Two Year Professional Training in Craniosacral Biodynamics: Diploma Course comprised of two five-day seminars and eight four-day seminars at the Karuna Institute, Devon.

The professional training in Craniosacral Biodynamics is taught residentially at the  Karuna Institute, Devon over two five-day seminars and eight four-day seminars spread over a two-year period. The meetings are approximately bimonthly. During the course, students are required to undertake coursework and a clinical project, and to arrange practice sessions between seminar meetings. Supervision, feedback and course handouts are provided throughout the training. Students undergo continual assessment and are required to achieve a professional standard of practice before graduation. Formal tutor hands-on assessments occur halfway through the course and towards the end of the training.

Intention of the Training

  • To provide a nurturing and safe learning environment in a setting of natural beauty.
  • To nurture and encourage the personal development of both tutor and student alike.
  • To provide an integrated training in Craniosacral Biodynamics firmly rooted in the innovative work of Dr. William Garner Sutherland which includes the pioneering work of Franklyn Sills and insights of later practitioners in the cranial field.
  • To provide an integrated training with influences from other relevant fields which include the pioneering work of Dr. William Emerson in prenatal and birth trauma, the work of Dr. Raymond Castellino in healing infant trauma and the work of Dr. Peter Levine in healing shock and traumatisation in the human system.
  • To provide an in depth appreciation of the healing principles of the Breath of Life and its unfoldment in the human system.
  • To provide an in depth understanding and appreciation of these principles and to be able to safely apply them within a clinical context.
  • To convey and teach, within this context, clearly defined therapeutic skills with the ability to apply these skills within a clinical context.
  • To graduate skilled, safe and therapeutically effective practitioners.

Teaching Format

  • Small class sizes of up to 20 students are maintained.
  • Learning occurs largely via observation and exploration.
  • At least a five to one student-teacher ratio is maintained in order to provide in depth feedback on perceptual and clinical skills during practical sessions.
  • Small and large group feedback occurs after practical sessions.
  • Teaching methods include lectures, the use of visual aids, contemplative practices, PowerPoint presentations, demonstrations, guided sessions, small group exploration and feedback, supervision feedback; all with an emphasis on student observation and exploration.
  • Tutorial and supervision sessions are included in each training module. Each student is assigned a tutor who may be consulted for personal feedback.
  • Practical clinical applications are emphasized with approximately sixty percent of class time given to hands on practical session work.
  • Course notes are provided for each training module. Notes on clinical applications and diagrams and drawings to support the learning process are provided.
  • Students are encouraged to meet as a peer group each seminar and to elect a student representative. This representative is nominated to give course feedback and suggestions from the peer group to the course coordinator. Students are also encouraged to individually give course feedback at any time and written course feedback forms for anonymous feedback are also provided.
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