Year One Pre-requisites
- Successful completion of the Foundation Year Training
- Application form
- End of Foundation Year meeting to apply to Year 1
Year One Structure
Nine 2-day modules
Modules will either be on a weekend, or a Thursday and Friday and are held in Bristol.
One 5-day Residential Retreat
Held on Dartmoor in the old home of Karuna Institute.
In this year students begin the journey of working with clients. We support you to move into clinical practice either in private practice or agency work, or a combination of both. Students need to continue to be in one to one psychotherapy and also in supervision as they move into clinical work.
The year continues to be focused around integrating Dharmic understanding with the theories and practices of psychotherapy. We focus in particular on the therapeutic relationship and on the beginning of the journey of working with clients in our practices.
To support this, we ground the year in the teachings of the Four Noble Truths of Buddhism and the central Buddhist teaching of Dependent Origination. We look at the nature of self as conditioned process and the way that early experience is perpetuated as a conditioning force and activity, often with painful and difficult self-experience arising as a result.
We support this enquiry with theories that come from the understandings of psychodynamics, object relations and inter-subjective theories. We spend time in the year with the embodied qualities of these processes in the nervous system and work at depth with trauma theory. We look at the developmental processes of attachment theory and Reichian character strategies. We spend time exploring the more difficult processes of splitting, of complex trauma and narcissistic and borderline adaptions.
Theory is presented via lectures and through experiential learning. Our learning style always attempts to maintain this balance of academic and experiential learning, and throughout the year the group remains central to your learning and we ground our teaching through your experience of the group, as well as in your emerging psychotherapy practices.