Training in Bioenergetic Analysis consists of two phases: pre-clinical and clinical, over a four year period.
The pre-clinical phase takes two years and involves group learning about the basics of Bioenergetic Analysis, its history, techniques and relationship to other fields of knowledge. The clinical phase takes a further two years, and trainees learn about the therapeutic process, with an emphasis on self-awareness, the application of theory to practice, and an understanding of key therapeutic issues, such as transference, counter-transference and projective identification.
The current training programme started in March 2020 in Wellington.
Each year of the training involves 21 training days - 3 x 5-day workshops and 3 x 2-day weekend workshops, spaced through the year.
The Training Curriculum and Requirements
Structure of the Training Days
Each of the four years of the training course consists of three sets of five-day trainings, and three weekend trainings, a total of 21 days training each year. The five-day and weekend trainings are interwoven throughout the year. The five-day trainings are taught by an International Faculty member of the IIBA, usually from North America or from Europe. The weekend trainings are taught by Local Trainers accredited to the IIBA and by the other staff of the training faculty in New Zealand. The training will take place in Wellington.
Each student is required to undertake regular personal bioenergetic therapy to assist with the integration of their applied learning.
Clinical supervision in the use of bioenergetic techniques may commence during the clinical phase of the training course, or after completion of the four years of training, depending on individual trainee readiness. Applicants for Certification as a Bioenergetic Therapist (CBT) are required to complete 50 hours of bioenergetic supervision and are also required to meet the PBANZ standards for supervision if they wish to become a Registered Psychotherapist.
Training programme fees are set to cover programme costs. They are calculated on the basis of the size of the training group and the $NZ exchange rate at the time of the training (as our international trainers are paid in their home currency). Fees may be paid annually in advance or by quarterly or monthly direct credit payments.
Certification as a CBT and Registration as a Psychotherapist with PBANZ
CBT (Certified Bioenergetic therapist) is an internationally recognised qualification which can only be awarded by organisations affiliated to the IIBA (International Institute for Bienergetic Analysis). NZSBA is affiliated to the IIBA
The Psychotherapy Board of Aotearoa New Zealand (PBANZ), is currently consulting on the Accreditation Standards for psychotherapy training programmes. Until such time as the new Accreditation Standards are finalised, the NZSBA training programme is “grandparented” by PBANZ as an approved course, and the qualification CBT is recognised for registration as a psychotherapist. Once the new PBANZ Accreditation Standards are finalised, NZSBA has the intention to meet these requirements, and if the NZSBA course is approved, graduates with a CBT may apply to PBANZ for registration as a psychotherapist.
Feedback by participants of the 2009-2013 NZSBA training programme
These comments are provided to you with the trainees’ consent. The comments have been taken from student evaluations of the training course which were done six months after they had completed the training. All trainees have been included in this process.
A wealth of information was provided by the trainers in a range of mediums (e.g. hand-outs, reading lists, visual presentations, lecture style lessons, practical demonstrations) in a learning environment which facilitated an in-depth understanding of the relevant material.
I felt very supported, encouraged & stimulated regarding the feedback & marking. Any comments or recommendations were backed up with ideas, suggestions to reach the next level of understanding through working with my body- bodywork and appropriate reading material
Live feedback at all times was supportive and encouraging.
Definitely supported in the learning process. My own therapy was a must as an adjunct to the learning in the workshops.
The course content and processes lined up well with what was stated in the curriculum as learning content.
I have studied a number of other counselling and psychotherapy modalities during my 20 years work in this profession and I discovered Bioenergetic Analysis is unique in that it provides access to the deeper layers of trauma that are stored in the body at an energetic, neural, cellular and visceral level.
Sufficient time was allowed by the trainers to use emotional experiences of group members, in the here and now, as a practical example of bioenergetic work. As well as being extremely beneficial to all group members this work was carried out in a safe and contained manner and enhanced learning opportunity. Boundaries were kept in place which created safety around emotions and the expression of them.
It was lovely to have bush and open space around, and the room was spacious. Beanbags were comfy to sit in for long periods.
It was fantastic to have the opportunity to learn from such a range of different international trainers with such a wealth of experience and knowledge. Pye and Garry held the overall training and the group with skill, heart, humility, warmth and professionalism. The implicit learning from both of them in the way they live Bioenergetics was priceless.
The course exceeded my expectations. Professionally and personally I have no hesitation in recommending it to any counsellor or therapist who wants to deepen and expand their self-knowledge, knowledge of working somatically within a therapy context and their work with clients.
I went from losing my passion for counselling before the course, to great excitement about the work and how bioenergetics could support me and my clients.
During the training I became aware of how restricted and restraining my upbringing had been and the emotional support throughout the 4yrs was a revelation bringing the ability to make significant change to my life.
This course saved my life!!- I wasn’t suicidal, but I was dead inside. I learnt to LIVE with VITALITY (it ebbs and flows still).
When introducing this training to me five years ago, my supervisor said to me it would be the best thing I could do for myself. Both personally and professionally. She was right! It has been a fantastic experience- with amazing trainers, both local and international. My personal life has been enriched, and my practice as a therapist has increased in depth and richness of experience!
This is a superb training. The brilliant curriculum encompassed a vast, fascinating and potentially deeply transformative body of knowledge. This was imparted in varied and stimulating ways by highly experienced and diverse trainers with serious professional cred who all brought their specialities and unique flavour. I especially valued the integrity, and coherence of the trainers (truly people who “walk their talk”) and the way the extraordinarily dedicated local trainers both expertly held and lead the group with such grounded Grace. A climate / kaupapa was co-created which honoured great breadth of individual styles, encouraged deep and safe interaction between participants (sometimes the greatest teachers) and which optimised professional and personal learning. Though I’ve yet to fully ground this rich experience, I’m very aware that I’ve received a profound gift. Thank you to everyone who made this possible.
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"When you have no words for your feelings, for what happened to you, for what is missing in you, we listen to the inner resonance of your inchoate secrets as it lives in your body. We invite you to surrender to the spirit of your body and the body of your spirit and in so doing, to embrace your true self."
Robert Lewis, M.D. IIBA Faculty