2010 Portland Training Prospectus
Facilitating Constellations in Professional Practice
USING SYSTEMIC CONSTELLATIONS IN INDIVIDUAL PRACTICE
Who should join Us
Content and topics
Logistics & Investment Options
To Apply for the Program
USING SYSTEMIC CONSTELLATIONS IN PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE
You now have the opportunity to incorporate this powerful European modality and perspective into your own practice. The intent of this program is to weave the deep wisdom of the constellation approach in with your existing practice, and to assist you in your own evolution as a practitioner of the healing arts.
Participants who typically join our programs are, like you, already accomplished individuals in their own right. You’ve already taken a lot of courses and done a lot of study, so what do we have to offer you? Our lead trainer, Jane Peterson, PhD, has a deep understanding of the constellation work. She’s been known to do constellations conversationally in five minutes in the midst of a busy conference, as well as doing longer pieces of work in more traditional workshop settings. Jane has trained others in constellation work for years in many places and different cultures in the world. She has learned one key thing that is important for you as a practitioner: the constellation form is not the constellation work. It is the deep philosophical underpinning in constellation work that actually creates the healing movements you experience with your clients. While we will certainly explore the many forms of the constellation approach, you will find the philosophical core of the work will have the most profound effect on your clients and patients. This program will give you a thorough grounding in the principles and essential practices that enable you to do constellation work well.
WHO SHOULD JOIN US FOR THIS PROGRAM
This course is aimed primarily at psychotherapists, social workers, marriage and family counselors, chiropractors, and naturopathic physicians who have an established practice, including those who work with trauma, trans-generational issues, and psychosomatic illness. This work is also very useful for lawyers, professional mediators, educators, organizational consultants, and clergy who work with individuals and families.
Much has been learned about the relationship of the mind to the body; we know the mind and body are part of the same system. This program incorporates the larger systemic perspective of the web of relationships each individual is embodied within. Human beings are intrinsically social beings. Guilt, grief and trauma that is unresolved in one generation may be transmitted to the next. Unresolved, these issues can manifest as physiological symptoms such as cancer, heart disease, skin problems, and psychological issues such as anxiety, depression, and relationship issues. Ironically, the more we understand the family system, the more completely we can support the individuals who come to us in finding their way to wholeness and well-being.
With this training, you will:
• Be able to quickly diagnosis and understand the trans-generational patterns that trap your clients in unproductive and self-sabotaging patterns
• Learn to engage your clients at a high level of ownership in the constellation and healing process
• Understand the invisible forces and hidden loyalties that act against the changes you offer your clients, and learn how to work with these forces rather than struggle against them
• Develop a deeper sense of how families function as homeostatic organisms over time.
• Learn how to create an open, safe space for the unknown to emerge, i.e., the phenomenological approach
• Hone your phenomenological perception and to learn to see behind the social masks and agreements that keep us from knowing family secrets.
• Learn to create effective healing procedures your clients can “take home” and continue to build on
• Learn to identify the interrupted reaching out movement and work with clients to reconnect to the source of life and vitality
• Learn how to work with the whole family systems through your client
• Learn to identify and work effectively with systemic trauma responses
• Develop your intuition and body sense of family systems, and learn how to use this knowledge respectfully and resourcefully in your work
• Experience your own personal evolution through engagement with these life-changing principles and practices
Continuing Education credits are available for social workers through NASW, chiropractors through NCNM, and for naturopathic physicians through NCNM.
PROGRAM CONTENT & TOPICS
The course is divided into four modules: a foundational module, basic dynamics module, intersystem dynamics and trauma module, special topics, practicum and supervision module.
CEU’s through the OBNE are offered for each module. In order to receive certification as a constellation facilitator from the Human Systems Institute, all four modules must be completed satisfactorily. The specific content of each course is customized to meet the needs and interests you bring into our learning circle.
MODULE 1 & 2: Foundations, principles and essential practices
• Course structure & certification requirements
• The function of conscience in human systems
• The three orders of love in relationship
• Perception & the phenomenological attitude
• Seeing two ways & beyond the social mask
• Hallucination vs. hypothesis
• Examining healing paradigms & the Orders of Helping
• The role of helping, the healer and the patient
• Embodied knowledge of family and other systems
• Constellations with two persons
• Intimate relations from the constellation perspective
• Orders of love in intimate relationships
• The fundamental turn towards or away from life
• Give & take in couples’ relationships, balancing illness and health
• The neurobiology of fighting in couples
• Spatial maps & the FOO factor (family of origin) in relationship
• Sensing the field of the family system
• The phenomenological attitude & bracketing
• The concept of permission in gaining patient commitment
• The breath as an indicator of permission
• Floor anchors in spatial mapping
• Using objects as representatives of family members
• Parents & children in constellation work
• Three things that harm love between parents & children
• The irresistibility of entanglements for children
• Why suffering and illness is chosen over resolution and well-being
• The special role of the sufferer
• How children get out of place in family systems
• Humility and the facilitator, what you can and can’t do
• Why communication doesn’t work the way you think it does
• Beyond the mind-body paradigm: constructing social worlds
• The function of stories in family systems (and other systems!)
• Finding healing sentences
• Deadly assumptions: the ladder of inference
• Six questions to setting a constellation
• Beyond the family system – intersystem dynamics
• The nervous system and bonding in relationships
• Types of trauma
• The interrupted reaching out movement
• Personal trauma & illness
• Family trauma & trans-generational transmission
• Social trauma
• Systemic vs. non-systemic approaches
• The intake as intervention
• When to use constellations and when not, assessing the patient’s resources
• Extreme states
• Putting the pieces together in a whole piece of work
MODULE 3: the focus is on coaching & implementation. In addition we cover these topics:
• Special topics in constellation work – social networks and other issues:
• Organizational and work issue constellations, how your job can make you sick
• Symptom & symbol in illness and health
• Blind constellations
• Structural constellations
• “Issues” constellations
• Espresso constellations
• Group & ritual constellation
• Video supervision & final coaching round begins
• Video supervision & facilitator coaching
• Case analysis
• Closing ceremony & graduation
Training Methods and Goals
The training is structured around four major content areas:
1. Principles – lecture, discussion and experiential exercises ground the participants in the underlying philosophical principles of the systemic constellation work. You will apply these principles flexibly to the situations you will encounter in practice. As Bert likes to say, the constellation work is “applied philosophy.”
2. Practices – artistry requires a solid set of skills. You will be introduced to the basic practices and skills you need to facilitate constellations well. We provide you with a firm foundation for their continuing development after you leave the program.
3. Self-awareness – brings to surface your own perceptual and cognitive filters and familial tendencies, things that could obscure you ability to cleanly facilitate constellations for your clients. We call this portion of the training “cleaning the instrument of self.”
4. Feedback – as part of “closing the learning loop” during the program, you will receive constructive and supportive feedback on their progress in several ways, including, process questions for each public workshop day, on-line discussion questions, supervision sessions with the instructor present, personal constellation days for you to explore your own issues, self-assessment questionnaires, and coaching conversations with the trainer.
On-line Classroom & Between Sessions Learning Opportunities
While enrolled in the training program, participants have access to both the Lending Library the Institute maintains, and the on-line classroom that is designed for their specific training. Structured inter-vision practice sessions are also strongly encouraged and the Institute will provide proven guidelines for maintaining healthy practice groups.
The on-line portion of the training consists of the following:
1. A discussion forum for participants with two questions per month provided by the instructors to provide learning and discussion opportunities for participants. This is also a place to ask questions and exchange ideas with the instructors and each other between sessions.
2. A resources folder is provided that contains URL’s, articles in .pdf format and other useful resources for the participants (rather like putting materials “on reserve” at a library).
Jane Peterson, PhD, started working with constellations in 1998, having studied constellation work with Bert Hellinger (the creator of Family Constellations, and one of the world’s most innovative, provocative and well-loved systemic therapists), Gunthard Weber MD, Albrecht Mahr MD, Sneh Victora Schnabel, Hunter Beaumont PhD, and others. She holds a PhD in Human and Organizational Systems from the innovative and multidisciplinary Fielding Graduate University.
Dr. Peterson brings a rich blend of other disciplines to her workshops. She has trained with a variety of cutting edge, systems thinkers from Dr. Arny Mindell of Process Oriented Psychology, communication specialist, Dr. Barnett Pearce, and Michael Grinder, a master of non-verbal communication and group dynamics, to the Peruvian mystic and energy worker Américo Yábar. Jane is also a master practitioner of Neuro-linguistic Programming, a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist and a Certified Behavioral Coach.
Dr. Peterson is the founder and director of The Human Systems Institute. This will mark the ninth year that the Institute has offered its internationally known Facilitator Coaching and Training Program. Dr. Peterson has trained constellation work in several countries in Asia, in Europe, in Canada, Mexico and South America, including being invited to be on the faculty of the prestigious International Intensive in Germany and the International Organizational Constellation Training Intensive.
Location: 4220 SW Freeman St, Portland, Oregon, 97219
Organized by: The Human Systems Institute, Inc.™
Maximum number of participants: 16 max.
Trainer: Jane Peterson, PhD
MODULE 1 & 2 Intensive Sessions: Focus on the specific dynamics present in relationships, career and health issues. Experiential training develops the skills needed to use this approach and to incorporate with your professional practice and personal life. Total program of 18 days is required for certification by the Human Systems Institute.
Session dates & costs: Two 5-day sessions, plus two discretionary workshop days are required for this part of the program. $1580. 72 CEU’s for NASW, OBNE, OBCE.
Sept. 22-26, 2010
Oct. 13-17, 2010
MODULE 3 Coaching & Supervision Intensive: Receive individualized coaching, optional video supervision and expert analysis of your cases. This is a required module for this certification by the Human Systems Institute. (Module 1 & 2 are prerequisites.)
Session dates & costs: Two 3-day sessions included in this program. $790. 36 CEU’s NASW & OBCE. 18 CEU's OBNE.
Nov. 5-7, 2010
Dec. 3-5, 2010
Typical session structure:
• Wednesday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 pm. Mornings focus on principles; afternoons on practices.
• Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Public workshop. Cases from the community. Post
workshop discussion and Q & A. (Plus two additional Public workshop days at their discretion within one year of beginning the program.)
• Sunday, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Sessions focus on practice, case analysis from student cases and demonstrations of different approaches.
TESTIMONIALS from previous FCTP students:
• Lori Beth Stargrove, Naturopathic Physician
"Both professionally and personally, the Human Systems Institute training has provided me with a forum for tremendous growth. In addition to deepening my understanding of the profound relationship between body and mind, I have learned a variety of new tools pertaining to group facilitation. I would strongly encourage all healthcare practitioners to study constellation work as it takes its place in the revolutionary medicine of the future".
• Marianne Murray, PhD, Transformational Learning Facilitator & Trainer
“When I realized that I wanted to train as a constellation facilitator I looked into several programs, thinking initially that it might be best to train in as close proximity to the originator of the work, Bert Hellinger, as possible. What I discovered, however, was that the format of most trainings did not offer the depth of inquiry, or the honing of awareness and perceptual skills that Jane has designed into her program. In the end it was a simple decision. This was clearly a training/coaching program in which I could engage and learn to the depth that I was seeking. “As a participant I’m growing and learning on many fronts, personally and professionally. My understanding of the underlying principles of the work has profoundly influenced the ways in which I make meaning - my worldview is literally shifting and changing. Developing skills of seeing and feeling the field is becoming a practice that I can take into most situations of life. I’m becoming a more effective and sensitive communicator as this awareness deepens. And, at a personal level, I have been able to acknowledge some of the ways in which I have been entangled and to make clear choices that are honoring of my family system. “I joined the training fully intending to become a facilitator. Now, three-quarters of the way through the training, I’m leading a regular practice group in my community and am planning to start offering groups in the autumn. The learning won’t stop with the end of the program, in fact I know I’m just at the beginning, but I can feel the solidity of the foundation on which I stand and that, to me, is a clear recognition of the quality of this training. “Jane is a rigorous and delightful trainer. She challenges, encourages, provokes and supports. She possesses very refined skills as a therapist and researcher and she makes them explicit in the training in a way that I’ve not experienced before. In other words, what she teaches comes right out of her own experience of learning and inquiring into the constellation work. She has forged a path of understanding, and now invites us to join her in the exploration. “In short, I highly recommend this program for anyone who has a passion for learning, a willingness to explore inwardly, and who wants to gain a deep understanding of systemic constellations. For those who want to become facilitators of the constellation work, I can’t imagine a more thorough grounding and skill building process. Jane’s coaching and guidance is invaluable.”
• Lynn Reer, PhD, Educator
“As a professor of education, I have keenly observed and learned from Jane Peterson's skill as a teacher. Her presentations are carefully geared to suit all of our learning styles. She encourages us to read in areas that we are particularly interested in. She pays close attention to each of our strengths and areas that need developing and structures her assignments on an individual basis to address these needs. When speaking to a group, she attends most carefully to the group's state. And, as an excellent trainer of trainers, she points out to us what she is doing, so that we can learn to do the same thing. “Though I brought some knowledge about behavior and psychology to this course, my understanding about how the mind works has expanded tremendously. We have explored both the commonalities and the inordinate variations of human behavior and perception, and I am more able to label and classify them and yet be awed by the beauty of how many ways people respond to their experiences. “We all learned how to pay exquisite attention to aspects of communication that we had ignored before. In my case, I have learned many visual cues to watch for and how to notice my own body teachings. I learned how to notice--when a client presents an issue--what is truly important to that client, how to separate old stories from pertinent information, and how to give information to a client and observe that person's response. I am using these skills in many areas of my life beyond constellation work. “I have learned how to notice my own state at any time and to change that state in order to gain more information, recover balance after an unbalancing event, or adjust to a client's needs.”
TO APPLY FOR THE PROGRAM
Please complete the application, the letter of commitment, and self-assessment questionnaire on our website, and mail these with your deposit to:
iFCTP c/o Human Systems Institute
4220 SW Freeman Street
Portland, OR 97219
Fill out the online application and self-assessment questionnaire and either email these and register online (via credit card) at or mail your application materials and check to us the address above.
Questions? Contact: Dr. Peterson at 503-293-0338 or email us.
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