The tuition for the upcoming Training Program Workshop (June 20 - 23) is $850. If you have made prior arrangements with FSBA for payment, this does not apply.
Bioenergetics is a powerful body-oriented psychotherapeutic approach to understanding and resolving inner conflicts, gaining increased energy and living a fuller, more vibrant life. It was created by the late Alexander Lowen, M.D. and is based on the work of Wilhelm Reich. Trainees experience how psychological issues affect the body by causing muscular tensions that block energy and limit emotional expression. By working with the mind AND body, students experience how Bioenergetic therapy can produce powerful, lasting change and service of their lives and the lives of others.
The FSBA’s training is a four-year program for mental health professionals and others deeply committed to personal growth in their own or others’ lives. A small group of students is admitted each year; the program is limited to only about 20 students, for an intimate, cohesive group. In their first two years, students learn about Bioenergetics through readings, teaching, and their own and others’ sessions. In the last two years, students who wish to gain full certifications lead exercise and therapy sessions while those on the personal growth track continue participating but without leadership responsibilities.
The FSBA program was begun in 1979 and hundreds of people have graduated since its inception. It is independent and not affiliated with the IIBA.
Over the course of their training, students develop a deep appreciation for the unity of the mind and body, how the body develops muscular “armoring” to meet challenges in different life stages, and how that armoring can create repetitive patterns and unrealized limits in later life. Through their training, students learn techniques and processes to free their body and reclaim their life energy by understanding the relationship between psychology and physical expressions of energy such as breathing, movement, feelings and voice.Teaching methods are experiential, didactic, and individual study.The curriculum includes:
· the history of the energetic concept,
· basic Bioenergetic principles,
· how to “read” the body to understand how different body types reveal developmental processes in childhood and adult orientations to life
· techniques for mobilizing energy to aid self awareness, self acceptance and self expression
Faculty and Curriculum
The FSBA training program leaders are exceptional therapists and inspiring teachers. Each faculty member has taught Bioenergetics for many years and regularly conducts international training workshops in Bioenergetics. They also offer professional presentations to colleagues, have full-time private practices and lead personal growth retreats. Several have founded Bioenergetics training institutes in their countries. Many faculty members also have extensive experience in executive coaching.
Free dormitory-style accommodations are available for out-of-town attendees who wish to enjoy camaraderie and friendships in an informal and intimate setting. Attendees share rooms in a renovated Victorian "farmhouse" (built in 1865) on 20 acres of oak forest or in a nearby guest house. A swimming pool is available, and many trainees enjoy hiking or jogging on the serene, scenic and historic road that runs alongside the property. The quaint town of Alachua is only minutes away. Some students fly in to Gainesville and get transportation to the FSBA; others fly to Jacksonville, Orlando or other airports and rent cars and drive in.
Each training workshop provides 24 hours of State of Florida continuing education credits for psychologists, licensed mental health counselors, licensed marriage and family therapist and licensed clinical social workers. Our CEUs have also been accepted by the regulatory boards of other helping professions such as nurses and acupuncturists. Students affiliated with various coaching certification programs have also utilized our program to enhance their training.
Application, Fees and Continuing Education Credits
Early application is recommended. For more information and to apply, please submit the application form at https://www.bioenergetics-society.com/application-for-2018-2019-certification-training/ or send a request for application to firstname.lastname@example.org. Tuition for the 2018-2019 training year is $4,250. Payment can be spread out monthly throughout the nine-month training year. Dormitory-style sleeping accommodations are available at the workshop site for no additional fee. Annual Florida Society Membership dues of $125 are payable at the September workshop.