SER1 12.11-14.25 VAN

SER1: SomatoEmotional Release 1: Full Range of CranioSacral Therapy Tools for Supporting Gentle Trauma Resolution
SER1 December 11-14, 2025 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


ASHA Transparency Statement Required for CEUs: SPEAKER DISCLOSURE: Financial: Teacher receives a fee for teaching this course. Nonfinancial: Teacher has no nonfinancial relationship to disclose.


You will learn about the physiological mechanism of disease and will participate in hands-on training to facilitate the SomatoEmotional Release (SER) process. By the end of the course, you should be able to dissipate residual effects of past trauma and negative emotional experiences from the body and mind of your patients/clients. In order to observe closure for sessions you are involved in, please make sure the instructor is aware of any current pregnancies in your group.

A helpful layperson description of the SER process is available for download at

Advance Preparation:
Download and complete a handy preparation checklist here:

COMPLETE AND BRING WITH YOU TO CLASS. Your SER1 teacher will ask for it on the first morning of class.

As a student transitioning from CS2 into SomatoEmotional Release 1 (SER1), prior to SER1 attendance, it is highly recommended that you:

~Continue practicing 10-step protocols that you started after attending CS1
~Give 20-25 complete mouth work protocols (the protocol is reviewed briefly in SER1, but the expectation is that you are very familiar with all the techniques.)
~Receive 6-8 full mouth work protocol sessions from someone skilled at the techniques (receiving is a great way to learn; look on to find a therapist)
~Practice arcing for energy cysts with your clients - arc at the beginning of every session. Learn to describe how you found the active lesion from a physical perspective, and use this evaluation tool for every patient you treat.
~Practice regional tissue release treatment of energy cysts, along with the Significance Detector (SD) and be able to describe the SD.
~Use whole body evaluation and treatment (including working with facilitated segments) in your treatment sessions. Be familiar with the benefits and drawbacks of all of the other whole body evaluation techniques.
~Integrate CST into your treatment sessions wherever possible so that you may gain more confidence with all the techniques of CS1 and CS2—even if you are using a different treatment approach.

To complement the material that will be presented in the workshop, it is recommended that students read SomatoEmotional Release and Beyond by John E. Upledger, DO, OMM, available at and Getting to Yes by Roger Fisher and William Ury. Your preparation and your participation are both very important. Your attendance is necessary during lab and lecture.

These recommendations have been prepared by the Upledger Institute Faculty after decades of experience in teaching CranioSacral Therapy. These guidelines will help ensure that you will be well prepared to get the most benefit in your next step of training. Preparation and practice time will lead to more confidence, deeper learning in class, and better outcomes for your patients.

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