About the Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Foundation Training

Biodynamic Craniosacral Touch

Health is a deep and abiding part of each person’s essential nature, and is never lost. Deep within each of us, health is always available, and can be palpated (felt) as slow, steady rhythmic sensation.

The Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy foundation training is based on the “Breath of Life” perspective of craniosacral therapy by the founder of the work, Dr. William Garner Sutherland, and the continuation of the work by Franklyn Sills (author of Craniosacral Biodynamics). You’ll learn to experience the ever-present health within yourself and others in this revolutionary approach to healthcare. In gentle, non-invasive interactions between practitioner and client, you’ll experience how the Inherent Health of each client comes to the foreground and expresses its vitality. In this dynamic process, the client’s patterns of pain, stress and trauma begin to resolve.

The 2+ Year Foundation Training

This training occurs in a series of  class modules over a period of about two and a half years.

The training starts with a 5-day Introduction to BCST, to allow you to preview the various aspects of the learning process and see how they work for your learning needs. These aspects include the classroom setting, the instructor and staff, the classroom dynamic, the pacing and more. We strive to create a learning experience that is relaxed, slow-paced and fun, while also being stimulating and engaging.  You can take the Intro to BCST with no obligation to take the entire training.

The training itself consist of 18 three-day modules (classes). The topics of the full  training are described below. You can become a Registered Craniosacral Therapist (RCST) upon satisfactory completion of this training, including attendance at all of the following classes:

Module 1 – Basic Skills of Stillness, Being and Relationship
Module 2 – Energy Fields and Their Subtle Motions
Module 3 – Inherent Health: From Stillness to Form
Module 4 – States of Balance and Stillness
Module 5 – Inertia, Fulcrums, Shapes and Augmentation Skills
Module 6 – The Nervous System: Bodywide Intelligence
Module 7 – Biodynamic Skills for Working with Trauma and Chronic Stress
Module 8 – The Midline: From Primitive Streak to Spine
Module 9 – The Pelvis and its Mysterious Sacrum
Module 10 – The Sentient Little One: Aware in the Womb
Module 11 – The Occipital Triad: As Above, So Below
Module 12 – The Cranial Base and its Connection to the Whole
Module 13 – The Face and Its Origins in Implantation
Module 14 – The TMJ and Hyoid Bone: A Mirror to the Pelvis
Module 15 – Visceral Explorations
Module 16 – The Sentient Little One: The Challenge of Birth
Module 17 – Ignitions: Lighting Up our Journey into Form
Module 18 – Completions, Reviews, Commencement Celebration

Certification or Non-Certification?

We offer the BCST training in two tracks, (1)  a comprehensive track leading to certification / registration as an RCST with our professional association, the BCTA/NA, and (2) a non-certification track.  The non-certification track allows participants to attend all the classes without having to complete any of the out-of-class requirements. To follow the certification track, the following out-of-class requirements must be fulfilled in addition to attending all of the classes:

• Give 150 practice sessions (30 of which must be written up).

• Receive 10 paid professional BCST sessions from RCST’s, including at least one from your instructor.

• Write short essays on various topics and concepts about the work, based on the reading material and/or classroom experiences.

• Do an anatomy immersion. Options are to do a series of required drawings/tracings, or to propose and complete an alternative anatomy project that accomplishes the same sort of learning.

• Give two short tutorial sessions to your instructor or teaching assistant.

• Complete a Culminating Project, either  the traditional Cranial Nerve Project or an alternative project.

• Upon completion of all of the above requirments and classroom hours, take a final examination.

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