Therapy Skills Training
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(If you are interested in these TTC programs, please visit us in our new place at the Heart School.)

This is a 3 or 4 year part-time training in experiential therapy skills. Each year consists of 30 evenings and 5 weekends, and a 4-day residential in the country. It runs from October to June and costs $2,800 + 13% HST per annum, total is $3164.00. In addition there is an approx. cost of $525.00 for accommodation for the residential, payable at the time.

During the course of the training participants will become experientially familiar with the breadth and depth of the transpersonal approach to psychotherapy.

Over the course of three years the following areas will be explored:

  • The legacy of Sigmund Freud
  • Wilhelm Reich and the bodywork tradition
  • Fritz Perls and Gestalt therapy
  • C.G. Jung and archetypal psychology
  • Bio-energetics
  • Somatic Experiencing
  • Virginia Satir and family systems therapy
  • Family Constellations (Hellinger Approach)
  • Dreamwork
  • Breathwork
  • Psychodrama
  • Art therapy
  • Movement and dance
  • Group dynamics and community building
  • Ken Wilber and transpersonal psychology
  • Stanislav Grof
  • Healing and the shamanic tradition
  • Spiritual emergency
  • Meditation and the wisdom traditions
  • The Enneagram

The First Year introduces the student to the transpersonal perspective. The main emphasis at this stage is on personal growth, the cultivation of awareness, and the learning, acquisition and practice of basic therapeutic techniques, especially gestalt therapy and psychodrama. By the end of the first year students will have acquired some feel for working with a client or group and will be acquainted with the various ways of discerning and working with their own and others' difficulties in the growth process.

The second year continues the emphasis on developing one's skill as a therapist and/or group leader. Understanding of the transpersonal aspect of therapy is further deepened with particular reference to the work of C.G. Jung; we explore the practical importance in psychotherapy of his theories of archetypes, of myth, and of the individuation process. The place of meditation and/or spiritual practice in the life and work of the transpersonal therapist/healer is increasingly addressed. Overall, the main focus continues to be the development and integration of basic skills, along with the awareness of one's own process.

In the third year students are encouraged to focus in on those areas they need to strengthen, and to develop their own 'style' of working. First, second and third year students are encouraged to use each other as resources in their learning process, coaching and working with each other in mutual support groups. Third year students are given opportunities to lead groups and participate in the training of first and second year groups whenever possible and appropriate. The emphasis remains on further understanding and exploring the always deepening process of the self, in its intra-psychic aspect, in its relational aspect and in the client/therapist relationship.

Main facilitators

Moira Canes and Brent Mitton. Other facilitators: Don Evans, Howard Greenberg, David Jeffery, and Lucinda Vardey.

Who May Apply

If you are interested in applying for the three-year training you will ideally already have some experience in your own personal therapy or personal growth work; you may be working or training in a helping profession; you may also be consciously following a spiritual path.

Do I need to want to be a therapist to attend this programme?