Radix Training Certification Program

Training Certification Program

The Radix Institute offers in-depth training for those who wish to help people grow personally, emotionally and spiritually. This program is designed for any individual, professional and non-professional alike, who wishes to learn the theory, skills and the “art” of body-centered therapy.

The training program is offered as a series of modules, beginning with Module 1: a five-day training workshop entitled “Working Holistically in Therapy and Personal Growth:
Basic concepts of the Radix approach and its Reichian Roots.”  Module 1 presents the theory of Wilhem Reich and Charles Kelley, and the basic concepts of the Radix approach:
• Pulsation    •    Segments    •   Armoring and Counter-pulsation
• Contact with self and contact with others    •   Grounding    •   Centering
• Attachment    •   Boundaries    •   Containment.
Current Module 1 Offerings:

 In the United States,  February 28-March 4, 2018, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This training workshop will be non-residential, and tuition is $1800.  Thirty (30) Continuing Education credits will be available for Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Psychologists, and Marriage and Family Therapists (see specifics for your state.)

Download the brochure:  Radix Training Module 1 – Florida

In Europe the workshop will be held in April 9-13, 2018 in Achberg, southern Germany.

Download the brochure:  Radix Training – Achberg
In Australia the workshop will be held April 11-15, 2018.   Email training@radix.org

Modules 2 and 3 will be offered together as follows:

United States: June 13-18, 2018
Europe: August 30-September 4, 2018
Australia: June /July TBA

Modules 4 and 5 will be offered together as follows:

United States: October 22-27, 2018
Europe: October 31 – November 5, 2018.
Australia: October 10-15, 2018

The full curriculum of Modules is outlined on the Education Workshops page.  The modular system allows an individual to enter the Certification training program at any time during Levels 1, 2 and 3.  When someone enters the certification program they will work with the Director of Training or another Trainer to develop a process tailored to the individual trainee’s experience and circumstances. Participants in the certification program take all the modules in Levels 3 and 4.
There are three aspects to the Certification program, all essential.
• Experiential personal growth with a Radix practitioner
• Conceptual and technical training of the theory and techniques of Radix work
• Practice teaching, developing the skills to apply the knowledge.
Those seeking Certification will undertake personal work with a Radix therapist, audit Radix workshops and work with their own practice group under supervision. Additional requirements:

Complete all twelve modules
Complete 160 hours of personal Radix work
Audit four Radix personal growth workshops
Clinical Practice of 200 hours applying Radix concepts to members of a Client Group
Participate in monthly supervision of Clinical Practice
Write monthly reports of your Radix work with client group and review with supervisor
Twenty hours of In-Vivo supervision of Radix work with Clients.
Write three major projects related to one’s own personal growth and relationships
Complete three written exams, two of which are take home
As a Final Assessment, conduct a three session workshop observed by Radix Institute staff, and discussed in depth with observer.

Since trainees are not graded in their work, their progress is reviewed periodically. The trainee may be examined orally and/or in writing at review periods. The adequacy of the trainee’s self-understanding and of her/his understanding of the technical material is then assessed. Each student must qualify by examination in each major technical area covered in the course.
Trainees may be asked to do additional work, or, in exceptional cases, be excused from that which is clearly unnecessary.
Certificates will only be given to trainees who have demonstrated their ability to understand and to do the work well, even if all other requirements have been met. The periodic reviews inform a trainee of his problem areas and progress toward the Certificate.

Contact Director of Training Narelle McKenzie for details:  310-570-2439 or email her at training@radix.org. Be sure to ask about  opportunities for training if you are a therapist in the mental health professions.

Selection for participation in the training program is not subject to race, sex, creed, color or educational level.  Although most people entering the program are from the helping professions or allied health areas, this is not a rigid criterion for admission.


Please feel free to read the first seminar of the Radix Training:

Therapeutic Goals and Concepts of Radix Work.


Radix® Training 

Introduction to the Radix Institute Training Program
The Radix Institute has been training professionals in neo-Reichian theories and techniques since the early seventies — and its training program has been designed to give trainees the most comprehensive professional education possible in the neo-Reichian approach.  The three foci of the training are:

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/client that his or her teacher/therapist has explored the depths of his/her 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 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 their practice group.

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.

Overview of Radix Institute Training Program
Radix training may be taken in many places throughout the world, though 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  maintain two notebooks: a journal his/her personal growth, and a notebook that serves as a reference manual for teaching techniques.

The Radix Training Program is open to professionals and non­-professionals alike.  While Radix work requires a high level of skill:  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.

The training program requires self-discipline to apply your efforts to a long-range objective.  The training program is difficult 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 into the program. However, the central criterion for success in the program is the development of a high level of skill in working with clients.

Early Reichian work happened 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 looks at the obstacles to growth.  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.

Criteria for Admission to the Radix Training Program
This Training Program is available to professionals and non professionals alike.  However, the Radix Certification program is equivalent to a postgraduate level course,, trainees must be able to master conceptual and technical material at a professional level of competence and to have a fully professional attitude towards their work.

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 trainee must satisfy the following criteria for admission:

1) A 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.  Application to the program includes:

 • A recommendation, preferably from a Certified Radix Practitioner or someone familiar with and able to judge such development.

•  A written Autobiography of Feeling

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.

3) A demonstrated capacity for self initiative. Initially this will be reflected in previous professional employment and personal achievements as listed in the application form and the admissions interview. This ability for self-initiative is essential to meet the challenge of recruiting, organizing, finding and providing the facility for teaching their own Radix practice group in an independent, ethical and professional manner.

Selection for participation in the training program is not subject to race, sex, creed, color or educational level. Although most people entering the program are from the helping professions or allied health areas, this is not a rigid criterion for admission.

Philosophy of the program
Radix was founded in the early 1970’s by Dr. Charles Kelley, Ph.D, who believed that the most empowering learning 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 the Radix approach 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, and congruent intent and action, and the natural resolution of problems. When engaged in a Radix session, the client and the Radix practitioner are equal partners in this process.

Touch is fundamental for healing and growth. Throughout the Radix training program, trainees are educated thoroughly in the appropriate use of therapeutic touch.

The personal work of the trainee is central to his or her development as a Radix practitioner. A willingness to commit to 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. The capacity to self-reflect with body and mind contributes to the quality of one’s training and the ability of the Radix trainee to complete training successfully. All trainees are required to 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 half of training discussing fully their own Radix process and how it interacts with and effects the process of others.

We believe that the apprentice model of learning,  combining theory, practice, supervision and personal work, provides the highest quality training.


General Description of the Program
The  Radix training program is taught in a series of modules. The modular structure of the training gives flexibility as to when a trainee enters the program, begins their individual experiential work, and begins working with students or clients of their own.

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.

Chronological Overview

Course Outline - Theoretical and Conceptual

Level 1:  The Basic Concepts of Radix Work

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 or absence of contact in the client and in oneself,

•  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.

Level 2: 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.

Radix Characterology:

•  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:

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

•  Ongoing supervision

•  Promotion and licensing

•  Ethical practice

Practice After Certification
 A. The term “Radix” is a registered Service Mark of The Radix Institute.   Completion of The Radix Institute Training Program qualifies a person to practice Radix work independently. Radix practitioners who are members of The Radix Institute agree to observe the Radix Practitioners Code and Rules and Standards of The Radix Institute.
Radix Institute Training Program Costs
 A.  As Level One workshops can be taken on their own, costs are determined on a workshop by workshop basis, but are estimated to be approximately $1800 per 5-day training in the U.S.

For the Certification Program, additional costs would include

• Supervision, including at least ten supervision conferences for Levels 1 and 2

• Materials (books, printed materials, etc. Most materials are in pdf or MP3 fomat, so do not cost)

• Exams

• Experiential sessions

• Personal room and board at training workshops

• Travel where applicable

• 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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