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Module 1 Intro: Counterstrain and the Cranial Scan - Summer 2024 (Portland, OR)

Counterstrain Approved Course NCBTMB

  • Instructor: Kellie Barnes, MOMT, MPT, CSCI
  • Prerequisites: FCS FI Intro
  • Audits, see below for details
  • NCBTMB Approved Provider: 451535-11
  • In-person at Counterstrain Academy, Portland, OR


Module 1 is the foundational first step in the Counterstrain Mastery Program. It is a required course for all modules in the Mastery Program. The primary goal in Mod 1 is to introduce the entire cranial scan and impart clinical mastery of this phenomenal diagnostic tool.

In most cases the entire 40 hour program is dedicated to the cranial scan. First step is to make sure that each student is not only aware of what we are palpating for, but also to ensure that they are palpating in the right location. This requires a survey of cranial surface anatomy, bony landmarks and sutures. 

We will cover the common pitfalls associated with scanning each system and how to best avoid getting sucked in to treating false positives. In addition, the concept of "preparing the cranium" to yield accurate results will be explored in depth. Detailed treatment sequences to clear false positives from the scan will be demonstrated, followed with plenty of time for lab practice and even practice using the treatment sequences in a clinical application setting. This is often where short-term practice in the 3-day courses falls short in giving practitioners adequate exposure to how this technique is actually used in the clinic. 

Students will be required to demonstrate competency using the scan in each and every system. They will also be required to demonstrate surface anatomy and segmental palpation competency for the entire body. This includes spinous processes, para-vertebral levels, rib tubercles and bony landmarks of the entire rib cage, pelvis and the cranium.

Course Prerequisite

FCS FI Intro

This is not a simple introduction to CS, it is a Mastery Level Course for the dedicated practitioner who has completed the 3-Day FCS prerequisite course FCS Intro (FCS FI).

All levels of CS practitioners are welcome.

Auditing: If you are repeating Module 1 (since 2018), you qualify for a 35% discount. Use code Audit35 during checkout. You may audit a course in zoom format as well. You must have completed CSA Module 1 to qualify for audit pricing and options. If you are unsure, contact us to confirm your qualifications.


View Program Schedule Below in Pacific Time

Day 1
 August 09, 2024
08:00 am — 05:00 pm

Day 2
 August 10, 2024
08:00 am — 05:00 pm

Day 3
 August 11, 2024
08:00 am — 05:00 pm

Day 4
 August 31, 2024
08:00 am — 05:00 pm

Day 5
 September 01, 2024
08:00 am — 05:00 pm

Only choose this option if you want an *additional* student manual or if you are an audit student and want a *new* student manual.

Extra Student Manual - Audit

Required prerequisiteFCS FI

PRICE: $1495.0

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VENUE: Portland, OR | Counterstrain Portland

9555 SW Barnes Road, Portland, OR 97225


The Counterstrain Academy is located near St. Vincent's Hospital in the Peterkort I Complex. Suite #210. Parking can be found in the nearby parking garage. Please do not park directly in front of the building as this is for patient use.

A bus and train station are located 1/4 west of the Counterstrain Academy.