*Please note: Due to the new College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario the Learning program described below is being reformatted to align with the mandates of the College. Continuing Education programs will be offered once the College defines the learning parameters.
School for Psychotherapy & Emotional Bodywork
The program is designed with professionals in mind who wish to complement their career with part-time studies in Psychotherapy and Emotional Bodywork. The goal of the school is to provide on-going professional development and supervision in psychodynamic and body psychotherapy.
The community of faculty and students is involved in experiential, process-oriented learning; each member is both a participant and an observer. We ourselves serve as a living textbook through which conscious and unconscious material is identified, explored and integrated as part of a living, learning experience.
Emotional Bodywork is Body Psychotherapy and offers access to somatic--emotional work grounded in the understanding that all aspects of life are rooted in our bodies; which do not make distinctions and separate the emotional, mental and physical experiences from each other.
Hands On Experience
There is a need for legitimate and respectful ways to access and touch the body of another person. The experience of touching and working with another person helps bring about positive life change for both the client and the practitioner.
As we begin our process with the body, we observe it in relationship and how it influences the Self in these relationships. We learn to distinguish between real and imagined sensation. Each person then has the opportunity to locate, probe and experience those forces [transference and projection] that may prevent us from claiming our lives and stand in the way of assisting others in finding a full and vital life.
The process of working with another's sensory communication begins in an acute understanding of self-awareness, self-acceptance and empathy for another. Within this context of empathy, we experience ourselves "walking in another's shoes."
At the very heart of these methods and modalities, traditional and cutting-edge both, we are convinced of the imperative to be in a profound and on-going dialogue with the body—to listen to what the body tells us, to honour the body as an equal partner in our awareness of our multiple self.
In trying to answer the question of what tools we need to be great psychotherapists in a 21st century context we are brought to these 7 pillars or areas of learning:
- Attachment, Bonding and Connection
- Healthy Sexuality - Intimacy with self flowing towards relationship and community
- How Transference and Counter-Transference work in the therapeutic relationship
- Emotional Bodywork – How a person’s history is in their body and how their body works toward health and hope through emotions
- Self-Esteem, Shame and Trauma
- Storytelling, Dreams, Personal and Collective Myth
- Understanding our experience in personal and group process