Join the Team
Being a therapist in a program is an amazing accelerated learning experience in which you develop your multi-hands CranioSacral Therapy skills. Therapists in CTPs receive 37 continuing education credits and 27 continuing education credits for DATs. Both programs fulfill the preceptorship requirements for the Upledger CST Diplomate certification.
In every program there are three types of therapists: Primary, Support and Adjunct. Requirements for each type are detailed by program.
All therapists must register through the International Alliance of Healthcare Educators (IAHE).
To refer or register a client, call IAHE 1-800-233-5880.
You will receive confirmation upon registration and a letter prior to the program with more specific information.
Essential Information for all Therapists
It is important that you are aware and accepting of Integrative Intentions' Mission and Intentions.
We hold the work of Dr. John Upledger in high regard and our programs have origins in the "multi-hands" therapy developed by Dr. Upledger and the Upledger Institute Intensive Therapy Programs.
All of our therapists have received their CST education through the Upledger Institute.
We all share basic principles and practices, implicitly and explicitly developed by Dr. John Upledger, taught through the Upledger Institute and embodied by CST therapists. We are in harmony with the Credo and Goals of the Upledger Institute.
Our shared basis in CST keeps us grounded in the science of life with a central focus on the CranioSacral system and the inherent intelligence of the 'Inner Physician' which guides our therapeutic facilitation.
We relate to the CranioSacral system as a core structure with functions essential to the integrated health of the individual body-soul-mind-spirit. We find Upledger CranioSacral Therapy to be an integrative therapy that addresses this core and coordinates other therapies.
This common basis in Upledger CST is essential in bringing and holding our community together in an inspired integration of intentions for healing in these client centered programs.
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, daily schedules, 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. 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. In general, our intention is to be open and accepting of the clients.
Subsequent morning meetings provide time and space for the client 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 treatments, will be moderated by the Therapy Program Coordinator. It is important to take more time listening to the client than commenting.
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 relationships 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 decides 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 discussions 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 for the Dolphin Assisted Therapy programs is not open in the evenings.
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.
Bring Your Client
If you are a CranioSacral therapist referring a client to a program, we invite you to accompany the client and participate in the program as their ongoing therapist. Your history, role and participation will be respected in our team approach. You may be included in sessions and the therapy program meetings.
It is our hope to bring together all the talents of the therapists for the betterment of the client. The client provides the focal point for the various modalities and how they function, are experienced, perceived and understood.
You may participate in sessions with only your client. If you meet the requirements as a Support or Primary Therapist, you may participate in other sessions.