Agreements and conditions
School for Aliveness & Embodiment (SAE) and Institute for Bodymind Integration (IBI)
Admission requirements, payment terms, and other conditions for the student and therapist: Tantric Inner Grounding Therapy and Postural Integration and Tantric Ayurvedic Bodyworker.
These conditions are supported by the ethical code of ICPIT http://icpit.org/code-of-ethics/ and future certified therapists of Postural Integration® therapeuten also follow the ethical code of EAP (European Association for psychotherapy): http://www.europsyche.org/contents/13134/statement-of-ethical-principles as the guiding principles in the professional work with clients.
Entry Requirements and previous training
- Minimum secondary school diploma (For Belgium ASO or BSO diploma). An intake interview is to see if the training is appropriate for you, based on life experience and self-knowledge.
- Having experienced deep body work, body psychotherapy or work with the inner child.
- Having participated in one day or multi-day retreats at SoulTantra Institute or the Institute for Bodymind Integration.
- Great willingness for self-reflection with respect to one’s own process and willingness to continue to grow and develop. Even after the training.
- Great affinity with supporting people in their personal development, and/or trauma, sexual and relationship problems.
- Sufficient knowledge of the English language is required
- Registration for the courses takes place by means of the registration form or through our websites tantra-academy.nl. or www.bodypsychotherapy.info
- Registration is final when SAE is in possession of a completed registration form.
- You enroll for year 1 and year 2. Participation for only one year is not possible. This is because we want a firm base for the group from the beginning in order for all processes to be well dealt with.
- After years 1 and 2, you must register for Years 3 and 4 at the same time.
- Years 1 and 2 lead to the Practitioner Diploma: Tantric Ayurvedic Bodyworker.
- Up to 10 days after sending the application form the student and SAE can terminate the agreement without giving any reason up to 30 days before the start of training.
- This admission form, the payment terms and disclaimer forms are part of the study contract.
- If during the training it appears that the emotional stability of the student is not sufficient for the further continuation of the program, the student can be written out of the program.
- This is communicated orally and in writing to the student. Where necessary, the student is guided.
- Registration for the follow-up years of training takes place by means of the registration form that is issued at the end of the school year. The payment terms may change each year.
- Of these you will receive a new version at the start of the course.
Proof of registration
After receipt of the registration form, a preliminary confirmation will be sent and if necessary an interview follows. After a positive interview and when enough registrations, SAE sends the student the final confirmation and you will receive an intake questionnaire that you send us back. You will also receive the invoice after you’ve agreed how you will pay (in installments or in one time).
Upon registration for the 4-year program “Aliveness & Embodiment” the student is required to pay the training costs of the respective course. The training costs are set out in the payment conditions and on our websites: www.soultantra-institute.nl and www.bodypsychotherapy.info. The student shall as soon as possible send a deposit of € 100, – with which his / her place is reserved. Payment of the balance must be made before 3 months before the start of the year on bank account number NL30 INGB 0007 5367 68 of Tantra Academy ‘s-Hertogenbosch. In consultation can be exempted from the payment data, but not form the obligation to pay. It is possible to pay the total amount in installments. The terms are defined in consultation. For this, the student pays € 50, – administration
It is possible that you can tax-deduct the training costs in it’s entirety. Students are hereby informed only about the possibilities. It is not possible to establish the liability of SAE for the possibility of deductibility of the training.
Stopping the program
If a student wants to stop the training, it is always concluded with a live interview (not by phone or Skype) with one or more of the teachers or mentors. A farewell moment with the group will be organized. Within SAE it is the premise that we work from the essence of connection. Therefore saying goodbye is an important moment.
After the start of training no full refund can occur, even if the student decides to skip one, several or even all weekends of the training year.
Limited refund in the case of force majeure
In the case of stopping by force majeure* the right on credit is as follows:
To receive back within 30 days all unused training and / or costs for lodging still open AFTER the calamity of force majeur
* Force majeure a calamity by a serious accident or illness whereby, participation in the rest of the academic year is excluded. In case of doubt it is Tantra Academy that decides whether there is right for this restitution.
A clear medical certificate is necessary.
Attendance for the regular hours of the course is required for obtaining a diploma. Optional review hours are designated as such. Absence of any trainee may interfere with the group being able to complete each phase of the process. Each trainee is expected to take responsibility for making up each hour of class which has been missed, in agreement with the trainer. Punctuality is also important to the group process.
Non-attendance of regular hours in case of disease
In absence or inability to attend a study block, it is possible to make up for the missed block in the next training block. Here are the following conditions are attached: the assignments of a missed block must still be made in the same year, using notes from fellow students. Also an additional session concerning the practice can be planned with the teacher. The cost of such an extra session is on the account of the student.
Catching up a study block in the next academic year, is possible at current lodging costs.
Possible additional costs in case of failure or stagnation
If the student falls for the final exam, the cost of the re-examination of practice and theory is € 60, – per retake. With possible stagnation in his / her personal growth process, the student must, in addition to the usual five mentoring sessions take extra personal sessions. Your mentor can ask you to request this.
The mentoring sessions cost € 75, – per hour.
Cancellation of course year
The student is aware that the training year can be canceled by the provider when 10 or fewer students have registered for it. This is because costs of the centers are too high. We strive naturally to recruit a full group of students.
Cancellation is possible until 10 days after the registration date (10 day grace period) but always if this happens before 30 days before commencement of the entire training.
Additional payment conditions
• If a company or institution shall bear the costs of the student, the student remain liable for payment. It is advisable, therefore, to request written confirmation of the company or institution.
• The student is liable for the breach of the obligation to pay, even if the billing address differs from the home address.
• When exceeding the payment date, per month € 25 – are charged at cost. When the non-fulfillment of the obligation to pay occurs, a debt collection agency may be engaged. All costs that are made, both judicial and extrajudicial, shall be borne by the student.
• In case of late payment, students can be denied access to courses / exams. Thus the payment does not expire.
• SAE is entitled unilaterally by means of a registered letter to terminate the agreement if the Interests of the school are damaged. This also applies to improper behavior*. All financial obligations to pay arising from the study contract remain to exist.
• The failure/absence of classes can affect the assessment of the subjects. The exact rules for this can be found in the information guide which is awarded at the beginning of the course.
* Improper behavior is the crossing of the ethical code as well as leaving a training block without prior consulting.
Extra education and training information
• The prospectus and the website lists the objectives, duration, description of the courses, a global curriculum, the study charge, examination, costs and general information of the training program.
• At the start of the program, students receive an information guide with all information about the the organization, the ways and the regulations of the School of Aliveness & Embodiment.
• the grids are awarded at the beginning of the year before the first course. The new schedules will be handed out in May / June of each school year.
• SAE reserves the right to make changes after the start of the study in the curriculum. This of course, with the preservation of the number of hours.
• SAE is a training institute under construction, so when a student after one or more years after stopping study will enroll again, it is possible that he has to catch up extra blocks and assignments. This is customized and will be discussed with the student.
The information provided by the student is treated confidentially by the SAE, its employees and / or persons that work for it.
OTHER CONDITIONS FOR SCHOOL ALIVENESS & EMBODIMENT (SAE)
(For the trainings: Tantric Inner Grounding Therapy and Postural Integration)
INSTITUTE FOR BODYMIND INTEGRATION (IBI)
Use of rooms
• The student is required to be present before the start of the classes so that the classes are not disturbed.
• There should only be eaten or drunk in the canteen. In the group rooms only water may be taken. The various centers are non-smoking.
• The student must clean up his/her belongings in both classrooms and the cafeteria.
• Students and assistants are jointly responsible for properly cleaning up the group rooms after each lesson block.
• At the start of the program the student receives all sorts of information about all the do’s and don’ts during training blocks and days. All students are asked to read and, as individuals and as a group to be aware of these joint agreements.
Indemnity, questions and complaints: preconditions:
• SAE has no responsibility for the professional application of the presented methods during training .
• SAE is not liable for loss, damage or theft of the belongings, objects and / or materials of the student.
• SAE and all the teachers and staff are not responsible for any physical or psychological harm during or after the training if they are not related to a SAE and / or www.ktno.nl or justified written complaint within the fixed term.
Questions and complaints, how does it work if you have one?
Questions of administrative nature and questions about the content of the training to be answered within ten working days from the date of reception.
Letters that require a longer processing time, will be answered by SAE per return with an acknowledgment of receipt and an indication when one can expect a more detailed answer.
Complaints on the implementation of the study agreement have to be described in due time, a complete and clearly presented at SAE. After the student has identified deficiencies, complaint within two months is in any case in time. Failure to submit the complaint may result in the loss of the student’s rights in respect of the matter. If the student has a complaint about the guidance, the curriculum and the accommodation he / she communicates in a friendly way, both orally and in writing with the people involved.
SAE will treat and try to settle every complaint and the situation in a friendly communication with all parties involved. If this fails, the student can continue to rely on the complaint procedure and submit a formal written complaint to www.ktno.nl.
The complaint procedure
SAE recognizes that clients, students, assistants, teachers may have complaints against any of the parties involved. SAE provides a procedure whereby these problems can be recognized and recommendations can be made to the parties involved.
1. Complaint Received: Student (teacher, assistant) has a complaint regarding: fellow student, teacher (s), the curriculum, administration, finance, personal treatment, discrimination or sexual harassment, the location or the study material. The parties involved try to communicate orally and friendly with each other and and without involving other individuals or groups to communicate. If this fails, and if both agree, they go to the next step.
2. Initial mediation: The parties seek mediation. A neutral mediator is recommended. If this fails, only then, if both agree, they go to the next step.
3. Complaint to the leaders of the training: The complaint is reviewed and recommendations are made on how to take further steps, not to contest any party. It is tried to solve the dispute together.
4. Should the party concerned not feel heard in his / her complaint or answer, he / she then can still complain in writing with an overarching body (ICPIT, KTNO) and sends a copy to SAE.
5. The coordinating body (ICPIT, KTNO) will invite both parties for a mediation jointly or separately.
6. If a complaint is against a party is not resolved in the previous steps, these are the possibilities:
a. Concerned party denies: If the case that the affected party denies any wrongdoing, it is important that SAE respects both parties. To the complainant must be communicated that the complaint was taken seriously and that the other party has been informed and has denied the allegations. SAE and / or the overarching organism remain available for any further communication.
b. Concerned party accepts responsibility: The party gets proper advice. The complainant is informed.
c. Concerned party denies under dubious circumstances: There may have been several unresolved complaints or legal judgments made against the person concerned, even if he / she denies. The role of SAE and / or the overarching organism is as if the same as when the person accepting responsibility. Again, recommendations are made.
7. Complainant is informed. The complainant receives a letter from the overarching body within a reasonable period explaining the activities and the agreements made between the parties involved.
Property and copyright
The student declares to respect the ownership / copyright of the course material that he / she will be presented during the training. The student understands that this material should only be used after it has been authorized in writing by the course tutors, provided that the source remains maintained. The copyrights of the syllabi that are developed by SAE or used, belong to their respective authors or responsible publishers. No part of this teaching material may be reproduced and / or published by means of printing, photocopying, microfilm or any other means without prior written consent of the SAE or the respective author or responsible editor.
Correct information and right to privacy
The student declares that the enclosed intake questionnaire has been filled out truthfully. The student knows that when he / she conceals information about a psychiatric diagnosis, hospitalization in a psychiatric hospital, rehab for drugs / alcohol or still uses drugs / alcohol excessively (causing an inaccurate picture formation of the mental stability), the leadership has the right to remove the student from the training without any refund of course fees. On the other hand the training protects the right to privacy by carefully dealing with all personal information.
Professional code, recognition and ethical behavior
The training courses at SAE are recognized by the KTNO (www.ktno.nl) as a vocational undergraduate level. The Postural Integration®, Energetic Integration® and Pelvic-Heart Integration® courses are recognized by ICPIT (www.icpit.org). The terms Postural Integration®, Energetic Integration® and Pelvic-Heart Integration® are trademarked by ICPIT (The International Council of Psycho Corporal (Body Mind) Integration Trainers). The use of these terms as an offer to the public is solely and strictly reserved to certified therapists. (These are listed on www.icpit.org). Students in the final phase, with the approval of the training may use these terms when and as long as they are in training, provided that the entry (“in training-under supervision“) is mentioned. Provided the student meets the sufficient conditions, these trainings are also recognized as body psychotherapy trainings by EABP (www.eabp.org). The training is officially a registered educational institution and therefore assessed by www.crkbo.nl a quality mark for educational institutions.
Basic Medical and Psychosocial knowledge
The diploma Basic Medical and Psychosocial medical knowledge must be achieved by all students who wish to register as a Natural Medicine Practitioner and want compensation for their clients from the insurers. As a Natural Medicine Practitioner you can then be registered with any professional association. Also at the Tantra Alliance, the trade association of students and graduates of the Inner Tantric Grounding Therapy training. The Diploma Medical Knowledge can be achieved by inter alia: www.medischebasiskennis.nl. Within foreseeable future we will offer these trainings as internal training at Soul Tantra Institute.
Ethical Guidelines, as a student and as a therapist and teacher.
The client, fellow student and teacher are at all times respected in the physical and psychological integrity.
SHARING. The training is experiential. We learn together by doing the work together. You are expected to share yourself, not only by being willing to be worked on by others but also to work on others. It is our intention to be a safe environment in which students can explore intimate personal issues, create healthy boundaries for themselves and respect the boundaries of others. Major factors in creating this safe space are the principles of honesty and transparency. As a group we will always try to pair people who want to work together, but you are expected to recognize the limits of numbers, size, weight, time and space. You may also be asked to work when you would rather rest. As the training progresses and our bodies (and minds) have received more deep work, frustration, fear and confusion may surface. During each session time will be set aside for working with these problems, and, if needed, additional time will be created. This done in each training block in open “round work” whereby you can work in the group with your obstacles, trauma and / or blockages that arise.
SAFETY. Students must be responsible for their own safety. We use three rules: three rules: 1. Take care of yourself, 2. Take care of others, 3. Take care of the material. If any physical limitations prevent you from fully participating in a class, please take responsibility for your own limits. In case of emergency: First of all never leave the group. Ask help from the assistant, trainer or your classmates and follow the instructions of the leader.
EXCHANGE OF SERVICES FOR MONEY. Students may not exchange any services for money with other students whether within or outside of the school environment. The exchange of services for money immediately sets up a power relationship. This unequal complexity gets in the way of students being able to freely engage in their studies, as peers, as fellow explorers and experimenters.
INTIMATE RELATIONSHIPS. It is strongly recommended that students not engage with each other in sexual relationships with each other, unless such a relationship existed before the students registered. Students are asked to make a commitment to disclosing relationships if they do arise. Sexual activity in this context is often a way of acting out and staying in isolation, rather than recognizing the full scope of the feelings that arise and to use them to create deeper self-awareness and connection.
During all training activities there is no sexual or erotic interaction between students, students and teachers or assistants.
We keep the contact with this clear and pure and therefore all felt falling in love, attraction, or other forms of transference is always subject to process work during the training.
Where we practice with deep hands-on techniques of bodywork coming from Postural Integration® (any part of the bodies tissue, including throat, nose, mouth, pelvic floor: releasing blockages), we will learn this together with the greatest respect for each other.
The methods we use to release the pelvic floor have no relationship with terms as lingam massage, erotic massage or erotic yoni massage that are circulating in the world of tantra through various interpretations. We will always clarify the confusion surrounding the word “Tantra” to our students, colleagues and professional association colleagues.
Working with deep body-oriented touch techniques involves that:
1. The student is never required to undergo any touch that does not feel good in the moment. 2. We always practice outside an erotic or sexual context, and only focused on separating and processing of emotions that come out of the adherent tissue. The healing process has three obligatory steps: feel, understand, and let go.
3. We never practice in a one on one situation but always in a group situation where one student observes.
4. The deep body-oriented touch techniques are only taught to use with clients where this is appropriate and done with the consent of the client and always beyond sexual or erotic sphere.
5. The deep bodywork components of Postural Integration® are in no way necessary for the successful and complete design of a therapy cycle and it can be chosen to do without deep hands-on methods in the treatment trajectory.
We are within the program fully committed to learning for the profession as a therapist, where we learn to be conscious around (also erotic) transference with the practice-client, fellow student or prospective client. Also, all exercises that concern bodywork are never of erotic or sexual nature.
The Tantric physical aspect of the training is about:
1. Experiencing the energy flow through the breath in the body
2. Also about experiencing the energy cycle, breathing and ability to charge and discharge energy according to Jack Painter from Postural Integration and Energetic Integration.
3. The experience of the more subtle body flow into the body through the chakras, Nadis (energy channels) and Marma points,
4. The experience of the more or less ability to be in an open contact with a fellow student or client during training sessions with breath, verbal techniques, subtle meditations and bodywork.
5. The inner consciousness of distinctiveness to our own restricting beliefs and flow of thoughts and its effect on contraction and freezing in the body.
The Tantric spiritual aspect of the training is about:
1. Developing a clear capacity for distinction in your own stream of thoughts.
2. Learning to fathom the philosophical aspect of non-duality by learning the lessons about Tantra philosophy.
3. Increasing clarity about the nature and quality, and ability to connect and autonomy of the relationships that you engage with your fellow man and the world around you by contact exercises, meditations, sharing, linking, circling and inquiry methodologies.
4. Visualization exercises that open to the subtle layers of intuition, clair-sentience, clairvoyance and other layers of consciousness and dimensions of spirit/mind.
SECURITY AND TRANSPARENCY for and about yourself
In a training like ours you need to be conscious that certain forms of friendship can lead to the formation of cliques and subgroups and can evoke a sense of unclarity. Your view of your process permeates all activities and exchanges. All relationships, romances and friendships may contain forms of transference that cloud your clarity as a student.
To have an open dialogue is one of your intentions during the entire course.
All therapy consists of relational aspects, contact, energy exchange in many forms. It’s your job as a therapist to more and more become aware of this.
It is our intention to create a safe environment in which students can explore and respect intimate personal issues, healthy boundaries for themselves and of others. Important factors in creating such a safe environment, are the principles of fairness and transparency. It is necessary to be able to recognize that secrets, reticence, underground attitudes and actions, and not conceded relationships hinder the healing process at every level. True personal revelation of yourself towards the community, and a frank and open exploration of relationships between members of the community are essential for emotional health and personal freedom within the community. In a program like ours, we encourage such complete self-expression. Use the time in the classroom, time for process work and meetings in the community to be able talk about attractions and places where you feel tempted to cross borders and to become intimately involved.
Under no circumstances a member of the training staff may enter into an intimate relationship with a student. Moreover, no staff member can enter into an intimate relationship with an assistant. In the event this occurs, the senior person will be dismissed from the training. It is also strictly forbidden to enter into an intimate relationship with a client. Should there be a relationship that arises between two students then you will need to be clear and transparent to your fellow students and the training.
ALCOHOL AND PSYCHOTROPIC SUBSTANCES.
Students should refrain from the use of alcohol, drugs and medicines that affect your perception during the study modules and all the moments of study, peer supervision and practice of the work.
PHOTOS, SOUND and VIDEO RECORDINGS.
There may be pictures and videos of the setting, the teacher or atmospheric images in some modules. This is announced in advance. Such recordings may be used for research, marketing and promotional purposes (website, public media, etc.). For there to take photos or images, assistants and trainers will check with the group of students who do not want to be filmed or in the picture. Everyone has the right beforehand or afterwards to indicate whether or not wanting to be in a photo. On request pictures where you appear inadvertently will always be removed. Both teachers and students must adhere to this. Photos for public use (Internet sites) are used for this purpose after explicit permission of all people in the photo. During the classes students can make sound recordings as additional teaching materials. This requires permission from the teacher.
Upon violation of the ethical code and the additional code of ethics during training blocks and at any point mentioned above, the trainer (SAE) reserves the right to remove the student with immediate effect of the program without further refund of course fees and costs. In some cases, after a conversation with the mentor and new made agreements and recovered confidence to maintain the agreements of the ethics code the measure of removal may be waived.
PREPARATIONS FOR TRAINING FOR THE STUDENT.
As preparation for the current training, each participant will have focus on the following points, and engage in the development of those which he / she feels the weakest:
POWER AND SENSITIVITY. Deep tissue work – an important tool in the method – requires strength, endurance and sensitivity in the entire body. When using the hands for energetic transformation, it is important to develop and maintain a good sense of balance in the entire body. Strengthen your body energy before starting the training by doing aerobic and isometric exercises. A minimum aerobic program is 25 to 40 minute workout three times a week in activities that exercise the whole body such as running, dancing, and swimming. In isometric exercise care should be taken not to overdevelop muscles or create an imbalance between muscle groups by working with excessive weights. But extra development is needed in the fingers, wrists, forearms, and back. Medium weights, fingers in clay, are some ways to prepare. Light massage is excellent but only really firm petrissage will significantly strengthen your hands for deep work.
BALANCE AND MOVEMENT AWARENESS. Control and flow of our work depends amongst other things on the energy coming from the whole body, and the ability of being balanced in the pelvis. Movement and Awareness practices like Tai Chi, yoga, acrobatics, and dancing can help you find this center. The Alexander Technique and Feldenkrais method can help in using the whole body around this center.
SENSE OF TOUCH. Each person with whom you work will require a different touch, pressure and pace in the process of release and integration. We encourage you practice making sensitive contact with as many different kinds of people as you can. Touch them with varying grips and pressures. Notice the degree of softness in outer and inner sleeves of body tissue. Notice which areas of the body are tenser, which are flaccid and unresponsive. Use all the massage techniques you have mastered, but do not attempt deep connective tissue work before you have entered the training.
BREATH. We will be using charging and discharging energy through breathing along with tissue manipulation. Any Yoga, Reichian work, bioenergetics you can get will be helpful. Observe the breath patterns of different body types.
EMOTIONS. As we work with the body in Bodymind Integration and Body Psychotherapy, old emotions will be released and new feelings and attitudes will begin to develop. As an accepted trainee you have already had bodywork, but it is important that you get as much emotional work as possible, and at the same time focus on the emotions that surface in yourself during this work. Postural Integration, Energetic Integration, the various forms of Reichian and Neo-Reichian work, Hakomi and Rosen work, Lomi work and body¬oriented Gestalt are all valuable. Polarity, Shiatsu, Heller work and Rolfing can also be helpful if attention is paid to emotional release and integration.
ANATOMY. During the training, traditional anatomical terminology will be used to locate and describe body structures. To follow these discussions you need to begin learning this basic vocabulary. The work itself is partly intuitive and when we decide to enter the tissue we will not try to analyze anatomical structures. We will keep our descriptions, explanations, and analysis as a background support for the actual work to create a framework in which our intuition can be effective. Some trainees may find the verbal directives superfluous. Others may need more anatomical orientation until they develop self-confidence.
READING LIST. The reading list you will receive (bibliography) is not exhaustive, nor are you expected to be familiar with all these materials. This is a list of references that may be mentioned in the training and can serve not only for preparation, but also for further research.
INDIVIDUAL AGREEMENTS WITHIN THE TRAINING :
The training is a group process. We need continually to work and cooperate with each other. In addition to agreements that the group as a whole may enter into, you are, by becoming a trainee, agreeing to the following:
FINANCIAL: You make sure you have a contract with the administration of payments and ensure timely payment of all installments through an authorization form.
ATTENDANCE. Attendance for the regular hours of the course is required for obtaining a diploma. Absence of any trainee may interfere with the group being able to complete each phase of the process. Each trainee is expected to take responsibility for making up each hour of class which has been missed, in agreement with the trainer. Punctuality is also important to the group process. Make sure you bring everything you need for class.
TRAINING TASKS. You declare your agreement to training tasks that will be provided by the training staff and teachers. This includes:
1. Room caretakers take care for the room during a training module. (Material and allocation of tasks will be given)
2. Timekeepers. (How and what will be explained)
3. Assistance in setting up massage tables and equipment if needed and asked for
SHARING. The training is experientIal. We learn together by doing the work together. You are expected to share yourself, not only by being willing to be worked on by others but also to work on others. It is our intention to be a safe environment in which students can explore intimate personal issues, create healthy boundaries for themselves and respect the boundaries of others. Major factors in creating this safe space are the principles of honesty and transparency. As a group we will always try to pair people who want to work together, but you are expected to recognize the limits of numbers, size, weight, time and space. You may also be asked to work when you would rather rest. As the training progresses and our bodies (and minds) have received more deep work, frustration, fear and confusion may surface. During each session time will be set aside for working with these problems, and, if needed, additional time will be created.
TRAINERS. Each training group has different needs. It is better to communicate continually your expectation with the trainers, rather than waiting until the end of the course. Sometimes these expectations cannot be fulfilled within the structure of the course, but the limits can be recognized. As the training progresses, trainers will normally offer less assistance, waiting for students to ask for help. This is a way of getting you away from dependency and giving you a chance to develop your own intuition and style. Take responsibility for getting what you need.
INDIVIDUAL EVALUATION. For the transition to the next training year, an individual evaluation will take place; This assessment could be conducted under the following forms: written, oral, multiple choice, thesis defense. This is indicated in the curriculum.
OBTAINING OF DEGREE
To obtain a diploma you have to meet the following criteria:
• no more than 10% absence
• meet all payments
• meet all tasks
• meet the training, including report
• meet the thesis, including report / poster
• meet supervision
• meet peer supervisions, including reports
• meeting a report about your individual growth (possibly via an exam question)
• succeed in the exam
You are entering a group of professionals (members of ICPIT and Professional Body Psychotherapy Associations) devoted to guiding others by developing their own skills and sensitivity. You can help improve the quality of our group, not by behind-the-back criticism of the training and fellow practitioners, putting down other bodywork or psychotherapy techniques, or reacting defensively to the inevitable criticisms that other groups make, but by being aware of your own strengths and weaknesses. By sharing directly what you feel, we can continually improve and respond to changing needs. The more you are self¬confident, and the more you are convinced of the worth of your work, the more you will attract positive energy, including paying clientele. You will give less attention to the criticisms of those who are afraid of the profound changes that happen in bodywork and of those who think that professional effectiveness is the result of “elitist” evaluations. You can take professional pride in being a practitioner, and you can help all of us, practitioners and trainers, by communicating this every chance you get.
Here are some of the professional qualities we can share and work toward:
SELF RESPONSIBILITY AND SELF EVALUATION. We will provide you with information, examples, and the benefit of our experience. Only you can take the initiative in dealing with the feelings of inadequacy that may come up. Often you will be given examples of how to work. But finally, there is no formula. You will be guided beyond old learning patterns in which you learned the details before you could work with the whole. Often you will find yourself in a space where you can only deal with the whole person with whom you are working, no matter how confused you may be. At this point there may be no information that can help you, only your willingness to stay in the group and to look at yourself and to stay in process.
UNIQUENESS. Our work is not a copy of other forms of body psychotherapy, tantric work, energy work and body work. nor is it an eclectic mixture of different techniques. There are some forms of bodywork and psychotherapy which recognize the importance of moving tissue or freeing the breath, or working with both body and mind. We we see human change happening in all these aspects of our energy simultaneously. We are not actually moving fascia unless the breath is at the same time charging or discharging, unless memory, thought, and feeling are in some way being expressed, unless the whole person is creating on many levels the changes we as practitioners are guiding.
The being-oriented philosophy of tantra in the now and with the client as a whole are important inspirations.
Don’t try to describe what we do by comparing it to something else. Speak from your own experience. In fact, if someone asks ” Is this Reichian Therapy? Bio-energetics? Core Energetics? Rebalancing? Rolfing? Heller work? Tantra? say no and talk about what you have directly experienced, felt and seen.
In this way, it becomes clear how a technique works for you and it is exactly this being-centered aspect and the energy coming from it, that clearly come forward. It is at once a good exercise for yourself as a future therapist to learn to properly articulate what your work is about without vagueness or grouping it under a common denominator.
OPENNESS. Our trainings attract trainees who are willing to learn by doing, by experimenting, by using methods that work even when they can’t be explained. This openness contrasts with the elitism, pedantism, secrecy, and emotionally limited approaches, or with narrow intellectual knowledge. Students entering our program may or may not have an academic background or professional experience. What is important is a willingness to interact with others and to use your strength and intuition. If you are openly encountering the people with whom you work, encouraging their feedback, giving them your feelings, even the sense of your limitation, the results will speak for themselves.
GROWTH. The training is a process. Not only will you be learning and practicing skills over an extended training period, you will also be receiving many more sessions of deep work yourself. You will have a chance to confront and work through your old armor, defense mechanisms and “unfinished business” and to open yourself to new energies for yourself and others.
CONFIDENTIALITY. In the training you will be sharing intimate feelings and experiences with others. As a protection for yourself and the other people in the group, do not share the information or the feelings of other people without their expressed permission. You are encouraged to clarify and further share feelings in the group as a whole, and not in separate subgroups outside the group room.
DIVERSITY. We have students, practitioners and trainers of varying backgrounds, ethnic groups, and nationalities. Our techniques, skills, and styles of work have evolved from the interaction and communication between all sorts of individuals: earthy, intelligent, serious, sympathetic, male, female, white, black, colored, aggressive, passive, etc. This richness of energy gives us the chance to further evolve and refine our work by comparing divergent character and body structures.
STUDENT NOT TRAINER. Our training has developed from the training of many students worldwide. Respect its uniqueness and complexity by realizing that it takes a long training process to be able to teach this. Becoming a trainee is an agreement not to try to teach of train others these techniques and approaches.
Declaration: I agree, as a student these conditions and premisses:
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J.M.A.A.J. Snelder D. Van der Pal
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