APPLICATIONS OF PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCES IN THE OSTEOPATHIC PROFESSION
Theoretical and practical course
A theoretical and practical course on the employment of psychology in the osteopathic profession. This course is the first and unique of its kind, both for its comprehensive and combined contents and the practical exercises. The course brings instant personal and professional benefits. Moreover, thanks to the achievement of knowledge and skills, the course triggers a continuous improvement in terms of therapeutic efficacy, personal fulfillment, and life quality.
The course is aimed at osteopaths and osteopathic students attending the 5th year full-time or 6th year part-time.
The course aims to integrate Psychological Sciences knowledge and skills in osteopathic clinical practice. The final goal is training that boasts a holistic view of the osteopath’s role as a professional in personal care. We will deliver the training through academic teaching and practical exercises derived from cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy. The theoretical topics, combined with the practical sessions, rely on current knowledge in neuropsychophysiology and offer meaningful learning resources in the osteopathic training panorama.
The topics will cover psychosomatic medicine, communication and therapeutic relationship, placebo effect, therapeutic touch, cognitive training for practitioners, emotional training for practitioners, relaxation training for practitioners and patients.
The teaching methods include lectures and practical exercises for each day of the course. The practical exercises involve role-playing on communication and therapeutic relationship, functional cognitive and emotional analysis, cognitive and emotion self-regulation techniques, autonomic self-regulation techniques, guided self-administered and hetero-administered muscle relaxation training.
– Dr. Guido Rolle: surgeon, specialist in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy, osteopath, physiotherapist.
– Dr. Andrea Crocetti: psychologist, specialist in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy, AIAMC lecturer and contract professor at the Humanitas University.
Sunday 30th May: from 9.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.
Monday 31st May: from 9.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.
Tuesday 1st June: from 9.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.
Friday 11th June: from 2.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m.
Saturday 12th June: from 9.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.
Sunday 13th June: from 9.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.
FIRST UNIT PROGRAMME
1. INTRODUCTION TO THE COURSE
– Presentation of the mission.
– Presentation of the opportunities offered by the course.
– Presentation of the course’s programme and its theoretical and practical contents.
2. PSYCHOSOMATIC AND PSYCHOSOCIAL MEDICINE
– Origins, history and definitions.
– Bio-psycho-social model.
– Body-mind relationship in osteopathy.
– Body-mind relationship in modern medicine.
– Psychosomatic, somatopsychic or stress-related disorders.
– Hull paradigm (stimulus-organism-response).
– Somatic symptom disorder and related disorders in psychiatric literature.
– Functional somatic syndromes.
– Neurophysiology of emotions and alexithymia.
– Psychosomatic integration model.
– Psychosomatic aetiology: signs and symptoms.
– Actions and strategies in clinical practice.
– Psychosomatic disorders in developmental age.
3. COMMUNICATION AND THERAPEUTIC RELATIONSHIP
– General considerations and features of communication: verbal, paraverbal, non-verbal aspects.
– Assertive communication in the therapeutic context.
– Communication and relational strategies at the first appointment. Exercises.
– Communication and relational strategies in developmental age.
– Communication and relational strategies in geriatric age.
– Contact and therapeutic touch: general considerations and exercises.
4. COGNITIVE TRAINING FOR PRACTITIONERS
– Introduction on thoughts. Thoughts in the cognitive-behavioural model. Exercises.
– Identification of cognitions in the therapeutic relationship.
– Biases and typical cognitive dysfunctions in health professions. General considerations and management methods.
– Cognitive regulation strategies: mindfulness. General considerations and exercises.
– Presentation of a cognitive self-monitoring diary. Exercises.
SECOND UNIT PROGRAMME
5. POLYVAGAL THEORY by S. Porges
– General considerations on the autonomic tripartition (ventral-vagal parasympathetic, dorsal-vagal parasympathetic, orthosympathetic). Psycho-physiological, clinical and therapeutic implications.
– “Vagal Brake”: strategies of autonomic self-regulation. Exercises.
6. EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE TRAINING FOR PRACTITIONERS
– General considerations on emotions. Emotions in the cognitive-behavioural model. Exercises.
– Anxiety: general considerations, typologies, and anxiety-performance relationship.
– Principles and strategies of emotional self-regulation: general considerations and exercises.
– Emotion recognition in the therapeutic relationship. Clinical cases, exercises through
imaginal exposure and role-playing.
– Recognition and management of the personal negative emotionality in the therapeutic relationship.
– Recognition and management of the patient’s negative emotionality. Role-playing exercises.
– Presentation of an emotion self-monitoring diary. Exercises.
7. RELAXATION TRAINING FOR PRACTITIONERS AND PATIENTS
– Relaxation: general considerations and neuro-physiological implications.
– Short muscle relaxation training for practitioners: presentation of the technique and exercises.
– Cognitive relaxation training for practitioners: presentation of the technique and exercises.
– Relaxation training for the patient: recommendations, training and exercises.
8. PERSONAL PROGRESS
Review, exercises, recommendations for personal and professional development.
The course will be held at the centre in Via Cardinale Mezzofanti n.13, Milan (Milano Forlanini Railway Station).
We recommend the following facilities for those who need to stay overnight in a hotel.
The cost of the course is €800.