ANTHROPOSOPHIC PSYCHOTHERAPY ADVANCED COURSE
Anthroposophic psychotherapy is a relatively new discipline within the Medical Section of the School of Spiritual Science, having developed since the 1980s in contrast to anthroposophic medicine which has been developing since 1920. As such its knowledge base is limited. Anthroposophic psychotherapy research is thus by necessity primarily based on qualitative case-orientated research to develop theory and practice to broaden its knowledge base.
To achieve these aims the course will have a practitioner research element which will adapt the research principle expressed by Rudolf Steiner (in lectures entitled The Book of Revelation) in regard to anthroposophic medicine; namely to understand ‘each individual case thoroughly, regardless of the outcome’ by studying it ‘with all its idiosyncrasies’ before utilising statistical research (Steiner, 1924/1998, p.252).
Three long weekend seminars, two interim seminars, research supervision and tutorials.
Examples of 2022 programme:
LONG WEEKEND SEMINAR I
Research methodology and its relevance to anthroposophic psychotherapy practice:
Lees, J. (2001), ‘Reflexive action research: developing knowledge through practice’, Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 1(2): 132-138
Lees, J. (2005a), ‘Two research discourses’, Therapy Today, 16(8): 29-31.
Lees, J. and Freshwater, D. [eds] (2008). Practitioner-based Research: Power, Discourse and Transformation. London: Karnac Books.
Robson, C. (2002), Real World Research, Oxford: Blackwell Publishers
LONG WEEKEND SEMINAR II
Anthroposophic psychotherapy practice, anthroposophic-Goethean research methodsand personal integration:
Bortoft, H. (1986), Goethe’s Scientific Consciousness, Tunbridge Wells: Institute for Cultural Research
Palmer, S. and Woolfe, R. (2000), Integrative and Eclectic Counselling and Psychotherapy, London: Sage, 2000
Seamon, D. and Amrine, F. (1998), Goethe’s Way of Science, New York: SUNY
Steiner, R. (1886), A Theory of Knowledge Implicit in Goethe’s World Conception, Spring Valley, NY: Anthroposophic Press
Steiner, R. (1894), The Philosophy of Freedom, London: Rudolf Steiner Press
Steiner, R. (1909-10), Knowledge of the Higher Worlds, London: Rudolf Steiner Press, 1969
Steiner, R. (1924-5), Anthroposophical Leading Thoughts, London: Rudolf Steiner Press, 1973
LONG WEEKEND SEMINAR III
WHO IS IT FOR?
This is a post-qualifying course, so applicants must have:
Graduates registered as psychotherapists or doctors and who complete this course in addition to completing a previous training in anthroposophic psychotherapy or anthroposophic medicine will obtain a School of Spiritual Science Medical Section Advanced Diploma in Anthroposophic Psychotherapy. Other graduates will obtain a Medical Section certificate of attendance for continuous professional developmental purposes.
Henriette Dekkers, Ad Dekkers, DrMed Gunver Kienle, DrPhil John Lees, Professor John Nuttall and Dr Romulo de Mello Silva MD