CE Credits for Craniosacral Therapy

CE Credits

This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the American Holistic Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Approved to award 120 CNE through 10/14/2017

Participants successfully completing both the Introductory and Advanced Craniosacral Therapy Training Programs will receive a GRCI completion certificate. Nurses will also receive 120 contact hours.

This program has been reviewed, and is endorsed by the American Holistic Nurses Association.*

Approval for contact hours through the American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA) is based on an assessment of the educational merit of this program and does not constitute endorsement of the use of any specific product or modality in the care of clients.

*Nurses from states other than New York, including New Jersey and Connecticut, should be knowledgeable about their state’s Nurse Practice Act.


The American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. is pleased to confirm approval of the Great River Craniosacral Therapy Institute as an AOTA Approved Single Course Provider of continuing education. The Great River Craniosacral Therapy Institute is authorized to assign 8.2 AOTA CEUs for the Great River Craniosacral Therapy Institute’s Advanced Training Program.

The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

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NCBTMB_Logo_AThe Great River Craniosacral Therapy Institute’s Introductory Training Program is approved for 20 CE Credits by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB). The Great River Craniosacral Therapy Institute’s Advanced Training Program is approved for 100 CE Credits (50 CE Credits each half of the training) by the NCBTMB.

The Great River Craniosacral Therapy Institute’s Introductory Training Program is approved for 23.4 contact hours for physical therapists and physical therapy assistants by the New York State Education Department, Office of Professions. The Great River Craniosacral Therapy Institute’s Advanced Training Program is approved for 101.4 contact hours for physical therapists and physical therapy assistants by the New York State Education Department, Office of Professions.


Program Overview:

The purpose of this in-depth, highly personalized Craniosacral Therapy training program is: to enable students to develop and utilize listening skills—through their hands, minds, and hearts –to be of greater service to their patients, and to effectively perform CST on patients to release and resolve physical, emotional, and spiritual pain. Students will also explore the personal and professional applications of this exceptional hands-on healing modality as they access their most powerful personal healing ability.

Educational Objectives:

  1. Sketch the basic anatomy of the Craniosacral system and theoretical background of CST
  2. Perform melding while sensing the direction of energy flow between student and a partner
  3. Differentiate between the cardiac, respiratory, and craniosacral rhythms
  4. Describe  the role of fascia in body and be able to release restrictions from pelvic, respiratory, and thoracic inlet transverse diaphragms
  5. Palpate the craniosacral rhythm
  6. Perform a sacroiliac release and lumbosacral decompression with dural tube traction
  7. Release the nasal bone
  8. Perform a frontal bone lift
  9. Perform a TMJ/Mandible compression and decompression
  10. Perform a maxillary lift
  11. Perform a temporal ear pull
  12. Perform a hyoid release
  13. Perform an atlanto-occipital release with dural tube traction and visualization
  14. Restate absolute and relative contraindications to performing CST
  15. Perform parietal compression and lift with dural tube traction
  16. Perform sphenoid compression and decompression
  17. Discuss practical uses of simple CST techniques taught in this workshop—from reducing pain and stress to relieving sinus congestion and anxiety
  18. Perform fascial glide on superficial, mid-level, and deep vertical fascial sheets
  19. Practice remaining present for people undergoing powerful physical and emotional releases from old trauma
  20. Differentiate between active and inactive energetic lesions in the body
  21. Integrate the significance of facilitated segments in the spine
  22. Release energetic lesions and facilitated segments
  23. Assist patients in using their “inner healers” through dialoguing exercise and in conjunction with hands-on CST work
  24. Integrate basic dialoguing principles – such as asking open-ended questions rather than yes/no questions – with hands-on work, utilizing the CS rhythm to determine the significance of a patient’s unconscious images
  25. Integrate facilitating patients’ entering into unconscious trance states with CST hands-on work
  26. Practice helping patients resolve uncomfortable, chronic symptoms by working to bring out the symptom’s underlying meaning
  27. Discuss the association between childhood abuse and dissociation
  28. Recognize the importance of personal healing if one is to help heal others
  29. Perform unwinding of an arm or leg
  30. Perform unwinding of the head and neck
  31. Receive unwinding of the head and neck
  32. Perform full body somatoemotional release in the supine position
  33. Receive full body somatoemotional release in the supine position
  34. Perform full body somatoemotional release from the sitting position
  35. Receive full body somatoemotional release from the sitting position
  36. Describe the benefits and intentions of the small group somatoemotional release process
  37. Effectively practice CST and SER
  38. Practice CST with greater skill than prior to tutorial

Completion Requirements:

  1. Attendance at all sessions.
  2. Active participation in the course.
  3. Completion of required readings.
  4. Completion of two individual tutorials with Dr. Wish  (scheduled separately from the workshop periods, though they may be the day before a workshop for people coming from long distances).
  5. Completion of course evaluation.

Disclosures of Conflict of Interest:

Dr. Ron Wish is the founder and owner of the Great River Craniosacral Therapy Institute. Mary Bradshaw, RN is the nurse planner for this activity. Both report no significant financial relationships with any commercial entity related to this CNE activity.