Certification Training Program
The application for the upcoming 2017-2018 training year is at the bottom of this page
Four Year Training Program:
The FSBA’s training teaches the student in an in depth way, about the energetic viewpoint of psychological and physical dynamics (and their interrelationship), the functional identity between mind and body and the role of the body in the psychotherapeutic process. The curriculum includes the history of the energetic concept, basic bioenergetic principles, reading the body, techniques for mobilizing energy and expressing feelings, and understanding the developmental process in relation to character structure. Teaching methods will be experiential, didactic, and individual study.
The goal of the Florida Society’s training program is to give trainees the opportunity to master the fundamentals of Bioenergetic psychotherapy as pioneered by Dr. Alexander Lowen and to create their own, unique signature of working the body and working psychology. The excellence of the training is dedicated to the premise of the underlying unity of the mind and body as it reflects our personality and our unconscious and that strong transformation is rooted in working with the body in the psychotherapy process.
Our curriculum includes themes that will be interwoven into each workshop in addition to core topics that students will be guided to study. For more information on the curriculum, please click here.
2017 - 2018 Training Workshop Dates
September 21 – 24, 2017
Laurie Ure, LICSW, CBT
November 2017 (Date to be announced)
Leader to be announced
February 1 – 4, 2018
Soledad Valenzuela, MA
April, 2018 (Date to be announced)
Silvina Henriquez, MA
May, 2018 (Date to be announced)
Ana Murillo & Alberto Wang, MA
Workshop Location and Accommodation Option
Free dormitory style accommodations are available for out-of-towners wishing to stay at the facility that houses FSBA, a renovated Victorian “farmhouse” on 20 acres of oak forest. A pool is available as well as the opportunity to walk and jog on the designated scenic road on which the “farmhouse” is located.
First Two Years – Pre-Clinical Phase:
The emphasis on the pre-clinical phase is the trainee mastering the fundamental contributions of Alexander Lowen and Wilhelm Reich. Reich’s concepts of body armoring, character analysis and his use of the body in psychotherapy (having been a disciple of Sigmund Freud) is emphasized. Alexander Lowen’s evolution over a fifty-year period of developing and practicing Bioenergetic Analysis is emphasized for the trainee to become proficient in working with both the body and mind. Perosonal growth, Bioenergetic exercises, Bioenergetic interventions, Bioenergetic character analysis and Bioenergetic group process is emphasized.
Second Two Years – Clinical Phase:
The clinical phase emphasizes the Bioenergetic therapy process. This includes leading and receiving Bioenergetic sessions during the training while receiving supervision on the trainee’s skill level. The training program provides the trainees extensive exposure to six excellent workshop leaders in a highly, supportive, caring environment.
Advanced Studies for Certified Bioenergetic Analysis Facilitators:
The advanced studies are for those already certified and focuses on supervision and advanced training for those who want to further develop and refine their bioenergetics skills. Advanced studies activities such as assisting workshop leaders and mentoring will be available throughout the year. Trainees that are already certified can be involved in these activities which will include specific guidance from international trainers who are at the site leading the pre-clinical and clinical workshops as well as peer supervision.
The Bioenergetic Analysis Training Program is open to mental health professionals, health care providers, coaches and other professionals wanting to utilize skills and understanding of deep, core mind/body psychotherapy.
Application, Fees and Continuing Education Credits
Early application is recommended. To apply, please submit the application form at the bottom of this page or send a request for application to firstname.lastname@example.org. Tuition for the 2017-2018 training year is $4,250. Payments of $825 per workshop is due one week before each workshop. Dormitory-style sleeping accommodations are available at the workshop site. Annual Florida Society Membership dues of $125 are payable at the September workshop.
Each training workshop provides 24 hours of State of Florida Continuing Education Credits for mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, and licensed clinical social workers.