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The Diploma Course (3)

Policy on Late Joining Students

ASCT welcomes students who have started their training some time ago, with another school, and who for any reason wish to make a fresh start with us. Applicants should contact us to see how this can be done: it is likely that a combination of bridging courses and/or tutorials – with some cost considerations - will be required to ensure that you are at the same level as the students you will be joining. Our aim is to avoid you having to restart your studies from the beginning. This brings a number of challenges, but if you are prepared for an initial effort, then we are equally prepared to support it.

Support During & After the Course: ‘Supervision’

Developing practitioners from mixed backgrounds frequently misunderstand the meaning and purpose of ‘supervision’ as it is meant in craniosacral therapy. For psychotherapists and a number of other practitioners its meaning is well known, but the word still suffers from an overfamiliarity in everyday life, where it would seem to refer to having someone stand over you as you work, and so on.

In many professions such a practice is desirable, but not in the practitioner-patient relationship. Here ‘supervision’ refers to a system of mentoring by a more experienced practitioner, and does not cover the technical details of the therapy: should this be required, the supervisor will recommend appropriate action. Rather the system of supervision is there to help with difficulties and concerns a practitioner may have with current cases in terms of their relationship with their patients and the progress (or lack of it) of the patient’s recovery.

At ASCT we regard the availability of supervision during your practice life as an essential resource. So that you become familiar with the supportive nature of supervision as early as possible, time is included in the timetable to meet with your tutor in small student groups, to discuss your practice sessions and your progress on the course. If necessary this will be followed up with individual meetings.

Similarly, for two years after the course we organise twice-yearly group meetings for the same purpose. The difference is that cases presented will be from a new practitioner’s own practice. We hope you will find the meetings helpful, as well as an opportunity to meet fellow students again.  

Please phone, write or email for further information.

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