If you want to obtain a certificate for the foundation training, which is also a required prerequisite for entering the Bodynamic Practitioner training, you will need to take a test at the end of the foundation training. The test consists of 100 yes-or-no questions, and you must answer at least 70 questions correctly.
You are allowed to miss a maximum of 20% of the total training days.
The Foundation Training is a one-year basic training program in the Bodynamic System. During this foundational training, you will learn about character structures, character positions, and the basic concepts to understand contact and communication as presented through the system (mutual connection, dignity, boundaries, centering, and grounding).
The structured description of the different phases of development during childhood, including a central developmental issue and their connection with various developing defense mechanisms, provides a framework for understanding human expression. Through this education, you will enhance your abilities, allowing you to be present and precise in your professional work.
Development of Character Structures
The focus is on the development of character structures by addressing specific needs and challenges in individual phases of development for all human beings (existence, autonomy, etc.). Bodynamic has developed a unique differentiated model of character structures through 25 years of empirical study. This model describes child development in seven phases, from the second trimester in utero to the 13th year of life.
Role of Developmental Trauma
Developmental trauma plays a crucial role in the development and creation of these structures. Lisbeth Marcher introduced and used the term before it became popularized by Bessel van der Kolk, one of the leading American psychiatrists in the field of trauma and its effects.
Loss of Self
Developmental trauma occurs when a child experiences significant and persistent rejection, neglect, etc., from their parents, in the context of the central needs of a developmental phase. As a result, the child may not develop central aspects of their self or may abandon them entirely.
In early childhood, a child experiences their external world primarily through their body (body ego) and its movements. In addition to physical milestones such as crawling, sitting, standing, and walking, the child must learn a variety of movement patterns.
Character Types and Positions
In this training, you will learn how the child moves through individual phases by developing motor skills and voluntarily using muscles and muscle tone to respond to specific external developmental challenges. Consequently, body and character structures are formed, divided into either a more hypotonic (early) or hypertonic (late) type, each requiring a different therapeutic approach.
These structures create a characteristic body posture and corresponding expression, facial expressions, etc. As part of the training curriculum, we explore the ability to recognize and “read” these embodied character structures. This understanding allows you to enter the age-specific “resonance” of your client and optimally integrate these respective resources into the healing process.
Additionally, this training equips you with a variety of specific body exercises and techniques, as well as the knowledge to work more precisely, effectively, and efficiently with your clients’ traumatization.