Power & Rank Awareness in the Therapeutic Relationship

Going beyond the basics to understand how power and rank shape the therapeutic relationship

Power and rank awareness is the foundation of the therapeutic relationship however it is rarely taught with sufficient depth in traditional therapeutic training programs, making it an important area of professional development for many therapists.

In this workshop blending theoretical and experiential insights, develop a more complex understanding of how rank shapes the relationship to achieve better outcomes and also minimise the risk of unintentionally mis-using your own power.

This workshop is for therapists, student therapists, clinical supervisors and therapist trainers from any therapeutic modality and all mental health professions – counselling, psychotherapy, psychology, psychiatry, social work and occupational therapy – who are passionate about facilitating transformative change in their work and have an interest in deeply ethical practice.



The workshop combines the power and rank theoretical model of Arnold Mindell with experiential processes to give participants both a theoretical and personal understanding of:

  • different kinds of rank
  • earned and unearned ranks
  • how subtle communication signals indicate high and low rank states
  • the contextual nature of rank
  • the importance of rank awareness in the therapeutic, supervisory and training relationships
  • understanding your own high and low rank states and characteristics and the triggers that put you at risk of mis-using power.

Rank is not inherently bad and abuse of rank is not inevitable. When you are aware of your rank, you can use it to you own benefit and the benefit of others as well. 

Arnold Mindell


Silvia is a process-oriented psychotherapist with over 25 years counselling experience.

She is a senior faculty member of Australia and New Zealand Process Oriented Psychology (ANZPOP) where she teaches and supervises students, as well as supervising students at ACAP and lecturing part-time at QUT.

Silvia’s qualifications include a PhD in General Psychology and a Masters in Counselling. Read her full bio here.

This course is eligible for professional development points with most psycho-therapeutic professional associations including PACFA and ACA.




This course is running twice in the first half of 2022:

Saturday 19th February, 2022 from 9 am to 12 noon AEST (Brisbane time) 


Saturday 30th April, 2022, from 9 am to 12 noon AEST (Brisbane time).


Online via Zoom. Please have your video on if your bandwidth allows for it.


$110 (no GST)


Cancellations with seven or more days notice will be refunded in full less a 10% administration fee. Cancellations with less than seven days notice will not be refunded.



To register, complete the form below. You will be able to pay via credit card if you don’t have a Paypal account. If you prefer to pay via direct debit or require an invoice for your organisation, contact us at admin@anzpop.org.

ANZPOP acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the lands we live and work on, the Aboriginal Australian, and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and the Maori First Nations peoples. We pay respect to their elders across time. We give thanks for the Indigenous knowledge that has informed the Process Work approach. We honour the courage, resilience, and spirit of First Nations peoples to counter the ongoing impacts of colonisation on their culture, well-being, and sovereignty.

Not sure where to start?

Get our free guide!

Fantastic! Check your inbox for your link to the guide.