The Radix Institute has been training professionals in neo-Reichian theories and techniques since the early seventies — and its training programs have been designed to give trainees the most comprehensive professional education possible in the neo-Reichian approach.
The Radix Approach to personal growth and change is both a powerful growth program in its own right, or a powerful adjunct to the practice of psychotherapy and to other body-oriented disciplines. Radix neo-Reichian techniques can enhance verbal psychotherapy, whether individual or group, as well as 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.
Training in the Radix approach is offered both as Personal Growth / Continuing Education, and as a complete training program designed to certify people as Radix Practitioners.
• Personal Growth / Continuing Education: Educational Workshops train participants, in an in-depth way, about the energetic viewpoint of psychological and physical dynamics (and their interrelationship), the functional identity between mind and body and the role of the body in the process of personal growth. One can attend the Level 1 and Level 2 modules as you wish. There are no requirements regarding personal work, supervision, or establishing a practice group. On completion of the course there will be no Certification as Radix Practitioner. Continuing Education credits are offered for most of the modules for mental health professionals. See Educational Workshops.
• Certification as a Radix Practitioner
Attending training modules can also lead to certification as a Radix practitioner, with additional requirements. The modular system allows an individual to enter the program at any time beginning with personal work with a Radix therapist and auditing Radix workshops. When someone enters this track they will work with the Director of Training or another Trainer to develop a program of learning which takes into account their circumstances and the requirements for certification. Participation in all Level 1 modules is required, as well as a minimum number of Level 2 modules. Participation in all Level 3 training workshops is required. Ongoing personal work with a certified Radix practitioner, practice teaching, and evaluations are further requirements for Certification. See Radix Training Certification Program.
Radix was developed in the early 1970’s by Dr. Charles Kelley, Ph.D, who believed that the most empowering change model is an educational one where the therapist is a resource person facilitating the growth and healing of the client. This philosophy still underpins the Radix training program and the practice of Radix. Initially within the Radix community practitioners were referred to as teachers to reflect this philosophy. More recently, in line with shifts in community attitudes to therapy and personal growth, Radix practitioners may more often refer to themselves as “body-centered therapists” or “somatic therapists.”
Fundamental beliefs in Radix 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.
If you are interested in receiving more information about training in the Radix approach to personal growth, please send an email to the Director of Training.
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