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Diploma or Certificate in Visceral and Systemic Osteopathy

There is a full Diploma version (2 years, including practicals and clinics), a Certificate (one year - the first year of the Diploma, includes practicals / clinics).

There is a fully face to face option and a hybrid option (lectures online, not in person, but with change to join the clinical / practical days when schedules for the face to face group.

All clinicals / practicals are held in Bristol (please enquire for venue details)

If you can't make the in person slots, then you can follow purely online.

  • take your osteopathic journey further and increase your scope of practice
  • build on your undergraduate training, and gain insights into updated evidence and technical dynamics of practice
  • learn how to enhance clinical management of respiratory, abdominal / digestive, general systemic, endocrine immune, and urogenital dynamics
  • Get extensive library of videos and online resources for your main lecture content
  • Get 4 practical blocks per year (each 3 days for Diploma / certificate students).  This option is not available for hybrid students.
  • get 3 clinical days - added to 3 of the practical blocks per year.  This option is available for hybrid students - you need to added the 3 days to get your clinical experience.
  • Get zoom tutorial support (for Diploma / certificate students only)

The full Diploma programme includes all online material - so check out the online content tables below, as well as the practical block tables! Also, zoom tutorials, assessments and lots of class interactions.  It enrols every 2 years.

For 2024-2025 the Certificate (year one) is open to enrol (the second year, the diploma year will enrol in 2025-2026)

 

DIPLOMA / CERTIFICATE FEES PER YEAR: This fee is £2250 if paid in full by 1 Aug 2024, or £2500,

Payments by instalments incur an additional fee, AND ARE ONLY AVAILABLE FOR THE FULLY FACE TO FACE OPTION - overall cost is £2800 - £800 due on enrolment, then £500 in advance of each practical / clinical block).

Hybrid - online with 3 clinical days - £1800, no instalments, includes zoom tutorials.

Online only - £1500 (includes zoom tutorials, no instalments)

There are no refunds for covid or other unforeseen circumstances, as the majority of the programme is online, and the practical dates will be rescheduled.

Use bank transfer to pay, and download the forms and return them. Please refer to the forms and fees page for details.

 

 

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The dates for this year's fully face to face certificate version, including clinical / practical days are as follows:

VISCERAL CERTIFICATE DATES:

BLOCK ONE:

SUN 13 OCTOBER – CLINICAL INTRODUCTION DAY

MON-WED – 14-15-16- OCTOBER 2024– IN PERSON LECTURES

BLOCK TWO:

SUN 12 JANUARY 2025, CLINICAL DAY

MON-WED 13-14-15 JANUARY 2025, IN PERSON LECTURE DAYS

BLOCK THREE:

SUNDAY 23 FEBRUARY, CLINICAL DAY

MON-WED 24-25-26 FEB, IN PERSON LECTURE DAYS

BLOCK FOUR:

MON-WED 9-10-11 JUNE, IN PERSON LECTURE DAYS

NO CLINICAL DAY

 

Content for face to face blocks:

visceral BLOCK ONE visceral BLOCK ONE visceral BLOCK ONE
INTRODUCTION, REFLEXES, FLUID CHANNELS, POSTURE AS PHYSIOLOGY COELOMIC STRUCTURES AND THE HYDROSKELETON, MORPHOLOGY, MOVEMENT AND EMBRYOLOGY aims of osteopathic intervention / treatment options / evidence

 

visceral BLOCK TWO visceral BLOCK TWO visceral BLOCK TWO
visceral changes over time, development of ans more on cavity pressures, fluid flow, transmural pressures, global reflexes immunology, endocrine dynamics and mechanical signalling / balance DIGESTIVE INTRODUCTION

 

VISCERAL BLOCK THREE VISCERAL BLOCK THREE VISCERAL BLOCK THREE
case analysis in an osteopathic paradigm - integrating the systems and looking at aetiology, combinations and induction CIRCADIAN RYHTMS, BIOLOGICAL OSCILLATION, ENDOCRINE DYNAMICS, MORE ON NEUROENDOCRINE INTEGRATION BREATHING AND CVS MECHANICS

 

VISCERAL BLOCK FOUR VISCERAL BLOCK FOUR VISCERAL BLOCK FOUR
MORE COELAIC REGION / SUB-DIAPHRAGMATIC / RETRO-PERITEONAL UROGENITAL AND PELVIC FLOOR STOMAOGNATHIC, FACE, BREATHING, HEADS

 

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THE HYBRID / ONLINE PROGRAMME

The online programme is a series of pre recorded lecture series and lots of other online resources. See below for indicative table of contents.

There are 9 monthly modules of online learning, each supported by a monthly live one hour zoom tutorial meeting (zoom tutorials are reserved for Diploma students and are not available on the COD programme)

 

OVERVIEW OF MODULE CONTENTS

There is one module per teaching month – online and pre-recorded lectures and other e-resources make up the teaching content.

There is one zoom meeting per module.

Three modules make up a semester.  There are three semesters in  the year.

The practical sessions are extra, and there is one practical block per semester

All modules and practical blocks are compulsory, clinical blocks are separate and can be added by negotiation

 

SEMESTER ONE: FEB, MARCH, APRIL

Associated practical block: 26, 27, 38 March, 2024.- 3 days on osteopathic assessment, postural dynamics, body cavities and abdominal sliding surface, fluids and fascia, lymph and spinal visceral reflex awareness (days 1 and 2 only for CPD students, all 3 for Diploma students).

  MODULE ONE Compartments and cavities MODULE TWO Innervation  MODULE THREE
INTRODUCTION TO SYSTEMIC OSTOEPATHY - PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE Autonomics Fluids
 Coelum, serous fluids, embryology Interoception Visceral-vascular
Visceral dynamics Microbiome venous
sliding surfaces gut-brain CSF / peritoneal / pericardial / peritoneal fluids
ligaments, pressures, inter-relations heart-brain Lymph, BONES

 

SEMESTER TWO: MAY, JUNE, JULY

Associated practical block 18-19-20 June 2024- Nelson, Lancashire, UK 3 days on head, neck, chest and endocrine-immune. (days 1 and 2 only for CPD students, all 3 for Diploma students).

MODUILE FOUR the respiratory system MODULE FIVE cranial cavity dynamics MODULE SIX digestive - intraperitoneal
cardiac dynamics spinal canal dynamics digestive – INC retroperitoneal
sleep, arousal, breathing EENT AND the stomatognathic system
 neuro-endocrine-immune Microbiome, functional gastro-intestinal

 

SEMESTER THREE: SEPT, OCT, NOV

Associated practical block - 10-11-12 September, 2024 - Nelson, Lancashire, UK. 3 days on global pelvic assessment, trauma and stress dynamics, osteopathic evaluation, case analysis and care plan development (days 1 and 2 only for CPD students, all 3 for Diploma students).

MODULE SEVEN MODULE EIGHT MODULE NINE
Pelvic function across the lifespan general urogenital dynamics renal and urinary system pain behaviours and coping strategies scars & post operative considerations pelvic pain, urinary, genital / prostate / general gynae considerations, rectal dynamics chronic pain considerations further lymphatics, immune system integration hormones and transmitters stress. allostasis, inflammatory and oxidative dynamics, Systemic health and where the osteopathic contribution lies Review of osteopathic principles to relate to the course learning objectives Review of evidence based practice for a variety of visceral and systemic conditions. Critical appraisal of the ‘concerns’ about the wider scope of osteopathic practice Outcome measures and other clinical matters for visceral and systemic osteopathy

 

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