Professional Training Program Syllabus

This syllabus reflects the core training that is done in all of our psychosynthesis training programs. Our programs offer in-person, teleconference and independent study options. They are designed for those new to psychosynthesis, as well as people with psychosynthesis backgrounds who want to pursue further training and Life Coach Certification. The format for the training will define differences in how the material is taught, but in all cases, the work will combine theory, personal experience and practicum work, in a rich variety of teaching methods, incorporating many learning styles. The syllabus reflects the total work of levels one and two and is not designated in a chronological fashion. Level one, in all formats, covers the basics of psychosynthesis theory and practice and level 2 deepens the theoretical understanding and the particulars of application within the helping relations. This includes differentiating the major fields of coaching and counseling, and consideration of applications in other arenas. Completion of level 2 leads to Psychosynthesis Life Coach certification and the nationally renowned Board Certified Coach credential, for those who meet requirements.

Psychosynthesis and Related Theory and Application

Psychosynthesis training draws on the rich theory and tradition of psychosynthesis from its inception in the 1920's through present theory and practice. It also draws on allied transpersonal approaches and supportive traditional views to enhance its comprehensive nature. It is practiced in coaching, counseling & psychotherapy, health care, education, business, pastoral work and other forms of helping relations.

  • Philosophy and history
  • Principle of synthesis
  • Aspects and nature of the psyche
  • The nature of I : Awareness and Will
  • Subpersonality theory and application
  • Identification/disidentification
  • Qualities, blocks and emerging purpose
  • Purpose, Meaning and Values
  • Stages of self-realization
  • Dimensions of growth
  • Transpersonal maps and models
  • Will and the act of will
  • Higher Self and transpersonal will
  • Psycho-spiritual Developmental Models
  • Parental imago, childhood development and healing the inner child
  • Dynamics of the lower unconscious and the superconscious
  • Psychological functions: intuition, thought, imagination, feeling, impulse, sensation
  • Applications in the helping Relationship
  • Guidelines for becoming certified as a Life Coach
  • The parameters of Individual work
  • Business Consulting
  • Introduction to Group Work
  • Specialty Areas
  • Considerations for becoming a Psychosynthesis Practitioner (through advanced training and supervision)
  • Self-definition and Ownership of Psychosynthesis


The Guiding Process

Psychosynthesis guiding, whether as coach or other helper, emphasizes the role of the guide's presence and quality of being. The process is considered to be co-created, unique to each situation and ultimately guided by the purpose of the client in his or her life's unfoldment.

  • Presence and the synthesis of polarities
  • Qualities of self(guide's)
  • Bi-focal vision Support of purpose
  • The Nature of the Psyche
  • Personal and Transpersonal Development
  • Personal (guide's) psychosynthesis
  • Session dynamics
  • Creating the guide subpersonality
  • Guide responsibility
  • Awareness training
  • Strategies for Helping Professionals
  • Assessment skills
  • Self-healing and maintenance
  • Intervention strategies
  • The process of the helping relationship
  • Client/guide relationship
  • Transference and countertransference
  • Eliciting purpose and will alignment
  • Social and Global concerns
  • Levels of contact: formal through intimate
  • Walking the Talk: The work of being a Guide or Helper
  • Finding the Good Fit: the Right Client for the Right Practitioner
  • Reaching out: networking and marketing
  • Who is out there? Understanding your population, your community and your place
  • Ethics, advocacy and Social Justice


Techniques and Strategies

Psychosynthesis draws on the six psychological functions for its techniques. Thinking, feeling, sensing, desiring, imagining and intuiting are all areas for work. In addition, techniques are considered to be secondary to presence and the being of the guide, thus any technique in service of psychosynthesis principles may be used. Techniques are part of the creative edge of professional self-creation.

  • Screening, Assessment & Orientation
  • Guided imagery
  • Body awareness and intervention
  • Subpersonality integration
  • Autobiography
  • Strengths Assessments
  • Working Beyond Limitations
  • Accessing Inner Knowing
  • Defining Goals, Activating Will
  • Self-Knowledge, Acceptance & Love
  • Supporting the Internal Unifying Center in Clients
  • Working with Subpersonalities
  • Anchoring into Self: The True I AM
  • Expressive techniques
  • Eliciting purpose
  • Dream work
  • Interpersonal responsiveness
  • Awareness
  • Yin/yang presence
  • Client Resources: Claiming Possibility
  • Regression
  • Uncovering techniques
  • Affirmation
  • Ideal model
  • Healing the inner child
  • Work with the "I"
  • Stress reduction
  • Wise being and transpersonal guidance
  • Meditation
  • Positive & Resilience based Approaches
  • Identification/disidentification
  • Grounding and homework

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