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 previouds 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.
- Four years training course (qualification integrative psychotherapist)
Additional requirements for completing the four years training to qualify for ïntegrative psychotherapist”
50-100 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.
250 hours of personal therapy (of which 150 hours in group therapy (in trainings) and 100 hours individual).
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, or embedded in the lectures)
Simulation of the psychotherapy process: 2 weekends per year (20 hours each, or a total of 80 hours for the whole educational training).