Pediatrics – 2018 Overview
Pediatric Craniosacral Therapy
Newborn through Age Two
Benjamin Shield, Ph.D.
This four-day class brings the practice of craniosacral work and manual therapies into the hands of practitioners who wish to work with infants and children. The principle is to honor the consciousness of the infant, and the course involves infant centered therapy. It incorporates a caring, common sense approach utilizing craniosacral techniques, prenatal and perinatal psychology, and principles of infant development.
The class will include simple and effective therapeutic techniques to assist in normalizing the structure, balancing the nervous system, and resolving possible issues of the birth experience. Therapies utilized will include biodynamic and biomechanical craniosacral therapies, soft tissue skills, and the pioneering developmental and technical works of Hugh Milne, Joelle-Aimée Kubisch, William Emerson, Raymond Castellino, Franklyn Sills, as well as many other leaders of the field throughout the world.
The class is designed to be approximately one-half lecture/theory, and one-half practical/hands-on table work, with appropriate demonstrations.
The first day will introduce the students to pediatric craniosacral work and present an overview of its relevance and applicability. The various conditions that pediatric craniosacral work can treat are discussed. There will be a presentation on successful ways to work with babies and infants, as well as their parents. How to best utilize the resources of an infant is explored. Also during the first day, there is presentation on the birthing/delivery process, birth presentation positions, and pelvic anatomy.
The second day includes lecture and demonstration of craniosacral evaluation of babies and infants, system evaluation of newborns, and pediatric structural evaluations. Demonstrations and table work take place throughout the day.
The third day focuses on craniosacral treatment in newborns and infants. The various stages of birth and the specific cranial lesions that can occur at each stage are discussed, along with the specific treatment. The nature and treatment of craniosacral issues created by Caesarian, forceps, and vacuum extraction deliveries are discussed, as well as that of postpartum cranial injuries.
The fourth day involves craniosacral work and maternal care. Developmental patterns of babies and infants are discussed, along with appropriate cranial treatment for each stage of development. Demonstrations are given. The second half of day four focuses on a complete one-hour protocol for the evaluation and treatment of newborns. This class may be taken alone, and is offered to any student having completed at least two 32-hour craniosacral courses. NCTMB 32 CEU’s