The requirements of the Bulgarian Psychotherapy Association, as well as the European Association of Integrative Psychotherapy, consists of 3200 training hours, spread over seven years, at least four years of which must be in a training specific to psychotherapy. 1800 of these hours are recognized as a part of formal education: i.e. Bachelor’s/Master’s degree in psychology or a related field. The rest – 1400 hours are mandatory education in specific psychotherapy method.
The requirements of the European Association of Integrative Psychotherapy:
- The method used must be well defined and have a clear theoretical basis in the human sciences.
The training in the Ïnstitute for integrative psychotherapy and psychosomatics” is based mainly on the body psychotherapy (neo-Reichian modality) and psychosomatics. The body neo-Reichian psychotherapy (founded by Prof. Waldo Bernasconi) is officially recognized by the European Association of body psychotherapy (EABP). All other methods and modalities, included in the training are satellite and complementary; existential, cognitive-behavioral, gestalt therapy, etc.
- The theory must be integrated with the practice, be applicable to a broad range of problems, and have been demonstrated to be effective. The neo- Reichian psychotherapy has twenty years of history in Bulgaria. There is a lot of scientific research in EABP showing the effectiveness of body psychotherapy modalities in resolving different psychological problems.
- The method must have been scientifically recognized by the EAP and have been recognized in several European countries as valid by relevant professional organizations. The body psychotherapy has been recognized by EAP and is applied successfully in many countries. It has been recognized by the Bulgarian Association of Psychotherapy.
The Institute of integrative psychotherapy and psychosomatics” offers two types of training:
- A two-year certificate for training integrative psychotherapy approaches. The two-year course of education includes basic knowledge of integrative approach, plus basic neo- Reichian body psychotherapy and psychosomatics classes. It includes the basic vocabulary of integrative psychotherapy and psychosomatics as theory and practice but it does not give the ability to practice the integrative method as a therapeutic approach. The person in training does not have the right to call himself integrative psychotherapist only on the basis of this two-year education. This option is suitable for students that already have other psychotherapy education or those who haven’t decided where to continue their psychotherapy education; medical doctors or other medical workers, social workers; coaches and trainers, teachers, HR specialists, team managers, who need new methods to motivate or/and understand other people.
This training is applicable to all that are looking for mindfulness, life quality improvement, health, knowledge, and skills for better communication with family members, friends, and colleagues. It is also suitable for people who are looking at the deeper meaning of life in a holistic approach context to health and the person in general.
It consists of 16 lectures on the main disciplines (neo-Reichian body psychotherapy and psychosomatics); four workshops ( one each semester, total 16 days – 160 hours practicum), 16 group therapies (held right after the lectures, 3 hours each) where the participants get to know the practical side of the method (total of 60 hours).
Totally, the two years of training include 160 hours practicum.
- Four years training course (qualification integrative psychotherapist)
Additional requirements for completing the four years training to qualify for ïntegrative psychotherapist”
400 hours practicum in a psychiatric hospital or similar institution.
1000 hours with clients under supervision. The supervision could be done also in groups as an intervision. The supervision is done on every 4th session with a client, a total of 250 hours.
100 hours of personal therapy.
2 trainings per year (10 hours daily x 4 days), 320 hours
Group therapy: after every weekend training, 3 hours each (30 hours per year, or 120 for the whole period of training)
Simulation of the psychotherapy process: 2 weekends per year (20 hours each, or a total of 80 hours for the whole educational training).