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Key Concepts in the Power of Presence: Understanding and Using Stillness

Total Credits: 1.25 including 1.25 AOA Category 1-A

Dr. Rachel Brooks, MD, FCA
1.25 Hour Duration and 1.25 Hr AOA Category 1-A CME
Audio and Video
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Access for 30 day(s) after purchase.


Lecture Series Description

The three presentations in this series are taken from my courses entitled “The Power of Presence” which were designed to share the knowledge and skills that I have found to be crucial and highly effective in my osteopathic practice. The seeds of this knowledge came from my early contact with Rollin Becker, DO and have grown over time from the experiences and understanding that have come in my 37 years of practice. These teachings can be integrated with your current approach to treatment - no matter what treatment techniques or approaches you use day-to-day. The courses are appropriate for all levels of practitioners - from those who are beginners to the very experienced. 

There is one important trait all the great osteopaths that I have known have in common, and that is a strong and clear presence.  Along with that presence they also have a clear intention and connection with the patient. All of these practitioners naturally model this presence and connection while they are treating, and many of them articulate the importance of this to their students.  However, not many of them specifically teach how to understand and achieve this, and students often yearn for more direct guidance.

In my online course, Key Concepts in the Power of Presence, we focus in the first two modules on the understandings and practical approaches that offer a path toward greater presence, perception, and connection. In the third module we explore the nature of Stillness and how to move toward experiencing and using the state of Stillness.

Learning Objectives

Presence and Perception
After completing this activity, learners will be able to:
Identify the components that contribute to achieving presence and understand their own strengths and challenges in developing this skill.
Understand the role presence plays in optimizing their own mental and physical health and in increasing the efficacy of their patient interactions and outcomes.
Improve their palpatory and perceptual skills that can be used in any osteopathic manipulative treatment.

Entering a Balanced Relationship - Patient and Practitioner
After completing this activity, learners will be able to:
Develop an understanding of how to enter into a relationship with patients in a way that includes empathy, boundaries, and promotes open communication.
Apply this feature of a balanced relationship to each of their osteopathic manipulative treatments for better patient outcomes.
Assess for themselves when they are residing in that balanced relationship.

Understanding and Using Stillness
After completing this activity, learners will be able to:
Describe Stillness as a state.
Understand how Stillness exists and manifests in the body.
Incorporate the use of Stillness into their osteopathic manipulative treatments.


Rachel Brooks, MD, FCA

*  Understanding & Using Stillness (1hr10min)

*  Q&A (5min)




Dr. Rachel Brooks, MD, FCA's Profile

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Dr. Brooks is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School and completed her post-graduate work there in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She holds certifications as Diplomate - American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Diplomate - National Board of Medical Examiners. She currently practices physical medicine and rehabilitation at her private practice in Portland, OR, specializing in osteopathic manipulative medicine. She is a Fellow of the Osteopathic Cranial Academy, and a member of the American Academy of Osteopathy and the Osteopathic Cranial Academy.

Dr. Brooks has been involved in teaching cranial osteopathy since 1986. Her osteopathic journey began when she met Dr. Rollin E. Becker in 1975, just before she entered the University of Michigan Medical School. That first meeting with Dr. Becker inspired her to pursue the study and practice of osteopathy. After completing a residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation in 1982, She began her private practice in osteopathy the following year. At that time, she had the opportunity to study for many years with Anne Wales, DO.

In addition to her teaching, she has undertaken several publication projects. She assisted Anne Wales, DO in the editing of Teachings in the Science of Osteopathy by William G. Sutherland, DO, and she helped edit the second edition of Sutherland's Contributions of Thought. Dr. Brooks is the editor of the Stillness Press books on the teachings of Rollin Becker: Life in Motion and The Stillness of Life.

Dr. Brooks was a member of the board of trustees of the Sutherland Cranial Teaching Foundation, serving from 1988 through 2004. She continues to be sought worldwide for her personal and historical insights regarding the practice and foundations of Osteopathic practice.