Understanding & Healing Transgenerational Trauma
Recognizing & Working With
Unconscious Forces in Depth Work
A Three-Day Intensive
PSEN Workshop in
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
June 3rd – 5th, 2022
Presented by Irene Tobler & Michael Mervosh
Co-founders of PsychoEnergetics Training Programs.
Engage and explore fascinating and elusive encounters with the “Presence of Absence” that can haunt our lives.
Learn about the transfer of unresolved trauma and destructive aggression from one generation to another.
Gain an opportunity to both witness and experience the powerful effect of trans-generational healing through depth work.
This workshop is for professional practitioners and therapists from various body and mind healing modalities.
We will also consider accepting applicants with a sincere interest in furthering their own personal development, on a case-by-case basis.
“Through our greatest human vulnerabilities, light can shine through from the deepest recesses of uncoonscious forces in the human psyche.”
PSEN CORE VALUES
PRESENT MOMENT EXPERIENCE
ACCEPTING WHAT IS
PSEN PROCESS TEACHINGS
HONORING BOUNDARIES & LIMITS
TRACKING PROCESS vs CONTENT
SLOWING THE PROCESS DOWN
ATTUNEMENT vs DIFFERENTIATION
WORKING A DEVELOPMENTAL EDGE
MAKING PROCESS OBSERVATIONS
USING QUESTIONS as INQUIRY
STAYING IN THE ROOM
PUSHING FOR SPECIFICITY
BEING A DISTURBING FORCE
“A vital and embodied presence
can re-vitalize the world.”
In the lovely centre area of Amsterdam:
WEESPERZIJDE 79a – AMSTERDAM
“The sedimentations of ancient family history, from a past that has been forgotten and erased, re-surface in the chronic impasses and in the deepest resistances in our day-to-day struggles. Embedded in these confounding struggles are voices that have been silenced long ago, waiting to be heard at last.”
We are the manifest, living presences of future lives long ago dreamed about or wished for by our ancestors far back in our past.
We carry out the fulfillment of their wishes and dreams, and we also carry their unresolved burdens, traumatic sufferings and unbearable shames and losses – that which they were unable face, resolve and live through.
In our depth work, we become vital, living witnesses that can help our clients to recognize the ‘enduring and haunting presence of absence’ in their lives.
We use our own ’embodied awareness’ to help the client to see that the chronic struggles that seem to trap them in an ‘eternal present’ have their origins in a generational past that has been erased.
In this workshop, we will:
- Learn to recognize and engage with the ghost-like ‘elusive presences’ that are not quite in the tangible world, and not quite fully in the ineffable world. Because of this, they have a deeply formative impact on our being and on our material lives.
- Deeply appreciate that the surfacing of these ‘presences of absence’ are not only the result of unresolved trauma from past generations, but also indications that something at last is trying to resolve itself through us, and is asking us to become more aware – in order to complete a healing task that has been frozen in time.
- Understand the radically healing and energizing power of moving a timeless, ghostly or haunting presence into active engagements, a livable history, and a creative future. Work with four essential tasks for Trans-generational Healing:
1 – Acknowledging and mourning the profound losses and shame of those who came before us.
2 – Seeing how those losses are linked to deep psychological troubles in one’s own present day life.
3 – Learning how the transmission of trauma across generations can be transformed in the present.
4 – Understand the deeply transformative dynamic of having one’s history being ‘actively witnessed’.
- Working at this level of depth requires the courage and tenacity of a practitioner who is able to stay present and available to the underlying forces that hold traumatic events from a past. These are forces that have been trivialized, forgotten or rendered silent.
- It also requires for both the practitioner and the client to begin to think about what has been unthinkable; to speak about what has previously been unspeakable; and to bear the unformed and unexpressed feelings related to traumatic events from the past, that up to now, have been unbearable..
- Practitioners must be willing to come with an open mind, work with embodiment practices, and enter into deeply engaged processes with one another. The gifts one receives from this type of work is the restoration of something within the client that has previously been both impossible to permit to come to the surface, and yet impossible to move beyond.
PLEASE NOTE: ALL PARTICIPANTS ENROLLING THIS WORKSHOP WILL BE PROVIDED WITH PDF DOCUMENTS THAT ARE TO BE READ PRIOR TO ATTENDING THE WORKSHOP.
THE READINGS WILL BE ESSENTIAL IN HELPING PARTICIPANTS TO HAVE A MORE INFORMED ORIENTATION TO THE WORKSHOP CONTENT.
THE READINGS WILL ALSO GIVE PARTICIPANTS A USEFUL CONTEXT AND FRAMEWORK FOR UNDERSTANDING THE WORK WE WILL ALL DO TOGETHER DURING THE WORKSHOP.
About Our PSEN Approach To Depth Work As Practitioners:
This workshop provides participants with an in-depth exploration of our fundamental need as human beings to embody a life-giving and life-enhancing aliveness that re-ignites in us a zest for life – especially related to aspects of our humanity that have been wounded or inhibited, to move our lives forward.
- A basic premise of our PSEN approach is to look more deeply into our own unconscious depths, those areas and aspects of ourselves that are ‘as-yet-unknown’ to us. We recognize that what we can’t see about ourselves holds power over us, and contributes to our compelling and disturbing troubles that elude resolution.
As practitioners, we can appreciate that our ability to keep ourselves interested and alive in the presence of our clients is both our job and our responsibility. Our aliveness, in relationship to our client’s being, can also be a profound gift that supports our clients in life-moving, and potentially, life-changing ways.
- Our passionate involvement with the inner world of our clients creates the possibility of their deeper transitioning into life.
PLEASE NOTE: This workshop will be conducted in English only.
More About PSEN Depth Work For Practitioners:
Living systems need to be disturbed in order to grounded and enlivened enough to change. Disturbance comes through the ability of the individual to feel and think differently from others, and differently than their own fixed ideas and rigidified beliefs.
As a practitioner, the ability to be a grounded support, and yet also a disturbing force for another, provides our clients with the following:
- A sense of being seen and directly engaged where they currently are, while at the same time being challenged to take worthwhile risks and lean into new potentials, in ways that are unlikely to come from within themselves.
- Introductions to and demonstration sessions of various methodologies of PsychoEnergetics process facilitation – our uniquely crafted body-mind approach to in depth psychological work .
- An approach to and in-depth exploration of our fundamental need as human beings to grow beyond our limited sense of being, and through passionate encounters, to reconnect to a zest for life that can renew us, and move us forward.
- An opportunity to engage practitioners in the depths of their own psyches while having a felt sense of a lived energy through sensations in the body, in order to better support their clients in becoming more whole and alive.
IN OUR PSEN EXPERIENTIAL WORKSHOPS, PARTICIPANTS:
Receive opportunities to practice our PSEN Body-Mind approach through:
- Fundamental Embodiment Practices
- Guided Mindfulness Meditations
- ‘Actively Presencing’ one’s Body and Mind
- Depth & Process Facilitation Sessions.
Registration and Contact:
Dates & Times:
Friday, June 3rd 10:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday, June4th 10:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday, June 5th 10:00am – 4:00pm
Participants check in on Friday: 9–10 am
380€ – if paid before May 4th, 2022
410€ – if paid after May 4th, 2022
320€ – for current and past PSEN Training Year students (Early enrollment discount does not apply in this case.)
* Participants shall pay a 200€ deposit to reserve a place in this workshop.
* Balance to be paid at beginning of the workshop.
Deposits are 50% refundable up until 30 days before the workshop.
Michael is a licensed clinical psychologist with MGM PsychologicalAssociates in Pittsburgh, PA, USA. He has been devoted to full-time private practice, providing intensive individual and group psychotherapy for 25 years as a Gestalt and Object Relations trained psychotherapist, who utilizes a body- oriented as well as Jungian influenced approach to working with his clients.
He is the co-founder and a primary instructor of PsychoEnergetics Training, a four-year depth and process facilitation training program and community-oriented learning group. PSEN Training is offered in the United States and Europe, with 50 students in each training year. It has been in existence since 2006.
For more information about Michael’s work, go to michaelmervosh.com.
Irene Tobler is a licensed naturopath and certified homoeopath, body worker, process oriented therapist and healer.In her private practice since 1990, in Switzerland and internationally, Irene had the opportunity to gather extensive clinical experience working with clients from many different cultural and language backgrounds.
In her work with clients she combines classical homoeopathy with body oriented process work, which includes the transpersonal perspective of human experience. She pays special attention to body sensations as a gateway into unconscious material.
Irene has been teaching workshops and trainings internationally since 1998, and has been co-leading the Hero’s journey for Women in the USA (www.herosjourneyfoundation.org) for the past ten years, facilitating a deep encounter with one’s interior through the elements of nature and community.
She has been deeply involved with spiritual practices since 1980, such as mindfulness based Buddhist Meditation and Yoga.
Depth work involves engaging the life forces
needed to be embodied for transformation,
so it essential to understand that
it is only by bearing the heat of passion
that old attachments are weakened,
and new attachments can be forged.
“We are very excited to return to Amsterdam for this intensive PSEN Workshop. We are eager to bring these dynamic concepts forward as living experiences that enhance all those who participate wholeheartedly – and in ways that can move our lives forward, in ways that matter deeply to us.”