The ACSBA is collaborating with the Massachusetts Society for Bioenergetic Analysis to provide in-depth training in the theory and practice of bioenergetic analysis following the curriculum of the International Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis (IIBA). Certification as a Bioenergetic Therapist is available from the IIBA to mental health professionals who successfully complete the training program and meet requirements for personal bioenergetic therapy and supervision. (Image: ACSBA/MSBA bioenergetic trainers)
The training includes both didactic and experiential teaching methods, along with relevant readings, discussions, and extensive group work. The goal of the latter is to foster both personal and professional growth by expanding self-awareness, self-acceptance, and vitality. We gain an understanding of how our history has shaped our present, how our character structures came to be, how we can decrease our fears and energetic blocks, and thus how we can move towards becoming the therapists we strive to be. Ultimately, as bioenergetic therapists, our bodily experience and our personal development guide our work. We place a strong emphasis on individual therapy, both in the group and with a personal therapist.
The bioenergetic training program consists of 80 contact days spread over four years. It operates on a one-room schoolhouse model with trainees from multiple years frequently learning together. As with so much else over the past 2 years, the 2020-21 training year was held entirely online. Though less than ideal overall, we found that there were also many benefits to the format. The 2021-22 year began online but was able to wrap up with in-person weekends in Maine, Massachusetts, and New Brunswick. Four trainees from Atlantic Canada completed their training thus year! (Image: trainees at the end of the 2021-22 training year)
We are currently accepting applications for the upcoming 2022-2023 training year, which will feature four in-person and two online sessions. Training begins on October 19-23 in northern New England (exact location to be announced soon) and wraps up June 1-4, 2023. Fees for the first year will be approximately CAD $6,575, which includes accommodation during the in-person sessions. The training is open to therapists, other professionals, and to those seeking personal growth. There are a limited number of openings.
To apply to the Training Program, go to https://www.massbioenergetics.org/training
If you find yourself interested in the program but are unable to commit to it this year, consider taking our online Sunday-morning series Cultivating Vitality: An Introduction to Bioenergetics. See the Current Events section for details..