While the study of Process Work involves understanding and practicing from within the Process Work paradigm and will necessarily vary from person to person, over time specific training requirements have been developed. These come out of experience of what is needed to ensure a good quality training.
In 1981 Arnold Mindell and colleagues founded the Research Society for Process Oriented Psychology, (RS POP), in Zurich, Switzerland, as a base for research and training. Since then an international Process Work community of students, certified process workers and teachers, has developed, with Process Work centres in Zurich and Portland, Oregon, USA. Training is now widely available throughout the world, in Japan, Australia, India, Poland, Slovakia and in many other countries.
Formal Training in the UK
Training in Process Work has been available in the UK since 1988. In 1998 RSPOPUK established an independent Process Work centre, the UK School of Process Work. This offers a full Process Work training programme in the UK, administered and coordinated by the RS POP UK Board of Studies and adapted from the training requirements developed in the Zurich and Portland training programmes.
Process Work is an evolving field and the RS POP UK training programme is also evolving. While in the past most students of Process Work were psychotherapists or were training as psychotherapists, increasingly people from many different backgrounds and interests are wanting to train in Process Work. The UK training programme currently offersthe Diploma in Process Oriented Psychology and a mentoring system. Both training options aim to support the diversity of individual learning needs and interests.
As an ordinary member of RS POP UK, you will receive information about seminars, our annual programme of events, can borrow Process Work videos and dissertations, and vote on issues at our annual General Assembly.