Training Module 1

Module 1
Working Holistically in Therapy and Personal Growth:
Core Concepts of the Radix Body Centered Approach and its Reichian Roots

In the early 1920’S Wilhelm Reich, along with analysts Groddeck and Ferenczi , pioneered working with the body mind for effective therapy and personal growth outcomes. Radix as developed by Erica and Charles Kelley PhD, in the 1970’s continued and developed this work especially emphasizing the self regulatory nature of the life force and the significance of the eyes in human psychology. More recently, neuroscience writers (e.g. Schore), and developmental psychologists (Tronick, Trevarthen, Beeby) have recognized the significance of early bodily experience for later healthy holistic functioning, and in particular the non-verbal nature of this experience.

In this five-day intensive workshop, participants will have the opportunity to learn the basic concepts underpinning mind-body therapeutic work, and experientially learn how the application of these concepts can deepen their own embodiment and that of their clients.

Day one will focus on the fundamentals of Reichian theory and how this has been developed and applied in Radix theory to address embodied psychobiological self-regulation.  Current Radix work addresses a broader range of individuals than the armored individuals usually associated with the work of Reich.

In Days two to four, attention will be focused on specific concepts underpinning Radix work. Participants will be taught various applications and techniques of thesa concepts, and will learn experientially and theoretically how interventions can affect their functioning (or that of their clients).

On Day five, the therapeutic tools of breath, sound, physical contact and movement will be discussed and experienced. In the afternoon participants will be taught methods of applying of all of these modes in supervised practice sessions.


This workshop has been approved for 30 Continuing Education credits for several of the mental health professions:  See if you are covered!


Day One: Reich and Radix – Basic Concepts, their Development and their Application
Learning Objectives:
Participants will:
1. Understand the historic significance of Wilhelm Reich’s work both for Body Centered Therapy for deep personal change and in the context of psychotherapy.
2. Name the seven Reichian segments and their discrete functions. ???
3. Compare and contrast Reich’s and Kelley’s approach for understanding energy flow in the body.
4. Understand the ways in which Radix theory since Kelley has developed theoretically and in practice to incorporate the findings of neuroscience and attachment research.
5. Describe the difference between armoring, counter pulsation and containment with respect to affect regulation and personality.
6. Distinguish the variety of ways that individuals may defend or protect at an energetic level, and how this manifests in clients’ functioning.

Day 2 – Pulsation and Energetic Regulation at Individual and Interpersonal Levels
Learning Objectives:
1. State the definition of pulsation in individuals as it is understood in Radix theory.
2. Name five different types of pulsation in the human body, and how variations in these relate to adaptive functioning and character development.
3. Describe examples of pulsations and counter pulsations in different segments of the body.
4. Understand why the breath is the main focus of pulsation work in Radix and how it relates to energetic and affective regulation.
5. Apply three techniques for helping clients observe their own pulsation.
6. Name two ways that clients’ pulsation patterns affect relationships.

Day 3 – Contact, Grounding and Centering
Learning Objectives:
1. Define contact grounding and centering from an energetic perspective, and how a client might subjectively experience each.
2. Name two primary types of contact and list six major ways that people can diminish contact internally or interpersonally.
3. Describe how phases of the pulsation cycle determine or influence contact internally or interpersonally.
4. Apply five techniques to help clients ground.
5. Describe the difference between self-awareness and centering.
6. Understand the implications of contact, grounding and centering for healthy interpersonal attachment.

Day 4 – Boundaries and Containment
Learning Objectives:
1. Define Boundaries and Containment from an energetic perspective.
2. Name six types of boundaries a client may employ.
3. Apply four techniques to help clients develop effective boundaries.
4. Understand how boundaries form in the stages of human development.
5. Understanding the theory underpinning effective expression and containment.
6. Apply three techniques to help clients develop capacity for containment.

Day 5 – Integrating and Applying Radix theory to Effect Change
Learning Objectives:
1. Describe five methods of personal growth used in the application of Radix work.
2. Describe, using Radix theory, three different energetic patterns that they have observed in individuals.
3. List the seven major concepts of Radix theory.
4. State three reasons that working with clients in their Ocular Segment is significant in Radix theory and integration work with clients.
5. Name four objective indicators of effective change in clients when observing through the Radix lens.
6. Name five challenges of working energetically with clients.