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CertEd: Craniosacral Therapy Certificate- Level 1 (Spring 2023) is a Course

CertEd: Craniosacral Therapy Certificate- Level 1 (Spring 2023)

Ended Mar 12, 2023
21 credits

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Full course description

Course Notes

Dates & Time: Friday, March 10, 2023 (1:00pm - 8:30pm)
Saturday, March 11, 2023 (8:30am - 5:30pm)
Sunday, March 12, 2023 (8:30am - 5:30pm)
CEU Credits: 21 CEUs

Please Note: This is a live course held at the Bastyr Kenmore Campus. Please see: Bastyr University's Covid-19 Health and Safety policies

Participants must be licensed health care practitioners who are licensed to touch. We can also accept students who are training in those fields.

Click Here for a list of Approved Credentials & Professions for Craniosacral Therapy

Course Description

The fascial system and its critical role in health and well-being will be discussed, from the specific to the whole body (including the membranes of the head). You will learn to recognize and assess the craniosacral rhythm at various points in the body, and to use it as an assessment tool. Learn to perform the still-point technique and dural tube glide, and explore the role of these techniques in normalizing tensions throughout the body. Additionally, we will cover the importance of the various membranes within the craniosacral system, including ways to assess restriction within the membrane system, and recognize its implications on general well-being and health. The seminar includes a combination of lecture, demonstration and hands-on practice. There are 23 in-class hours plus 5-10 hours of pre-reading assignments.

Health care practitioners who complete Level 1 may immediately incorporate these techniques in their practice, as well as go on to take Levels 2 and 3. 

Course Objectives

  • Describe the function of the fascia.
  • Treat fascial restrictions unsing direction of energy technique.
  • Assess and treat restrictions in the muscles, joints and extremities.
  • Assess and treat restrictions for the body diaphragms.
  • Describe the basic elements of the craniosacral (CS) system, including the meninges and cranial membranes.
  • Assess the CS rhythm.
  • Induce a still point in the CVS rhythm.
  • Describe the structure and function of the tentorium and falx.
  • Assess and release the tentorum using the sphenoid and temporal bones.
  • Assess and release the falx using the frontal and parietal bones.
  • Describe the structure and function of the sacral base.
  • Release the joints of the sacral base (sacroiliac and lumbo-sacral).
  • Perform a dural tube glide.
  • Assess when it is appropriate to make referrals to other health care or mental health professionals.

CEU Credits: (21 CEUs, PDAs, CMEs for the following professions:)

  • ND (licensed in WA)
  • MD & PA - Category II CMEs (those licensed in WA)
  • ARNP & RN - Category II (licensed in WA)
  • LAc - NCCAOM PDAs (pending)
  • PT & OT (licensed in WA) 

Interested in the Full Certificate Program? Here is what is required:

Courses: Successfully complete Levels 1, 2 and 3
Supervised Practice Sessions: Attend a minimum of 10 practice sessions (total of 20 hours)
Two-Way Trades: Complete at least 10 trades with another participant (total of 20 hours)
Client Treatment Sessions: Complete a minimum of 100 hours
Personal Treatment Sessions: Receive craniosacral treatments from a Certified Practicioner (minimum of 10 hours)
Practical Test & Written Exam: Pass with 80% or higher

Textbook Requirements

It is recommended that you register at least two weeks prior to class start in order to complete the reading assignments. 

On-Campus Expectations

  • Please Bring: A blanket, pillow and both required books. Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. Personal water bottle (filtered water dispensers available on campus to refill).

  • Meals: One hour lunch break – due to Covid-19 there are no food services available on campus. Please bring your own meals. If the Bookstore is open during your class, snacks will be available for purchase.

  • Location: Bastyr University Kenmore Campus. Bastyr University is housed in an older facility with fluctuating interior temperatures; it is advisable to wear layers. Also, Bastyr is a “fragrance-free” campus

  • Covid-19: Masks are required at all times and locations on campus, except during lunch breaks. Social distancing while in close quarters will also be enforced, however due to the bodywork nature of this course, may not always be possible.

About the Instructor

Einat Arian, ND, PhD, CST earned her first doctorate from the Hebrew University  in Jerusalem in 1997. She conducted research and lectured in the field of neuro-physiology, and has written several publications in peer-reviewed journals in those fields. In 2006 she graduated from Bastyr University with a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine. Arian has been practicing naturopathic medicine in Seattle, with an emphasis on craniosacral therapy and homeopathy.

She studied craniosacral therapy in Bastyr’s continuing education program under the guidance of Dr. Nancy Soliven, completing the certification program at the Diplomate level from Integrative Body Institute (IBI). In 2007 she began working as a teaching assistant for IBI, and also completed IBI’s teacher training and mentoring program. Dr. Arian has a private practice in North Seattle where she sees people of all ages, including many pediatric patients.

Catherine Oliver, LMT, CST-C (Co-teacher);  After graduating from Kalamazoo Center for the Healing Arts (now Institute for Massage Education at KCHA) in Michigan in 2006, Catherine completed her Bachelors of Arts Degree from Western Michigan University and relocated to Seattle in 2008. Needing to return to massage school due to state licensing differences, she graduated from Northwest Academy for the Healing Arts and began her massage practice.

Having been introduced to craniosacral therapy during her initial massage training, Catherine began taking courses at Bastyr from Nancy Witt, PT and Einat Arian, ND while their certification program was being developed. As one of the first to be certified through the program in 2015, she became a teaching assistant and helped further develop the program, eventually taking on the mentorship role for the certification program after Nancy’s retirement and became a co-instructor with Einat.  Additionally, she has taken advanced craniosacral training from Dr. Arian and Etienne Peirsman.

Catherine maintains a craniosacral and massage therapy practice in Seattle, WA. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, knitting, and snuggling her cats.

View cancellation policy here:

If the course must be cancelled or postponed due to an unforseen circumstances, participants will be offered a refund (minus processing fees). Thank you for keeping our BU community safe and healthy!