The bioenergetic psychotherapy training component of the program stresses the importance of a body/mind approach to intrapsychic and interpersonal conflict. The understanding of development of character structure, defense mechanisms and the process of healing are critical here.
We emphasize individualized training involving personal growth, cognitive development and mastery of theory and practice, most recently influenced by Wilhelm Reich, Alexander Lowen and John Pierrakos – Ego and Self Psychology.
In the first two years, every class begins with a bioenergetic exercise group followed by a leader-directed journey that is related to a particular character structure. This is followed by a process group to share one’s experience on the journey. The remainder of the day involves individual bioenergetic therapy sessions in front of the group as a learning process.
Each class involves a student conducting a bioenergetics therapy session. Students in years 3 and 4 are required to present two clinical case studies and a major theoretical paper. Each therapy session and subsequent group and leader feedback session is videotaped, and the student therapist is provided with a tape to utilize as a learning tool.
Each student is a client to another student for year three and four. They are expected to meet at least twice per month for a practice bioenergetic therapy session (the other two weeks of the month are for the therapist to practice energy healing sessions on the student client).
This is a four year course offered one Saturday per month from 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM. There will be ten training Saturdays per year.
Cost: $1600 per year.
This course is required for those with no bioenergetic psychotherapy training (may be taken simultaneously with Modules One and Three).