This new online course will be available in Spring 2022.  Advance enrollment is now open!



If you have a passion for resolving Cranial Dysfunctions, or want to deepen your understanding of it, you must learn to identify Cranial Patterns of Dysfunction!


This course is Part II and follows  "Introduction to the Fundamentals of Cranial Osteopathy: Understanding and Assessing the Cranial Mechanism"

This is a fifteen hours course with seven hours of theory and eight hours of hands-on practice.

Learning to identify the major classic patterns of dysfunction is key to understanding the basis for a cranial pathology and its implication in global bodily patterns of compensation and cranial trauma.

Cranial Osteopaths know that in order to resolve a bodily pattern of dysfunction, the related Cranial Pattern must also be resolved.    This course will teach you how to do just that.

In this online course you will learn to identify Cranial Compactions, Torsions, Lateral and Vertical Strains, and SideBending Rotations, and the techniques to correct them.  

How these patterns of dysfunction related to various Cranial Pathologies will be also be taught.

The Workbook:

A desktop PDF version of the Workbook is available to download at the end of this course.


How can I fulfill the Hands-On Practice Requirements of this Course?

Hands-on practice days in Toronto are scheduled several times throughout the year.

If you cannot travel to Toronto to participate in an in-person session, you have the option of completing hands-on practice assignments at your clinic and submitting them along with one demonstration video of you assessing a Cranial Pattern of Dysfunction in order to achieve your Certificate of Completion.
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About the instructor

Educational Director & Instructor

Maureen Hannah Maher

Since Maureen began teaching, she found that not only does she have a natural gift for it (her parents were both teachers, so let hear it for genetics!), she found that she also holds a great desire to give back to the community and a profession that has been so fulfilling to her, and share over fifteen years of acquired experience and knowledge.   Maureen brings extensive knowledge in Osteopathy  to her educational seminars.  Throughout her career, Maureen has been an accredited member in good standing in several provinces across Canada, as well as overseas, including being an Associate Overseas member of the Australian Osteopathic Association (AOA) since 2008.  After undergoing accreditation evaluation for foreign trained Osteopaths in Perth, WA, Maureen was offered a practice in one of Singapore's leading Osteopathic Clinics, giving her the distinction of having been the first Canadian trained Osteopath to be approved to practice  in South East Asia.   Right before the worldwide economic collapse, Maureen was offered a position in Shanghai China, which required accreditation with the GOSC, UK, which she underwent, but as prevailing economic conditions worsened, the position was put on hold, and Maureen then settled in Toronto, Canada, where after reluctantly accepting a poorly paid teaching contract, her students began asking her to design courses in more specialized subjects within Osteopathy.  It was not long after that Maureen founded the Center for Continuing Education where she continued to innovate every day!Maureen has collaborated in the curriculum design with various new Osteopathic schools, and teaches continuing education seminars across Canada and Europe.  Her students say that Maureen's teaching style is animated, engaging, but most importantly, informative.  Her gift lies in communicating complex theories in simple terms and analogies.  Her students come away with a clear grasp of Osteopathic concepts for treatment, and practical knowledge of how to apply them.  Students who enroll in any of our continuing education seminars can contact Maureen at any future date with clinical questions.  As a result, many Osteopaths worldwide still consult with her today regarding challenging Osteopathy cases.  

Course Curriculum

  • 1

    Overview with your Instructor

    • Why learn about cranial patterns ?

    • How Cranial Patterns relate to Global Adaptive patterns

    • How Cranial Patterns relate to various types of cranial trauma

    • Cranial patterns as Primary Lesions

    • Cranial Patterns as secondary lesions

  • 2

    Common examples of causes of cranial pathologies

    • Common examples of direct causes of cranial patterns of dysfunction

    • Common examples of indirect causes of cranial patterns of dysfunction

    • Examples of dysfunctions caused by compression of the sphenoid

    • Examples of dysfunction caused by compression of the occiput

    • Examples of dysfunction caused by compression of the temporal bones

    • Examples of dysfunction caused by compression of the frontal bone

    • Examples of dysfunction caused by compression of the parietal bones

  • 3

    Cranial Pattern of Compression or Compaction

    • What is a Compression or Compaction ?

    • Homework & Goal of practice

    • Cranial Osteopathy Assessment

    • Cranial Osteopathy Assessment Pattern of Cranium Dysfunction

    • Cranial Osteopathy Assessment – Patterns of Dysfunction

    • what are the symptoms of a compaction?

  • 4

    Cranial Patterns of Fixed in Flexion

    • What is Fixed in Flexion?

    • what are the symptoms of being fixed in flexion?

  • 5

    Cranial Pattern of Fixed in Extension

    • What is Fixed in Extension?

    • what are the symptoms of being fixed in extension?

  • 6

    Cranial Pattern of a Torsion

    • What is a Right SBS Torsion ?

    • What is a Left SBS Torsion ?

    • what are the symptoms of a torsion?

  • 7

    Cranial Pattern of a Strain

    • What is a Vertical Strain or Vertical Shear ?

    • What is a Right Lateral strain or Lateral Shear?

    • What is a Left Lateral strain or Lateral Shear?

    • what are the symptoms of a strain or shear?

  • 8

    Cranial Pattern of a Side Bending Rotation

    • What is a Sidebending Rotation ?

    • Right Side-bending Rotation

    • Left Side-bending Rotation

    • what are the symptoms of a side bending rotation?

  • 9

    Identifying Dysfunctional Patterns using the Cranial Assessment Chart

    • Using the Cranial Osteopathy Assessment Chart

    • Cranial Osteopathy Assessment Chart

    • Homework & Goal of practice

    • Using the Cranial Diagram

  • 10

    Dysfunctional Patterns and the Cranio-Sacral System

    • diagram

    • Cranial Osteopathy Assessment Chart

    • Anatomy of the Cranio-Sacral System Worksheet

    • HOMEWORK & DOWNLOAD: Anatomy of the Cranio-Sacral System

    • Homework : Charting the Cranio-Sacral System

  • 11

    Learning to use the Cranial Chart for Mapping Patterns of Dysfunction

    • Review of the Cranial Mapping Chart

  • 12

    HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS

    • HOMEWORK & Goal of practice

    • Homework : Charting the Cranio-Sacral System

    • Cranial Osteopathy Assessment Chart

    • Homework Goal of practice this week:

    • criteria

  • 13

    About your Instructor

    • Maureen Norah Maher, BA, DO(Qc), DO(MP) Osteopath Practitioner and Educator

  • 14

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