Practitioner Assessment Skills Course (PASC)


PASC is a combination of effective assessment techniques developed from many different sources. These include direct practical contact with four of Tom Bowen’s original six students, plus many other notable practitioners of Australian and overseas bodywork. Course is designed to provide an efficient and effective way of assessing clients receiving Bowen therapy with the emphasis on understanding the process of change. Based on 26 years experience as a practitioner, the course covers assessments of all the main Bowen areas/procedures. The assessment techniques includes, visual, palpation, orthopedic, kinesiological, intuitive, fascial, hydrostatic as well as those developed by the author for own experience and that of learning from four of Mr. Bowen’s original students. In taking this workshop, therapists can provide more specific application of the technique by understanding the effects of the moves. By observing the quantitative changes in the body during a treatment, in turn enhances the results of the treatments by providing the right amount of intervention. Also provide a better understanding of the technique, the outcomes and be more effective and efficient in the application of the techniques. This allows the practitioner to communicate to other therapists in a quantitative assessment manner, when referring to, or receiving referrals from other health practitioners. More confident in dealing with clients and other allied health practitioners. Understand a conceptual philosophy underpinning Bowen therapy both at a macro and micro level. Learn to assess various parts of the body and evaluate paths of dysfunction. Devise appropriate treatment options. Evaluate the effect of the move/s on different parts of the body during the treatment. Re-evaluate the effectiveness of the treatment process. The course participant will learn, be able to explain and reproduce in a manner consistent with other practitioners; subjective and objective measures defined by visual, intuitive, biomechanical, fascial, hydrostatic and kinesiological outcomes. Other techniques have been developed by the author over 26 years of clinical experience that has proven both effective and time efficient methods of assessment. Developed from the experience of thousands of clinical hours as a remedial and Bowen therapist, PASC incorporates a blend of orthopaedic, kinesiological, fascial and intuitive assessment techniques. This course will provide the participant with range assessment and validation skills to enhance their practice. Open to all practitioners, the course will cover pre and post-treatment assessments. Students will be given the time to use the treatment style of their choice, validating the outcome of their treatment.

What you will learn:

1 – Easy apply clinical assessment skills that allow you to quickly identify the most common pathologies. These will cover lower back, neck and shoulders. Additionally, a special assessment and release technique (developed from one of Tom Bowen’s students) will be covered. This is not taught in any Bowen training and unique to PASC. 2- Using a combination of muscle testing, biomechanical observations, fascial, hydrostatic and intuitive methods, get immediate feedback that your treatment has worked. 3 – Confidence building approaches to ensure that your techniques are reliable, stable and re-producible.

PASC Module 1: covers general assessment techniques, subjective and objective testing. The “Fascial test”, lower back including the “unique three point” assessment tool. Neck and shoulders. Completing the comprehensive program is a special “fascial release” technique for lower back, sacral/coccyx (developed from observation with one of Tom Bowen’s original six students, not covered in any other Bowen training), used for completing any treatment.

PASC Module 4: The PASC ® “Cranial Considerations: “TMJ – The hidden imposter” course provides a theoretical basis of impact of the TMJ on the body. The concept of “optimal functional position” ®, (OFP) is based on the orthodontic application of “centric relation”. This concept is incorporated into the existing “TMJ” treatment. Thorough anatomy, physiology and pathology of the joint are discussed.

PASC Module 5: The TMJ – “Practical Implications” course draws upon the knowledge gained in the “Module 4 course” to further explore the effects on the body of a dysfunctional TMJ. Also, “Applied Kinesiology” techniques to allow more specificity in the locating of “Optimal Functional Position” as described in the “Module 4” course. Assessment techniques are covered which graphically illustrate the effects on the body relating to pelvis, knees and ankle, cranial, and locally in and around the TMJ. A unique “Atlas”, “Sphenoid” and “Temporal” correction is included to effectively treat the more resistant TMJ issues.

Course Details:

This course has sold out in the past and has limited seats available. We recommend registering early to reserve your seat.  An Early bird price is offered to those registering early.

Date:  Date: TBD

Locations:  TBD

Instructor: Ron Phelan or Madeline McBride


Module 1 – Date: TBD  Normal $175 USD       Earlybird $150 USD

Module 4 – 9th Sept 2023 Normal $200 USD      Earlybird $175 USD

Module 5 – Date: TBD  Normal $250 USD      Earlybird $225 USD

 If you are a returning student, please let us know which courses you have already completed, by emailing [email protected] & we can email you a coupon for the discount.