Basic information about our Training Programs
It is through our affiliated societies that one can become a Cerfied Bioenergetic Therapist (CBT). We have a comprehensive Training Curriculum that all our affiliated societies must follow.
The IIBA Training Programs lasts at least four or five years: A four-year programs must have at least twenty training days per year, and a five-year programs at least fifteen training days per year.
Each student is required to be involved in an ongoing psychotherapeutic process: This process includes a minimum of one hundred and forty hours of Bioenergetic Therapy with a certified Bioenergetic Therapist. At least seventy of these hours will be done with one certified Bioenergetic Therapist. A maximum of forty-five hours can be in ongoing group therapy. Each student is required to do fifty hours of bioenergetic supervision.Of these, a minimum of thirty-five hours must be individual supervision and the remaining fifteen hours may be in group supervision.
Training in Bioenergetic Analysis consists of 2 phases: Pre-clinical and clinical. Individuals will be encouraged to progress through the Training Program at their own rate. The process of completing these 2 phases generally takes from 4 to 6 years. There will usually be 8 to 10 training weekends during the year with 6 hours of training each day. Training is both experiential and didactic in mode. While the specifics of each Training Program (organized by our affiliated societies) vary slightly, reflecting cultural and professional norms around the world, all our Training Programs are conducted under our direct supervision, offering a professional Training Programs leading to certification as a Bioenergetic Therapist.
Content of the Training Program
1st phase: Pre-Clinical
- An in-depth study of the theory of Bioenergetic Analysis including an understanding of the energetic process and character, and the ways they are represented in the body and the defensive structure of personality. Participants will be encouraged to explore their own energetic process and character structure as well as those of others.
- Basic readings of the work of Wilhelm Reich, Alexander Lowen and others.
2nd phase: Clinical Phase
- A study of the bioenergetic therapeutic process and character analysis with particular emphasis on transference and countertansference.
Clinical work with clients under supervision in individual or group sessions. To satisfactorily complete the program, a minimum of 50 hours of acceptable supervision is required. (Actual hours of required personal therapy and supervision are determined by individual training programs)
For more information, please read the Abstract of the Training Curriculum for affiliated societies.
Becoming a Bioenergetic Therapist necessitates understanding one's own energetic process and characterological challenges. Generally, applicants for certification are expected to be involved in their own Bioenergetic Therapy for a minimum of 140 hours with a Certified Bioenergetic Therapist who is acceptable to the Training Committee.
Certification as Bioenergetic Therapist involves extensive supervision. Group, individual and in vivo supervision provide the Bioenergetic Student with extended opportunities to refine and enhance his/her work with clients. Issues of theory, technique, intervention, transference and countertransference are addressed in the course of supervision during the final three years of training.
To be certified a student must ...
... have the basic knowledge of Bioenergetic Analysis including
- Bioenergetic analytic theory including character structure
- Psychoanalytic theory including transference and countertransference
- Developmental theory
- The therapeutic relationship between therapist and client
- The history of bioenergetics from Freud to Reich to Lowen
... demonstrate working level competence in the knowledge and use of Bioenergetic skills, including the ability to
- Make a diagnosis using a variety of methods including body reading
- Use Bioenergetic techniquesWork with energetic processes
- Integrate physical and analytic work
- Be in relationship with the client
.. possess the personal qualities necessary for therapeutic work including
- Professional and ethical behavior
- Respect for boundaries
- Understanding own character structure
- Awareness of and the ability to contain and express impulses and feelings appropriately
- Comfort with own and the client's emotions and sexuality
- Attunement, empathy, compassion
- Capacity for aliveness and the ability to be grounded
- Awareness of cultural, gender, economic, religious and race issues in therapy
- Commitment to ongoing learning and personal growth
Certification will be granted by the individual Training Committee which will evaluate each trainee's readiness in three areas:
- Personal therapy,
- Supervision and
- Satisfactory completion of the two phases of the Training Program.
Bioenergetic Therapists have years of training in both Bioenergetic Analysis and Psychotherapy which enhances their ability to work with the depth and breadth of therapeutic issues. To be certified as a Bioenergetic Therapist, you must hold a valid license to practice psychotherapy, in accordance with the laws of your state or country.
Faculty and Training Committee
All Trainers in Bioenergetic Analysis have successfully completed all requirements for becoming a Certified Bioenergetic Therapist, a Bioenergetic Supervisor and a Local Faculty Member. Many have also completed the requirements to become an International Faculty Member in Bioenergetic Analysis.
Where to attend a Training Program?
Specific information about training in Bioenergetic Analysis in your area is available through contacting one of the affiliated societies nearest you.