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What is needed to be a qualified Upledger CST therapist?
A qualified CST therapist is required to have 5 modules of CST and Techniques Certification Exam. The 5 modules include CST I, CST II, SER I and SER II and either Paeds I or Advanced I. With Paeds I module a therapist can treat children 4 years and above. Paeds II is necessary to treat children under 4 years. We recommend students join the IACST and get student insurance.

Arranged in five principle stages, the programme is built around a series of five, four to five day intensive workshops, study groups weekends, case studies, clinical practice, personal therapy and CST Techniques exam. The programme has been structured to support you in your training to become a fully qualified CranioSacral Therapist in 2 years.

You will recevie over 450 hrs direct training. 300 hrs of homestudy including 150hrs of hands on case studies. Which is 4/5hrs per week homestudy. 24 hrs of clinical practice where you get experience of working with a qualified therapist on a client.

You need to complete each workshop before attending the next workshop. This is to be sure you have absorbed and applied the practical work, further developed your fine palpatory skills, reviewed the course notes, and covered any required reading.

There is the opportunity to move through these stages at your own pace and not join the 2 year training provided you allow enough time between workshops (usually at least 3 months).

You will need a qualification in Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology before starting training with Upledger Institute Ireland.

The level required in A&P is FETAC Level 5, ITEC Level 3. If you have A&P completed but it doesn't state if standard is FETAC Level 5 or ITEC Level 3, then a letter WILL BE required from your education provider stating that this particular course OR module is equivalent to either FETAC Level 5 or ITEC Level 3.

The only exceptions will be for those who have already completed A&P to the level described above or it was included in a degree level programme or equivalent thereof. Examples are osteopath/physio/occupational therapist/doctor/nurse etc

“Every treatment protocol should be dictated by the wisdom of the patient's own body."

Dr John Upledger


The workshops are very informative. The demonstrations and “hands-on” exercises are supported by clear, illustrated lectures which enhance the practical work.

These lectures help to explain what is being felt and achieved and connect up the experiential elements with their functional and symptomatic indications.

All aspects of each workshop’s syllabus are brought together in a form that can immediately be integrated into your own practice.

Those who require greater degrees of technical depth and detail will find the textbooks and research work satisfying.

We emphasise that the aim of the workshops is to encourage and support an objective and compassionate therapeutic approach.

Dr. John E. Upledger Shares Thoughts

"I have gone from being a hardline scientist who required proof, to believing that what I see or experience is true, even though I may not know how it happens. I have become a clinical-outcome person who would rather observe and accept what I see than reject an observation, experience, or practice because it has not yet been scientifically proven. If it is very low-risk or totally risk-free, and it seems reasonable, I'll try it. After all, if we can't use something until we understand it, then we shouldn't be using gravity."


All course material is written and organised by Dr. John Upledger and a team of professional that is recognised world-wide for the research involving cranial techniques and for the subsequent development of CranioSacral Therapy and SomatoEmotional Release.

Current teaching formats are the result of development and refinement over 35 years of instruction to groups of widely differing therapeutic approaches and experiences.

Your workshop will be conducted by an Upledger Institute Certified Instructor. 

They will be a practising healthcare professional who has completed our extensive programme of preparation.

They will have trained directly under Upledger Institute International and carried out years of study.

With an education from UII, you gain a lifelong resourse for exceptional continuing eduacation and professional support.


Meeting sites:

To enhance your workshop experience the Upledger Institute selects attractive, convenient, and well-managed facilities.

Pre-reserved rooms at a corporate rate are available to participants choosing to board onsite.

Our workshop locations are chosen in areas where alternative budget accommodation is reasonably close by.


(All except Advanced CranioSacral Therapy) Usually on the first day of the workshop registration is from 8.30am to 9am;

Class hours are from 9am to approximately 6.00pm except the last day which is 8.00am to approximately 3.30pm.

Advanced CranioSacral Therapy hours are covered in that section of the brochure.

Actual times for your workshop will be confirmed beforehand.


Dress comfortably in loose-fitting, casual clothing; a sweater is recommended.

Be cosy, bring a blanket some warm socks, snacks for your working brain. You are welcome to bring your therapist stool for when giving treatments.