Professional Training – Overview
CCST provides the opportunity to train as a professional Cranio-Sacral Therapist with the most established college of Cranio-Sacral Therapy, leading the field with over 33 years experience of training Cranio-Sacral Therapists in the UK and internationally.
We offer a profound and comprehensive professional training of the highest standard, renowned for its clarity and practical presentation, its supportive approach to students, and its thorough preparation for professional practice.
The CCST training presents the unique all-encompassing approach of Cranio-Sacral Integration developed by Thomas Attlee. Cranio-Sacral Integration combines Biodynamics, Biomechanics and Mindfulness to provide a comprehensive broad-spectrum training. Our approach is founded in biodynamic principles – engaging with the most profound inherent healing forces within the body and with the deeper tides and rhythms of life – and incorporates a wide range of further therapeutic resources, in order to enable the most effective therapeutic response.
A Biodynamic approach can be very effective in appropriate circumstances. A Biomechanical approach can be very effective in appropriate circumstances. An Integrated approach, incorporating both Biodynamic and Biomechanical principles as well as a wide range of other resources, enables a highly effective response to each individual according to their needs, and enables each practitioner to develop a broader perspective, as well as providing a firm grounding in basic sciences and clinical experience.
Profound yet practical:
Cranio-Sacral Therapy is a gentle, yet exceptionally profound process, and this approach takes us to the deepest levels of our being, whilst maintaining a firm grounding in day-to-day clinical application. The training is profoundly transformative and graduates often report that it has been a life-changing experience.
“This course has transformed my life on every level. - professional and personal, physical, mental, emotional and spiritual”
“A truly inspirational journey. Thomas’ teaching is so profound, gentle and so well-balanced between practice and theory that you feel comfortable from the very first moment. The support of the tutors is amazing, each of them bringing something special to the group. I can’t wait to continue my journey in this life-changing course.”
The Founder and Principal of the College is Thomas Attlee, one of the most experienced Cranio-Sacral Therapists in the world. Thomas graduated from the European School of Osteopathy, where cranial work was an integral part of the four-year training. He taught Anatomy, Physiology and Western Medicine at the International College of Oriental Medicine for several years, taught Yoga for many years, teaches Mindfulness practice, and has been integrating various therapies, psycho-therapeutic processes, meditation techniques and developmental processes for over 35 years.
The training is led by Thomas Attlee together with tutors from the highly experienced 18-strong tutor team at CCST with their extensive and richly varied backgrounds, including osteopathy, physiotherapy, homeopathy, shiatsu, psychotherapy and many other therapies. Read more
Breath of Life
The approach to Cranio-Sacral Therapy at the College is founded in this rich variety of experience. The training is grounded in the work of William Sutherland, exploring the fundamental concept of an underlying vitality - expressed as the Breath of Life - which creates and maintains our health and well-being, and which is expressed through the fluids, membranes, bones and other tissues of the body. It incorporates the subsequent concepts of Rollin Becker, James Jealous, and John Upledger, and other modern developments in the field, including the Quantum perceptions which are crucial to a true understanding of the depth of Cranio-Sacral Integration, and continues to evolve and progress through Thomas Attlee's broad-based and comprehensive integrated approach.
Thomas has been a pioneer in the field of Cranio-Sacral Therapy, establishing the first college, and creating and developing his exceptionally profound, comprehensive and far-reaching approach of Cranio-Sacral Integration. The result is a very thorough professional training, bringing together a wide range of resources in order to developa more complete understanding of human nature and health. The training provides graduates with the resources to address healthcare issues on all levels - physical, psycho-emotional and developmental - from profound trauma to day-to-day healthcare, whether in babies and children or in adults of all ages. The CCST approach is broad, flexible, practical and profound.
Thomas is also the author of “Cranio-Sacral Integration - 2nd edition” - a comprehensive volume which presents the unique integrated approach to Cranio-Sacral Therapy taught at CCST, and also “Face to Face with the Face” which explores working with the Face and the Cranial Nerves through Cranio-Sacral Integration. These books form the foundation for the training, along with many other key texts by William Sutherland, Rollin Becker, John Upledger and others.
The college is renowned for its exceptionally high level of support for students throughout the training, both during and between stages of the course. Tutors are available at all times for help and guidance, and there are regular study groups and practice sessions and a substantial support structure.
The training includes clinical experience and practice (not provided by many other trainings) a valuable and much appreciated aspect of the training, essential as preparation for professional practice.
The practice of Mindfulness forms a crucial foundation which underlies the whole CCST training in Cranio-Sacral Therapy, providing an invaluable resource for the development of a therapeutic practitioner presence. Thomas has been practising Vipassana meditation (the form from which Mindfulness has derived) for over 35 years, and has been incorporating Mindfulness into his teaching since the inception of the Cranio-Sacral Therapy training at the College of Cranio-Sacral Therapy over 30 years ago - the first Cranio-Sacral training with a basis in Mindfulness.
Membership of the Cranio-Sacral Therapy Association:
Graduates receive a Diploma and are eligible to join the Cranio-Sacral Therapy Association (CSTA) as Registered Cranio-Sacral Therapists (RCST) - the only qualification recognised by the CSTA. The College is accredited by the Cranio-Sacral Therapy Association and is constantly involved in the process of further accreditation both within the UK and worldwide. The majority of registered Cranio-Sacral Therapists in the UK are graduates of this college.
The College has been pleased to welcome students from over 60 different countries throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, North America, South America and Australasia. The full professional training is also available from time to time in other countries. The College has run courses in Italy, Spain, Belgium, Ireland, Iceland, Turkey, and Hungary.
Suitable both for health professionals, and also for those seeking a career change:
The training is suitable for health professionals wishing to extend and deepen their skills, and also for non-therapists seeking a career change to a life of greater humanity, caring, warmth and satisfaction.
“My life was just running on automatic until I attended this course”
Previous participants include Osteopaths, Acupuncturists, Homoeopaths, Physiotherapists, Chiropractors, Shiatsu practitioners, Alexander Technique teachers, Masseurs, Doctors, Nurses, Midwives, Obstetricians, Paediatricians, Psychotherapists, Aromatherapists, and Reflexologists - as well as many excellent Cranio-Sacral Therapists from many different non-therapeutic backgrounds. Career Development Loans are available.
Why study Cranio-Sacral Therapy?:
Participants choose to study Cranio-Sacral Therapy for many different reasons:
Therapists wanting to extend and deepen their skills and resources.
Therapists wanting to explore a more profound level of engagement with health and life.
Massage therapists, physiotherapists, dentists, and others seeking a less strenuous and more profound treatment approach.
Non-therapists seeking a life of greater meaning, purpose, value and satisfaction.
People from a wide range of backgrounds - mothers, fathers, solicitors, teachers, social workers, musicians, actors, dancers, office workers and many others - who wish to help others, whether in general health care, or perhaps with some specific field of healthcare in mind, such as working with babies and children, or with those who have suffered severe trauma or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or those who are disabled or disadvantaged in any way.
One Year or Two Year options:
The training is available in two formats – a One Year format or a Two Year (weekend) format. There is also substantial flexibility in the training options.
- 1-year Diploma Course.
- 2-year Diploma Course - weekend format.
- Introductory Courses.
- Introductory Days.
- The 2-year Diploma Course and Introductory Days are also available in Manchester
Anatomy of the Cranio-Sacral System
Two Preparatory Weekends each year.
A certificated pre-Diploma foundation course in Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology.
A dynamic and vivid three-day short course in Pathology held at the Gordon Museum in London.
A variety of Postgraduate trainings is available, including courses on Dentistry, Trauma, Emotions, and many other themes.