Training for Professionals
Radix Institute Training Program for Professionals –
Radix training may be taken in many places throughout the world, though more travel will be required from some locations to get approved experiential work, to obtain in-person supervision and to attend regional training workshops and extended summer training workshops.
There are three aspects to the training program, all essential. The first is experiential work: the trainee must, open emotionally, experience the process deeply, gain self-understanding and have grown significantly as a consequence. The second is conceptual, technical knowledge: the trainee must come to understand the work well and become familiar with relevant books and articles. The third is practice teaching, developing the skills to apply his knowledge. Occasionally, outside work i.e., work other than Radix work, is sometimes expected. Each trainee must maintain two notebooks corresponding to these aspects of training. The first documents his personal growth. The second serves as a reference manual for teaching techniques.
Radix Education is both a powerful growth program in its own right, or a powerful adjunct to the practice of psychotherapy or even other body-oriented disciplines. Radix neo-Reichian techniques can enhance verbal psychotherapy, whether individual or group, or such body oriented disciplines as Rolfing, Alexander, and Feldenkrais. Thus psychiatrists, psychologists, clinical social workers, marriage and family counselors, dance therapists, holistic health practitioners, chiropractors and massage therapists have all found training in Radix of great value to themselves and their clients.
Our training program is open to professional and non-professional alike. While Radix work requires a high level of skill, recognized programs of instruction in psychology and education do not necessarily equip their graduates to learn Radix work. Openness, empathy, and self-understanding are of utmost importance. These are not qualities typically developed in academic and professional schools, but are regularly developed by this work. For this reason, we do not require that trainees be products of academic and professional schools, although most of them are.
Because we have no formal education requirements for admission into training, it may appear attractive for the wrong reasons to those who have never completed formal schooling. Those who lack the necessary self-discipline to apply themselves to a difficult long-range objective should not apply. The training program is hard and requires the development of conceptual understanding through study, as well as the mastery and understanding of subtle techniques. Written work is required, and exams are structured in to the program. However, the central criterion for success in the program is the development of a high level of skill in working with clients.
Traditionally, Reichian work proceeded within the confines of the medical model which assumes that persons who are troubled or distressed are sick or unhealthy. The Radix model, which is educational, is a program of education in feeling and purpose, which proceeds within a context of development and growth and the blocks to these. The student is encouraged to become an active participant in his own process of change, appreciating the context in which his defense arose, and learning both the expression and containment of feeling.
In Radix work the emphasis is on process, the ongoing, living, dynamic process of shutting down feelings or opening to their expression in the body and in life, increasing contact with oneself and realizing one’s potential in work and in life.