The Radix® Institute Training Program
Leading to Certification
The Radix Institute has been developing, refining and presenting an integrated training program for over 40 years. This program is designed for any individual, professional and non-professional alike, who wishes to learn the theory, skills and the “art” of body-psychotherapy and who meets the “criteria for admission” as described on the following page.
The program consists of “four phases” spaced over 26 months. There are three aspects to the training program, all essential. The first is experiential work; the second is conceptual and technical training of the theory and techniques of Radix work; and the third is “practice teaching,” or interning, developing the skills to apply the knowledge.
Applications are now being accepted until August 31, 2016, for the training class beginning in November 2016. Visit the Radix Training website or contact Director of Training Narelle McKenzie for details:
310-570-2439 or email her at email@example.com. Be sure to ask about other opportunities for training if you are a therapist in the mental health professions.
1. The trainee’s ongoing experiential work, which begins prior to acceptance into the formal program and continues at least to the conclusion of training;
2. Theoretical and conceptual materials; and,
3. Practice teaching.
The heart of Radix training, and the necessary bedrock upon which a trainee appropriately and successfully applies his training, is the personal experiential process of the trainee. It is essential to the unfolding process of a Radix student that his teacher has explored the depths of his own experience. When the practitioner has learned to surrender to, and be supportive of, their own deepest primary processes, they will consequently be able to encourage like processes with clients. This self exploration and growth, in conjunction with the learning of theoretical materials, is the necessary basis of a successful application of neo-Reichian principle.
The program is moderately expensive and requires planning and preparation by a prospective trainee. Some of the costs of the program can be offset by fees from clients in the practice groups. Our ongoing commitment is to maintain the program’s quality.
In the pages ahead, more in-depth information about the training program is contained. If you are unfamiliar with Radix work, some individual sessions or a workshop — along with the information contained herein should give you a sense of whether you wish to pursue Radix work, either for your own personal growth and/or your professional practice. If it is the latter, proceed with a program of ongoing Radix work and apply to the program.
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.
The aim, the focus, and the central criterion for success in the program is that the trainee become able to do the work well. Applying the skills and knowledge are of primary importance.
Potential trainees must satisfy the following minimal criteria:
1) A firm and unwavering commitment to their own personal growth and development and an eager desire to apply their learning to themselves and those with whom they wish to work. This will be assessed by requesting a letter of recommendation preferably from a Certified Radix Practitioner of good standing in The Radix Institute or someone familiar with and able to judge such development. It is also assessed by a written autobiography submitted by the potential trainee with their application form and the potential trainee’s willingness to engage in self-reflection and assessment in the admissions interview.
2) An aptitude for professional quality written and spoken class work and an ability to understand concepts, master techniques and effectively apply the knowledge and skill gained. If there is any question concerning this the trainee may be required to submit some written work before acceptance into the program.
3) A demonstrated capacity for self initiative. Initially this will be reflected in the attitude and actions of previous professional employment and personal achievements as listed in the application form and the admissions interview. It will also be demonstrated in the willingness of the trainee to enthusiastically embrace the challenge of recruiting, organizing, finding and providing the facility for teaching their own Radix practice group in an independent, ethical and professional manner.
Fundamental beliefs inherent in Kelley’s educational model are that the client’s process of self-discovery is primary, clients have the resources to heal themselves, and each individual is on a unique journey. There is no dichotomy between body and mind. Hence, freeing the flow of the life force facilitates clear thinking, feeling, willing and the inherent resolution of problems. When engaged in a Radix session, the client and the Radix practitioner are equal partners in this process.
In Radix theory and practice, it is also assumed that touch is fundamental for healing and growth and throughout the Radix training course, trainees are educated thoroughly in the appropriate use of therapeutic touch.
Inherent in the structure of the program, as mentioned earlier, is the belief that the personal work of the trainee is central to his or her development as a Radix practitioner. A willingness to commit to this notion of ongoing reflective learning is required for all aspects of the training program, whether this be formal study and written assignments, supervision of clinical practice or mastery of concepts and their application. It is believed that the capacity to self-reflect with body and mind contributes to the quality of the training and the ability of the Radix trainee to complete training successfully. This attitude is most directly reflected in the requirement that all trainees must pursue a personal growth program on a regular basis with a Radix practitioner for the duration of the training course and submit a paper in the second year of training discussing fully their own Radix process and how it interacts with and effects the process of others.
Related to this is the general belief that the apprentice model of learning, in combining theory, practice, supervision and personal work provides the highest quality training.
Selection for participation in the training program is not subject to race, sex, creed, educational level or color. Although most people entering the program are from the helping professions or allied health areas, this is not a rigid criterion for admission.
The Radix Training Program is designed to give its trainees a very comprehensive education in the theory and practice of Radix body psychotherapy, the relationship of Radix to other somatic therapies and its place in clinical practice.
Training develops skills through three areas of focus:
• The trainee’s own ongoing experiential work, which may begin prior to acceptance into the formal program and continues at least to the conclusion of training. It is important to the process of a client that the therapist has explored the depths of their own experience, and is able to surrender to, and to be supportive of, their own deepest primary processes. This provides a solid grounding for the encouragement and support of these developments in their clients and creates a firm base of self-knowledge and relational capacity to underpin one’s work as a psychotherapist.
• The study and application of theoretical and conceptual concepts underlying Radix body psychotherapy. These concepts are practically experienced, discussed and integrated into a clinical understanding. Teaching methods include audio files and written reading materials, short seminars, experiential and training workshops, research and written assignments, group presentations, practical and written exams and supervision.
• Supervised practice teaching. During the first year of training, each trainee must establish a small practice group with whom they work individually and in group and workshop settings. This enables the specific concepts, applications and interventions taught to be practiced and supervised in depth.
Goal: For the student to develop a solid understanding of the basic concepts of Radix work and the skills to apply these concepts appropriately in their regular practice.
The Radix practitioner as a professional:
Establish and develop a professional practice,
Meet requirements of The Radix Institute and state law,
Understand and practice accountability as a professional,
Have knowledge of Ethical practice and complaints procedures, and conduct Radix practice accordingly.
Develop observation skills:
Learn to read and listen to the body nonjudgmentally,
Develop the art and science of observation, reflection and mirroring in psychotherapy and counseling,
Learn basic body awareness skills and how to teach these to clients.
Learn to use the body to identify the presence and absence of contact in the client and self,
Learn how to use appropriate and effective physical contact and touch as an intervention in therapy.
Pulsation – Working with the radix (energetic flow):
Learn to identify and develop an energetic flow in the body,
Understand and work with the relationship between emotion and energetic flow,
Understand the interaction of pulsations in various bodily systems,
Understand pulsation with respect to pain/pleasure, anger/love and fear/trust,
Work effectively with the Reichian body segments and pulsation,
Working with pulsation to integrate feeling, thinking, behavior and the body/mind split.
Understand the significance of vision for boundaries, and work with this effectively,
Learn how to assist clients to embody their psychological, physical and emotional experience,
Work with the body to develop boundaries and containment,
Help clients develop flexible boundaries.
Grounding and Centering:
Understand and demonstrate working with the body to prevent overwhelm/acting out,
Understand and demonstrate grounding the emotions,
Understand and demonstrate using the body to bring a client into the here and now.
Deepening and developing emotional experience and expression:
Work with the Radix process to identify and enliven blocked and repressed emotions,
Facilitate appropriate emotional expression,
Work with anger effectively and safely,
Differentiate grief and depression conceptually and practically.
Year Two: Development of Concepts and Integration
Goal: To further develop the Radix psychotherapeutic skills of the student by the theoretical study of advanced concepts and their practical application.
Demonstrate understanding of the structural and functional aspects of character structure,
Be able to discuss the notion of pain, anger and fear structures,
Understand the application of characterology in working with clients,
Work with character strengths and defenses,
Understand the different perspectives and approaches of “characterology” and “process work,”
Demonstrate knowledge of assessments and interventions with different character types,
Be able to differentiate Radix structures/Reichian/neo-Reichian character structures,
Be able to differentiate body psychotherapy understanding of characterology from mainstream.
Radix and Human Development:
Apply Radix concepts to developmental theories/perspectives,
Demonstrate knowledge of models of assessment and intervention and how these relate,
Be able to discuss Radix psychotherapeutic interventions and process over time.
Radix and relationships:
Be able to apply radix concepts to the group process/relationships,
Understand merging and differentiating as a bodily experience,
Be able to discuss the radix client in the family and other social systems,
Understand Characterology and its impact on social systems,
Use one’s character structure effectively in the therapeutic relationship.
Transference, counter transference and the therapeutic relationship:
Understand basic psychoanalytic theories of transference,
Understand the function of the body in the transferential process,
Know when to refer and the referral process.
Integrating Radix work into a clinical practice:
Applying Radix concepts to current therapeutic issues
Currently some of the topics covered are:
Depression, Dissociation and Trauma, Sexual and Physical Abuse
Eating Disorders, Sexual Aliveness, Emotional Containment and Expression
Anxiety and Panic attacks, Attachment
The Radix practitioner as a professional:
Ongoing professional development
Promotion and licensing
PLEASE NOTE: This is a postgraduate level course. Participating in the course and successfully completing it requires a strong commitment to your personal and professional growth and development.
Trainees pay tuition costs in installments. We require that the first and last-months fees for each year be paid by November 1st of Year One, January 1st of Year Two. The Institute may drop trainees from the program if they become 30 days delinquent. This shields the Institute from large collection costs and unpaid arrears which would result in an increased cost of the program.
•Supervision, including at least ten supervision conferences
•Five 5-day workshops that include 25 training and 25 experiential sessions (the total number may be adjusted if there are less than eight trainees for the year
•Materials (CDs, printed materials, etc.)
•Testing (one time).
•Administration and Program Planning
•Trainer expenses at 5-day workshop
Tuition does not cover:
•Experiential sessions beyond the 25 workshop session
•Personal room and board at training workshops
•Travel where applicable
•Telephone calls by those getting supervision by telephone
•Supplies, books and rental space for practice group
If you are interested in receiving a complete training program information packet that further details the program, its requirements, and its costs, please send an email.
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