Different Health Courses



6 months – (January – July 2019)

Module 1 – 5/6 January 2019
Module 2– 2/3 February 2019
Module 3– 30/ 31 March 2019
19 May 2019 – 1 day only
Module 4– 01/02 June 2019
Module 5– 06/07 July 2019
Module 6– 20/ 21 July 2019
Details of each module below

£ 1800 (6 monthly instalments x £300)
15% discount to newly qualified osteopaths (1yr)

Relevant information:
Please bring your yoga mat, comfortable clothes, laptops / iPads to this course.

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University College of Osteopathy
275 Borough High Street

Important – Cancellation policy
No refunds can be made for cancelled places unless a substitute participant can be found.
In the event of your course being cancelled, all paid fees and deposits will be refunded in full.

Advanced osteopathic skills

This 6 month course is suitable to osteopaths who are feeling unsure, uninspired and experiencing difficulties with their hands-on assessment / treatment and would like to develop their skills in a creative way, improving their understanding of findings, while learning how to become a more holistic practitioner.

Participants will be encouraged to develop personal care as practitioners and will be taught a variety of ways to develop their palpation while learning integrative osteopathic techniques including fascial, visceral and articulatory mobilisations, lifestyle advice and how and when these may need to be altered.

Students will also be expected to visit a designated osteopathic practice to observe/ shadow treatments and appreciate the application of learned techniques and rationale. This integrated approach would be highly complementary to any form of assessment and treatment previously utilised by the participants.

At the end of the course, the osteopath will be able to review their development while being encouraged to apply their enhanced skills to their practices.

Key teaching area

  • Knowledge relevant for the safe and competent practice of osteopathy.
  • Exposure to the concepts and principles of Osteopathy.
  • Identification and evaluation of the needs of the patient.
  • Enhancement of osteopathic palpation skills and self care.
  • Planning, justifying and monitoring osteopathic treatment interventions.
  • Conducting osteopathic treatment and patient management.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion delegates should be able to:

  • Perform competently a variety of osteopathic techniques and be able to design adaptations that are appropriate to the patient’s need and justified by knowledge of the relevant principles.
  • Demonstrate an integrated knowledge of somatic compensations or poor adaptation and how dysfunction in one area may lead to altered function elsewhere in the body.
  • Integrate current models of healthcare in order to reach diagnosis and an effective management program for the patient.
  • Reflect on the relevance and nature of osteopathic intervention possibilities within a wide variety of clinical presentations.
  • Evaluate the patient-practitioner relationship and the importance of the responsibilities implicit in the relationship.

Who is the course leader?

Valeria A Ferreira (DO MSc Ost PGCAP) was born in Brazil and has been a resident in London for the past 28 years. She is an enthusiastic and committed lecturer at the UCO and practicing osteopath in London.

Valeria completed her osteopathic training at the COET (2000) and the MSc in Osteopathy (2006) at the ESO, where she conducted a research project investigating the effectiveness of osteopathic treatment on patients with endometriosis.

Valeria is an associated fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), who teaches at the UCO, leading the fourth year Visceral Osteopathic module. She was also a member of the final year technique team between 2009 – 2017.

Valeria delivers various CPD courses in osteopathic integration in the UK, Europe and Brazil, exploring the application of the structural, fascial, visceral and cranial approaches and techniques. She runs a very successful practice in the City of London, where she has worked for the last 19 years and in Lewisham (SE London).

In 2014, Valeria became the founder and director of “COBRA” (Brazilian Osteopathic Centre for Research and Advanced Techniques), while promoting the first Osteopathic Research conference in São Paulo (ICAOR10) and actively working as a member of the Brazilian osteopathic committee for the Rio Olympic Games during its initial phase.

Guest lecturers

Iona Bramati – The multidisciplinary aspects of Osteopathy & Research
Yoga teacher – Anne-Marie H. Zulkahari
Mindfulness – Lecturer to be announced soon
Duration: 6 months – (January – July 2019)

Classes by Valéria Ferreira in London


5/6 January 2019 – Module 1

9.30am – 5.30pm – room 4.16
Yoga session
Postural practice and palpation exercises for assessment
Visceral Abdomen I
Case history discussion – demo

2/3 February 2019 – Module 2
9.30am – 5.30pm – room 4.15
Yoga session
Integrated assessment
Visceral Abdomen 2
Case history discussion – demo

Clinic visits to be arranged between February and March

30/ 31 March 2019 – Module 3
9.30am – 5.30pm – room 4.16
Yoga session
Integrated assessment practice
Pelvis 1
Case history discussion – demo

19 May 2019 – 1 day only
9.30am – 5.30pm – room 4.15
“The multidisciplinary aspects of Osteopathy & Research”

01/02 June 2019 – Module 4
9.30am – 5.30pm – room 4.16
Yoga session
Integrated assessment practice
Pelvis 2
Case history discussion – demo

06/07 July 2019 – Module 5
9.30am – 5.30pm – room 4.15
Yoga session
Thorax I
Case history discussion – demo

20/ 21 July 2019 – Module 6
9.30am – 5.30pm – room 4.15
Yoga session
Integrated assessment practice
Neck and head
Case history discussion -demo