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IACST Continuous Professional Development

The CPD process is aimed at allowing qualified therapists the opportunity to keep up-to -date with the latest developments in Craniosacral Therapy as well as complimentary and alternative medicine in general. The IACST also wishes to maintain and raise credibility in Craniosacral Therapy as a stand alone profession. CPD offers the therapist a life-long learning programme.

In order to keep in line with what the Governing bodies of Complementary therapies will require for Regulation CPD is essential. Our professional competency is assessed using CPD.

CPD will now be recorded in hours not points.

Why do CPD?
• Professional Obligation to the Public receiving the therapy
• Way of keeping up-to-date with latest developments in the therapy and the understanding of diseases/conditions
• Quality Assurance
• Protection of Clients and Therapists
• Protection against well-meaning but possibly ill advised, under-trained others
• Self-development through learning
• Maintain and promote the Reputation & Credibility of CST
• Professional Recognition – e.g. Private Health Insurance Companies have a greater incentive/obligation to reimburse for regulated therapies

How much CPD is required by IACST?
• 80 hours over a 2-year period.
• Why over 2 years & not annually? - Allows for Illness, Pregnancy, Sabbatical, Time, Financial considerations
• Allows for considered selection of formal CPD course(s) vs “just do it for the CPD hours”
• Existing system

The categories are as follows. At the left side of this page is a draft example of how to log your CPD hours, as well as a printout of the log book. Please note that Informal is divided into CST related and non-CST.
1. CST Formal CPD
2. CST Informal CPD
3. Informal CPD
4. Home-Study
5. Personal Therapy

How do I calculate my hours?


Formal CST CPD hours are attained by attending or teaching a course taught by a person who is qualified to instruct Craniosacral therapy in one of the IACST recognised schools of CST, i.e.
List of IACST Accredited Schools of Craniosacral Therapy:
● Body Intelligence Training
● Upledger Ireland
● Craniosacral Therapy Alliance
● Karuna Institute
● Milne (USA)
● Attlee –The College of Cranio-Sacral Therapy

** CST specific events relevant to INFORMAL CPD hours:
● IACST sample days & multi-hands days
o Multi-hands swaps – log your hours as a therapist. Hours as the “client” are logged under personal therapy with 1 hour of therapy logged as 2 hours multi-hands personal therapy.
● Skill enhancement days
● Study days with a recognised facilitator
● Upledger Ireland CST Intro days
● Comprehensive Therapy Days / Intensives
● Teaching Assistant.
● Precepting
● Preparation of a CST case history
● Giving a talk/presentation about CST
● Group Supervision

Non-CST specific events relevant to INFORMAL CPD hours:
Attending a Non-CST specific training course relevant to your practice or personal development; For example:
● First aid course
● IT course
● Attending health industry conferences
● Attending IACST meetings,
● AGM educational talks
● IACST committee meetings
● Representing IACST at an event (such as an ALCI Conference)

CPD Categories -  Hours Required: 80 hrs over a 2 year period broken down like so:

CPD Categories -  Hours Required: 80 hrs over a 2 year period broken down like so:

  • CST CPD Specific Hours: Min 28hrs / 2 years (can be broken down as follows)
    • CST Formal CPD - Min 14hrs/ 2 years *Max counted out of 80 hrs CPD = 59 hrs/2 years
    • CST Informal CPD - Min 14hrs / 2 years - *Should a member attend a 4-day CST Formal CPD training course (i.e. 28 hours), then 14 additional hours of informal training is NOT required
  • Informal CPD - Min 7 hrs / 2years * Max counted out of 80 hrs CPD = 28 hrs/2 years
  • Home-Study - Min 12 hrs / 2years * Max counted out of 80 hrs CPD = 20 hrs / 2 years
  • Personal Therapy - Min 8 hrs / 2years * Max counted out of 80 hrs CPD = 20 hrs / 2 years ( * Of these 8 hours, at least 4 hours must be with an IACST registered craniosacral therapist. If multi-hands therapy is received, one may allocate a maximum of 2 hours per session. Of the required 8 hours of personal therapy, 4 hours may be included from other modalities - which will facilitate the therapist to improve their craniosacral therapy practice.)

Transitioning from logging “points” CPD form to the new “hours” based CPD form:
Adding your points from old points system to the new hours system:
1. Take the total CPD points (old system) accumulated in 1 year and divide by the total points required for that 1 year. Multiply that number by 100 to get a percentage of CPD completed in that year.
2. Take the total CPD HOURS (new system) accumulated in 1 year and divide by the total CPD HOURS required for 1 year. Multiply that number by 100 to get a percentage for that year.
3. Add the two percentages. You should get a total of 100% CPD requirements.
4. Example:
● Year 1 = 100 points divided by 200 points multiplied by 100 = 50%
● Year 2 = 40 hours divided by 80 required hours multiplied by 100 = 50%
● Add year 1 to year 2: 50% + 50% = 100 %





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