So many adjectives come to mind to describe the past several months - challenging, confusing and uncertain are among them.
Unexpected challenges have affected us all, everyone has needed to adapt to new realities, and now with the invasion of Ukraine, many people there have had to flee for safety. We are heartened by the generous response of the European citizens and as a global community, we wanted to contribute to the costs of helping the people of Ukraine. Last month, we have made a donation going to Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). Under the leadership of Jayme Panerai (member to the BoT from Latin America) we have created a Humanitarian Committee finding ways how to support and help people in crisis, war and disaster areas to survive in dignity and to give disadvantaged people a future.
However, even with all that is going on around us, I find optimistic best describes my outlook for the future. When it comes to our global community, we (your Board of Trustees) went back to meet in person last March. I got another energy (and very motivational) kick, when we met with many of our IIBA Presidents and Directors on May 6. What a joy to see everybody and finding myself surrounded by like-minded people!
As always, thank you so much for all that everyone contributes to our great global community. I would like to invite you, if you are not already volunteering in our global community, to get active. Your involvement plays a vital role in growing Bioenergetic Analysis and helps us ensure valued traditions are carried into the future. Find a committee you’re passionate about and put your name in for consideration. Not only will you gain so much, but our community - and all IIBA members - will benefit, as well.
Our success is based on the collective efforts of our volunteers, so many generously give their time and talents! I would love to hear from you with any feedback on how we can make our IIBA work for you!
While looking for an editor for our IIBA Newsletter, we want to keep sharing news about our community of Bioenergetic Therapists in a shortened issue: The new IIBA Top News Edition.
We truly appreciate the hard work and ingenuity shown by our affiliated societies, members and by our group of volunteers collaborating in many different committees and working groups in order to spread the word of Bioenergetic Analysis.
We look forward to working with all of you, moving forward. We are super excited for what the future holds. We are going to reach great heights in 2021, and we will do it together.
Table of Contents:
Congratulations to the newest known CBTs
What's going on in our global community
Updates from our BoT
Messages from our former & new presidents
Further highlights of our BoT meeting in March 2021
Zita Silva (from Instituto Neo-reichiano Lumen Ribeirão Preto) lives in Franca (São Paulo, Brazil), an industrial city with a population of 400.000 people. Somehow, they all give the best to survive the pandemic and its consequences, but they are facing hard times. Zita and her colleagues have mobilised a small group of local Bioenergetic Therapists to support much needed assistance to vulnerable populations. They are now running a social clinic taking care of people feeling despair, fear, anxiety, stress and speaking with people scared by losing personal freedom through stay-at-home orders and lockdowns.
Our Chair of the Social Media Committee, Dante Moretti, gives free bioenergetic exercise classes on Instagram. Join him and follow him on Instagram! The Bioenergetic Exercise Class is weekly encounter on Wednesday, at 07:30 pm (Brazilian time - UTC -3).
The Black Lives Matter movement reached many Bioenergetic Institutes in Brazil. With strength and commitment, Maria Cristina Francisco (CBT and affiliated to the IASBP) in collaboration with several institutes believing in social justice and the life of the bodies, created together the course Diverse bodies: blackness and whiteness, at the clinical setting. This course is designed to help Bioenergetic trainers to deal with contemporary questions that appear in the clinical field, mostly when addressing the topic of racial relationships.
SCIBA has sized the "moment" of pandemic times to create new opportunity for reaching more people far and wide: "It is very exciting to be able to bring Bioenergetic teachings to other countries and continents. We have offered 3 online workshops (free and entitled Attending to the body) that introduce the basics of Bioenergetic Analysis. They also get prepared for 2021: While starting the training cycle online, SCIBA hopes that the pandemic will calm, and in-person training will be beginning sometime this summer. An online workshop on the Ethical Use of Touch is coming in April. After shifting the Somatic Relational monthly workshop to an online platform, SCIBA will launch another edition of this workshop series of 8 classes on May 1, 2021. Another initiative has started and is kicking-off: their new scholarship program, called Bodies of Culture: We have begun to receive donations and the committee is just beginning to create qualifications, procedures and plans to start awarding financial aid at the end of 2021. After a successful online 2021 Southern California Bioenergetic Conference, with fabulous presentations from Bioenergetic professionals from around the world, SCIBA can’t wait to return to Lake Arrowhead for the 2022 event, Feb 24-27.
In the Perm community, almost all members have been ill with Covid-19. It was hard period, but mutual help and support was a valuable medicine: "We got a new flavor of being alive and an experience." Also, long creative workshop integrated into bioenergetic approach for specialists working with parents has successfully finished.
The Massachusetts Society for Bioenergetic Analysis and the Atlantic Canada Society for Bioenergetic Analysis have met for their joint training group via Zoom this year. They have had success with working in triads among the trainees, between trainings focusing on the topic of each training. "We have a great group of 13 trainees - 5 are 2nd year trainees and 8 are in their third year. They are making excellent use of the Zoom technology - we are delighted with their growth!" The Massachusetts Society also announces their next conference planned for the Essex Woods Conference Center & Retreat, Essex, MA, Apr 21-24, 2022. Save the date!
The New York Society for Bioenergetic Analysis is pleased to announce tha t they continue to provide training for their new class via Zoom. They are currently in the first semester of the second year, teaching Bioenergetic techniques. Danita Hall, who is the trainer this semester, among other things has each trainee take turns experiencing and exploring various techniques as the others watch, notice and comment on the different responses each trainee has to specific techniques. They are learning which technique might be better suited to use considering the developmental issues and character structures they may encounter by seeing their own and their classmates’ responses. Danita is working with Beth Doherty, a recent CBT, as her assistant. They are able to demonstrate the proper use of the various techniques using each other as client/therapist while the group discusses what they see and feel. Considering the Covid changes we have had to make, the students are learning and they are glad to be involved in the process even as modified. Of course, they are eager to have the trainees get back to working in person as soon as possible.
Updates from our BoT
While we all were thriving through the first year of Covid-19 pandemic, the BoT met virtually 6 times last year. This year, we met again via video conference from March 10 to 13 and we will meet again on May 7, 2021 in order to address all topics of the agenda.
Elections: Our annual BoT meeting started with the election of a new president. As you know, every 3 years we have elections for a new president of the IIBA. Cristina Piauhy was elected in 2020, and has been doing a wonderful job since then. Why change, then? When we elected Cristina (in March 2020), they knew she would not be able to stay a full term. (Every member of the BoT stays only for 3 years and can be re-elected for 3 years more.) But in her case, being with us, at the BoT, for five years already made her to leave just after 1 year of her office. As it was the first time the presidency was based on Latin America, we wanted to keep it there until fulfilling one term (3 years). So, Léia Cardenuto, another representative to the BoT from Latin America was elected. Janet Pinneau (vice-president) and Vita Heinrich-Clauer (secretary and treasurer) remain in office.
Messages from our former & new presidents
"I would like to thank the community of the IIBA for supporting and hosting the activities that I proposed as president. I hope to have contributed to the strengthening of ties between the members of the institute, which will give us a greater chance of growing collectively". Warmly, Cristina Piauhy
"As the new president I am very happy to continue Cristina’s work, and I am very conscious to take the responsibility of caring for this community, that we are trying to broaden and connect even more. I’m privileged to have an enthusiastic Board of Trustees and experienced past presidents who are eager to serve. I look forward to an exciting year ahead with all of you. Together we shall ground the world, encourage our growing global community of Bioenergetic Therapists and engage in meaningful projects that will expand our modality with the aim of alleviating human suffering." Warmly, Léia Cardenuto
Further highlights of our BoT meeting in March 2021
After many years of dropping membership (until 2018), we are happy to announce that we keep on recovering slowly. In 2021, we have exceeded the 1.400 members mark! This is a big milestone for our community! Let’s get started right away in building the future of our global community together!
We will do our best to celebrate our Professional Development Workshop 2020/2021 in August 2021 (there are still a couple spots left!). More information, please contact our Back-Office.
It is an undeniable fact that excellence in research and production of high-quality publications would be able to enhance the reputation of our modality. We will support the Research Committee and we will give more support for developing this Committee in the IIBA structure.
The Teaching Committee received “green light” to be the responsible of developing a plan for webinars.
We are going back to reallocate a budget for translating the Journal. Our Editorial Team is currently reviewing the options to get translated the Journal 2021. (More information will hopefully follow soon).
The IIBA Project Fund for societies, training groups and / or federations has been renewed in 2021. The directors, treasurers and contact persons of our affiliated societies have been already informed about the details and conditions.
And last but not least, the 26th IIBA International Conference (planned for October 2022) will have a virtual pre-conference from October 15 to 17, 2021. The program is approved and registration will open soon. Most of the speeches will be held in English. We will provide translation to Portuguese, Spanish and hopefully to Italian, German or French. (Further details will be announced soon.)
Read the meeting minutes here ... (They will be uploaded in the end of next week.)
News about the Clinical Journal 2021
The Clinical Journal will be published electronically in an integrated library system. The publisher (Psychosozial-Verlag) is creating a specific website (LMS) for the E-Journal: [www.bioenergetic-analysis.com). The E-Journal will be public, available to everyone as PDF file and as html page, integrated in / linked to many international library systems. The E-Journal will finally get integrated in professional / scientific databases!
As mentioned, many times during the past year, this year’s edition is a test. The BoT will evaluate this year experience and decide how to proceed in one of the next BoT meetings.
Everybody who is interested in obtaining a printed copy can order such a copy at their own expense via the website of Pyschosozial-Verlag. (Please note: Depending on the shipping destination, customs charges have to be paid by the recipient.) We will give you more information during the next days.
This book by Rosaria Filoni is a collection of articles written from personal and professional experiences, as well as case studies and exercises focused on Bioenergetics and Gender, Love, Sex, Relationship. Available in English and Italian. Coming soon: Russian (Thank you to the Moscow Training Group for taking on this task!)
Patrizia Moselli, Maria Luisa Manca and Barbara D’Amelio (all members of SIAB) published a new book: L’empatia appesa a un filo. Covid-19 e Lockdown 2020: la risposta dell’analisi bioenergetica. The book is a collection of contributions of many SIAB psychotherapists about their experience working online during the lockdown. In the book have been reported not only personal experiences but also the theoretical implications in bioenergetic analysis of this change of setting. Available on Amazon, Alpes and in various Italian bookshops (also websites).
The workshop Working with defenses and resistances in the context of teletherapy with Louise Fréchette by EFBAP will address the challenges that bioenergetic therapists face when working with defenses and resistances in video teletherapy. It will also address other important challenges like how to build trust in a relationship in the context of teletherapy and how to create a therapeutic alliance, which are prerequisites to being able to work with defense and resistances. It will also address the topic of how to create optimal logistical conditions for body work in video teletherapy. Register now! Limited number of participants. Date: May 7-8, 2021 (03:00 pm - 7:45 pm CEST (UTC +2) More information ...
NYSBA wants to alert all IIBA members that they will be hosting a memorial for Vivian Guze via Zoom on May 23 between noon and 3 PM (EDT (UTC -4) in order to accommodate the entire community. More information will come soon ...
If there is anything you need, please do not hesitate to contact us or our Back-Office - we are here to serve you!
Your BoT 2021Léia Maria de M. Cardenuto (President) Janet Pinneau (Vice-President), Vita Heinrich-Clauer (Secretary & Treasurer), Ann Coleman, Alexandre Franca Barreto, Diana Guest, Jayme Panerai, Manuela Tremante, Paola Alessio, Patrizia Moselli, Yael Harel, Cristina Piauhy (Advisor to the President)
1. Letter from the President 2. Congratulations 3. Society & Members Reports 4. Society Reports - Europe (ISBA - Israel, Moscow Training Group - Russia, SGBAT - Switzerland, SIAB - Italy, Dimitra Skiloyanni - Greece, Sabine Mattner - Germany and Ulrich Sollmann - Germany) - Nanziba (China Training Group, DSBA - USA, NYSBA - USA, SOQAB - Canada, SCIBA - USA, Alisa Keppie from the ACSBA - Canada) - Latin America (SABERJ - Brazil, IABSP - Brazil, Susana Margarita Yasan - Argentina, Dante Moretti from IABSP - Brazil) 5. Editorial Conclusions 6. Newsletter Editor Wanted 7. Next Newsletter Deadline: January 31, 2021
1. Leter from the President 2. IIBA Journals (1984 – 2001) are ready for download 3. BoT Meetings: Here is what happened at our virtual BoT meetings 4. Update PDW 2020 5. Society Reports - MSBA (USA) - SCIBA (USA) - NIBA (Germany) - Summer Workshops by Dr. Robert Lewis - Special thoughts and submissions by our members in times of Covid-19 6. Congratulations 7. Editor's last word 8. Newsletter Deadline
1. Letter from the President 2. New IIBA Strategic Plan 3. IIBA Elections Dec 1-15, 2019 4. IIBA Journals are ready for download 5. PDW 2020: Embracing Aggression: Responding to Violence, Fear and Polarization 6. Society Reports - SGfBA: 35+ Anniversary - Lumen: Social Project for young athletes - SIAB: New Training Groups 7. Conferences - VIII Iberian Conference Days of Bioenergetic Analysis - Violaine De Clerck: 3-day Workshop in Montreal - SCIBA Conference 8. Congratulations to the newest CBTs and Local Trainer 9. Editorial Conclusions 10. Next Newsletter Deadline: March 31, 2020
1. Letter from the President, Diana Guest 2. Board of Trustees Meeting - March 2019 3. Newsletter Translation Support 4. Connecting before the 25th IIBA International Conference 5. Society Reports 6. Workshop Reports 7. Publications: IIBA Journal 8. New book: Communication Breakthrough, How Using Brain Science and Listening to Body Cues Can Transform Your Relationships 9. Congratulations 10. The International Day of Recognition of Bioenergetic Analysis 11. The Countdown begins for our 25th IIBnA International Conference 12. Editorial Conclusion 13. Newsletter Deadline
1. Letter from the President, Diana Guest 2. Society Reports: Italian Society SIAB 3. New IIBA Website: IIBA new website is launched 4. Alexander Lowen: His life continues to inspire 5. Workshop Reports: PDW Report - Shame & MSBA 2018 - Embodying Wholeness 6. Inivations: 25th IIBA International Conference, Training Days & 2019 Southern California Bioenergetic Conference 7. Congratulations to the newest known CBTs 8. New book: Beyond defense 9. PHD Thesis: How to hope when all appears absurd 10. Editorial Conclusion: Deep resilience