3-year Certificate Program:
a Foundation in anthroposophic psychology
(Starting APRIL 6-10, 2022)
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN - please note, the curriculum evolves; updates will be posted on this page describing the seminars
You may be a professional psychologist, a minister, a social worker, a life coach or a trusted friend to whom others turn for guidance. Whatever your helping role in life, you have surely felt the need for a more soul-and-spirit filled perspective than mainstream modalities can offer. Anthroposophic psychology works from a deep understanding of the nature and potential of each human being.
ANTHROPOS : POSSIBLE HUMAN BEING | SOPHIA : DIVINE WISDOM
A diverse community of professional colleagues is attracted to this work, each bringing unique knowledge and wisdom to share with one another during their three-year journey. Deep relationality can develop between cohort members in their mutual quest for greater understanding of what it means to be fully human. The program is highly experiential so students may have body/soul/spirit first-hand experience of concepts that are offered, developing skills gained through this approach.
Our students develop new interpersonal and professional skills to bring to clients, to loved ones, and to the world at large. Many also discover increased self-knowledge and self-compassion.
Dates and Locations
Each seminar begins 8:30 AM on a Wednesday, and finishes at 1:00 PM on a Sunday, unless otherwise instructed. If there is a conflict for some with the IPMT training, you can attend the other location for that seminar content.
New Registrant Tuition Costs
AAP Graduates and Interns Tuition Costs
GRADUATES WHO HAVE COMPLETED ANY AAP 3-YEAR CERTIFICATE PROGRAM
INTERNS (COMMITTEE SELECTED) WHO HAVE COMPLETED ANY AAP 3-YEAR CERTIFICATE PROGRAM
Each of the nine carefully designed seminars includes a balance of experiential exercises, lectures, artistic response, movement, individual contemplation, and the richness of human relationship. Within each seminar, sufficient time is created to ponder, digest, wrestle with, and integrate the rich content and experiences. Between seminars, live online conferences and “Between Queries” allow deeper understanding to ripen. Alterations to the curriculum can occur but this shows the general flow of concepts and experiences.
To enliven thinking and creativity, to foster learning, to stimulate the will to change, to assist self-knowledge and transformation, a range of learning methodologies are engaged throughout the 9 seminars: lecture, movement, study resources, creative artistic activities for the non-artist, imagery exercises, concentration and meditation, visual arts, expressing through clay and color, charcoal exercises, form drawing, storytelling, drama, role playing, nature observations, journaling.
Purpose, Principles & Practices of Anthroposophic Psychology
Revealing the value of anthroposophic psychology; placing anthroposophic psychology within the stream of contemporary psychology; psychosynthesis and anthroposophy alliance; uncovering who I am; recognizing education as self-education; human encounters as developmental wellsprings; principles of “becoming” contrasted with pathology orientation; progressing from Freud; evidence─ based; DSM and beyond; dimensions and dynamics of consciousness; awakening the will to learn and to change; differentiating presencing from mindfulness; ontological security as key to spiritual dimensions of the “I”; role of empathic resonance in healing; body, soul and spirit; introducing human nature as two-fold, three-fold, four-fold, seven-fold, nine-fold and twelve-fold; pathos and spiritus; contemporary soul challenges; humanity at the threshold between earthy and spiritual realities.
Discovering the Components and Contributions of the Sacred Wound and the Primal Wound
Humanity as carrier of the sacred wound; existential anxiety and its origin in the human story; primal wound linked to empathic failure; 4-fold birth of the human being: actual physical body, invisible life-body, desire body and “I”; exploring birth to age 7 (first septennial); trauma, cumulative trauma and dissociation as a response to trauma; personal self as child-of-history; spiritual aspects of our Child-of-Self; rethinking attachment and attachment disorders; brokenness as pathway to wholeness; exploring the multi-faceted 4-fold human nature; transference and counter-transference; sensory experience in the young child; encountering hidden complexes/subpersonalities; ego defenses as armor and obstacle; creating context for Oedipal dynamics; value of object relations theory; landscape of the soul; feelings and states of being; strengthening senses of life, balance, movement, touch; reality of hierarchical beings and their effect on human nature and human destiny.
Childhood’s Trials and Accomplishments
Rethinking Erik Erikson’s developmental stages from a spiritual psychology lens; exploring ages 7 to 14 (second septennial); life/etheric forces as basis of a living being; deepening principles linked to aspects of consciousness: lower unconsciousness, higher unconsciousness, middle unconsciousness; repression barriers as shadow and guardians of threshold between ordinary consciousness and spiritual consciousness; the 9-year change as gateway to earthly maturity; sense psychology in relation to volition/willing; balancing polarities in 12 senses as a means to wellness; introjection and projection as developmental necessity; incarnation challenges as predispositions for obsessions, compulsions, eating disorders; the Double and the Shadow.
Who am I: The Search for Identity and Authenticity
Exploring ages 14 to 21 (third septennial); understanding origins and manifestations of gender and sexuality; sentient body the basis for one’s consciousness of self; trials associated with 4 elements: addiction, depression, anxiety, loss of self; tackling egotism as present-day symptom of the “Fall from the Garden of Eden”; archetypal complexes/subpersonalities; mythology as valuable lens into human nature and becoming; cognition/thinking and volition/will from a 7-fold perspective; Know Thyself as mandate from the Lesser Guardian; the human body and soul as expression of the cosmos.
Contemporary Wellness Challenges from a 7-fold Lens
Uncovering the magnitude of materialism (associative thinking contrasted with “enlivened” thinking) and secularism (denial of spiritual realities); modern-day soul challenges: spiritual by-passing; repression of the sublime; understanding induction as inevitable developmental occurrence; karma/destiny, freedom or necessity; introducing human nature and becoming from a 7-fold lens; the 7 life-processes as source of life; 7 life processes a basis for knowing the human being and healing the despair maladies of our time; deficits in contemporary psychology; experiencing the planetary seals, seat of the soul; the mystery of embodiment; doubt, fear and hate as evolving necessities; 3-fold manifestations of soul life: sentient soul, intellectual soul, consciousness soul.
Components and Forces Working in the Self
Examining the seven physical organs from a 3-fold lens: bodily, psychologically and spiritually; physical organs as psychological processes; a new approach to three archetypal soul expressions: victim, rescuer, oppressor; forgiveness, a journey towards spirit self; seven planetary/personality types.
Consolidating the 7-fold Map of the Human Being
7 organ systems, 7 phases of evolution, 7 life processes; transforming negative/fallen life processes; recognizing barriers to learning; fairy tales as a journey through 7-fold landscape; destiny learning; 4 elements and the 4 ethers; translations from contemporary psychology to anthroposophic psychology such as EMDR; non-violent communication model; 4 meteorological organ systems: heart, kidneys, liver, lungs; psychopathology in relation to organology.