2-YEAR CERTIFICATE PROGRAM IN PROCESS-ORIENTED PSYCHOLOGY
Module 1 – Convergence & Conflicts: East Meets West (2 days)
Processwork is a synthesis of many different models of thought about psychology, spirituality and the science of human purpose and subsequent psychological and social development. In our first two days together we set the backdrop for the entire course, exploring the points of convergence and points of conflict between Eastern and Western approaches, particularly in reference to Indian culture and the Processwork approach.
Module 2 – Diving Into Processwork (4 days)
An initial exploration of the Processwork framework. Introduction to the central skills of edge work, amplification signal work, and channel work.
Module 3 – The Dreaming Process (3 days)
Exploring the concept of the dreaming process and how to perceive it and uncover meaning in it, by working with daytime dreaming experiences and night-time dreams. We’ll also work with the concept of the life myth as coded in early childhood dreams, not only as an important tool for self-knowledge but its usefulness in the therapeutic setting.
Module 4 – Working with the Dreaming Body (3 days)
Exploring how the body dreams – symptoms in the body encode important information for our everyday lives and our long-term development processes. Re-conceptualising how we think about ‘illness’ and learning how to work in the body with both acute and chronic body symptoms, to help clients find meaning within their symptoms.
Module 5 – Power, Rank, and Interpersonal Conflict (3 days)
An introduction to the central Processwork framework of power and rank and how they shape interpersonal conflicts, and an exploration of the Process Work Conflict Transformation Model. We’ll also explore the Processwork concept of Dreaming Up the place where our own processes get entangled with those of our clients. We will start using the methodology of group process to facilitate the learning in this module.
Module 6 – Relationship and Family Therapy (3 days)
Exploring Processwork approaches to working with couples and family groups and how the concepts of the dreaming process and field theories are applied in these therapeutic settings.
Module 7– Ethics in Therapy (2 days)
Explore what it means to work within an ethical framework, exercise a duty-of-care to our clients, and safeguard the reputation of the profession within the wider community.
Module 8 – Beyond Technique: Metaskills and Inner Work (4 days) Therapy techniques matter, but not nearly so much as the attitude, personal development and self-awareness of the therapist metaskills enable and influence the way therapy techniques are used. Here we explore the Processwork concept of metaskills and learn to be our own therapist through the application of Process Work Inner Work practices. Inner work is the key skill for resolving inner conflict and knowing different parts of ourselves as also the understanding of discrimination. It’s the root of all ‘isms’.
Module 9 – Own Worst Enemies: Working with Inner Critics (2 days)
In epidemic proportions across the world, Inner Criticism affects almost all our clients, and we as therapists are also not immune. Learn how to identify a different kind of Inner Critic presentations and how to work with your clients’ and your own Inner Critics.
Module 10 – States of Consciousness and Addictions (4 days)
Altered and extreme states of consciousness are often scary and often rejected, both by the individual who experiences them and the community who observes them. These states can include psychosis, coma, and mood states. Processwork views these states as meaningful, not only for the individual but for the whole community, and works to help people find meaning in them, as well as sufficient safety. Closely connected, the Processwork approach to addictions and addictive tendencies are explored.
Module 11 – Best Practices in working with Trauma and Abuse (2 days)
Explore the definitions of trauma and abuse, and develop an understanding for best practices for working with clients with these experiences, in particular, how not to re-traumatise clients in therapy.
Module 12 – Processwork approach to Trauma and Abuse (4 days)
Explore how Processwork incorporates psychodynamic, somatic, and transpersonal models to trauma work, and extends these approaches through its integration of indigenous approaches.
Module 13 – Processwork in Organizations (2 days)
Applying Processwork theory in organisations. In either employee or consulting roles where diagnosis or interventions are required.
Module 14 – World Work (4 days)
Exploring the application of Processwork to Group Facilitation, Social Oppression and Power, and Large Group Conflict Work.