This workshop is designed to improve practitioners' knowledge and understanding of the pelvic cavity, including the assessment of its fascial and visceral contents. Participants will be encouraged to explore ways of improving their body positioning to enhance their proprioception during examination and treatment. A similar approach will be used to apply visceral and fascial techniques to optimise the mobilisation of the sacrum, bladder, uterus, obturator membrane, pelvic floor and kidneys. Indications and contra-indications will be discussed throughout the weekend.

This course is aimed at developing a high level of integration and knowledge. Attendees will refine and critically appraise their experiences of osteopathic approaches, taking into account all aspects of professional practice.

This course will also provide an opportunity to look at the ranges of visceral osteopathic management, including techniques, lifestyle, advice and how and when these may need to be altered.

Key teaching areas

  • 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
  • Planning, justifying and monitoring osteopathic treatment interventions
  • Conducting osteopathic treatment and patient management

Learning outcomes

Upon completeion 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 human biomechanics 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.

Important information

Please bring your laptops and iPads to this course.

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.


07/07/2018 - 08/07/2018


£218 – £270

Cancellation policy

The UCO regrets that no refunds can be made for cancelled places unless a substitute participant can be found. The UCO cannot guarantee that any course will run. In the event of your course being cancelled, all paid fees and deposits will be refunded in full.