Today, thanks to Still, Sutherland and Upledger, CST is practiced around the world. The most renowned school for CranioSacral Therapy is the Upledger institute in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. The Upledger Institute offers training on every continent and in many countries. The Upledger Institute is also involved in research, treatment, and outreach. They have several unique patient programs including dolphin therapy and clinical intensives. The dolphin program takes place in the Bahamas and Turkey several times a year and offers patients with complex medical conditions an incredible journey to be treated by dolphins, along with a practitioner! Clinical intensives include multiple sessions/day for several consecutive days, with at least two, sometimes up to five, therapists.
CST practitioners often include massage therapists, doctors, physical and occupational therapists, acupuncturists, chiropractors, dentists, speech pathologists, psychologists, counselors, nurses, etc. To practice professionally in the US, a practitioner must carry a license in a healthcare field with their state's Department of Health. Practitioners may practice under their original healthcare license but also have the the option to pursue certification with the Upledger Institute. There are currently two levels: Technique Certification, and Diplomate Certification. One must first achieve the techniques certification before applying for diplomate. It is a dedicated therapist who pursues the technique certification and a unique and very talented individual who pursues the Diplomate, Each level certification may take years to complete and requires extensive knowledge in anatomy, osteopathy, neurology, psychology, and ethics.
The Intensive Programs of the Upledger Institute are unique, multi-disciplinary one or two week treatment programs designed to focus on particular issues such as autism, brain and spinal cord injuries, learning disabilities, etc. These programs, like all other Upledger Institute programs, use a mind-body-spirit approach to address the health care needs of the community. While we have a core group of therapists assigned to this program, we additionally draw on the Institute’s diverse group of highly trained professionals to rotate through the programs and contribute their skills. These include physicians, physical therapists, massage therapists, acupuncturists, chiropractors, doctors of oriental medicine, psychologists and counselors. Many of these professionals are cross trained in a variety of complementary therapies as well. More...