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Seven 4- day modules: Thursday through Sunday, 9am-6pm

MODULE 1: October 6-9, 2016

In this module, students will learn about the history and philosophy of cranial work including the different approaches of major figures in the field. Students will experience and learn how to palpate several fluid tides in the body. The anatomy portion will open with the study of the ventricles in the brain, the place where cerebrospinal fluid is produced. This will lead into learning how to induce still points, one of the most important techniques in cranial work. Also covered in the anatomy section will be the Reciprocal Tension Membrane system which can also be thought of as the membranous portion of the cranial pump. This module will also cover fulcrums of experience: how they are held in the body and how they affect health. The students will also be taught the first of many whole body integrations which greatly facilitate cranial work.This module may be taken alone for 29 CE hours. NCBTMB provider #451448-10. Individual price is $600. $100 nonrefundable deposit required by 30 days before class.

MODULE 2: November 3-6, 2016

In this module students will learn a variety of approaches for working directly on the cranium, the motion of the bones, and appropriate techniques for bony and sutural restrictions. The anatomy will focus on the central nervous system with an emphasis on the relationship between the central nervous system and the structures that are in a practitioner’s hands with any given hold. Students will also be taught the first of several approaches for working with the spinal cord.

MODULE 3: December 1-4, 2016

In this module, students will learn how to use the cranial concept throughout the body. The class will cover major and minor transverse diaphragms and their importance. Students will be taught a protocol to assist their clients in detoxification and the reduction of headaches. The module will begin looking at connective tissue and will include additional techniques for whole body integration.

MODULE 4: January 5-8, 2017

In this section, strain patterns of the spheno-basilar junction will be taught. It will also cover working with the facial bones and the structures of the throat and thorax.

MODULE 5: February 2-5, 2017

In this module, students will learn some of the issues that need to be considered when working with a client who has experienced trauma or shock. They will learn how to work with the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous system. The anatomy will look at embryological consideration, including work with the notocord. Students will also begin looking at body relationships in clinical practice. Beginning with this module, time will be set aside for students to discuss questions that arise from their practice.

MODULE 6: March 2-5, 2017

This module will cover cranial nerves and will take the work begun in Module 5 and expand it specifically for TMJ. This section will also cover working with organs and energy entrapments. As in module 5, there will time to discuss questions arising from practice. Students will also be asked to let the instructor know of any material from the six modules that they would like reviewed in depth during the next module.

MODULE 7: April 6-9, 2017

This module will examine ways of integrating various energy work modalities with the cranial model. There will be an extensive review of any material requested by the students as well as discussion of questions from their practice.Dr. Sutherland maintained that if a person could listen clearly and intelligently to the cranial system, it would teach the practitioner exactly what they needed to do. The course will include protocols as a basis for learning, but the emphasis will be on how to think and listen in a cranial way. So rather than teaching a set of steps to be gone through, students will be taught how to apply their knowledge of the cranial system to whatever presents, how to listen intelligently and respond openly.

IN ADDITION: Between each module, students are expected to do at least four (4) practice sessions and write up each practice. Students will study one long term practice on a single client and write up a detailed and in-depth study noting changes over time. The instructor reads this material and returns it to the students with comments.Each students will demonstrate their hands on skill by practicing at least once on the instructor or designated senior staff. There is an additional 1 hour charge for this. This allows for very individual feedback.

There is a take home exam between the 6th and 7th Modules.