CST Mentorship Program

CranioSacral Therapy Mentorship Programs

CranioSacral Therapy Mentorship Programs

Welcome to the IAHE Clinical Mentorship Program!

Becoming a skilled CranioSacral Therapy practitioner is about more than techniques. It is also about the art of doing the work. The mentorship program is designed to give you the support and flexibility you need to help you improve your art and professionalism as a practitioner.

No matter what your level of skill, training, or experience, the mentorship program can be modified to meet your needs.

The core mission of the IAHE Clinical Mentorship Program is to help elevate IAHE trained therapists in the manual therapy profession by training and supporting more experienced practitioners to help less established or newer practitioners grow and develop professionally within IAHE programs. The program is committed to fostering collegial and professional training/support programs for both mentees and mentors as well as working collaboratively with modality leaders to ensure good standards of modality oversight as well as mentorship oversight.

The first place to begin is watching the video below that walks you through the basics of the program!

Clinical Mentorship Overview

Frequently Asked Questions

Knowing which type of mentorship is right for you is as unique as you are! If you are wanting a review of techniques, perhaps you might join a virtual study group and hear the material reviewed and presented. You could also retake a class. Perhaps you learn well from watching colleagues discuss concerns similar to yours. In that case joining a small mentorship group or study group might be the best situation. Perhaps you really want someone to watch you work, give you suggestions, help give you the feedback you need to get better. In that case, setting up some time with a certified mentor would be the best solution.

First, simply register for the program.

Mentorship can either be any level of cost depending on where your priorities are. 1x1 mentorship will tend to be more expensive than large group mentorship because you are paying for the time of the mentor. For many practitioners, the small group format might be a nice blend of receiving individual attention which still keeping costs low. The most affordable options tend to be the large group mentorship which are relatively low cost or even free to medallion members. Each mentor determines cost and method of payment.

Go online to see a list of certified mentors and contact them directly. Or also send an email to coordinator@ericmoya.com to ask any questions and/or receive a document of certified mentors.

Both the mentorship program and the certification program are designed to help you refine and be recognized in your skills as a CST practitioner. Although the mentorship program is more focused on helping you become a better practitioner and the certification program is more focused on helping you be recognized as a skilled practitioner, it is assumed that the end goals are complimentary.

Many people will work with a mentor for the sake of preparing for the certification process. If that is specifically the case for you, you might choose a mentor who is also an examiner for the certification process.

You can become a mentor. For a full list of requirements to be a mentor as well as an application to begin the process, please email coordinator@ericmoya.com

Yes! Receiving mentorship is a very important part of the process towards being the best practitioner you can be. In the mentorship program you can receive IAHP credit on your website listing. If you are already certified in CST, you can receive credit for the time/work you have spent toward maintaining your CST certification status, and/or Certified Teaching Assistant status. It is also a required part of becoming a mentor. Once you complete your hours, for credit, simply send in the tracking form and any applicable processing fee.

Basically you get can credit for every 24 contact hours of mentorship you receive. The breakdown for receiving credit is as follows:

Credit for the first 24 hours:

Category A:

  • Receiving treatment from a CST or CST-D (In-person only)
    Minimum of 6 hours from this category

Category B:

  • Small Group
  • Large group (Virtual or in-person)
    Minimum of 6 hours from this category
    Contact the mentor to receive an application and requirements for attendance. Mentors determine the application process, access methods and cost of small and large group mentoring sessions. Attending any CST Clinical Application workshops count toward Category B. Participating in CranioSacral Therapy Empower Your Practice OnLine Recordings - each recording counts as 1 hour of category B mentorship. Click here for Virtual Study Groups, which count as Category B hours as well.

Category C:

  • 1x1 mentorship (Virtual or in-person)
    Minimum of 6 hours from this category

Credit for the second 24 hours:

Be a CranioSacral Therapy Technique Certified Therapist; and receive the following mentoring:

Category A:

  • Receiving treatment from a CST or CST-D (In-person only)
    Minimum of 12 hours from this category

Category C:

  • 1x1 mentorship (Virtual or in-person)
    Minimum of 12 hours from this category

Credit for the third 24 hours:

Be a CranioSacral Therapy Diplomate Certified Therapist; and receive the following mentoring:

Category A:

  • Receiving treatment from a CST or CST-D (In-person only)
    Minimum of 12 hours from this category

Category C:

  • 1x1 mentorship (Virtual or in-person)
    Minimum of 12 hours from this category

One of the most beautiful things about the era we live in is the connectivity available to us. All of the Category B and C mentorship options are available in virtual formats. It is very possible for you to accrue the vast majority of your mentorship hours with a mentor who lives quite remote from you and yet still have confidence in knowing that you are receiving a very high quality of mentorship from one of our certified mentors.

Yes! In order to even become a mentor, mentors have had to demonstrate a strong value in the process of mentorship in their career. Additionally, part of the mentor certification process includes regular contact with the ombudperson of the mentorship program to ensure quality and consistency of mentorship.

1x1 mentorship looks different depending on your learning needs and goals. It might look like reviewing and practicing the techniques. It could look like tracking and having discussions about clients you are seeing in your own practice. It could look like co-treating with the mentor on one of your clients or one of theirs. There are many, many types of arrangements possible with 1x1 mentorship. Part of the additional training your mentor has undergone has been to learn about different mentorship arrangements and when one type of mentorship might be more appropriate than another. When you schedule a 1x1 mentorship session, your mentor is likely to work with you to establish your learning needs and goals and then make a recommendation on how best to meet those needs. Almost everything in the mentorship arrangement is about a supportive and collaborative discussion process between you and your mentor.

If you have already been receiving mentoring, congratulations for being active in your own growth! As the program kicks off, we want to be able to support the work you've already done! The program officially began on May 1, 2014. You may count Category A experiences from Jan 1, 2014. You can also count Category B experiences from May 1, 2013. Since the mentor training involves very specific and new material, Category C experiences can only be counted beginning on May 1, 2014.

As long as the programs are run by individuals who are properly endorsed/affiliated by UII: You can count up to 6 hours of Category B mentorship for each clinical applications class you attend.
You can count 1 hour of Category B mentorship for each study group you attend.
You can count up to 6 hours of Category B mentorship for attending a Beyond the Dura Conference.
You can count 1.5 hours per day of Category B mentorship for precepting Advanced CranioSacral Therapy workshops.
You can count 1.5 hours per day of Category B mentorship for acting as a therapist in a UII endorsed Intensive Therapy program.
Participating in instructor-led Conference Calls after CSIR class qualifies for Category B mentorship hours.

A mentor does not replace actually attending courses. Although the mentor might very well teach you things, the mentor won't teach you techniques which are presented in courses that you have not yet attended. Reviewing techniques (and their applications) you have already learned in IAHE courses may very much be part of your mentorship session.

For further questions, please contact Mentorship Program Ombudsman Eric Moya at coordinator@ericmoya.com or +1 (831) 392-6189

Virtual Study Group Narrative, Description, Recommendations

Visiting Therapist and Extern Program at Upledger Clinic

What is a visiting therapist and what are the eligibility requirements?

Practitioners trained in CST have the opportunity to work for extended periods of time at the Upledger Clinic. We call these practitioners Visiting Therapists. Before being considered for this program, therapists must complete advanced coursework in CST and demonstrate extensive clinical experience comparable to that of our staff clinicians. They must also first take part in our extern program, where they must be evaluated and approved by Upledger Clinic staff clinicians.

What is an extern?

Externs work at The Upledger Clinic for a given period of time under the supervision of staff clinicians. It is an excellent opportunity for CST practitioners to observe other clinicians at work and deepen their skills. To be eligible, therapists must first successfully complete coursework through SomatoEmotional Release I, and be approved by our staff.

For more information about Visiting Therapists and Externs, please call 561-622-4706.

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