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:
♦ 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.
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.
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