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Professional & Personal Development Training in Mental Health

  • Wednesday, June 30, 2021
  • Sunday, April 10, 2022
  • 5 sessions
  • Wednesday, June 30, 2021, 16:00 (UTC+01:00) Sunday, July 04, 2021, 12:30 (UTC+01:00)
  • Wednesday, September 01, 2021, 16:00 (UTC+01:00) Sunday, September 05, 2021, 12:30 (UTC+01:00)
  • Wednesday, November 24, 2021, 16:00 (UTC-00:00) Sunday, November 28, 2021, 12:30 (UTC-00:00)
  • Wednesday, February 23, 2022, 16:00 (UTC-00:00) Sunday, February 27, 2022, 12:30 (UTC-00:00)
  • Wednesday, April 06, 2022, 16:00 (UTC+01:00) Sunday, April 10, 2022, 12:30 (UTC+01:00)
  • Emerson College

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Course Availability: Part Time, Summer 2021, with 12 modules spanning three years

  • Understand Mental Health and illness.

  • Learn to pursue self-reflective practice
  • Develop appropriate personal and social competencies in the field of Mental Health


Crises in mental health are of increasing contemporary relevance for society in general, manifesting in all areas of life and work.

This well established training is designed to address this complex theme in the context of the demands of modern life and changes in human consciousness. In addition to providing a broadly based content, it offers participants opportunities to deepen an experience-based and empathic understanding for individuals struggling with their mental health including addressing challenges of those closely involved in their support.

Confidential interpersonal sharing confers on the Seminar some characteristics of a retreat.


The programme offers participants opportunities to explore these challenging themes in ways that are based on lived experience rather than only on abstract diagnosis. It also aims to enhance capacities to respond meaningfully to psychological challenges.

Skills in inter-disciplinary group work, self-refl ective practice and intervision are developed for peer and professional co-working. All presenters aim to model and encourage creative dialogue between anthroposophic and current psychotherapeutic paradigms and practice.


Professionals active in counselling, psychotherapy, social work and Health and Social Care are warmly invited to apply for a place on this Seminar as well as teachers, therapists, educators, administrators and other individuals committed to deepening their understanding for both adolescents and adults. A basic interest in and wish to deepen an Anthroposophic understanding of human development and psychology will be assumed. 

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Module 1 Core Psychological Themes (30 June to 4 July 2021):

Psychology and related psychotherapeutic perspectives including anthroposophy and mainstream: Introducing general cosmology, psychology and morphology of the human being as body, soul and spirit as an expression of self consciousness: Comparative morphology contrasting distinctive gestures of the animal & human skeleton.

Module 2 Childhood Development 0-7 years (1 – 5 September 2021):

Physical embodiment, including neurological and immunological development; Laying the foundations for understanding sensory psychology and attachment theory in relation to lasting effects of trauma; related organ studies – organ observations - brain & spleen.

Module 3 Childhood Development 7-14 years (24 - 28 November 2021):

Cultivating health and well-being in middle childhood, habits - rhythm vs ritual; related organ studies – heart, lung and rhythmic system; 9th year developmental “rubicon”; Introduction to the twelve senses and the seven life processes and their corresponding expression in terms of adult learning.

Module 4 Adolescence 14-21 (23 – 27 Feb 2022):

Challenges of soul development including crises of identity, idols & “ego-ideals” and the search for personal authenticity; related family and relationship dynamics; eating disorders (part I); acknowledging and expressing sexuality and gender; self harm; related organ observations – liver, kidney and adrenals; introducing different soul types.

Module 5 Anxiety & Trauma (6 – 10 April 2022):

Phenomenology of anxiety, its expression, meaning and management; trauma and its relationship to the renal and adrenal system; exploring the interactions of sensory and metabolic processes via the seven life processes; psychospiritual manifestations of separation and loss; awakening the “I” in its higher function as a witness to soul.

Module 6 Depression & Bipolar Phenomena:

Exploring their somatic, psychological, spiritual and medical perspectives; grief and mourning; life processes and their correlates in the soul; working with depression and suicidal ideation; encountering psychotic phenomena in relation to inner and outer threshold experiences, sense organs and metabolic processes.

Module 7 Obsessive Disorders and Compulsive Behaviours:

Addictions and eating disorders (part 2); differentiating primitive and higher (rational) ego defenses; encountering mid-life crises of meaning and identity; spiritual emergence and spiritual emergency; Understanding how therapeutic care communities may support rehabilitation.

Module 8 Personality Structure 1:

Introducing the concept of personality structure and its relation to historic changes in human consciousness; exploring twelvefoldness of the zodiac, related zodiacal polarities and their expression through the three planes of space; experiencing planes of space through movement and drama and their corresponding personality structures including the use of mask; narcissism, avoidant, paranoid & histrionic personality types and their related therapeutic approaches.

Module 9 Personality Structure 2:

Content developing general themes as with 1, module 8, now addressing obsessive, antisocial, dissociative & borderline personality types and their related therapeutic approaches; Differentiating these personality disorder from psychotic precesses. Mentalisation as a therapeutic modality.

Module 10 Personality Structure 3:

Content developing general themes as with 1, module 8, now addressing schizoid, schizotypal, passive -aggressive and dependant personality types - Codependency and therapeutic approaches; differentiating schizoid, schizotypal and schizophrenic phenomena. Steiner’s twelve philosophical world views in relation to personality structure. The hero/heroine’s journey.

Module 11 Addressing the Question of Evil:

Recognising distortions in self and society - discernment exercise based on seven life processes; confronting the challenges of fear, hatred and doubt and their deeper origins; differentiating the Luciferic and Ahrimanic doubles.

Module 12 Conflict & Community Building:

Addressing forces underlying conflict within organisations and communities: mediation; biographic view exercise; exploring evolutionary changes as these relate to individual development and collective responsibility; working with loss and change; beginnings and endings within therapeutic practice and beyond.


Dr. James Dyson: Psychosynthesis psychologist, (MA) formerly certified Anthroposophic Physician and co-founder with Michael Evans of Park Attwood Clinic, 1979; currently consulting in Steiner Waldorf Schools, special needs colleges and social therapy communities for adults. Faculty member, English Training in Anthroposophic Medicine (an international training in the English language at Emerson College) and The Association of Anthroposophic Psychology, USA.

Marah Evans: Art Therapist (HCPC) and Psychodynamic Counsellor (MBACP Accred), clinical supervisor and former clinical lead in Child and Family Counselling; Biography Work Trainer. Faculty Member, Anthroposphic Psychotherapy Training, Emerson College.

Dr Michael Evans: Certified Anthroposophic Physician and independent General Practitioner, St Luke’s Therapy Centre, Stroud; co-founder and former Medical Director, Park Attwood Clinic; Course Director - English Training in Anthroposophic Medicine (an international training in the English language based at Emerson College), also engaged in medical teaching in China and elsewhere.


Mike Chase: Psychodrama Psychotherapist and group psychotherapist (Accredited UKCP); clinical supervisor; Clinical psychodrama psychotherapist at HMPPS Grendon; Former Artistic Director of the Glasshouse Arts Centre; educational researcher (M.Ed.); mask practitioner; international workshop leader; Book MASK, published 2017, Hawthorn Press.

Glen Williamson: Licensed Clinical Social Worker (MSW, USA); SpacialDynamics® practitioner; professional world-traveling actor (AEA) and storyteller, based in New York City, DBA Anthropos (AnthroposTheater. com), founding member of The Actors’ Ensemble and New Directions Theater; trained in the Michael-Chekhov acting technique and at The Juilliard School; playwright – author Future Dawning, a modern mystery drama.


£4,500 to be paid with a payment plan of 3 instalments.

£4,200 if paid upfront by 10 April 2021.


To apply for a place on the course please download and fill out the forms below and email them, along with the other documents required (listed within the application form), to Chiara Carones at

Application Form   Health Statement   Course info

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