Training Programs

Two-Year Professional Training in Process Oriented Psychotherapy

The ANZPOP Two-Year Professional Training in Process Oriented Psychotherapy is a rigorous post-graduate training program for people with existing qualifications in counselling, social work, psychology or psychiatry, looking to deepen their therapeutic work by studying a depth psychotherapy. 

Process Oriented Psychology (POP) is a liberation psychology that weaves together Jungian psychology, Taoism, communication and systems theory, Indigenous healing approaches, and quantum physics to study and work with the dynamics of human experience at the individual, relationship, group and societal levels.

It’s an integrative awareness-based model that works with clients at the psychodynamic, somatic, and transpersonal levels by working with the client’s phenomenological experience happening in the moment, seeking to unfold the understand the process within the subjective experience.

The two-year program brings together theory, practice and personal development to give graduates a solid foundation in POP, equipping them to work more deeply and experientially with clients.

The two-year program not only provides graduates with a PACFA Accredited Specialist training, it also provides foundational training for those wanting to study the Process Work paradigm more deeply through the Diplomate Training Program.

WHY CHOOSE THE PROCESS WORK APPROACH?

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.

ACCREDITATION CHANGES

To enable a deeper training experience, this course is changing it’s PACFA accreditation status and becoming a PACFA Accredited Specialist Course. Click on the link to read more about this accreditation category.

COURSE STRUCTURE

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 and case consultation sessions, written and video 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 psychotherapy practice session 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 required to participate in a minimum of ten therapy sessions (as a client) with a Process Work Diplomate over the two-year program.

SEMINAR 1: YR 1

Introduction to the Process Oriented Psychology Theoretical Framework and Experiential Practice

SEMINAR 2: YR 1

Working with Somatic Experiences

SEMINAR 3: YR 1

Working with Night-time Dreams and the Dreaming Process

SEMINAR 4: YR 2

Working on Yourself – learning to be your own therapist

SEMINAR 5: YR 2

Working with Addictions and Altered and Extreme States of Consciousness

SEMINAR 6: YR 2

Working with Trauma and Wounded States of Consciousness

SEMINAR 7: YR 2

Working with Relationships, Conflict and Power

PRE REQUISITES

This program is delivered at the post-graduate level, so an undergraduate degree in a related field such as social work, counselling, psychology, or psychiatry is required. Other relevant tertiary qualifications may be considered. 

Two years of clinical experience post-graduation is also required, including a minimum of twenty hours of supervision of clinical practice.

No previous knowledge or studies in Process Work is required.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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 http://www.iapop.com/books/
  • Process Work research theses can be found here http://www.iapop.com/dissertations/

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. Before each seminar you will do a pre-reading assignment. This involves reading materials provided on the ANZPOP Course Materials webpage 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). You are also 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 require students to do a minimum of ten hours of your own personal therapy work with a Process Work Diploma graduate known as a ‘Diplomate’. 

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 Psychotherapy have? Does ANZPOP have any other accredited courses?

The two-year Professional Training in Process Oriented Psychotherapy is transitioning to Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia Accredited Specialist Course which guarantees a rigouous program of studies. Some graduates may exit training at this point to continue with their service-based work or to set up private practice. Others may 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?

Many students will already see clients with whom they can integrate their new learning, however, these sessions are often not appropriate for video recording and so specific practise clients are required.

The ANZPOP Director of Training will supports students 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 and we can also advise how to find such clients.

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

Yes. Everyone has a unique study journey and learning style. The first port of call for any questions that you may have, or to resolve any issues that may arise is with your Course Co-ordinator. If extra support is needed, the Director of Training is also available to help.

2020 INTAKE & INFORMATION SESSIONS

Applications for the 2020 Intake are now open and will close January 30th 2020.

Online Information Sessions are available every month from September to December and can be booked here.

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

HOW TO APPLY

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 letter and orientation information to prepare to commence your studies.

WHY STUDY WITH ANZPOP?

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.