The College of Cranio-Sacral Therapy
CCST is the first, the largest, and the most established College of Cranio-Sacral Therapy in Europe - currently in its 31st year. This is reflected in the experience of the tutor team, the well established support structure for the students – including a Teaching Clinic, regular Study Groups, Tutor availability – and a wide network of previous graduates throughout the UK and in many other countries.
The approach to Cranio-Sacral Therapy at CCST is Integrated Cranio-Sacral Therapy. Within the field of Cranio-Sacral Therapy there are different approaches, ranging from those which work primarily with the inherent healing forces of nature (sometimes described as Biodynamic and seen as being more abstract) to those which are more orientated to the application of techniques (sometimes described as Biomechanical and seen as being more grounded in basic sciences).
CCST is distinctive in that it integrates all of these concepts to provide a comprehensive professional training with a broad approach that can respond effectively to each patient according to his or her needs. The course is fundamentally biodynamic in nature, and also incorporates a wide spectrum of resources in order to expand the practitioner’s perspective, enhance therapeutic effectiveness, and enable most effective clinical practice, as well as providing a firm grounding in knowledge, understanding, clinical experience and mindfulness.
Through this broad spectrum, each student is enabled to find their own unique way of working, and this individuality is mirrored by the rich variety of therapists who make up the tutor team.
Profound yet practical:
Cranio-Sacral Therapy is a gentle, but exceptionally profound process, and this approach takes us to the deepest levels of our being, whilst maintaining a firm grounding in day-to-day clinical application.
The College of Cranio-Sacral Therapy was founded in 1986 and is now based in Primrose Hill, London NW1 where there is also a College Clinic.
The Founder and Principal of the College is Thomas Attlee. Thomas graduated from the European School of Osteopathy, where cranial work was an integral part of the four year training. He taught Anatomy, Physiology and Western Medicine at the International College of Oriental Medicine for seven years, taught Yoga for several years and has been integrating various therapies, psycho-therapeutic processes, meditation techniques and developmental processes for over 30 years.
The Tutor Team consists of around 16 tutors, and includes therapists with a wide range of backgrounds, including osteopathy, physiotherapy, homeopathy, shiatsu, psychotherapy and many others. Tutors at CCST.
Breath of Life:
The approach to Cranio-Sacral Therapy at the College is founded in this rich variety of experience. The training is grounded in the work of William Sutherland, exploring the fundamental concepts of an underlying vitality - expressed as the Breath of Life - which creates and maintains our health and well-being, and which is expressed through the fluids, membranes, bones and other tissues of the body. It incorporates the subsequent concepts of Rollin Becker, James Jealous, and John Upledger, and other modern developments in the field, and continues to evolve and progress through Thomas Attlee's broad-based and comprehensive approach.
Thomas has been a pioneer in the field of Cranio-Sacral Therapy, establishing the first college in Europe, and developing his own individual approach of Integrated Cranio-Sacral Therapy. The result is a very comprehensive training, bringing together structural, bioenergetic, biodynamic, and emotional concepts, in order to develop a more complete understanding of human nature and health. The CCST approach is broad, flexible, and practical.
Thomas is also the author of 'Cranio-Sacral Integration' - a comprehensive volume which presents the unique integrated approach to Cranio-Sacral Therapy taught at CCST.
The college provides substantial student support throughout the training, including regular practice sessions and tutor availability at all times.
The practice of Mindfulness forms a crucial foundation which underlies the whole CCST training in Cranio-Sacral Therapy, providing an invaluable resource for the development of a therapeutic practitioner presence. Thomas has been practising Vipassana meditation (the form from which Mindfulness has derived) for over 35 years, and has been incorporating Mindfulness into his teaching since the inception of the Cranio-Sacral Therapy training at the College of Cranio-Sacral Therapy 30 years ago - the first Cranio-Sacral training with a basis in Mindfulness. Thomas also runs Short Courses and Introductory Evenings in Mindfulness at the college in London. For further details, click here.
The College is accredited by the Cranio-Sacral Therapy Association (CSTA) and is constantly involved in the process of further accreditation within both the UK and worldwide. Successful graduation leads to a Diploma in Cranio-Sacral Therapy. Graduates are eligible to join the CSTA and will then be included on the CSTA's Register of Members and will be entitled to use the letters RCST (Registered Cranio-Sacral Therapist) after their name - the only qualification recognised by the CSTA.
Approximately half the registered Cranio-Sacral Therapists in the UK are graduates of CCST.
The College offers a variety of trainings to suit different needs - for professional therapists from other disciplines, for student therapists, and for those wishing to become therapists as a career change:
- 1-year Diploma Course.
- 2-year Diploma Course - weekend format.
- Introductory Courses.
- Introductory Days.
- Courses Abroad.
The full training in Cranio-Sacral Therapy, both in the 1-Year format and the 2-Year format, consists of 44 days, with substantial further support of optional study groups and tutorials, in addition to home study and private practice. The training includes the essential component of a Teaching Clinic, so vital for providing students with the experience and confidence to go out into professional practice. With its carefully structured programme and long experience, CCST is able to provide this thorough and comprehensive training at a lower cost than most equivalent trainings.
The full professional training is also available from time to time in other countries. The College has run courses in Ireland, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Iceland and Turkey.
Anatomy of the Cranio-Sacral System
Two Preparatory Weekends Each Year.
Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology
A certificated pre-Diploma foundation course in Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology.
Pathology – short course
A dynamic and vivid three-day short course in Pathology held at the Gordon Museum in London.
A variety of Postgraduate training is available, including courses on Dentistry, Trauma, Emotions, and many other themes.
The College has been pleased to welcome students from over 60 different countries throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, North America, South America and Australasia.
A summary of the specific benefits of the College of Cranio-Sacral Therapy:
- The most established college in Europe.
- Integrated Cranio-Sacral Therapy - a comprehensive approach, fundamentally biodynamic in nature and also incorporating a broad spectrum of resources in order to enhance therapeutic effectiveness and provide a firm grounding in knowledge and clinical experience.
- Profound yet practical - exploring the deepest levels of being, whilst at the same time providing a thorough preparation for therapists in everyday practice.
- Firmly grounded in the invaluable resource of Mindfulness practice.
- Substantial support system - tutors available at all times, tutorial system, teaching clinics, study groups.
- Flexibility - 1 Year option, 2 Year option, adaptable according to individual needs.
- Flexible payment system - pay as you progress through the course, without financial commitment.
- Clear, consistent structure - courses are available regularly every year.
- Fully accredited by the Cranio-Sacral Therapy Association, UK.
“What I so appreciate about CCST is the openness and potential for creativity in its approach to Craniosacral work. One feels that there is no rigid protocol and that anything is possible. By the end of the course each student begins to find their own unique way of working, rather than following a fixed formula. CCST fosters an atmosphere of exploration and curiosity, without ever losing sight of the ground beneath our feet.”
A very practical day for anyone interested in training in Cranio-Sacral Therapy - an opportunity to meet the Tutors, to see the College, and to find out if the CCST approach to Cranio-Sacral Therapy suits you.
Dates and Further Information
including a Low Cost Teaching Clinic
Books by Thomas Attlee.
Cranio-Sacral Integration – Foundation
This foundation volume presents a unique integration of the wide spectrum of approaches to Cranio-Sacral Therapy.
Face to Face with the Face
A comprehensive approach to working with the face and the cranial nerves through cranio-sacral integration - with a comprehensive section on dentistry, orthodontics and cranio-sacral integration, including contributions from two eminent whole-person dentists.
About the Author.
Thomas Attlee is the founder and principal of the College of Cranio-Sacral Therapy in Primrose Hill, London, the first, the largest, and the most established college of its kind in Europe.
Short Courses in Mindfulness