Training and Certification Criteria for Bioenergetic Analysis
Training in Bioenergetic Analysis consists of two
phases: pre-clinical and clinical. Individuals are encouraged to progress
through the program at their own rate. The process of completing these
two phases generally takes from four to six years. There are usually
eight to ten training weekends during the year with six hours of training
each day. Training is both experiential and didactic in mode. While
the specifics of each training program vary slightly, reflecting cultural
and professional norms around the world, all training in Bioenergetic
Analysis is affiliated with and conducted under the direct supervision
of the International Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis, offering
a professional training program leading to certification as a bioenergetic
Training in this phase includes:
1) 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.
2) basic readings of the work of Reich, Lowen and others.
Training in this phase includes:
1) a study of the bioenergetic therapeutic process and character analysis with particular emphasis on transference and countertransference.
2) 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.)
Becoming a bioenergetic psychotherapist necessitates understanding one's own energetic process and characterological problems. Generally, applicants for certification are expected to be involved in their own bioenergetic therapy for a minimum of 150 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 trainee 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.
Certification is granted by the NZSBA in association with the Training Coordinator (IIBA faculty) who evaluates each trainee's readiness in three areas: personal therapy, supervision and satisfactory completion of the two phases of training. Bioenergetic psychotherapists 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.
Update from the Psychotherapists' Registration Board:
"Students who enroll in a qualification approved by the Board for grandparenting before the end of March 2010 will have that qualification recognized for registration provided they complete it within the time limit approved by the training institute."
The CBT qualification has been recognised by the Board for grandparenting.