FSBA – Florida Society for Bioenergetic Analysis

"In this program for learning Bioenergetics, we are given a new way of being with our emotions. The training has the energy of a blended paradigm.

There is the sense that while you are in your process - tapping into the stuff that is really, really hard - there is a way the body is touched that lets one know the heart is working, and it is working with awareness and love. You feel that getting healthier is happening even though there is resistance.

We do not have to see the goal to heal it, we know we are healing even in the midst of our struggles. We are able to look into that heart-space of comfort."

~ a recent Training Program graduate

Certification Training Program Curriculum

FSBA’s training is a program for mental health professionals and others deeply committed to personal growth in their own or others’ lives. A small group of students is admitted each year; the program is limited to only about 20 students, for an intimate, cohesive group. In their first two years, students learn about Bioenergetics through readings, teachings, and their own and others’ sessions. In the last segment, students who wish to gain full certifications lead exercise and therapy sessions while those on the personal growth track continue participating but without leadership responsibilities.

FSBA is independent and not affiliated with other Bioenergetic training organizations. International FSBA Schools have also been established in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Peru, and Poland.

Over the course of the program, trainees can expect to learn:

♦ History, basic concepts (Freud, Reich, Lowen), and new developments in bioenergetics and somatic work
♦ Energetic processes, continuity of psyche, somatic experience, energy, feeling, relationship
♦ Bioenergetic view of individuality, culture, defense, healing/therapy
♦ Character structure – somatic and psychological manifestations
♦ The bioenergetic therapy process
♦ Assessment, body reading, character
♦ Use of exercises: grounding, breathing, movement, to address client issues
♦ Use of physical manipulations, stool, roller, mattress, racquet, and so on
♦ Integration of analytic themes and processes into the work
♦ Study of anatomy, movement, and breathing
♦ Neurophysiology of emotions, neuroanatomy of development and trauma, affect regulation/dysregulation

♦ Foundations of psychodynamics and psychoanalysis
♦ Drive, defenses, conflict, relationship, self
♦ Role of ego, body, sexuality, relationship, unconscious
♦ Developmental tasks and stages including needs, deficits, trauma, attachment
♦ Centrality of presence, relationship and contact in therapy
♦ Working with resistances, defenses, transference and countertransference
♦ Exercise groups versus process groups, experiential group exercises, learning to run group exercises, stages in group development

♦ Explore own energetic process and character structure
♦ Personal therapy and ongoing bodywork as foundational
♦ Presence, mindfulness, use of countertransference
♦ Ethics, the use of touch, therapeutic integrity, power differential in therapy, the challenge of multiple relationships

There are five core topic areas (see above) in the bioenergetic work which will be touched on over and over again throughout the training. For each of the core topic areas, there are general foundational readings for each year. These readings are progressive and students are responsible for each year’s readings. Required readings and experiences – by year – will be offered to trainees in a binder, along with an extended list of additional readings and resources.

Training sessions are typically oriented thematically as described above (e.g., the neurotic conflict, trauma, sexuality, joy). The core topic arenas are addressed through the lens of the workshop theme. In addition, prior to each workshop, facilitators will commonly suggest pre-readings that fits the theme of their workshop.

Related topics and new approaches in bioenergetic and somatic therapy are covered in the training as well. Additional topics and themes will be integrated throughout the training, and may include related somatic therapy fields and techniques (e.g., TRE) and related subjects (e.g., adult development, sexual abuse, PTSD, mindfulness, spirituality).

Throughout the Certification Training Program, didactic and experiential teachings are interwoven into workshop themes and study topics to guide students into a deeper recognition of how to use Bioenergetics in their practice and also its impact on their own personal energy systems.

Treating Trauma from a Bioenergetic Perspective: Chronic Relational Trauma, Development Trauma (character structure), and Acute Trauma.
 
The training will include an overview of Bioenergetic history and theory for new trainees from the perspective oftrauma, identifying types of trauma and the level of trauma in a client, Trauma Releasing Exercises and use in ongoing therapy, and affect regulation – containment and expression. We may include a brief discussion comparing other somatic approaches to trauma.
Bioenergetic Techniques Workshop: an overview of Bioenergetic techniques and how their use has changed from Reich to Lowen to the present.
 
This will include a beginning review of basic techniques and their uses for first and second year trainees (review for third and fourth year trainees): body awareness, grounding and boundaries. For third and fourth years teaching and practicing advanced techniques – the jaw, neck and pelvis. Discussions will include when to use which techniques in the flow of a Bioenergetic session.
Psychological Issues in Bioenergetic Therapy: Somatic Transference and Countertransference – therapist’s use of self and of their own body awareness in the therapy process.
 
This can include therapist’s use of boundaries and ethical issues regarding touch in the therapy process. Differences and similarities between Bioenergetic Analysis and Psychoanalysis.

Process of Bioenergetic Therapy: Introducing Bioenergetics to new clients, assessing client’s preparedness for Bioenergetic work, phases of Bioenergetic Therapy within a session and over time. How to tie the client’s presenting problem to their history and character issues.

Special Issues in Bioenergetic Therapy: Working with couples and with groups. Working with dreams Bioenergetically. Work with shame and guilt. Addressing common complaints such as depression, anxiety and relationship issues.

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Training Schedule

2019-2020 Training Year

in Alachua with Laurie Ure, LICSW, CBT

and Charles Martin, PhD

in Alachua with Soledad Valenzuela, MA

assisted by Kelly Nenezian, LMHC

in Alachua with Ana Murrilo

and Alberto Wang, MA

in Alachua with Silvina Henriquez, MA

assisted by Brendan McGuckin, MBA, MEd

in Alachua with John Yong, JD

assisted by Brendan McGuckin, MBA, MEd

and Nancy Hazen, MA

Deep Work and Supervision Events

in Gainesville, FL with Silvina Henriquez, MA