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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?

● 40 hours over a 2-year period. for full members & 40 hrs over a three year period for semi-retired members

● 12 hours of formal CST training, out of 40 will be required for those members of less than 10 years of standing practice. No mandatory formal training CPD hours are required for full and semi-retired members of 10 years standing.

● Election onto IACST committee earns 6 hours annually.

● At 2 yr period (full member) or 3 year (semi-retired) period as relevant allows for Illness, Pregnancy, Sabbatical, time-out and 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 Sessions

How do I calculate my hours?


Formal CST CPD hours are attained by attending 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

● Upledger International
● 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,
● IACST committee meetings
● IACST AGM Morning & Afternoon
● Representing IACST at an event (such as an ALCI Conference)

Please note that webinars from your school will count towards formal CST hours. (12 hours of 40 over a 2 year period) Please contact your school for confirmation of attendance. 

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