Criteria for Enrollment in the Pelvic-Heart Integration, Postural Integration & Energetic Integration Training in Body Psychotherapy

  • Entry Criteria
  • Prior Experience
  • Qualities of the Candidate
  • Work outside group
  • Alternative Curriculum
Practice in Physical Contact

Conditions for Enrollment in the Pelvic-Heart, Postural and Energetic Integration® Training in Body Psychotherapy

Our programs in Postural Integration®, Energetic Integration® and Pelvic-Heart Integration® are for individuals interested in becoming professional Practitioners in Bodymind Integration. Both Body psychotherapy and Deep Holistic Bodywork are thoroughly trained. The training is intensive and demands sufficient maturity and preparation for working with discipline, care and respect for others.

The applicant is to complete and mail the application form (send it online or print it out and send it with land mail) to the trainer, giving background, experience, previous training, and reason for taking the training.

All applicants should also read, sign and mail the “Agreement for Students in Bodymind Integration” as received with the training catalogue. This agreement clarifies the professional nature of the training, the preparation needed for the training, and the participant’s responsibility during the training.


  • Prior Experience:

Before the training actually starts, applicants ideally have received a minimum of 5 individual sessions in Postural Integration®, Energetic Integration or Pelvic-Heart Integration® with a by ICPIT certified practitioner and have taken an introductory workshop. If  Postural Integration®, Energetic Integration® or Pelvic-heart Integration sessions are unavailable in your area, other work approved by the trainer may be acceptable : , Reichian and Neo-Reichian sessions, Rebalancing, Heller Work, Gestalt with bodywork/breathwork included, Bio-Energetics, Core-Energetics, ... .

  • Experience in Physical Contact: Applicants need to have experience in hands-on bodywork, e.g. massage. (Postural Integration®, Energetic Integration and Pelvic-Heart Integration are touch intensive embodied, relational approaches).
  • Other requirements :
    • A capacity for developing self-awareness and self-reflection.
    • A capacity to relate to others in a facilitative way from a stance of respect, empathy and mutual interest.
    • A capacity to reflect on and examine the impact of their actions on others.
    • A capacity to be aware and report the impact of others on them.
    • A capacity for curiosity and enquiry, a capacity to open up to new ways.
    • A capacity to take responsibility for physical and emotional well-being.
    • A capacity to contain, express and integrate strong emotions
    • A capacity to cope with the various demands of the course including the fulfillment of financial obligations, the timely completion of learning tasks and active participation in the course (This presupposes sufficient personal and social stability)
    • A capacity to understand and practice ethical behavior as outlined by relevant professional codes such as ICPIT/EABP/EAP.
    • A capacity to learn from life experiences.
    • A capacity to receive feedback on strengths and constraints.

Training Criteria - Practical work outside the group:

The students form small peer groups outside the training group where learned fundamentals and methods are repeated, shared and practiced. Participation in these peer groups is necessary for obtaining the certificate. These Peer groups consist of small groups of people, to be formed during the training. In these peer groups the already learned should be repeated and discussed. Sessions in Postural Integration®, Pelvic-Heart Integration & Energetic Integration® are to be exchanged. Role playing and Bodymind drama can be availed to clarify difficulties and challenges in the work. In this framework, an exchange of meetings is planned (each paradigmasession (whether PI, PHI or EI) needs to be studied and rehearsed amongst students in between modules). Supervision of helpers of the training or assistants are encouraged.

  • An additional 50 hours of work may sometimes be needed for those students who are new to the field of Bodymind Integration and may consist of courses, chosen by the trainer and student in mutual agreement (for example workshops in breathwork, bioenergetics, movement awareness, etc). A limited number of these hours may be fulfilled by work taken prior to a student beginning a training.

Personal Postural Integration, Pelvic-Heart Integration and Energetic Integration sessions:

Students need to go through a full personal Bodymind Integration process with recognized practitioners for Postural integration®, Pelvic-Heart Integration® and Energetic Integration®. In the course of the training work with both male and female practioners is required. A minimum of 15 sessions per year and a report on this self-experience are required.

Alternative Curriculum for Special Students 

ICPIT recognizes the prerogative of Trainers to offer an alternative curriculum for students who are qualified in other areas. Some individuals who have had previous training in all or some of the major elements of PHl work (e.g. Postural Integration®, Pelvic-Heart Integration®, Energetic Integration® training) may be given credit for work already done, and they may be offered a set of requirements for certification under the following guidelines.

1. Credit for previous training or work is clearly specified for certain areas. For example 200 hours of Gestalt, 200 hours of Reichian breathwork, 100 hours of body character study
2. A minimum of 500 hours of actual training in applied wholistic Bodymind Integration must be taken by the student as part of the designated currriculum.
3. Although the Bodymind Integration training is not necessarily a group process, the student is expected to have adequate experience in group processes. The training sessions may take the form of individual learning hours with a Trainer and his staff. (This is not the same as receiving what is called Bodymind Integration Learning Sessions or Learning Therapy). When such individual study is taken by the student in combination with participation in a training group which has separate learning requirements, then the next point is applicable.
4. The position of the special student in a Bodymind Integration group is clarified for students of the group.
5. In case a trainer’s or other staff-member's partner or friend seeks certification, the following guidelines may help:

a) All the above guidelines apply
b) The Trainer, staff-member and partner or friend make an agreement about the opportunities and limits of what can be taught directly by the Trainer of staff-member and what guidelines are needed when the two interact with each other. Also they may agree to use a third party for mediation.
c) If the partner or friend is in the training group, the two may share their agreement with the group, as well as clarify what special requirements the partner or friend may be following as a special student – such as being supervised by practitioners or trainers outside the group

Submitting your Enrollment application 

  • Please submit your Enrollment application TOGETHER WITH A CURRENT RESUME (In English, French or Dutch) to:
    • The Administrator p/a Institute for Bodymind Integration, Destelbergenstraat 49-51, B-9040 Gent, Phone: 0032-(0)92284911
    • OR E-mail scanned document to
    •  OR through the Form on this website


Entry Interview

  • Following receipt of an application for enrollment you will be invited to attend an Entry Interview (can be live or through Skype) which is an informal process conducted by the IBI Director of Training or a staff member. You may also request an Interview before enrolment if you wish.
  • At the Entry Interview prospective participants will be notified of their acceptance into the course and pay a €100 deposit which secures their enrollment. Payment methods and schedules will be discussed at the Interview.
  • During the Entry Interview, applicants are required to demonstrate the willingness to develop the requested qualities and capacities of a practitioner, as a pre-requisite for commencing training.