As part of every training week throughout the four years of PSEN training, we offer focused teaching segments designed to enhance and broaden our trainee’s understanding and facilitation skills with various types of unfolding processes.
Our seven different teaching segments are inter-related, and provide our trainees with a multifaceted approach to working with the depths and nuances of an individual’s humanity, complexity and ongoing development as a human being.
The segments we offer are listed below, with a brief description. For more information on these segments, see the ‘flyout’ menu that appears next to Teaching Segments on the website header, once you scroll over Teaching Segments.
1. WORKING WITH DEVELOPMENTAL PROCESSES
We use teachings from a Characterological Development perspective, drawing from the work of Stephen Johnson, Alexander Lowen, Anodea Judith as well as a few others. Character types provide us with an imperfect and incomplete “map” of an interior territory within the human psyche that is worth exploring.
Studying these character types helps us to cultivate a compassionate and useful approach to working with the inevitable human challenges and issues as we grow throughout our life span.
2. WORKING WITH EMOTIONAL PROCESSES
In our PSEN work, we understand that emotion is energy-in-motion. It can bring forth a sense of raw aliveness in our interior worlds. Our emotions can infuse our inner life with a felt sense of meaning, disturbance, chaos, depth, pain and pleasure.
Our practitioners learn how to withstand another’s anger or hostilities without feeling subjected to them. They can mobilize themselves on behalf of the other’s frozenness or constrictions when in fear. They can tolerate the depth of another’s sorrow without needing to fix them or have them come out of their experience prematurely.
At times, our practitioners allow themselves to be emotional amplifiers for someone who is shut down to what they feel. At other times, they can be grounding presences for someone who is flooded with feelings.
We value a practitioner’s ability to embody and metabolize emotions, without shutting down the energy they bring, while also being mindful that what we feel does not always correspond to the facts of our present circumstance, nor do our feelings necessarily provide us with a full perception of what we experience to be real.
3. WORKING WITH UNCONSCIOUS PROCESSES
In PSEN depth work, we consider working with our unconscious material an important and integral aspect of how we develop and grow as human beings.
Over the four years of training, trainees have the opportunity to pay attention to, become curious about, and grow comfortable with the darker aspects and distastes of their own repressed material, especially as it arises in their personal work and practice sessions with one another.
By their willingness to engage the discomforting nature of what lies within their own shadow, our trainees become much more tolerant of as well as curious about what lies below the surface awareness of those they work with.
4. WORKING WITH HEALING PROCESSES
In our PSEN work, we believe that healing engages a client with an additive approach toward their unfolding process, and not one that eliminates, bypasses or prematurely shuts down an opening for the learning process. Opportunities for healing take place when an old wound meets a new possibility.
Similarly, we apply this healing approach to our understanding of process facilitation with emotional wounding and psychological trauma, and as well with addressing developmental deficits and characterological deficiencies.
It takes courage to open ourselves up to new experiences and new possibilities that allow ourselves to come together in new ways. It also takes time, repetition, space and patience. In our training environment, we value an appreciation for the occurrence of new beginnings that undo old patterns, and then staying with the developmental process over time.
5. WORKING WITH TRANSPERSONAL PROCESSES
As human beings, we have an inborn need and innate capacity to grow beyond our ego- based perception of reality. We long to discover the deeper meaning of our existence, to touch and experience that which lies beyond the surface of the consensus of our day-to-day realities.
We have a deep desire to find our life’s purpose and to align ourselves with it. Transpersonal processes connect us with these archetypal energies as well as to the collective unconscious of the human psyche.
In our PSEN training, we consider transpersonal experiences to be a natural unfolding of an evolving complexity of life, and an essential part of what it means to be human. Our trainees learn to open to transpersonal realms of experience through the practice of depth meditation, breath-work, shamanic journeys and dream-work.
The more our trainees become able to experience and hold transpersonal content in their awareness, the more they are able to provide a field of open acceptance for their clients to contact and connection with their own transpersonal experiences and emergences, which can unfold at times within the context of our practicum process sessions.
6. WORKING WITH ENERGETIC PROCESSES
In our PSEN work we reference our understanding of subtle energy as movement. Movement is an essential part of every form of aliveness in the human body as well as the mind.
Creating safety for the unfolding of an energetic process in one’s body can be found in the therapeutic alliance between the practitioner and client. The PSEN practitioner develops an ability to attend to the client’s energetic body process, as well as her/his own internal process.
In each of the four years of training, we explore various ways of working with the flow or constriction of energy in and through the body. We provide our trainees with a set of tools essential for assisting an unfolding creative process in and through the body.
7. WORKING WITH ELEMENTAL PROCESSES
Earth, Fire, Water and Air are found everywhere in the natural world; they are also symbolic representations of both alchemical and archetypal energies inherent in the human psyche. These elemental forces are an integral part of our life on earth. They are also understood as symbolic representations of both alchemical and archetypal energies inherent in the human psyche.
In our PSEN training, we work with each of these essential elemental forces as an over-arching theme that corresponds to a fundamental part of the psyche for each training year.