THE SCHOOL – PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

  1. About the School:

 

The School for integrative development and therapist practice is a four-year training programme in integrative psychology, body-oriented psychotherapy and spirituality.

During the four-year training programme, the students are presented with an integrated overview of the leading orientations in psychotherapy from the perspective of both, theory and practice i.e. experience. Unlike the formal education system, the School is predominantly focused on the experience-based learning techniques, which means that the lectures in theory are regularly followed by practical exercises. Such a learning technique applies to each individual student, that is, the school emphasises the individual and personal application of the knowledge acquired. This also means that along with the mental approach, the teaching techniques are also focused on the emotional and physical approach.

The School can be attended by all adult persons regardless of their prior education, who are dedicated to and interested in personal development. It is a programme that provides the individuals interested in self-research with a safe space and professional guidance and support in discovering their own deeper layers and patterns, in getting to know themselves and their own essence and in taking the responsibility for their own lives and the possibility of creating them.

Regardless of whether they wish to attend the school as a form of professional development as a follow up to the earlier studies in psychology and spirituality, or whether this is their first training in this area, the students receive the primary support in applying the acquired knowledge to their own personal development.

 

 

 

  1. Programme overview:

 

Psychodynamics – Object relations

  • Attachment theory
  • Early childhood development
  • Psychotrauma
  • Family constellations
  • Jungian integrative analysis of dreams

 

Body-oriented psychotherapy

  • Neo-Reichian core energetics – working with movement, vibrations, breath and voice
  • Character defences
  • Body and psychodynamics – mutual relationship
  • Therapy through dance and movement

 

Spiritual work – human multidimensionality

  • Body, energy and consciousness – interconnection
  • Theories of human consciousness
  • Spiritual psychology according to Pathwork
  • Wilber’s map of consciousness
  • Integrative spirituality
  • Energy bodies and consciousness
  • Mask, Lower Self, Higher Self
  • Ego and essence

 

Within the methodology of work, the programme is carried out by applying the methods of body-oriented psychotherapy, i.e. through individual and group process work. Apart from the theoretical aspect, the programme is based on the personal experience of the students.

 

1st year

 

During the first year the students are introduced to the fundamentals of psychodynamics. They acquire their first knowledge of object relations – early childhood development and the influence of these early experiences on the later perception of the world and relationships. The students are mastering the curriculum related to the neo-Reichian body-oriented psychotherapy. Furthermore, they study the character analysis and the theory of five character structures. This knowledge represents the basics of the neo-Reichian principles of therapy. The students are given the basic map with the levels of consciousness, to be used as a work model within the integrative and transpersonal psychology according to K. Wilber.

Within the body-energy approach, the students become acquainted with the concept of grounding in the psychic, body-related and energy-related sense, and in terms of a basic prerequisite for the feelings of safety and stability. We also work with the basics of energy work according to the methods of Barbara A. Brennan and Rosalyn Bruyere.

The main characteristic of the first year is the creation of a sense of security – within ourselves, as well as in a group.

 

2nd year

 

In addition to the process of creating safety, during the second year we are entering deeper into the area of unconscious. We become acquainted with the less conscious, shadowy parts of our being. With safe guidance and support, we visit the places that we fear the most and are the least prepared to accept. We learn to recognise and accept our own imperfect spots and we begin the process of deeper transformation, true integration and achieving greater personal authenticity. We are using the Jungian model of shadow in understanding and transformation of the area of subconscious self, together with the teachings of Pathwork through the map of the MaskLower Self and Higher Self. We continue by learning about the character defences and by building the capacity for a larger emotional container to enable us to face stronger emotions and increase our flow of energy.

 

3rd year

 

In the third year we learn about more complex psychodynamic principles and theories. We enter the world of psychotrauma and the way of working with the most unpleasant psychological phenomenon. During this year, we support the students in creating and accepting their own authority and the feeling of personal power. We become acquainted with a dimension of intention as the most important component in the creation of our own lives. After two years the students are becoming aware of the fact that their lives are their own creation. By then they have acquired enough knowledge to enable them to switch from being the victims to being the creators of their reality. We start by learning about the psychological significance of human sexuality and the way in which it could be used for personal development. For those who wish to dedicate their lives to working with people, we are providing lectures on methodology and fundamentals of the therapy work. This training continues until the end of the fourth year. In order to enable the students to understand the picturesque, metaphoric and symbolic language of dreams, phantasies and imagination, we are presenting them with the interpretation of dreams according to Jungian principles.

 

4th year

 

The final year is marked by the knowledge of one’s own essence and the transcendence of ego and its limitations – who we are in our undefended and true self when we expand beyond the limits imposed by our ego. We deepen our work with the dimension of intention, the most important component in creation of our own lives. We acquire a more extensive knowledge of the psychological significance of human sexuality and the way in which it could be used for personal development. We also learn how to increase our capacity for joy. Among other topics, we learn about the borderline disorder and narcissism and we deal with the topic of closure. We deepen our knowledge and skills in the area of therapy and working with people.

In the end, we draft our final thesis and successfully complete a 4-year cycle of training.

 

 

1st year2nd year
• core exercises
• grounding
• heart contact
• character defences – schizoid, oral, masochistic
• body reading
• inner witness
• inner critic
• subpersonalities
• chakras, energy bodies and layers
• borders and contact
• attachment theory
• symbiosis and separation
• images
• dance and movement
• healing techniques
• core exercises
• exercises for character defences
• mask
• Lower Self
• Higher Self
• character defences– psychopathic, rigid, symbiotic
• body reading
• map of wounds
• transference and countertransference
• map of consciousness
• resources
• shock and trauma
• psychopathology
• movement, breathing, vibrations, flow
• voice exercises
• dance and movement
• healing techniques
3rd year4th year
• energy exercises
• negative intention
• safe attachment-interpersonal bridge
• sexuality
• trauma and recovery
• supervision
• professional practice
• working with the seven segments
• working with aids - roller, mat, bat…
• working with chakras
• movement, breathing, vibrations, flow
• authority
• working with dreams
• phobias
• borderline disorder
• narcissism
• body reading
• dance and movement
• healing techniques
• writing thesis
• case – final process work
• hara – dimension of intention
• core dimension
• external temporary self vs internal permanent self
• professional practice – integration
• working with aids - roller, mat, bat…
• movement, breathing, vibrations, flow
• egocentricity
• love for self
• sexuality
• supervision
• dance and movement
• family constellations

 

  1. Programme implementation

 

The school curriculum is delivered as a four-year programme in which each year follows an academic year and is organised in 4 modules, i.e. four-year programme in the total duration of 16 weeks.

 

Duration of each module is 5 days (Saturday-Wednesday) with a two-month break between each module.

 

Along with the training organised in modules, each year includes working with mentors in the form of homework and a minimum of 12 individual sessions with a therapist working in accordance with the CID methods. (The total of 48 individual therapies for the duration of the entire training)

 

The third and fourth year along with individual therapies also include 8 sessions of the therapy work and 6 individual supervisions per year (the total of 12 individual supervisions for the entire duration of the programme).

 

In addition, within the four-year programme the students are required to take 90 classes of anatomy.

 

*students with medical education are not required to take classes in anatomy.

 

 

  1. Teacher team:

Laslo Pinter

Tomislav Senečić

Enesa Mahić

Svjetlana Bukovec

Matea Blažević

Kruno Šunjić

Kaya Tamara Sertić

Nina Senečić

Maja Petković

Mihaela Richter

Lidija Kasalo

Asja Kuzmanić

Olivera Drutter

Helena Hajdin

Jane Kramar

 

  1. Recommended literature:

 

Susan Thesenga, Eva Pierrakos: The Undefended Self: Living the Pathwork, Pathwork Press, Virginia, 2001.

Donovan Thesenga, Eva Pierrakos: Fear No Evil: The Pathwork Method of Transforming the Lower Self , Pathwork Press, Virginia, 1993.

Alexander Lowen: Zadovoljstvo – Kreativni pristup životu, O tempora – Udruga za unapređenje kvalitete života, Zagreb, 2012.

Pema Chodron: When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times, Chambhala Publications, Boston, 2005.

Jack Kornfield: Path with a heart, Bantam Books, 1993

John C. Pierrakos: Core energetics, Core Evolution Publishing, 1987.

Barbara A. Brennan: Iscjeliteljske ruke, Barka, Zagreb, 1997.

Barbara A. Brennan: Svjetlost se rađa, Barka, Zagreb, 1997.

Thomas Lewis: General theory of love,Vintage, 2000.

Sue Gerhardt: Why Love Matters, Routledge, New York, 2009

 

 

6.  Application:

 

To apply please fill in the application form and send it to cir@cir.hr. For additional info please contact cir@cir.hr or mobile phone +385 98 288 752 (Svjetlana)

Training application 2018