San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Palpation skills are one of the most fundamental requirements in Osteopathy, playing an essential role in clinical decision making. The challenges encountered during the hard and indispensable development of palpation skills include the difficulties when learning it, in teaching and ultimately when assessing it.
According to Dr J Esteves’ research (Diagnostic palpation in Osteopathic Medicine; A putative neurocognitive model of expertise, 2011); “students can benefit from developing their visual, haptic and spatial awareness skills in other learning environments. Equally, clinicians should consider the reliability of different sensory cues in the context of clinical examination, combine sensory data from different channels, and be encouraged to use both analytical and non-analytical reasoning in their clinical decision-making. This approach may potentially improve the reliability of palpation as a diagnostic tool and prevent the occurrence of diagnostic errors associated with the use of invalidated models of osteopathic diagnosis and care.”
This one day workshop will provide a unique learning environment for participants to learn and to enhance their ability to use their diagnostic palpatory findings in a non-analytical manner, while exploring their sensory and spatial senses during their assessments. This course is suitable to any osteopath who wishes to improve their palpation skills and their interpretation of findings.
This course will be taught by Valeria A Ferreira (DO MSc Ost PGCAP). Valeria was born in Brazil and is an experienced, enthusiastic and committed practicing osteopath and an international lecturer. She is also the leader of the Visceral elective module and a member of the final year technique team at the British School of Osteopathy (BSO).
What previous delegates have said:
“In Valeria's courses, not only do you learn new techniques and a completely different approach to assessing and treating patients, but more importantly you improve your palpation by learning to use your body to connect with the tissues. She helps you achieve this through hands on assistance while you’re practicing the techniques so you learn to really feel subtle yet effective ways of improving your palpation, which then help to connect more with patients. You learn to assess patients in a much more holistic way by using your body rather than visually looking for restrictions and tensions which can be quite limiting in treating patients who need more than just pure structural techniques. She really focuses on integrating osteopathic techniques as a whole rather than segregating different techniques to 'visceral' or 'structural' etc, which is what osteopathy is all about!”
“I loved how Valeria helped us improvise with techniques so that they could be better tailored to the morphology of both the patient and practitioner.”
“Valeria is one of the very few in the osteopathic profession who really does help you to be hands on and to really feel what you are doing, rather than just demonstrating the technique.”
“Valeria is truly a breath of fresh air and someone who thinks and treats outside of the box! She is an inspiring osteopath with an endless passion for osteopathy, which is hard to find!”
When & Where
British School of Osteopathy (BSO)
The BSO is the oldest osteopathic institution in Europe. It is at the forefront of CPD education for osteopaths and welcomes participants from other professions. We pride ourselves on the quality and diversity of our CPD programme and the speakers who deliver our CPD; delegates consistently provide us with excellent feedback.
Our courses are designed so that participants can incorporate what they have learned directly into their daily practice. We use research evidence, peer-to-peer sharing, and practical experience to uphold standards and support the refreshment and extension of core skills.
Our vision is to provide a programme of CPD courses that are:
- High-quality, topical, evidence-based and provided by experts from a range of professional backgrounds
- Open to professionals in and outside the UK using a variety of formats including face-to-face and multimedia
- In line with the regulatory expectations for continuing professional development
- Informed by contemporary teaching approaches and include practical and experiential learning
- Informed by the feedback we receive from our participants
We would value your feedback and ideas for new CPD via CPD@bso.ac.uk or +44 (0)20 7089 5333.
Vice Principal (Research), British School of Osteopathy
Editor-in-Chief, The International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine
Dr Jerry Draper-Rodi
CPD Manager and Lecturer, British School of Osteopathy
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