Training Programs

Two-Year Professional Training in Process Oriented Counselling and Facilitation

The ANZPOP Two-Year Professional Training in Process Oriented Psychology Counselling and Facilitation is a rigorous training program designed to prepare you to enter the professions of counselling, psychotherapy, and facilitation, accredited with the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia.

Process Oriented Psychology is an integrative model that combines psychodynamic (mind), somatic (body), and transpersonal (spirit) approaches, along with a complex understanding of the impacts of social marginality and oppression on individual and community wellbeing (liberation psychology), and an advanced methodology for working with groups and conflict.

It’s an awareness paradigm applied in many fields including therapy (individual, relationship and family), group facilitation, conflict transformation, coaching, community development, social change, and organisational development.

The two-year program not only provides graduates with a PACFA recognised qualification that enables them to practice as a counsellor, it also provides foundational training for those wanting to study the Process Work paradigm more deeply through the Diplomate Training Program.


A non-pathologising approach where we view problems as not only problems but invitations to awareness and greater wholeness.

An integrative model where you learn the skills to work psychodynamically, somatically, and transpersonally (mind, body, spirit).

A socially aware approach that looks at the whole system surrounding the individual or group and the impact that social marginality and oppression has on them.

Our strong focus on the importance of the practitioners’ personal growth.

creative approach utilising a wide range of methods for expression and exploration.

Our diverse roots – Taoism, Jungian psychology, communications theory, quantum physics, systems theory, Shamanic traditions.


The two-year course weaves together a diverse range of learning approaches to ensure optimal learning outcomes for all students, including face-to-face seminars, online coaching sessions, written assessment tasks, peer learning, independent study, personal exploration and development, skills practice (both in-class and with practice clients), and video supervision of client work. The course includes:

  • Twenty-eight days of face-to-face seminars, split into seven training modules of four days each, three in Year 1, four in Year 2
  • Reading Reflections (based on pre-readings) due two weeks before each training module (1000-1200 words)
  • Theoretical Essays due three weeks after each training module (1500-2000 words)
  • Video Assessments – a minimum of one video of a counselling skills role play must be submitted at the end of each semester (four in total over the two years)
  • Clinical Hours – a minimum of 40 client hours over the two years (we help you access practice clients)
  • Clinical Supervision – a minimum of ten clinical supervision hours
  • Learning Journal – documenting your learning journey from a process-oriented perspective; guidelines for this are given in the program
  • Training Therapy – students are strongly recommended to participate in a minimum of ten therapy sessions (as a client) with a Process Work Diplomate over the two-year program.


1. Transpersonal Counselling: Process Work as a post-Jungian approach

2. Understanding our Psychotherapy Practice through Inner Work and Mindfulness: Process Work skills integration


5. The Third Wave: Narrative Therapy, Gestalt Therapy and the Rogerian Person-Centred approach – comparisons with Process Work

6. Process Work skills (metaskills, dreams) integration


9. Best practice for working with trauma and abuse

10. Process Work skills (process-oriented abuse work, inner abuse, inner conflict work) and integration


3. The psychodynamic tradition: similarities and differences to Process Work

4. Process Work skills: basic theory and working with body symptoms


7. Working with families and relationships (comparative)

8. Process Work skills (relationships, rank privilege and conflict work) and integration


11. Optimal approaches to mental health and addiction

12. Process Work skills (extreme states and addiction work) and integration


13. Process Work facilitation in groups: diversity and conflict, facilitator abuse, internalised abuse, rank privilege

14. Process Work skills: group work facilitation and inner work and integration


This program is delivered at the post-graduate level, so an undergraduate degree in a related field, or significant work experience/other training, is required to enter the program.

The range of degrees considered in a related field is quite broad and includes any degree related to working with or understanding people and or communities. You will need to provide a certified copy of this qualification/s in your application.

If you do not have a related undergraduate qualification but have engaged in significant, related studies and/or have significant experience working with people in a related context, you may still be eligible for entry into the program. You will need to detail these studies and experience in your application.

No previous knowledge or studies in Process Work is required.


How can I find out more about the Process Oriented approach? What reading can you suggest?

There are many fabulous books about Process Work and how it is applied. We recommend that prospective students start with the following books:

  • A Path Made by Walking, by Dr Julie Diamond and Lee Spark Jones (enrolled students will have free online access to this book)
  • River’s Way, by Dr Arnold Mindell
  • There is a good listing of all Process Work books here
  • Process Work research theses can be found here

Also, check out our About The Approach page for a comprehensive listing of written and multi-media resources for finding out more about Process Work.

How much time will I need to complete all the course requirements?

In addition to the two hundred hours of face-to-face training seminars held over seven, four-day long-weekends, we estimate that you will need about half a day a week, averaged over the two years. Some weeks you will need to spend a bit more time, other weeks quite a bit less. As mentioned, the program consists of seven, four-day seminars. Students are required to attend all of these seminars. These two hundred hours of face-to-face tuition are compulsory for PACFA registration. Before each seminar you will do a pre-reading assignment. This involves reading some materials found on the ANZPOP Dropbox site and then completing a written assignment based on the reading (1000-1,200 words). After each seminar you will be required to do another written assignment based on the seminar topic (1000-2000 words). Before each seminar you will be invited to attend a one-and-a-half hour online group meeting. There are also additional online group meetings between seminars. Coming along to these meetings is recommended, but not compulsory. You will also need to do 40 hours of client sessions (you in the role of the counsellor-therapist). In accordance with PACFA guidelines you will also be required to undertake a minimum of ten hours of supervision for these client hours. The Process Work model emphasises the importance of the practitioner’s own personal development. For this reason we strongly recommend that you do a minimum of ten hours of your own personal therapy work with a Process Work Diploma graduate known as a ‘Diplomate’. This is also a fabulous way to learn more about how to be a practitioner.

What kind of work will this qualification equip me to do?

This two-year course is accredited with Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) and upon graduation you are eligible for membership. PACFA is the peak professional body that accredits qualified counsellors and membership enables you to work with clients in the context of a private practice counselling service. In the second year of the program, you will be supported to develop a private practice framework. This covers the professional and business aspects of private practice – what it takes to set up a clinical counselling practice and how to attend to the business side of private practice, including marketing the business. Should you need more support you can enrol in ANZPOP’s group coaching program Setting Up In Private Practice.

How does this training connect with other Process Work training pathways?

After completing the two-year Professional Training course you may wish to continue and deepen your clinical studies by applying to the Diplomate Training Pathway. The course also contributes to the pre-requisite knowledge/experience required for the Process Oriented Coaching Program. We accept applications to the Diploma Training Program from graduates of the two-year Professional Training course and international students who have completed similar two-year programs in IAPOP accredited schools in other countries. Many of these IAPOP accredited schools have a similar reciprocal eligibility process. IAPOP courses are accredited in many countries including Switzerland, Poland, Germany, Greece, Spain, the UK, Japan and the United States to name a few. Please speak with the Director of Training if you are interested in follow-up studies overseas.

What’s the learning community like?

The learning community, particularly your cohort group of fellow course members plays a central role in developing your therapeutic and facilitation skills, as well as your foundational interpersonal skills. Interaction with your cohort and the wider Community of Practise supports your inner and outer growth as a practitioner. Your cohort and the community itself is a teacher and therefore we emphasise the importance of developing supportive peer relationships. The course is designed to provide a learning platform and process that fosters this. Each training cohort has a unique learning journey. The Process Work paradigm emphasises the importance of working for good community relationships and we emphasise this within the learning environment. We support robust and sensitive engagement with the learning topics and with your fellow students.

What accreditation does the two-year Professional Training in Process Oriented Counselling and Facilitation course have? Does ANZPOP have any other accredited courses?

The two-year Professional Training in Process Oriented Counselling and Facilitation course is accredited by the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia. Upon graduation from the course you are eligible to become a member of PACFA and register and practice as a professionally trained and qualified counsellor. Many graduates exit training at this point to set up a private practice. Some graduates want to study further and apply to the four-year Diplomate Training Pathway which is accredited with the International Association of Process Oriented Psychology (IAPOP). IAPOP is the international umbrella organisation that oversees Process Work training standards around the world. It auspices training schools to deliver recognised Process Work training. Graduating from the Diplomate Training Program qualifies you to become a member of IAPOP and to call yourself a Certified Process Work Practitioner. The two-year Professional Training course is equivalent to the first two years of the ANZPOP four-year Diplomate course. The Diploma course is the only IAPOP recognised training course, and ANZPOP the only IAPOP recognised training organisation, in Australia and New Zealand.

I read that I have to do 40 hours of practise client sessions by the end of the two-year course. How do I find clients to meet this requirement?

The ANZPOP Director of Training will support you to find appropriate practise clients. Some of these will be your fellow students. Some will be from our large Process Work Community of Practise. It’s also important to practise with clients who know nothing about Process Work and who are not familiar with or ‘socialised’ to the paradigm. As you become more skilled we will give you suggestions for how you can find these clients from outside our Community of Practise.

What happens if I struggle with some of the concepts? Is there extra support?

Yes. Everyone has a unique study journey. We don’t expect you to know what you are doing in your counselling practice before you have done the training! The first port of call for any questions that you may have, or to resolve any issues that may arise for you is with your Course Co-ordinator. If extra support is needed, the Director of Training is also available to help.

I’m really interested in the facilitation side of the training, not so much the counselling part, will I get frustrated in the course?

In the Process Work approach to facilitation, being able to work with the process signals in individuals in the group is central to being able to facilitate the whole group. Each person experiences different aspects of the whole group process. It is often our work with individuals that helps unfold the group’s direction. Becoming skilled with one-on-one work is essential for exercising good group work facilitation. The two-year Professional Training course will at times specifically focus on group facilitation. Because we come together to learn as a group, you will always be observing, experiencing and practising Process Work facilitation techniques. These are also taught and modelled by your teachers.


Applications for the 2020 intake will open in July 2019. Application deadlines, fees, and dates for online information sessions will be published on this page in July.

If you would like to experience the Process Work model, please check our Workshops page for workshop opportunities, or book some one-to-one therapy or coaching sessions with our faculty.


To apply to join the next Professional Training intake, please follow these steps:

1. Read all the information on this page, including the FAQs and the Course Prospectus.

2. Gather together the electronic documents required to submit your online application: identification (driver’s license or passport or birth certificate), certified copies of qualifications, resume including contact details of two referees (not family) who can attest to your suitability for working with vulnerable people.

3. Complete and submit the online application form and pay the application fee.

4. We will then assess your application and contact you within seven working days, either to schedule an interview time or to give feedback as to why your application is not successful at this stage (in this case the application process is complete).

5. Attend an online interview (via Zoom).

6. Within seven working days of the interview, we will confirm that you have either been accepted to the program, that we need further information, or why your application has been unsuccessful at this time.

7. If you are successful you will be sent a weblink through which you must accept the offer and pay the course deposit of $500 within two weeks.

8. You will then be sent a Welcome Pack with all the information you need to prepare to commence your studies.


Highly qualified teachers with extensive experience as therapists and facilitators, both in organisations and private practice. Check out our faculty here.

Every single teacher is a fully certified Process Work Diplomate as recognised by the International Association of Process Oriented Psychology, meaning they have completed the highest training qualification in Process Work and are recognised to teach Process Work.

We are the only IAPOP recognised training organisation in Australia and New Zealand, enabling you to deepen your Process Work studies if you chose to continue on to the Process Work Diplomate Training Pathway.