The qualification, Certified Bioenergetic Therapist (CBT), is a post-graduate qualification, usually taking six to seven years to achieve. This qualification is issued by the International Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis (IIBA), after a person has completed a four year training course and undertaken two to three years of supervised practice. Applicants for a CBT also have to complete a substantial case study and have their work and personal/professional development examined by two Faculty Members of the IIBA and be supported by the local Training Committee.
The Psychotherapy Board of Aotearoa New Zealand (PBANZ), is currently consulting on the Accreditation Standards for psychotherapy training programmes. Until such time as the new Accreditation Standards are finalised, the NZSBA training programme is “grandparented” by PBANZ as an approved course, and the qualification CBT is recognised for registration as a psychotherapist. Once the new PBANZ Accreditation Standards are finalised, NZSBA has the intention to meet these requirements, and if the NZSBA course is approved, graduates with a CBT may apply to PBANZ for registration as a psychotherapist.
The CBT is therefore currently both an international and national post-graduate qualification.
Please refer to the section "Training / Training in Bioenergetic Analysis" for details on the training programme to become a Certified Bioenergetic Therapist.