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CertEd: Craniosacral Therapy Certificate- Level 3 (Fall 2024)

Nov 15, 2024 - Nov 17, 2024
21 credits

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$700 Enroll

Full course description

Register by November 1, 2024 to receive $100 off!

Early Bird Promo Code: FALL24CST3EB


Course Notes


Dates & Times

Friday, November 15, 2024 (1:00pm - 7:30pm)

Saturday, November 16, 2024 (8:30am - 5:30pm)

Sunday, November 17, 2024 (8:30am - 5:30pm)


CEU Credits: 21 CEU/PDA hours

Please Note: This is a live course held at the Bastyr Kenmore Campus.


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


Participants must have completed Craniosacral Therapy Level 1 prior to this course start date.


Please Note: Please be sure you are qualified to take this course before registering! If you register for this course and do not have any of the above approved credentials or professions for Craniosacral Therapy, you will be refunded for the course minus a 5% processing fee. If you are not qualified and do not disclose this information, the instructors have the right to dismiss you from class. No refunds will be given in this situation. 


Course Description

This seminar explores current theory on trauma and its resolution. It provides practitioners with tools that allow their craniosacral practice to address their clients more holistically. Skills taught include creating a safe environment for a client to allow for an emotional release, assessment techniques, listening skills, appropriate dialogue, and use of unwinding of the body. Breathing techniques will also be used as adjuncts to releasing trauma. Additionally, we will address how the practitioner can triage an emotionally loaded situation and determine if outside referral is necessary.

Level 3 serves as a wrap-up of the three-class series, pulling together all the elements that a practitioner has learned to create a comprehensive set of skills to add to their practice. The seminar includes a combination of lecture, demonstration and hands-on practice.


2025 Changes to CST

Beginning in 2025, we will be expanding our Level 1 course into two separate classes to allow participants to dive deeper into both the Fascia Systems of the Body, as well as the Superficial Sutures of the Skull. After Fall 2024, there will be four (4) levels required for CST Certification. If you'd prefer to complete this requirement with only three (3) levels, you must complete all three levels in Fall 2024.


Course Objectives

  • Describe the “normal” reaction to trauma and how this process is often thwarted.
  • Describe the life events that can become held-emotional-trauma.
  • Describe how a thwarted response to trauma causes the emotional aspects of the trauma to become archived in the tissues of the body, held in such a way as to create restrictions.
  • Assess for and recognize held-emotional-trauma in the course of the regular assessment and treatment of the client with craniosacral.
  • Assess for the appropriateness of engaging the client emotionally in a particular setting.
  • Assess for the appropriateness of using craniosacral  as the modality for the release of held-emotional-trauma.
  • List other options available for resolution of trauma and make appropriate referrals when necessary.
  • Demonstrate techniques for creating a safe and caring environment for the client.
  • Demonstrate appropriate listening and dialoguing techniques for facilitating the discovery and release of held-emotional-trauma.
  • Demonstrate use of craniosacral techniques such as listening, following, releasing and unwinding as part of the process of releasing held-emotional-trauma.
  • Demonstrate the use of the stillpoint technique as a possible way to facilitate the client’s insight into the meaning of the held-emotional-trauma, as well as a way for the client to self-manage anxiety as they process memories.
  • Demonstrate the use of stillpoint breathing as a way to help the client to breathe through the release, as well as a way for the client to self-manage emotional trauma which surfaces when they are on their own.


CEU Credits: (This course is approved for 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 Category PE-CW 
  • PT & OT (licensed in WA) 


NCCAOM Course Participant Attestation: I understand that the information in this course presented by the Provider and/or Instructor(s) is for educational purposes only and should only be applied with appropriate clinical judgment and used by a trained and licensed practitioner. Governmental laws and regulations vary from region to region and the contents of this course vary in permissible usage. The participant is required to check their local, state, and federal laws and regulations regarding the practice requirements and scope of practice issues and the use of the information of this course including, but not limited to, theory, herbal medicine, and acupuncture. I acknowledge that NCCAOM does not endorse any specific treatment regimens of any kind. Furthermore, if I use any modalities or treatments taught in this course, I agree to waive, release, indemnify, discharge, and covenant not to sue NCCAOM from and against any liability, claims, demands, or causes of action whatsoever, arising out of any injury, loss, or damage that a person may sustain related to the use of the information in this course. I understand that this Release is governed by the laws of District of Columbia, U.S.A. and shall survive the termination or expiration of this course


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

Courses: Successfully complete Levels 1, 2 and 3 (Beginning in 2025, Level 4 will also be required)

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 Practitioner (minimum of 10 hours)

Practical Test & Written Exam: Pass with 80% or higher


For more details, check out our Certification Info Sheet


Textbook Requirements


Required Textbooks

Recommended Textbooks


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


On-Campus Expectations

  • What to Bring
    • Comfort - bolsters, blankets, and pillows you may need to remain comfortable during treatment and training.
    • Textbooks - All required and recommended textbooks. The Bastyr Bookstore is not open during the hours of this course, so please be sure to order your books ahead of time.
    • Clothing - Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. 
    • Hydration - Personal water bottle (filtered water dispensers available on campus to refill).
    • Meals: You will have meal and snack breaks throughout the weekend. Our dining commons is not open during weekend hours, but there may be grab & go items available for purchase. It is recommend you bring your own meals. There is a refrigerator and microwave for participants to use if needed. 
  • A note about the 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


About the Instructors

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.