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Mindfulness Based Psychosynthesis Training Program

Mindfulness Based Psychosynthesis training consisting of 18 weekends spanning three "study" year period, where working with mindfulness within the psychosynthesis concepts is a key component of all the weekends.

The weekends are taught around a central topic by Vincent Dummer and Judith Broadus utilizing reflective and receptive meditation, guided imagery exercises, practicums, and brief didactic presentations. The majority of the time is spend exploring our understanding through experiential study and processing of exercises. During the months between the weekend meetings, conceptual understanding is promoted and deepened through online study materials related to the topic, and integration of the learning is fostered through individual mentoring session with a staff member. Applying the learning to one's personal growth is facilitated through individual sessions with an experienced psychosynthesis practitioner.

The first year is focused on learning the core concepts and practices of psychosynthesis applied to the personal process of the trainee. The year is organized around the topics: Presence, Self and superconsciousness, subpersonalities I (recognition, acceptance), subpersonalities II (coordination, integration/synthesis), Will, and developmental process of growth. A variety of meditation practices (shamatha, vipashyana, contemplation, maitri, tonglen) are taught and practiced as an integral part of the weekend topic while mindfulness practice will be related to concepts of psychosynthesis. Guest teacher Tom Yeomans contributes his teachings on "Soul Work" as part of the presence weekend.

The second year is designed as a year of skill training in the practice and methods of psychosynthesis applied to others in a non-clinical context such as personal growth, education, body oriented methods, coaching etc. The assumption is made that the other person has sufficient capacity for disidentification and ability to use judgment for their best interest so that the relationship has more the nature of a consultation than a treatment. Skill training includes working with "bodily felt experiences" according to Gendlin, the "Corona process" and "Presence" according to Yeomans, "Spiritual Empathy" according to Firman and Gila, "Imagery" according to Crampton and "Grounding" using various techniques from (cognitive) behavior therapy. Trainees in the second year are expected to have opportunities to utilize their learning in non-clinical situations defined as situations where the person is interested in gaining self knowledge but is not expecting treatment for a mental disorder nor is treatment medically necessary. Students learn to make the distinction between clinical and non-clinical applications, clarify expectations and make appropriate referrals as needed. Skill training will include both working with individuals and groups. Guest teacher Ann Gila offers a 3 day seminar on Psychosynthesis Therapy.

The third year is designed for mental health professionals who are qualified by state law to treat mental health disorders and who seek to integrate mindfulness based psychosynthesis principles and methods in the treatment they offer. The emphasis during this year is on deepening conceptual understanding and refining guiding skills within a clinical context using case consultation and role play. In particular attention will be given to translating psychosynthesis principles into traditional mental health language so that the psychosynthesis process can be communicated in the form of traditional treatment plans and goals or to other professionals from other orientations involved in the treatment. At the same time, diagnostic categories and classifications are conceptualized and understood in psychosynthesis concepts and treatment principles. Attention is also given to tracking the transference process and utilizing the countertranference constructively. Trainees are expected to have intentions and opportunities to apply mindfulness based psychosynthesis in a treatment context. Findings from mindfulness research for specific disorders will be reviewed and discussed while case presentations and roleplay are used for skill development. Tom Yeomans contributes through demonstrations and discussion of Soul Work with three sessions .

A detailed description of each weekend with the learning objectives is available at this link.

Students can enroll in the distance learning program at any time. As the training weekends follow a natural progression it is recommended to watch the weekend videos in the order they were recorded.

At the end of each year, all students who attended all the seminars and met the training requirements receive a statement of completing the training year, and the students who succesfully participated in the quiz receive a certificate of proficiency in the principles and methods of mindfulness based psychosynthesis. The first year certificate states profeciency in the personal application of mindfulness based psychosynthesis principles and methods, the second year states the non-clinical application of mindfulness based psychosynthesis principles and methods and the third year states the clinical application of mindfulness based psychosynthesis principles and methods. Trainees who want to enter the second or third year of training and obtained prior training at other training centers may request the examination to demonstrate their proficiency in the principles and methods of psychosynthesis and become eligible for additional certifications.

The tuition cost for the training program is $900 per person a year which includes the mentoring but not the individual sessions. Arrangements for individual sessions can be made with a training staff member who is not the mentor and can be conducted through Skype or in person. The fee for 6 sessions is $450 or as negotiated with the staff member.

Considerable effort is made to record all the seminars in high quality audio/video using multiple cameras but due to human error or technical difficulties, the quality of the audio/video cannot be guaranteed.

Participants are expected to commit for the whole year of training and must pay a cancelation fee of $250 if they choose to drop out of training. A phone interview with one of the staff members is offered to answer any questions and help determine if this program will fit your needs or if it fails to meet your expectations.

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last updated: 5/11/16