CranioSacral Therapy Mentorship Program

CranioSacral Therapy Mentorship Programs

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

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.

Types of mentorship possible:

  • 1x1 mentorship – This is time spent between you and a certified CST mentor. Your learning needs and skill development are the priority. This can happen in both in-person and virtual formats.
  • Small group mentorship – This is time spent with you, a mentor, and a small cohort of other practitioners working on similar concerns (usually 4-8 participants). Similar concerns could be technique driven, practice building, ethics of practice, case studies, etc. Small groups will always be selected by training and development level of the practitioners. This can also happen in both in-person and virtual formats.
  • Large group mentorship – This is time spent in a large group format (greater than 8 students). Large group mentorship might be a new class, a larger study group, or a virtual supervision group. This can also happen in both in-person and virtual formats.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How do I know which type of mentorship is right for me?

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.

Is mentorship expensive?

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.

How do I contact a certified CST mentor?

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

How do I keep track of hours spent receiving mentorship?

Use the mentorship program tracking form.

Will mentorship help me towards certification?

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.

Can I become a mentor?

You can become a mentor. For a fill list of requirements to be a mentor as well as an application to begin the process, please email

Do I get credit for receiving mentorship?

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 or even an instructor someday. Once you complete your hours, for credit, simply send in the tracking form and any applicable processing fee.

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

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 Empower Your Practice Details. Virtual Study Groups count as Category B hours as well.

Category C:

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

There are no mentors in my area, what do I do?

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.

Do mentors receive mentorship?

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.

What does 1x1 mentorship look like?

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.

Can I receive credit for mentoring I've received in the past?

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.

How much credit can I count for extended trainings, such as clinical applications class or a study group?

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.

What is the schedule of Virtual Mentoring Sessions?

See the Upledger CranioSacral Therapy Mentorship Program Calendar below.

Will a mentor teach me new material?

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.

Mentor program elements and criteria are subject to change.

Upledger CranioSacral Therapy Mentorship Program Calendar

Date Program Registration

Previous recordings available

For previous recordings, please email to register.

Program Registration

Review-Chronic Depletion & Epicenter

Cost: Free to students of previous CST working with Chronic Depletion students
Email: to be able to register


CS1 Review

Password to register: still


CS2 Review

Password to register: CST II


A CST approach to migraines and complex headaches

Cost: $30. $25 for recording only
Presenter: Erin Riley PT, CST-D


Intraosseous lesions

Cost: $25 for recording only
Presenter: Eric Moya CST-D


CST & The Enteric Nervous System

Cost: $30. $25 for recording only
Presenter: Nikki Kenward CST-D


Anatomical Intricacies of the Cranium

Cost: $25 for recording only
Presenter: Caroline Barrow CST-D


The Cranial Nerves & CST

Cost: $25 for recording
Presenter: Karen Axelrod CST-D


The gross anatomy of CST

Cost: $25 for recording
Presenter: Eric Moya CST-D


CST & The Peripheral Nerves

Presenter: Joe Gore D.O., CST-D

Cost: $25 for recording


CST & Reflexology

Presenter: Xanthe Ashton CST-D
Prerequisite: CS1
Cost: $30 for live event
$25 for after event recording


A CST approach to pelvis & pelvic dysfunction

Presenter: Erin Riley PT, CST-D
Prerequisite: CS1
Cost: $30 for live event
$25 for after event recording


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