Psycho-emotional aspects of osteopathic treatment: Helping you establish and maintain a health work-life balance

Date: 24/02/2018

Location: European School of Osteopathy, Maidstone, Kent

This course will help practitioners better understand the psychological aspects of osteopathic practice and some of the difficult interactions that can sometimes occur. It will provide some psychological tools that will help practitioners protect themselves emotionally, aid the management of therapeutic relationships and help to establish and maintain a healthy work-life balance.

Course content includes: Main theories of Pschotherapy: CBT, Psychodynamic and Humanistic; Psychodynamic concepts, transference, counter-transference, ego, id, super-ego etc; analysis of osteopathic cases via psycho-dynamics; somatisation, medicalisation of patients symptoms; visualisation and osteopathic case studies; the therapeutic alliance and common factors; transactional analysis (TA), drive theory and analysis of common osteopathic presentations via TA; mental health assessment introduction to DSM classifications and personality types; neuropsychology – body Empathy, mirror neurones, body language and how to recognise ‘burn out’ in practice; Understanding the autonomic nervous system in relation to stress, traumatic stress and Post Traumatic stress disorder; trauma assessment and how to manage patients with PTSD, somatic trauma therapy; body image and shame relevance of these to osteopathic practice by analysis of extended case study of an osteopathic patient.

On completion of the workshop participants will have:-

  • A knowledge and understanding of the key figures, movements and approaches in the indicated areas of psycho-therapeutic theory relevant to osteopathic practice.
  • A knowledge and understanding of the indicated issues relating to mental health and ability to discuss them with reference to osteopathic case-based examples.
  • An awareness and understanding of the key concepts and issues relating to neuropsychology and its relevance to osteopathic practice.
  • An ability to apply and integrate psycho-emotional knowledge within an osteopathic context and case discussions.

This course covers the GOsC Osteopathic Practice Standards (OPS) including:-

A1 to A5 Communication and patient partnership. This course will help develop communication skills. There will be a focus on the therapeutic relationship and how to understand this from both practitioner and patient perspective.
B1 Osteopathic concepts and principles and how to apply them.
B3 Recognise and work within the limits of your training and competence.
B4 Keep your professional knowledge and skills up to date. Enhanced interactions and recording of participants performing a case history using Interpersonal Process Recall techniques and body language observation.
C1 Conduct an osteopathic patient evaluation sufficient to make a working diagnosis and formulate a treatment plan.  Improving and enhancing patient practitioner interactions by workshop exercises and reflecting on cases from practice.
C3 Care for your patients and do your best to understand their condition and improve their health. Issues of confidentiality and mental health assessment as well as trauma assessment.
D Arguably some aspects of professionalism will be covered with a particular look at practitioner and patient interrelations.



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