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Training Program

The Massachusetts Society for Bioenergetic Analysis Professional Training Program provides in-depth training in the theory and practice of Bioenergetic Analysis following the guidelines and curriculum of the International Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis (IIBA). The training includes both didactic and experiential teaching methods, along with relevant readings, discussions, and extensive group work. Trainees who successfully complete the full training program are eligible to apply to become Certified Bioenergetic Therapists through the International Institute of Bioenergetic Analysis.

In addition to the theory and practice of Bioenergetic Analysis, the training focuses on personal growth. Understanding how our history shaped our present, how our character structure evolved, and how we can decrease our fears and energetic blocks, we can move toward being the therapists we strive to be. Ultimately, as Bioenergetic therapists, our bodily experience and our personal development guide our work. Thus, we place a strong emphasis on individual Bioenergetic therapy for trainees, both in the group and with their personal therapist.

Training Program Overview

The complete Bioenergetic Training Program consists of 4 years of training with an average of 7 training weekends per year, 3 days per weekend. In the first 2 years of training, students focus both on personal growth and on learning basic Bioenergetic concepts. The training provides a combination of experiential and didactic teaching methods. Students are invited to learn about their own character structure, bodily experience and personal history.

The third and fourth years of training involve a clinical focus devoted to studying various aspects of the therapeutic process from a Bioenergetic perspective. Students are required to be both therapists and clients within the group under close supervision. In the third year this work generally happens in rotating dyads. In the fourth year, the therapist-client pair generally stay together for the entire year, deepening the process of learning Bioenergetic clinical work.

Appropriate readings are assigned for each training weekend and discussed during the training. Readings are included from Wilhelm Reich, Alexander Lowen, Philip Helfaer, from the Journals of the International Institute of Bioenergetic Analysis, and from related books and journals. The training is both experiential and didactic throughout the four years.

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  • Fundamentals of Bioenergetic Therapy

    • Introduction to basic concepts of Bioenergetic Analysis, including energetic functions of the body, character, containment and expression, grounding and breathing
    • Overview of developmental process, trauma, deficits and conflicts from a body-oriented/Bioenergetic perspective
    • Summary of the historical basis of Bioenergetic Analysis, including the work of Freud, Reich and Lowen
    • Study of stress, emotion, blocks, pain, pleasure, depression and anxiety from a Bioenergetic point of view
  • What to Expect

    • Body based techniques for understanding and treating trauma, including acute trauma, chronic relational trauma and developmental trauma, from a Bioenergetic perspective
    • Direct experience of an interactive, engaging modality of psychotherapy to help clients become more present in their bodies and more able to fully enjoy their lives
    • An opportunity to cultivate your own embodied vitality as part of an experiential personal growth training experience
    • Access to cutting edge body-oriented psychotherapy. For more information go to the United States Association for Body Psychotherapy website at: www.usabp.org
    • Local and International professional Bioenergetic communities which include regular conferences and trainings held in MA, the US and throughout the world. For a link to the International Institute of Bioenergetic Analysis, visit www.bioenergetic-therapy.com
  • Topics Covered In The Training Program

    • Bioenergetic techniques
    • Character structure and childhood wounding
    • Transference and countertransference
    • Addressing trauma from a Bioenergetic perspective
    • Sexuality
    • Working with anxiety and fear
    • Depression from a body perspective
    • Reading the body
    • Energetic principles including grounding, breathing, energetic blocks, containment and expression
    • Fostering self-acceptance, self-expression and self-possession
    • Working with boundaries - for yourself and with your clients
    • Exploring anger and its expression in safe and appropriate ways
    • Timing in introducing body oriented techniques
    • Meeting your clients where they are
    • Marketing yourself as a Bioenergetic Therapist
  • Possible topics covered

    Other topics that may be included as time and trainer availability allows:

    • An overview of the energetics of shame and guilt, along with body based techniques to facilitate freedom from these constrictions
    • Treating addictions from a Bioenergetic perspective
    • Body based techniques for addressing other common complaints - sleep issues, eating and weight concerns, and common physical ailments
    • A body based approach to working with couples
    • Embodied dreamwork in the therapeutic setting
    • Inviting your client's essence

Trainers

Terry Hunt, EdD is a nationally known psychologist and Local Trainer with the Massachusetts Society for Bioenergetic Analysis, as well as a Certified Bioenergetic Therapist. He is a psychologist in private practice in Watertown, MA and the coauthor of Emotional Healing and Secrets to Tell: Secrets to Keep. In addition to practicing Bioenergetic Psychotherapy, he teaches at Omega Institute and Esalen Institute, among other places. He has expertise in family systems and addiction-related emotional trauma.

Susan Kanor, MA is an International Trainer for International Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis, a Local Trainer for Massachusetts Society for Bioenergetic Analysis, and a Certified Bioenergetic Therapist. She has been a Bioenergetic Therapist in private practice in Somerville, MA since 1986. Susan leads Bioenergetic workshops in the US and internationally. She is the coordinating trainer for the Massachusetts Society for Bioenergetic Analysis and leads Bioenergetic therapy groups and Bioenergetic exercise classes in the Boston area.

Laurie Ure, LICSW is an International Trainer for the Florida Society for Bioenergetic Analysis, a Local Trainer for the Massachusetts Society for Bioenergetic Analysis, and a Certified Bioenergetic Therapist. She has been a Bioenergetic Therapist in private practice in Gloucester, MA since 1999. Laurie leads Bioenergetic workshops and trains Bioenergetic therapists in the US and internationally. She consults, presents about Bioenergetic therapy at conferences, and leads Bioenergetic therapy groups and exercise classes locally.

Peter Fernald, PhD is a Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of New Hampshire, a textbook co-author, author and co-author of many published papers, recipient of two UNH Teaching Excellence Awards, and recipient of the American Psychological Foundation's Award for Distinguished Teaching. He is a Certified Bioenergetic Therapist, a faculty member (Emeritus) for the International Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis, and a Local Trainer for the Massachusetts Society for Bioenergetic Analysis. He has a private practice in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Leslie Case, PhD is a faculty member (Emeritus) of the International Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis. Leslie has been a Certified Bioenergetic Therapist since 1980 and has offered workshops and training in St. Lucia, the United States, Brazil, and Italy for more than 30 years. She has served as vice president of training, chair of faculty and journal editor for the International Institute of Bioenergetic Analysis. She is a psychologist in private practice in West Hartford, CT.

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