CTP Therapist Information

Participating as a support therapist in these intensive programs is almost an imperative in order to take one’s listening skills to the next level. Working as part of a group is such a joy, and seeing the magic that happens makes the five days away from my own family worthwhile.

Primary Therapist:

  • Must be Diplomate Certified through the Upledger Institute
  • Participate in at least one prior Comprehensive Therapy Program as a Support Therapist
  • Demonstrate the ability to mentor Support Therapists and facilitate their contributions to the Comprehensive Therapy Program
  • Demonstrate the ability to create and maintain a safe and efficient therapeutic space for the client and therapy team
  • Open to ongoing peer assessment, review and support
  • Able to integrate individual talents and skills with CranioSacral Therapy
  • Able to lead and coordinate the daily therapy sessions with the team of Support Therapists
  • Responsible for charting the sessions and essential communications related to the client  

Support Therapist:

Support Therapists are an integral aspect of all programs.  As a Support Therapist you will be able to work with many other talented and gifted therapists, facilitating the healing the clients.  It is amazing how much we all learn from one another!  There will be guidance for Support Therapists, as well as optional evening time to spend with other therapists, sharing treatments and skills, having personal rest and relaxation time and enjoying the unique opportunities provided by the specific facility and location of the CTP and the attending community of therapists.

To be accepted as a Support Therapist you are required to:

  • Have completed a minimum of SERI with the Upledger Institute 
  • Be cognizant of the basic Principles & Practice of Upledger CST and SER 
  • Have the capacity to remain neutral in the therapy program
  • Participate fully as an essential element of the therapy team within the client-centered CTP
  • Accept direction from Primary Therapists

Adjunctive Therapist:

To be accepted as an Adjunctive Therapist you are required to:

  • Be approved by the Therapy Program Coordinator
  • Meet all of the requirements of a Primary Therapist
  • Have demonstrated proficiency in their respective field of expertise 
  • Bring a specific complimentary modality to the program
  • Able to integrate their modality with the Principles & Practices of Upledger CST and SER

Daily Schedule

The initial therapist meeting, held the evening prior to the client program, requires the attendance of all therapists.  It covers introductions so that we may become acquainted with each other, our backgrounds, therapeutic modalities and intentions.  Additionally, it includes information about housekeeping, accommodations, the daily schedule, therapeutic roles, basic principles, the initial presentation of client information and open time for questions, concerns and comments.

Each morning we will meet as a complete team with the clients.  The Therapy Program Coordinator will conduct the meeting, which is client focused.  For the first day, please keep your personal introduction to the clients brief:  name, therapeutic background and designated modalities you will be providing in the program. This is time for us to listen to the clients.  Our intention is to be open and accepting of the clients. 

Subsequent morning meetings provide time and space for the clients to let us know what they are experiencing. This is an opportunity for them to ask questions, make requests, etc.  Questions and feedback by the Primary Therapist, from the previous day’s treatment, will be moderated by the Therapy Program Coordinator.  It is important to take more time listening to the client than commenting about them.

Questions by the Primary Therapist and/or Therapy Program Coordinator help support the client in their process.  At times it is helpful to describe our intentions in the therapeutic process, i.e. melding, accessing their body's wisdom, following their process or checking their significance detector.  Please refrain from giving advice and explanations about their therapy.

Therapeutic boundaries and respect for the client is required.  Since we will likely be with the clients during meals and may have frequent interactions with them outside the designated therapeutic sessions, it is important that we do not initiate the client in therapeutic activities on their own time and that we realize our personal interactions with them may likely be perceived as part of the program.  We may affect their attitudes and relationship to the therapeutic process.  If they seek advice and feedback outside the therapeutic session, please ask them to bring their questions to group discussion or reserve them for their next therapeutic session. 

At the end of the day, the Primary Therapists will meet with their Support Therapists to review and chart the sessions.  The dynamics of the treatment group may also be reviewed and assessed (the Primary Therapist will decide what is important to bring to the meeting).  This is a time to review and reflect on the day.

The therapy day ends with a therapy community meeting.  The Primary Therapist from each treatment group will relay to the therapeutic community the most significant aspects of the day’s therapy.  We are all here to share and learn from each other and provide an opportunity for the Support Therapists to ask questions and receive additional support from the team as a whole.  

Note: We ask all to be as clear and concise as possible, as our time is limited.  We ask that issues, observations and any compelling perceptions and experiences be brought to the group and team meetings.

Each therapy community meeting includes time for each member to comment or bring up anything that needs to be expressed, acknowledged or addressed so that we may continue to work well together.  Personal issues between individual participants need to be addressed outside the large group meeting.  The essence of this therapy is the therapy itself, not what we have to say about it later.  These meetings are designed to help us more richly engage the client-centered therapeutic process. 

After the meeting you are free to do as you please.  The therapy room is usually available as a space to interact with one another, treat one another, share skills or just hang out.   

On the last day, we will end with a closure meeting from 3:30pm to 4:30pm for therapists and clients. 

It is important that all therapists are present for each full day.

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