OBC Courses

OsteopathyBC (OBC) hosts webinars and in-person courses every year. We are pleased to announce that the following OBC sponsored courses are now open to Osteopathic Practitioners affiliated with the Canadian Federation of Osteopaths (CFO).

Alberta Association of Osteopathic Manual Therapists (AAOMT)
Association of Osteopaths of New Brunswick (AONB)
Manitoba Association of Osteopathic Manual Therapists (MAOMT)
Newfoundland & Labrador Osteopathic Association (NLOA)
Nova Scotia Association of Osteopaths (NSAO)
Ontario Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners (OAO)
Osteopathy Quebec (OQ)
Saskatchewan Association of Osteopaths (SAO)
Yukon Osteopathic Association (YOA)

Please provide proof of your membership with the above listed associations prior to registering for OBC courses. Go here to submit your certificate or a letter of good standing from your association.

Different rates apply for non-OBC members. If you are an OBC member, please login to the Members Area for special member pricing.

Endometriosis, Uterine Fibroids, PCOS and Fertility: an Integrative Osteopathic Approach

ID: BelaEndo 52424

OsteopathyBC sponsored course. Sign up early due to limited space.

Date: Friday, May 24th - Sunday, May 26th, 2024 
Time: May 24th from 5pm - 9pm, May 25th from 8:30am - 5:30pm, & May 26th from 8am - 1pm
Location: In-person at West Coast College of Massage Therapy, 613 Columbia Street, New Westminster, BC, V3M 1A7 
Instructor: Claudia Béland, Registered Nurse, Osteopathic Practitioner (Québec D.O.) 
Non-member Cost: $660.00

Course description 
The objective of this course is to increase your knowledge of the natural and medically assisted process of fertility. Osteopathic and medical causes of fertility challenges will be presented, with a focus on endometriosis (affecting 1 in 10 women), uterine fibroids (affecting 30-50% of women) and polycystic ovarian syndrome (affecting 5-10% of women and representing the most common cause of infertility in the USA). Osteopathic and integrative management will be presented. Assessment tools and osteopathic techniques will be discussed. 

  • Acquire the medical, pathophysiological, anatomical, and osteopathic knowledge required to support women undergoing the fertility process.
  • Acquire medical knowledge of endometriosis (symptoms, causes, aggravating factors, etc.), the nervous system and chronic pelvic pain, self-care strategies, strategies on lifestyle, diet, and osteopathic tools.
  • Acquire medical knowledge on uterine fibroids and PCOS, and on osteopathic and integrative support in general and in relation to the fertility process.
  • Increase knowledge of other factors related to fertility: nutritional factors, weight, oocyte quality, recurrent implantation defects, inflammation, stress, emotional factors, environmental factors, etc.
  • This course also includes practice, with demonstrations of techniques and supervised practice time.  

Instructor Bio  
Claudia Béland Instructor EndometriosisClaudia Béland, DO (Qc), began her career in the health field as a registered nurse in 1997 which allowed her to practice various specialties: intensive care unit, emergency room and recovery room in several hospitals in the province, internationally and in the Native communities north of Québec.

Passionate about the human body as a whole Claudia studied osteopathy and obtained her diploma in 2012 from the Collège d'Études Ostéopathiques de Montréal (CEO).

Mother of two children, Claudia has a keen interest in the field of obstetrics, gynecology, fertility, and women's health. From 2017 to 2022, she taught in urogynecology and obstetrics at the CEO. She also teaches, with medical specialists and osteopathic practitioners, in a specialty program in uro-gynecology obstetrics, developed by Nathalie Camirand, DO (Qc), offered in France and Germany. In addition to collaborating with the associations, Endometriose Quebec and Vivre 100Fibromes, she co-created with a nutritionist, Céline Saloumi, an online support program for women with endometriosis in 2021. 


Cancellation policy:
If registered for an in-person course, you will receive a full refund minus $25.00 administration fee with 4 weeks or more notice; 50% refund wth 2-4 weeks notice; and no refund with less than 2 weeks notice.

Supporting patients with the ELDOA method

ID: WaalELD 62024

Date: June 20th, 2024 
Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm PST
Location: Online OBC webinar
Instructor: Marla Waal, ELDOATM Method instructor, Buteyko instructor, certified Pilates instructor
Non-member Cost: $48.00
Recording available: One week

Course description
This unique online workshop will blend discussion with active practice for participants, to highlight and experience a somatic practice created by a French osteopath.  Guy Voyer developed ELDOA™ in the 1970’s with the intent to eradicate back pain.  The approach uses the understanding of fascial chains to create specific lines of tension, or traction, to create more space in joints, especially in the spine. 

ELDOA™ is a therapeutic intervention that can be done independently by the patient and with regular practice can improve posture, strengthen intrinsic spinal muscles, and create more space for the discs. Guy Voyer, DO (FR) believes that the patient must be active in their own healing process and that it will lead to improved health outcomes coupled with osteopathic care.

Instructor Bio  
Marla Waal ELDO Instructor for OBC WebinarMarla had a successful professional dance career in Canada and the US and her interest in movement and breath did not stop there. She has instructed yoga for more than 25 years and has continued her studies to become a certified Pilates instructor, Buteyko Breath Educator, and one of only a few level 4 ELDOA™ Trainers in Canada.  Marla lives in Vancouver BC, Canada and teaches clients in person and online. Marla is passionate about helping her clients move away from pain and tension patterns so that they can get back to doing what they love! Her latest project is ‘Thrive While Sitting’, a platform to help those who sit for their work improve their overall health by learning to respect the design of their spine