his clear presentation style, deep presence, and grounded enhancement of student skill that effectively helps people learn this work.

FACULTY OF TUTORS

Teaching Assistants will be available as tutors in the program, in a close student-to-tutor relationship.  The entire teaching staff is available during practice sessions to clarify and refine perceptual skill.  Tutors also facilitate small groups in discussions of clinical questions, review student homework, and are available for private consultation and supervision.  The teaching team will give close attention to each student and will be available to help you develop a high level of proficiency.

PROFESSIONAL CONSULTATION AND SUPERVISION

Supervision of your ongoing practice is regularly included as part of the classes.  In addition, some people have particular needs and find it useful and to receive direct supervision and personal consultation at points during the program. Private supervision can be arranged in-person, via telephone, Skype, or email with the instructor and the tutors to meet this need.  These appointments are conducted on a fee-for-service basis.  Private therapeutic sessions are also available from the faculty of tutors or other RCSTs.  10 professional BCST sessions are required to receive the RCST® credential from the Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Association.

SEQUENCE OF CLASSES IN THE PROFESSIONAL TRAINING FOR BIODYNAMIC CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY

ORGANIZATION OF TRAINING

The Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Association Standards for Practice define a professional training as a ten class series that covers the complete range of professional competencies.  Graduation from an approved training program qualifies the student for the professional credential offered by the association:  Registered Craniosacral Therapist® (RCST®).  The classes must be taken in the sequence scheduled, and commitment to the complete program is required.  Make up materials are available if missing a seminar is unavoidable.  All course requirements must be completed before graduation.

The 2021 program start dates are posted below each Seminar title. All seminars meet from 9:00am - 6:00pm, Monday - Thursday.

Overview of Craniosacral Biodynamics                                        SEMINAR 1
September 27-30, 2021

This class examines the three cornerstones of craniosacral therapy:  the inherent motion of the living system, facilitating stillpoints, and skills to resolve inertial patterns and increase the expression of health.  You will develop an appreciation of the unique features and advantages of a Biodynamic approach to Craniosacral Therapy, and discover an essential healing principle that Dr. William Sutherland called the Breath of Life. 

Principles of Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy                                SEMINAR 2
November 29-December 2, 2021

Biodynamic CST is founded on five principles that define this healing art. This seminar reveals the heart of Biodynamic healing work through the five interactive principles:  1.Holism, 2. Bioenergy in relation to body structure and function, 3. the Inherent Treatment Plan, 4. Recognition of conditioned stress patterns and their effects on health and well-being, and 5. Healing happens in the present moment.

Patterns of Experience;   Body Architecture                                SEMINAR 3
March 21-24, 2022

Explore how the living system holds its experience in the tissues, fluids, and organizing dynamics of living function.  Primary structural relationships in the craniosacral system are addressed in this class, including specific movements of the cranial bones and sacrum, membrane functioning, and underlying motility.  New therapeutic skills will be added for addressing the inertial patterns affecting health.

Cranial Base Patterns and Whole Body Dynamics                        SEMINAR 4
June 27-30, 2022

The cranial base is considered a primary fulcrum, or organizing point, for the structure and function of the entire body.  We will become familiar with the motion dynamics and tissue patterns of the cranial base and learn how whole body connective tissue patterns hold structural relationships to the cranial base.  This class also focuses on in-depth sacrum and pelvic work, transverse diaphragms, and lines of force in the body, revealing craniosacral therapy as a whole body therapy.  

The Inherent Treatment Plan                                                        SEMINAR 5
September 26-29, 2022

The idea that the treatment plan emerges from within the client and is built from the available resources in the client is a valuable paradigm shift within health care.  Accessing the inherent treatment plan is at the heart of the Biodynamic approach.  It creates a truly holistic, client-centered therapeutic process.  We will appreciate deep ways of helping the relevant treatment process emerge and healing to express itself.

Central Nervous System Motility                                                SEMINAR 6
November 28-December 1, 2022

Discover the tissue motility of the central nervous system, the movement and functioning of the ventricles within the brain, and how the condition of the spinal fluid influences these.  Venous sinus drainage for reducing fluid stasis and revitalizing the system is taught.  We will also explore the relationship of bioenergy with the cerebrospinal fluid and the inherent motion dynamics in the living system.  The midline, spine, energetic and structural axis relationships to the CNS are emphasized.

Visceral Dynamics and Embryological Development                        SEMINAR 7
March 20-23, 2023

The internal organs express motility and intrinsic motion which is a natural part of their physiology.  Learn to work skillfully with internal organ dynamics, their connective tissue envelopes and attachments, and develop an appreciation of the embryological development and life intention of each organ.

Facial Dynamics and TMJ Issues                                                SEMINAR 8
June 26-29, 2023

The importance of the structure and functioning of the face, neck, throat, and temporomandibular joints is significant in craniosacral therapy.  We will examine detailed clinical skills for working with these areas and for addressing post-operative or dental care.  

Nerve Facilitation and Psychospiritual Impacts                                SEMINAR 9
September 25-28, 2023

Facilitated nerve pathways are the reason the body and mind get into repetitive behaviors, even at the expense of the health of the organism.  Examples of nerve facilitation include referred pain, chronic pain syndromes, trigeminal neuralgia, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome and spastic muscles.  Also, depression, anxiety, and compulsive behavior involve facilitation in the central nervous system.  This seminar examines the myriad relationships involved with nerve facilitation, its tiered expression through three orders of facilitation, and important clinical skills for ameliorating nerve facilitation.  

Birth Dynamics and Integration                                                 SEMINAR 10
December 4-8, 2023

This class explores the formative patterns set in place during the birth process and how these affect the craniosacral system.  The influence of birth can be traced to later structural patterns, psychological styles, and behaviors.  Clinical skills for integrating these imprints in both infants and adults will be sensitively worked with.  This seminar develops a deep understanding of the holistic nature of life’s dynamics.

ENROLLMENT AND REGISTRATION

Unless the student is paying tuition prior to the beginning of the course, a registration fee of $100, which is a credit toward tuition, must be paid to PMTI to guarantee a space in the program. Any registration fee paid will be applied as a credit to the tuition.  

                   

PROGRAM COST

The cost of tuition is $8,750.         

PAYMENT OPTIONS

Option One

Students who wish to pay for the program in full are entitled to a discount of 5%, resulting in tuition cost of $8,313 (a $437 savings).  All students paying in full are required to do so on or prior to the beginning of the first module.  Tuition can otherwise be paid in accordance with one of two installment payment plans:

Option Two

Students are welcome to pay for the program in four (4) interest free installments of $2,187.50.  Students electing this option are required to make a payment of $2,187.50 on or before the first day of modules 1, 3, 5 and 7.

Option Three

Students can pay for the program pursuant to a monthly installment plan.  Students electing this option are required to make a down payment on or prior to the first day of class in the amount of $750 representing the first installments due, with (26) subsequent consecutive installments in the amount of $332.05 due beginning monthly on November 1, 2021.  Five percent (5%) interest, $633.30, is charged for those paying by installment. Students may pay by check, money order, Visa or MasterCard. Installment payments more than 10 days late incur a $25 late fee.

RELATED COSTS

Written materials and handouts used in the classroom are included in the tuition.  Tuition does not include the following (approximate costs are indicated):

1.        Textbooks:  $350

2.        Anatomical Model Skull: $300 (appx)
     
A good skull model is recommended for study, but not required.

2.        Massage table for use outside of school: $300-$700 new ($150 used).

3.        Professional sessions: Optional, yet 10 are required for RCST® credential with the Association. Approximate cost: $1,250

4.        Supervised Practice Sessions: Sixteen 4-hour sessions, $30-$50 each, based on a sliding scale.

6.        Private Tutoring: Optional, fee-for-service arranged with tutor.

Why Study Craniosacral Biodynamics?

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy is a unique healing art that develops the practitioner’s relationship to life’s essence and inherent healing capacity.  Students in this program learn a great deal about themselves, the nature of life, and valuable ways to facilitate other’s healing.  Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy is a professional diploma training that will take you deeper into profound modes of healing.  

The human system has different layers of experience that can all be touched in Craniosacral Biodynamics.  This training explores the interactive dynamics of tissues and fluids, organizing forces, and therapeutic presence.  Three fields of function are active within every healing process:  tissues, fluids, and bioenergy.  Specific skills for addressing each of these dimensions are developed in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy.  The training has a solid and tangible grounding in the structure and functioning of the physical body.  Additionally, fluid dynamics are emphasized in both their systemic and particular actions within the living system.  Finally, the energy dynamics within these processes are revealed and skills are presented for utilizing them skillfully in the healing process.

Take your existing skills to deeper levels and develop a wider perspective in your work.  Traditional osteopathic skills leading to great precision in clinical practice will be taught and refined throughout the course.

Improved patient benefits and lasting results accumulate with Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy.  Utilizing the inherent treatment plan and facilitating the healing forces at the heart of every condition gives access to the remarkable healing powers available in the dynamics of life itself!

Why study Craniosacral Biodynamics with Wellness Institute and Roger Gilchrist?

Roger Gilchrist, MA, RPP, RCST®, has taught Craniosacral Biodynamics to osteopaths and medical doctors in Europe, and a wide spectrum of health care professionals in the USA, Australia, and Europe.  Wellness Institute graduates have included massage therapists and bodyworkers, social workers and psychotherapists, nurses, doctors and, occasionally laypeople with demonstrated aptitude.  The study of Biodynamic principles definitely shifts every form of clinical practice to deeper levels of awareness.  

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