Information for Groups and Training
FAMILY CONSTELLATION TRAINING
The Basic Training
The Basic Training is offered in two parts of eight days each for a total of sixteen days. It is a deep self-experience on one hand, while on the other hand transmitting all the basic theoretical and practical principles of Family Constellation work. In this newly designed training we will go further than ordinary Family Constellation therapy by developing an understanding that family members also represent our own inner energy. During this training we will make this shift from looking out to looking in, from being focused on others to coming back to ourselves. The world is really a mirror that shows us who we are.
Level 1: Healing the Roots (8 Days)
We explore the energy field a child is born into and how this forms the layers of his mind. A therapist needs to learn to tune into such an energy field and in this way understand the behaviour and feelings of a client. A constellation is merely a method to make the relational field that we live in visible and help us understand what serves healing.
In this part of the training we learn about the parent-child relationship (family of origin) and the man-woman relationship (present family) and what are the underlying laws that operate in these relationships.
Each participant will have the opportunity to experience deeper layers of his mind and in this way understand family and social conditioning, not only by seeing his own constellation, but also by watching and standing in for others. The therapist will explain step by step what a constellation reveals, how to stay tuned to the energy of a constellation and eventually discover what allows the love of the system to flow again. As our awareness grows, our love and gratitude become deeper.
Some of the topics covered:
• Love and order in a family system
• Understanding bonding
• Resolving guilt and shame
• What supports love in the parent-child and the man-woman relationship
• The function of conscience
• The balance of giving and taking
• The difference between blind love and conscious love
• The interrupted movement to the mother
• The dynamic between victim and perpetrator
• Life, death and the unknown
Osho Family Constellation is based in meditation. It is rooted in a deep acceptance of life as it is, which takes one beyond the effort for improvement. When we can honour what is, therapy ends and meditation begins.
This training does not qualify one to practice psychotherapy as such, but enables anyone already working with people to expand their skills and broaden their understanding. It is for professionals and newcomers alike.
Level 2: Beyond Family (8 Days)
In level 2 we explore more complicated issues and their underlying family dynamics, like addiction, abortion, adoption, sexual abuse and others. We learn how to discover the family dynamics behind many illnesses and bodily symptoms, and how to work towards healing with a systemic understanding.
Participants will also begin to practice simple, solution-oriented therapeutic interventions that follow the understanding gained in level 1 and arise from watching the systemic field and the movements of the representatives. We learn more about the role and inner attitude of a facilitator of Family Constellation and how to allow the intrinsic love of a family to come through. Only then lasting solutions to many life problems can be found.
Some topics include
• Recognizing and supporting healing movements (‘movements of the
• The interview before a constellation: how to gather relevant information
• Steps to setting up a constellation
• When to end or interrupt a constellation
• The effects of spoken sentences that heal
• The functioning of systems other than family systems (such as work teams and organizations),
Issues regarding money, work and creativity
• Practice of constellation work
Constellations in individual sessions: working with symbols
The movement within the constellation that takes us ‘beyond family’ and beyond blind love to conscious love is part of an inner growth process that brings the individual in deep synchronicity with life itself, and into real and joyful aloneness.
In this training each participant will experience and understand family conditioning and has the opportunity to put up his own constellation. We will also learn by watching and taking part in other participants’ constellations. The process of this work will be made transparent as the therapist explains step-by-step what is happening within each constellation and how the source of love can be found.
Prerequisite for booking: Previous experience in Family Constellation work or personal interview
Daily meditations are an integral part of this training.
When the family has been brought into its natural order, the individual can leave it behind him while still feeling the strength of his family supporting him. Only when the connection to his family is acknowledged, and the person’s responsibility seen clearly and then distributed, can the individual feel unburdened and go about his personal affairs without anything from the past weighing him down or holding him back. – Bert Hellinger (from a seminar transcript)
FAMILY CONSTELLATION AND TRAUMA HEALING
Advanced Training Level 3
This advanced training is open for everyone who has completed level 1 and 2 of the Family Constellation Foundation Training. It deals specifically with refining our skills in working with people, and teaches concepts and strategies to help body and mind to heal, and to renegotiate the effects of trauma and states of shock in human life.
While Family Constellation helps us understand how in the relational field of a family we take over the traumas of others, we add now a complementary somatic approach, mostly stemming from the work of Somatic Experiencing. We learn how our body responds to traumatic stress and what will serve our body to find healing and self-regulation again. In this approach we focus on bodily sensations, and mobilise the powerful survival energy that got frozen in the nervous system. By working on the physiological level, insights from a constellation can be integrated and absorbed more easily and any re-traumatisation can be avoided. In traumatic stress our nervous system is affected, and reacts in a way that is beyond our control. Unless we reach to that level of the body where the high charge is tied up, support its gradual recovery from a frozen state and integrate that freed energy, no lasting healing is possible.
• Understanding trauma and post-traumatic stress
• The physiology of trauma and the stress response
• The general treatment approach and basic concepts
• The work with emotions
• Using touch as therapeutic tool
• Constellation practise with special consideration of trauma
Each day there will be theory, followed by demonstration sessions and supervised practices. By combining Family Constellation with a somatic approach we gain a broader understanding of how to deal with personal and collective trauma. We become more sensitive how to prepare a client for a constellation and how personal and collective traumas are often interwoven.
On a personal level we find a deeper connection to our body and how to overcome post-traumatic stress. This strengthens our ability to stay present to others and to ourselves in all kinds of challenging life situations.
The trauma you avoid will eventually destroy you.
The trauma you deal with will become your strength.
SUPERVISION AND INTERNSHIP
Whoever has completed the Basic Training can join one of our supervision groups. These are specifically designed for those who are already working with people, or for those who are interested in taking constellation work to a deeper level with the help of direct feedback.
It is also possible to join the Basic Training again as part of an Internship. This includes receiving extra teaching sessions outside the training hours. It is a chance to gather further experience in a group of more advanced students.
INNER MAN INNER WOMAN
The Male – Female Polarity
In this group we explore the true nature of our inner male and female polarity. Often we are identified with one side while the other remains hidden, withdrawn, or even dominated by the other. By exploring which of our actions in our daily life is rooted in desire, tension and effort, or in relaxation, joy and innocence, we start to gain an understanding of whether it is our male or our female side that has authentic strength and is capable of love. Now we become clear about which side needs to be given more space in our life, and we can start to implement changes in our relationships, our work and daily routine. The outer and the inner mirror each other.
Sometimes what we thought of as strength is really coming out of fear, and what we judged as weak might be our real treasure. What we thought of as love might turn out to be just the avoidance of our loneliness, because real love is born out of meditation.
Through guided meditations we come to understand what it means to be in the flow of life, and with the help of some basic Gestalt techniques we gain insights into what healthy relating looks like. We will further explore specific qualities of our male and female sides to find out which is capable of love and if they can find their expression in work they enjoy. When we don’t judge, instead letting each side grow on its own, peace and a silent joy follow naturally.
Creativity is the greatest rebellion in existence. – Osho