A Diploma in Practising Energy Psychotherapy

A course for qualified counsellors, psychotherapists, clinical/counselling psychologists and psychiatrists

Saturday 25 January – Saturday 25 November 2020

This one-year programme invites an open approach to integrating the myriad of exciting contemporary energy psychologies into psychotherapy. New understandings about the impact of trauma on the body, including advances in neurobiology, support working with the mind-body connection alongside talking psychotherapy. The gentle methods of Energy Psychotherapy facilitate deep healing by helping to clear the emotional and energetic residues of trauma at a deep bodily level, including patterns of transgenerational, attachment, non-verbal and complex trauma.

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SEMINAR PRESENTERS

Dr Phil MollonRuthie SmithJudith AndersonSandra FiggessHeather RedingtonTessa Underwood

The teaching team consists of some of the UK’s most experienced practitioners and teachers in the field of energy psychology and psychotherapy, who bring their wealth and depth of clinical experience to the teaching. In addition, for those who undertake the Certificate and Diploma levels, video content by international energy practitioners provides a taste of the wider field.

COURSE STRUCTURE

The course will take place on four Saturdays, two Sundays and two whole weekends over the course of a year and can be attended on different levels:

  • As CPD: attending the six one- day and two weekend skills-based seminars and receiving a certificate of attendance (60 units)
  • As a Certificate qualification, attending the skills-based seminars AS ABOVE with the addition of online supervision groups and home study (90 units)
  • At Diploma level, attending the skills-based seminars AS ABOVE with the addition of online supervision groups, home study and submission of a 5000 word dissertation (120 units)

Award

CPD: Certificate of Attendance
TOTAL UNITS 60

Certificate in Practising Energy Psychotherapy
TOTAL UNITS 90

Diploma in Practising Energy Psychotherapy
TOTAL UNITS 120

THE COURSE PHILOSOPHY

The origins of energy in healing – combining the old and the new

Central to the ethos of our approach is the convergence of many different streams of ideas and practical applications for working with energy. This course aims to present underlying principles creating a solid foundation for practising energy psychotherapy. The healing traditions of working with subtle energies – meridians and chakras – such as in China, India and other ancient cultures are at least 5000 years ago. From these beginnings we see the flowering of numerous energy disciplines in our contemporary world, including Acupuncture, Qi-Gong, Reiki, Thought Field Therapy, Emotional Freedom Techniques, Tapas Acupressure Technique, Advanced Integrative Therapy, Ask and Receive, Psychoanalytic Energy Psychotherapy, and many others.

Integrating the body and energy fields into psychotherapy

This new course aims to teach clinicians to effectively and safely integrate energy psychology into their therapy practice. By including the body and energy field it is possible to work more easily with deep rooted issues, including developmental and preverbal trauma that “talking therapies” alone struggle to reach. These methods are applicable in most aspects of therapeutic work facilitating significant breakthroughs in therapeutic impasse and blocks to development. They also provide valuable self-help resources for clients, enabling them to stabilise and regulate affect. Working in this way can be gentle and transformative.

Growing evidence base

The NHS NICE guidance discussion documents on PTSD have acknowledged the effectiveness of some of these energy approaches in working with trauma (particularly EFT) and are encouraging more research.

Making Energy Psychotherapy methods more widely accessible

The course designers and facilitators of this newly constituted course share a desire to make Energy Psychotherapy more widely and freely accessible. By providing a solid generic overview and foundation in the essential theories, principles and clinical skills for working with energy and helping practitioners gain confidence in using Energy Psychotherapy, our wish is that this type of work becomes a mainstream aspect of therapeutic practice.

The length and depth of this one-year course provides a supportive learning environment so practitioners can incrementally learn the tools of Energy Psychology techniques and deepen their confidence in integrating working with methods into their existing psychotherapeutic practice.

To enhance this, those who undertake the Certificate or Diploma levels have the advantage of supervision in Energy Psychotherapy throughout the course.

Integrating the body and energy fields into psychotherapy

This new course aims to teach clinicians to effectively and safely integrate energy psychology into their therapy practice. By including the body and energy field it is possible to work more easily with deep rooted issues, including developmental and preverbal trauma that “talking therapies” alone struggle to reach. These methods are applicable in most aspects of therapeutic work facilitating significant breakthroughs in therapeutic impasse and blocks to development. They also provide valuable self-help resources for clients, enabling them to stabilise and regulate affect. Working in this way can be gentle and transformative.

Energy psychotherapy – a depth approach

This course draws on the rich traditions of different psychotherapies including Jungian, Psychoanalytic, Attachment based, Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT), Person Centred, Gestalt, Transpersonal and other perspectives. In addition, Energy Psychotherapy works with people on many different levels including physical, cognitive, emotional and spiritual, and with conscious and unconscious aspects. It also engages different parts of the self, including the continuum of dissociative experiences, ‘parts’, ‘alters’ and ‘archetypes’ that are often associated with complex trauma, PTSD, and attachment trauma. The course combines an energy perspective with depth psychology to work with these complexities and also brings the possibility of clearing trauma in-utero, birth and developmental, as well as trans-generational trauma and energies and blockages held in a person’s energy field from a variety of sources.

Course Values – heart-centred, combining open-mindedness, curiosity, and playfulness with sound assessment skills and solid grounding.

Central to the course is a heart-centred approach which values the qualities of openness, curiosity and playfulness. Participants can experience the freedom, wonder and surprises which energy therapy can bring. The course combines this with a depth approach, where assessment of appropriate levels of therapeutic intervention and pacing of the work balances and provides solid grounding.

Experiential skills-based learning

Practising Energy Psychotherapy is a skills-based training, where clinical discussion, and for those doing the Certificate and Diploma levels, supervision, and self-directed study are all incorporated into the experiential learning. The series of one day training events cumulatively builds on and consolidates learning which facilitates a thorough grounding in Energy Psychotherapy. Participants will work with their own personal material during training days in a confidential environment, so that the learning of clinical skills is fully embodied.

Respecting the uniqueness of each person’s own healing process and following the flow of energy

A characteristic aspect of working with energy is to “follow the flow” of each person’s unique healing process. Guided by free association of the mind and body and helped by “energy testing” (kinesiology), we respect that the client’s energy system knows best, both for what needs healing, and for the pacing of the work. The philosophy of the course includes being open to unknown or “higher” dimensions and sources of healing accessible in the energy realm beyond the conscious mind.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

We intend that by the end of this year-long course, participants will have acquired:

  • An understanding of the history, origins and development of energy psychology techniques (including research) and their integration into psychotherapy.
  • An understanding of and ability to apply psychotherapeutically the subtle energy systems of meridians, chakras and other components of the human energy system.
  • Competence in carrying out an energy treatment – using the skills of energy testing, correcting imbalances and energy blockages, and identifying the core issue for therapeutic work, and applying energy methods to that focus.
  • Skills in working with the synergy of language, energy and intention.
  • For Certificate and Diploma levels, deeper integration through supervision: demonstrating that in therapeutic practice the therapist has (for example) an understanding of the deeper layers and intervention levels for working with trauma, the origins of trauma and “treatment planning” .

PROGRAMME

This applied to all levels of participation: CPD, Certificate and Diploma

The timetable below is provisional. It outlines the material to be covered, but the scheduling may be adapted to suit the evolving learning needs of the participants.

Saturday 25 January 2020

THEORY: This day provides an introduction and history, and overview of energy psychotherapy. Working in a heart-centred state of ‘presence’, using kinesiology, regulating the body’s energy system, energetic boundaries and reversals will all be considered.

PRACTICE: We will demonstrate and begin to teach energy testing (muscle testing/kinesiology). Participants will be introduced to methods for correcting energetic disorganisation and dehydration, which are useful resources for clients when they are triggered. Participants will be taught methods for clearing energetic reversals (blockages to treatment). We will practice energy testing and an energetic boundaries protocol.

Sunday 26 January 2020

THEORY: The day begins with a brief overview of ‘subtle energies’ including meridians, energy centres (chakras) and thought-fields. Participants will be introduced to the meridian-based method of EFT (Emotion Freedom Technique).

PRACTICE: Participants will learn through demonstration and practise about the meridian points and will begin to learn ‘tapping whilst talking’ and a basic acupoint tapping sequence for use both in sessions and as a self-help tool.

Sunday 1 March 2020

THEORY: On this day, the significance in energy psychotherapy of subtle energies, language and intention will be considered and the use of thought-fields and “treatment phrases”.

PRACTICE: We will review and practice “clearing” issues energetically using acupoint “tapping whilst talking” and introduce some basic self-care techniques for managing energy.

Sunday 5 April 2020

THEORY: The course will overview research in energy psychology. The universality of the use of energy centres (chakras) in healing methods will also be reviewed as they relate to contemporary insights into neurobiology.

PRACTICE: Participants will practise simple phrase writing for use in energy therapy treatments and learn about self-muscle testing. Participants will also learn how to clear trauma in their own body, using the chakra system.

Saturday 16 May 2020

THEORY: We will consider the connection between psyche, soma, and the ways trauma is held in the body. “Unpacking” trauma and its layers, including the phenomenon of “repetition compulsion” highlights the need for thorough history taking and assessment so that we can practise safely. Trans-generational roots of trauma and treating pre-verbal trauma in-utero will also be considered, and the importance of including parts in the work.

PRACTICE: Participants will practise energy testing to guide their paired work and learn how to compose treatment phrases and treat trauma, (including the patterns of “repetition compulsions”) using meridians and chakras.

Saturday 20 June 2020

THEORY: A feature of energy psychotherapy is that we can work with positive intentions and affirm wellness to underpin the healing. The role of thought processes and schemas and how we can “re-programme” our conscious and unconscious default patterns energetically will be explained. We will also explore ethical issues and dilemmas in practising energy psychotherapy.

PRACTICE: Participants will learn to establish positive healing intention and work energetically with conscious and unconscious thought ‘”programmes” using meridians and chakras.

Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 September

THEORY: This weekend focuses on Psychoanalytic Energy Psychotherapy (PEP, created by Phil Mollon) a meridian method which works with the thought-field. There will also be an introduction to Advanced PEP, known as The Blue Diamond.

PRACTICE: Participants will learn and practice the meridian method of PEP

Saturday 10 October

THEORY: Energy work is very helpful in strengthening the ego when working with complex trauma, PTSD, dissociation, and “deeper reversals”. Working with parts and fragments can help achieve stabilisation and integration and various energy practices facilitate the process of grounding and embodiment.

PRACTICE: Course participants will practise methods for working safely with severe and complex trauma (including attachment and relational trauma). These will include methods such as the EFT tearless trauma protocol and working with “healing circles” to avoid re-triggering and re-traumatising the client. We will continue to develop energy testing skills to guide and pace the work safely.

Saturday 21 November

THEORY: The final day of the course looks at attachment, development trauma and working with early non-verbal trauma. It also provides opportunities to review, learn about treatment planning and working on Skype/Zoom. There will be revision, trouble shooting and space to consider whatever most suits the training cohort’s learning needs.

PRACTICE: Participants will deepen their learning, practising and stabilising confidence in the variety of energy methods and protocols which have been taught on the course.

Total Units: 60


PROGRAMME – CERTIFICATE LEVEL

TAUGHT PROGRAMME plus:

ONLINE VIDEOS: In addition to the taught programme participants will have access to 10 hours of on-line video talks and demonstrations which will include content from international presenters in the field of energy psychotherapy:

PRACTICE: demonstrations of various aspects of energy psychology – 5 units

SPEAKERS FROM USA: in the field of Energy Psychology – 5 units
(for more information about this please see the section named: Home Study Videos)
Total Units: 10

LIVE GROUP SUPERVISION (using Zoom)
Therapists will be guided in their clinical learning by participating in supervision groups to share their experience of applying Energy Psychology methods in their psychotherapy practices. Ten groups of 1.5 hours

Total Units: 15

ONLINE STUDY
Total Units: 5

Total units for Certificate level: 90


PROGRAMME – DIPLOMA LEVEL

TAUGHT PROGRAMME plus:

ONLINE VIDEOS: In addition to the taught programme participants will be given access to ten hours of on-line video talks and demonstrations which will include content from international presenters in the field of energy psychotherapy:

PRACTICE: demonstrations of various aspects of energy psychology – 5 units
SPEAKERS FROM USA: in the field of Energy Psychology – 5 units
(for more information about this please see the section named: Home Study Videos)
Total Units: 10

LIVE GROUP SUPERVISION (using Zoom)
Therapists will be guided in their clinical learning by participating in supervision groups to share their experience of applying energy therapy in their psychotherapy practices. Ten groups of 1.5 hours
Total Units: 15

ONLINE STUDY
Total Units: 5

DISSERTATION
Submission of 5000-word dissertation to comprise two case studies with reflections on the learning process. This is to demonstrate knowledge of energy psychology methods and how they have integrated them into therapeutic practice with clients (to be submitted no later than six months after the end of the course.)
Total Units: 30

Total units for Diploma level: 120

HOME STUDY VIDEOS

Home study videos coming soon.

COURSE COMPLETION

CPD level

Participants will be awarded a certificate of attendance based on taught hours

Certificate level

Minimum of 80 per cent attendance of ten one-day seminars.
Minimum of 80 per cent attendance of ten 1.5-hour online group supervisions via Zoom.
Ten hours of online home-study via our pre-recorded talks and completion of an online test.
Award: A Certificate in Practising Energy Psychotherapy

Diploma level

Minimum of 80 per cent attendance of ten one-day seminars.
Minimum of 80 per cent attendance of ten 1.5-hour online group supervisions via Zoom.

Ten hours of online home-study via our pre-recorded talks and completion of an online test.
Completion of a 5000-word dissertation to comprise:
Two case studies with reflections on your learning process to demonstrate knowledge of energy psychology methods and integration of them into your therapeutic practice
Submission deadline: 1 June 2021

Award: A Diploma in Practising Energy Psychotherapy

ADMISSIONS CRITERIA

The starting point of the course requires that clinicians have competence in core therapeutic and relational skills. All participants must have qualified as a counsellor, psychotherapist, clinical psychologist or psychiatrist. This assumes an understanding of the basic tenets of establishing safety and containment in therapy in order to provide a secure base for working with energy.

Participants must also:

  • Have undertaken a substantial period of personal therapy
  • Be registered by and practising according to the professional requirements and code of conduct of their regulatory body (e.g. BACP, HCPC, UKCP, BCP or equivalent)
  • Have professional indemnity insurance that would cover working with energy therapy methods
    under taking some personal energy therapy is considered highly desirable

CORE TEACHING STAFF

Professor Brett Kahr – Senior Course Director

Professor Brett Kahr will serve as Course Director. He has taught psychopathology in various university and clinical training contexts since 1979. He is Senior Fellow at Tavistock Relationships in the Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology in London, and Senior Clinical Research Fellow in Psychotherapy and Mental Health at the Centre for Child Mental Health, also in London. A Consultant in Psychology to The Bowlby Centre and a Consultant Psychotherapist at The Balint Consultancy, he has worked with a large range of psychopathologies over the last forty years. He is also a trained historian. More >>

Kahr has authored or edited twelve books, and he has served as series editor for over fifty-five additional titles, having worked as founding Series Editor for the “Forensic Psychotherapy Monograph Series” at Karnac Books (now published by Routledge) and, also, for both the “History of Psychoanalysis Series” and for “The Library of Couple and Family Psychoanalysis”. His recent books include Tea with Winnicott and Coffee with Freud, as well as an edited collection, New Horizons in Forensic Psychotherapy: Exploring the Work of Estela V. Welldon. His forthcoming books on Bombs in the Consulting Room: Surviving Psychological Shrapnel and, also, his study on The Traumatic Roots of Schizophrenia will be both published by Routledge in 2019.

Brett maintains a long-standing clinical and historical interest in a variety of forms of psychopathology, including, most especially, schizophrenia, forensic psychopathology, and intellectual disabilities. He is a founding member and Fellow of the Institute of Psychotherapy and Disability and a former Board Member of the International Association for Forensic Psychotherapy.

He is a Trustee of the Freud Museum London and of Freud Museum Publications. A media psychologist of long-standing, he has worked as “Resident Psychotherapist” for BBC Radio 2 and as Spokesperson for the BBC’s mental health campaign; and in recognition of his work on the interface between psychoanalysis and the media, he became Honorary Visiting Professor in the Department of Media, Culture and Language at the University of Roehampton and, more recently, Honorary Professor at Bournemouth University in the Faculty of Media and Communication.

Biographies of the Visiting Lecturers to below:

Dr Gwen AdsheadDr Arnon BentovimTamsin CottisRichard CurenEm FarrellDr Matthew HaggerRaffaella HiltyProfessor Brett KahrMichael KnightElizabeth Wilde McCormickDr Carine MinneDr Phil MollonMaria Pozzi MonzoSian Morgan, Dr Joel Oberstar, Marian O’ConnorGabrielle RifkindJenny RiddellDr Adah SachsDr Richard SherryDr Valerie SinasonDr Maggie TurpMartin Weegmann and Marcus West.

CORE STAFF

Senior Course Director
Professor Brett Kahr

Director of Confer
Jane Ryan

Course Manager
Cressida Moger

Deputy Course Tutors
Raffaella Hilty and Dr Richard Sherry

FEES

CPD level:
£495

Certificate level:
£1,185

Diploma level:
£1,895

VENUE

NCVO
8 All Saints Street
London
N1 9RL

DATES

Saturday 25 January – Saturday 25 November 2020

TIME

09.00am
registration with tea / coffee

11.30am
tea / coffee / biscuits

No lunch provided

15.30pm
tea / coffee

17.00pm
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