Two Year Certificate In Healing The Shadow

Leading to qualification as a one-to-one practitioner

Year 1

Entry Requirements For Year 1

The application process for the training involves an initial informal discussion with Marianne or Rod, the completion of an application form and a formal interview with Marianne and Rod.

The entry requirements are all of the following

  • 15 hours experience of one-to-one shadow work, group shadow work, or similar deep process work. This can be completed before or after your interview.
  • At least one personal session with one of the trainers.
  • Ability to engage in a range of deep emotional processes.
  • Demonstrated ability to hold good boundaries.
  • Emotional maturity commensurate with the potential to become a Healing The Shadow practitioner.

Course Hours For Year 1

All of the following

  • 180 hours of group training. Full attendance is required. (Alternatively, if a training weekend is missed, extra sessions can be arranged at additional cost with a trainer.)
  • 40 hours (5 days) of supervised peer practice sessions.
  • 2 x one hour tutorials with a trainer.
  • 50 hours (minimum) of reading and private or group study.

Assessment For Year 1

All of the following

  • Written records of 20 hours of practice sessions with peers, to include case notes and personal practitioner reflections.
  • 2 x video recorded practice sessions with peers.
  • 2 x one hour tutorials with a trainer.
  • Delivery of two 15 minute talks on theoretical aspects of the course.
  • There are no final examinations in Year 1.

Year 1 Syllabus

Weekend 1: Working With Parts

  • Representing parts of the client.
  • Representing external people who inhabit the client’s inner world.
  • Exploring and regressing parts.
  • Experiential practice for trainees: getting out and exploring two parts of the self.

Weekend 2: Theory

  • The concept of the shadow.
  • Projection, transference and counter-transference.
  • Trainees’ personal emotional process work.

Weekend 3: Wants and Self-care: The Heart Centred Leader/Sovereign Archetype

  • The theory of the Heart Centred Leader (Sovereign) archetype.
  • Bringing self-care into your inner world – theory and practice.
  • Experiential practice for trainees: bringing acceptance and care to parts of the self which are hard to accept.

Weekend 4: Heart Centred Leader/Sovereign Weekend

  • The concept of unconditional positive regard from the facilitator for the client.
  • The concept of ‘healing in the relationship’.
  • Working with parental projections, transference and countertransference.
  • The God Complex and the Abdicating Leader.
  • Trainees’ personal emotional process work.

Weekend 5: Defending and Growing – The Action Taker/Warrior

  • The theory of the Action Taker (Warrior) archetype.
  • The theory and practice of setting personal boundaries.
  • The purpose of anger.
  • The expression of anger by the client in a safe setting using bat work.
  • The use of a client’s anger for setting boundaries and speaking their truth.
  • Safety in anger work.
  • Accessing Shadow energy in order to reclaim personal power.
  • Talking to the Safety Officer to explore risk of expressing anger/being powerful.
  • Bringing support to help the Action Taker find power.
  • Experiential practice for trainees: working with anger to set a boundary.

Weekend 6: Feeling and Connection – The Feeling Body/Lover

  • The theory of the Feeling Body (Lover) archetype.
  • The theory of the body’s ability to hold unintegrated emotions.
  • The concept of the Inner Child.
  • Working with metaphor.
  • Grief work: speaking the unspoken words of goodbye.
  • Experiential practice for trainees: working with metaphors within the body.

Weekend 7: Client Connections and Boundaries – Action Taker/Warrior and Feeling Body/Lover

  • Practical considerations of working with clients: boundaries, confidentiality, safety, charging, fees, missed appointments.
  • The therapeutic nature of boundaries in the client/practitioner relationship.
  • Working with and within the transferential relationship.
  • Unconscious connection with client’s emotional states.
  • Attachment theory.
  • Trauma theory.
  • Developmental theory and the development of boundaries in infants and children.
  • Practice in holding a two hour session.

Weekend 8: Seeing and Thinking – The Transformer/Magician

  • The theory of the Transformer (Magician) archetype.
  • Working with risks: the concept of the Safety Officer.
  • Working with shame, guilt and the inner critic.
  • The concept of Persecutor energy.
  • Transformation of shame, guilt and fear through releasing and transforming Persecutor energy
  • Experiential practice for trainees: working with shaming voices.

Weekend 9: Dispassionate Observation – The Transformer/Magician

  • Use of dispassionate observation and non-judgemental acceptance of what is present in the work.
  • Working with negative judgements of clients.
  • Exploring shaming of self as practitioner.
  • Introduction to Transactional Analysis.
  • Drama triangle in practitioner/client dynamics.
  • Critical Parent/Child interactions in practitioner/client dynamics.
  • Practice in holding a two hour session.

Weekend 10: Review Weekend

Theory presentations by trainees.

Experiential practice for trainees: practice in holding a full 2.5 hour videoed session.

Self assessment by trainees.