Continuing Professional Development

Continuing Professional Development

As experts in our field, we offer exceptional CPD courses for osteopaths, including Alumni and other paediatric specialists as well as those who are taking their first steps into the specialism. Keep an eye on our range of short courses to help you keep your knowledge and skills up to date, and complete your annual GOsC CPD requirement.

Our international conference provides an excellent opportunity to meet and discuss cutting edge topics with experts from around the world, as well as contributing to CPD requirements.

CPD Courses at the OCC:


Led by Pamela Vaill Carter BSc (Hons) Ost Med, ND, FSCCO, MSc Paed Ost

Saturday, 31 July 2021 from 9.00 am to 1.00 pm.

Three CPD hours for £100.00 plus Eventbrite’s Fee.


  • Lecture: The Effect of Early Stress and Paediatric Health

This session will dive into a discussion of the function of the HPA axis, the autonomics, catecholamines and allostasis in paediatric health and how the osteopathic practitioner can help their young patients achieve and maintain health. This will include discussion of a practical technique designed to balance the autonomics.

  • Lecture: Pregnancy and Postpartum

Discussion of how the maternal endocrine system adapts to the growing foetus, the role of the placenta, the foetal HPA axis and the effects of maternal stress during and after the pregnancy. The practical for this session will describe how practitioners can assist the mother and baby achieve a balance in their neuroendocrine systems, both during pregnancy and postpartum.

  • Lecture: The Role of the Microbiome in ADHD, Autism and Other Childhood Conditions

This session will focus on the gut-brain axis, how gut dysbiosis affects brain development and function in conditions such as ADHD, autism and obesity/diabetes. The practical recommendations will include osteopathic, dietary and other lifestyle approaches.

The Course Leader

Pamela Vaill Carter BSc (Hons) Ost Med, ND, FSCCO, MSc Paed Ost

Pamela Vaill Carter is a native Californian who graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Osteopathic Medicine and a Diploma in Naturopathy from the British College of Osteopathic Medicine (formerly BCNO), and an MSc in Paediatric Osteopathy from the Osteopathic Centre for Children (OCC).

She is a Fellow of the Sutherland Cranial College of Osteopathy (FSCCO), where she completed both the 250-hour SCCO Pathway and the Osteopathic Education qualification. As well as serving on the board of trustees for six years, she continues to tutor and course direct for the SCCO. Pamela taught practical and visceral techniques at BCOM (for 12 years) and has been a lecturer and clinical consultant at the OCC. She continues to lecture and tutor on the gut, the endocrine system and other osteopathic courses throughout the UK and Europe.

Cancellation Policy

Should circumstances mean that you have to cancel your place on this course, the OCC/FPO regrets to inform that no refunds can be given unless we are able to re-sell your place.

Please note that Eventbrite’s processing fee is non-refundable.

The OCC/FPO cannot guarantee that the course will run and reserves the right to postpone or cancel this course. In the event that the course is cancelled by us, all fees (excluding Eventbrite’s fee) will be refunded. Please note, the OCC/FPO does not accept responsibility for any expense you incur, so please do consider this before registration.

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The Osteopathic Centre for Children is pleased to offer the ‘Advancing Your Osteopathic Skills in the Cranial Field Course’. Supported by the Rollin E Becker Institute, this is a very flexible 5 day course with participants having the option to book it in its entirety or as single days. This is an opportunity to advance skills, revise and improve cranial anatomy, learn, try alternative approaches and tailor a course to suit your own requirements. The course leaders will deliver some lectures but a lot of the learning will be in groups of 4 with a tutor to enable participants to explore, ask their own questions and work at their own level and pace. There will be a high practical content to enable participants to incorporate their new skills into practice.

If you are a Beginner or an Improver, then this is the course for you

Dates TBC

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  • Led by Dr Nathan Hasson M.B., Ch.B., M.R.C.P., F.R.C.P.C.H.

Dr Nathan Hasson will be presenting an introduction to the assessment of children for possible red-flag conditions that may present itself at an osteopathic practice. Current NICE guidelines will be highlighted. Emphasis will be on understanding the pathophysiological processes of symptoms, promoting safety in the treatment of children and acknowledging practitioner responsibility.

Several osteopaths have attended over the past few years to listen to Dr Hasson’s presentation and have found it very useful for revision. His extensive experience in acute general paediatrics is very informative.

This presentation would be useful revision for any paediatric osteopath.

Dr Nathan Hasson is a Consultant in General Paediatrics and a Consultant in Paediatric Rheumatology, having worked as a Consultant in General Paediatrics at Ealing Hospital, before moving to Great Ormond Street Hospital in Paediatric Rheumatology. He specialises in all types of paediatric conditions as well as all aspects of paediatric rheumatology but in particular Benign Joint Hypermobility Syndrome and Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis.                                         

Course Dates: TBC

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