Ethics & Standards

The Carol Gray Center for CST Studies Code of Ethics

Craniosacral Therapists trained or certified by The Carol Gray Center for CST Studies must:

Maintain the highest standards of the profession.

Accurately inform clients, other healthcare practitioners and the general public about the scope and limitations of Craniosacral Therapy practice.

Acknowledge the limitations and contraindications for Craniosacral Therapy and refer appropriately.

Serve only the clientele they are trained or certified to serve.

Accurately represent their competence, education, training, licenses, certifications and experience.

Display their CST certification(s) from the Carol Gray Center for CST Studies in their place of practice.

Maintain and improve their professional knowledge and competence through ongoing research, collaboration with colleagues, training, continuing education and practice.

Follow all policies, guidelines, regulations, codes and requirements promulgated by local, state and national authorities governing their legal right to touch their clients.

Avoid any act or omission that violates the relevant criminal laws of any state of the United States or any province, territory, or jurisdiction of any other country.

Take responsibility for their actions and commitments.

Assume personal and professional responsibility to do their best.

Foster safety and trust in the client-professional relationship.

Implement the core values of caring, respect, compassion, appropriate boundaries, and appropriate use of personal power.

Act as an advocate for their clients and their client’s needs.

Support and respect the client’s right and responsibility for self-determination in making health care choices.

Demonstrate regard for the social codes and moral expectations of the community in which they practice.

Do not engage in or condone practices that discriminate on the basis of clinical diagnosis, disability, lifestyle, sexual orientation, race, gender, ethnicity, religion, age, and socioeconomic background.

Avoid personal, social, organizational, financial, or political situations and pressures that might lead to misuse of their influence.

Obtain informed consent for every specific technique or modality they intend to use with a client.

Refuse any gifts or benefits in excess of acceptable gratuity that are intended to influence a referral, a decision or a treatment.

Protect client privacy and the therapist-client relationship at all times.

Do not diagnose.

Do not prescribe.

Provide treatment only if there is reasonable expectation it will be advantageous to the client.

Respect the client’s right to refuse, modify or terminate treatment regardless of prior consent given.

Promote active verbal input by the client.

Do not require the client to remove clothing.

Respect the client’s emotional and belief boundaries.

Do not engage in sexual intimacies with clients.

Reserve the right to refuse to serve prospective clients.

Make no false or misleading statements regarding the Carol Gray Center for CST Studies, its Certification Program, its Ethics and Standards Committee or its Board.

Respond in a timely fashion to all requests of the Carol Gray Center for CST Studies, its Certification Program, its Ethics and  Standards Committee or its Board.

Terminate a clinical relationship when it is reasonably clear that the client is not benefiting from it.

If a clinical relationship is terminated, offer to help the client locate alternative sources of assistance.

Do not bully, harass or intimidate another person. This includes sexual harassment, which refers to behavior that is not welcome, is personally offensive, debilitates morale, and interferes with academic or work effectiveness of the receiver. It is usually imposed on a person in an unequal power relationship through abuse of authority but may also occur from friends and colleagues. Central to this concept is the use of implied rewards or threat of deprivation in a coercive attempt to solicit sexual attention.

Promptly report ethical violations by other Craniosacral Therapists to the Carol Gray Center for CST Studies Ethics and Standards Committee or local authorities, as appropriate.

Disciplinary action will be taken toward the therapist if a complaint is determined to be valid.

Disciplinary action may include, but is not limited to, compulsory counseling, compulsory continuing education, suspension, revocation of certification, cancellation of enrollment and revocation of scholarships.

The Carol Gray Center for CST Studies Standards of Practice

Craniosacral Therapy is a specialized branch of osteopathic-based therapies, which uses touch to affect the energy systems or channels of energy of the body. Craniosacral Therapy focuses on total body health. This includes the Craniosacral System, the nervous system, and the energy systems of the body. The Craniosacral System is defined as the structures and fluid that surround, nourish, protect and support the central nervous system. The goal of Craniosacral Therapy is to gently facilitate structural mobility and motility, so the body can find its own balance. Craniosacral Therapy is drug-free and non-invasive; it is performed fully-clothed.  Craniosacral Therapy practitioners strive to give the minimum amount of input necessary, using minimal touch, words and directed movement to deepen awareness of existing patterns of movement and to suggest new possibilities of movement. Various unique rhythms of the body are pinpointed, and areas that are not functioning optimally are addressed. This supports awareness, and allows the body to be in equilibrium.


We take grievances regarding the conduct of our students and certificants very seriously. We can only accept complaints about people who are trained or certified by the Carol Gray Center for CST Studies. All complaints we receive are handled according to The Carol Gray Center for CST Studies Procedures Regarding Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice Complaints. If you have any questions about filing a complaint, or wish to determine if an individual is trained or certified by The Carol Gray Center for CST Studies contact us.

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