Spring Research Symposium

Sunday 22nd November 2020, 10am-1pm (VIC/NSW time)

The Diplomate Training Program invites students to not only learn Process Work but to contribute to the paradigm by conducting an original research or creative project in the final stage of their studies.

We are proud to have graduated four new Diplomates in the past year and are thrilled to host a presentation of their works in this inaugural ANZPOP Spring Research Symposium. Each graduate will present a precis of their work and take questions for discussion.

Find your timezone here and read more about the research projects below and details of how to register for the Symposium at the bottom of the page.

Crikey! Check out that Self-Doubt Complex: a personal adventure in search of self-belief, by Beck Ronkson

A rigorous, experiential exploration of self-doubt using self-as-subject, Beck shares her compelling and intimate journey to uncover and map the nature of her own self-doubt complex through the lens of Process Work.  From inner support teams to exploding high dreams, she steps her way towards the solid ground of self-worth and also presents some practical and creative exercises to explore the meaning in self-doubt for others to use.

A fascinating and hopeful read for anyone whose outward appearance of confidence doesn’t match their inner feeling state.

Download the thesis here.

Did he just say that? A feminist autoethnography about responding to male allies’ unintended sexism, by Bronwyn Charles (co-author Dr Lise Johns)

A powerful and personal exploration of Bronwyn’s experiences in responding to incidents of unintended sexism from male allies. The work utilises autoethnography to examine Bronwyn’s personal experiences of challenging sexism in caring interpersonal relationships. Bronwyn uses three vignettes to demonstrate how process work assisted her in challenging sexism and deepened her understanding of how to engage in these difficult conversations.

This project is currently being prepared for journal publication and so is not available to the public yet.

Here There Be Soul-Eaters: Sacred Journeys of Nurse Healers, by Martin Hemsley, PhD.

Martin weaves together Process Work with his PhD research to publish this fascinating book exploring the world of nurse healers and shamans. A collection of biographical stories from eleven nurse healers from around the world (including Martin), illuminating the challenges of opening up to one’s nature as a healer and finding one’s way in a world that often doesn’t embrace such gifts.

Buy the book here.

Talking back to my Inner Critic: The challenges of being a Process Oriented Therapist in a world where Empirically Supported Paradigms rule, by Rikki Bandekow

As a psychologist and psychotherapist, Rikki frequently finds herself between two worlds of care – one that insists on following the so-called “evidence-based manualised” approaches, and one that insists on following the client. In this powerful exploration, Rikki discusses the issues of the evidence-based practice approach alongside a role analysis of the mental health/insurance field– all the while tracking her own personal journey with inner criticism as a therapist.

A complex and layered work, and a balm for anyone who also finds themselves between these two worlds.

Download the thesis here.


Sunday, 22nd November, 10am-1pm (VIC/NSW time), find your local time for this event here.

The Symposium is a free event however registrations are required. A confirmation email will be sent upon registration and will include the Zoom link for the session.

ANZPOP acknowledges the traditional owners of the lands we live and work on, the Aboriginal Australian, Torres Strait Islander, and Maori peoples. We pay respect to their elders past, present and future. We give thanks for the wisdom of these peoples that has informed the Process Work approach. We honour the courage, resilience and spirit of traditional peoples in the face of the devastating impact colonisation has had and continues to have on their culture, wellbeing, and sovereignty.