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School of Integrative Psychology:
Course Descriptions, Application and Tuition for
Therapeutic Breathwork Studies Certificate
To apply for admission complete the Application Form linked below and email or fax to the School of Integrative Psychology. Background experience, seriousness of intent and competency in the English language are considerations for admission. You will be notified via return email about your acceptance to the Certificate Program. This is not a certification program as a professional breathwork practitioner which requires clinical training, but can be applied toward breathworker certification.

Only the entire Course Series may be purchased as part of a Certificate Program, which includes all materials (audio and video downloads, written documents, and course tests) needed to obtain a certificate. Individual classes may be purchased through Continuing Education or Lifelong Learning. There is a discount applied for purchase of the course series at time of registration.

Application for Therapeutic Breathwork Certificate Program

Therapeutic Breathwork Studies Certificate Program
  (includes all courses)
Full Tuition paid at registration $860 BUY

Jim Morningstar, PhD.

The theory and practice of breathwork will be presented along with readings and techniques for integrating the practices into ones life and profession. Since the 1970s, there has been an explosion in the blending of ancient breathing techniques for health and spiritual awareness with contemporary growth and therapeutic practices. The result has been the evolution of powerful and incisive healing and consciousness changing modalities. This has given birth to the field of breathwork that has promoted significant advances in medical, psychological and spiritual domains. The call for professional training and supervision in theory and practice is immanent as breathwork is emerging as a primary technique in the practice of Spiritual Psychology. The Breathwork Practicum is a foundational course in this training.

(16 CE credits) $160 BUY

Students will be exposed to the core theory and techniques of breathwork. Adaptation to one's current professional service will be addressed. Should a practitioner choose to additionally complete all the Level 1 Breathworker requirements including direct supervision, certification at that level could be obtained. The recommended course text is: Morningstar, Jim (1994), Breathing in Light and Love, Your Call to Breath and Body Mastery. Wisconsin: Transformations Incorporated.

Course Objectives:
  • Define breathwork as a healing art,
  • Be conversant with the applications of breathwork,
  • Create effective healing contracts,
  • Identify healthy and unhealthy breathing patterns,
  • Relate body types to breathing styles,
  • Address resistance in a breathwork session.
(8 CE credits)

This series of classes is designed for students who are ready to or have begun to practice breathwork under supervision. Dealing with the major issues that arise in practice and hearing other students' challenges and feedback to them is central to this work. This can prepare the student for Level II and Level III (professional practitioner) training.

Course Objectives:
  • Be able to guide a client through six sessions under supervision,
  • Know how to establish a breathwork practice,
  • Practice ethically,
  • Be conversant with credentialing in Breathwork.
(8 CE credits)

Jim Morningstar, Ph.D. and TBTP Staff

The Breathworker Training Modules focus in depth on specific aspects of being a competent and successful breathworker. Each module highlights different techniques for guiding oneself and others through the many and varied applications of breath for healing and growing. This ranges from breathwork's use in professional practice, water and group breathwork, pre-birth stages and the physiology and history of the use of breath mastery throughout the ages. Finally the finer points of body and energy reading as a breathworker are covered. This material when combined with clinical practicum is all applicable to certification as a professional breathworker according to the standards of the International Breathwork Training Alliance.

Course Objectives:
  • Know the basic principles of breath coaching for dry, wet and group settings,
  • Be conversant with the ancient and modern roots of breathwork,
  • Have an understanding of the physiology and psychology of breathing,
  • Be aware of the energetic dynamics, body themes and potential of being a breath facilitator,
  • State the neuropsychological approach of Therapeutic Breathwork in healing trauma,
  • Elucidate the ethical challenges of working with non-ordinary states of consciousness.
(76 CE credits) $740 BUY

The purpose of this training is to introduce breathwork skills to professionals in the healing arts. Breathwork is a conscious breath monitoring process which is used by health care professionals around the world to explore, release and integrate mental, emotional and physical material that maybe impeding a clients ability to:

  • Resolve chronic holding patterns in mind, body and spirit,
  • Release emotional material stored within the cellular memory,
  • Unravel relationship patterns that interfere with a sense of personal well-being,
  • Experience self love in their bodies.
      Course objectives:
      • Identify ineffective breathing patterns,
      • Teach healthy breathing skills,
      • Use breathwork to address issues of depression, anxiety and addictions,
      • Integrate breathwork into standard clinical practice,
      • Monitor and release personal holding patterns that interfere with clarity as a clinician in the healing arts.
(12 CE credits)

Recommended course text; required for Continuing Education and Certificate Program credit (not included): Taylor, Kylea (1994), The Breathwork Experience.

This training prepares the practitioner to give wet breathwork sessions. Both theory and supervised experience are given in profoundly moving method of healing and growth. The stages of pre natal growth, recognizing and releasing patterns which develop from them are detailed.

Course objectives:
  • Identify four prenatal stages
  • Conduct a breathwork session in water
  • Identify effects of birth trauma in breathing patterns
  • Select proper equipment for wet breathwork
(8 CE credits)

Recommended course text; required for Continuing Education and Certificate Program credit (not included): Grof, S. Psychology of the Future. State University of new York Press, Albany: 2000

Understanding and working with group dynamics, creating group sessions, use of music, movement, art, successful teamwork, and supervision in facilitation will all be addressed in this day long training.

Course objectives:
  • Name principles of group breathwork
  • Know types and styles of facilitation
  • Utilize music and artwork in group setting
  • Organize and orchestrate a group session
(8 CE credits)

Recommended course text; required for Continuing Education and Certificate Program credit (not included): Minett, G. Exhale. Floris Books, Edinburgh: 2004

Participants will learn the foundational mechanics of healthy breathing and how to coach positive changes in dysfunctional patterns. The schools and styles of breathwork techniques will be presented and experienced so practitioners may choose the methods that fit themselves and their clients best.

Course objectives:
  • Name main traditional sources of breathwork practices
  • Know two modern schools of dyadic breathwork
  • Outline anatomical features of diaphragmatic breathing
  • Specify what chemical imbalances are related to deregulated breathing
(8 CE credits)

Recommended course text; required for Continuing Education and Certificate Program credit (not included): Morningstar, J. Breathing in Light and Love. Milwaukee, WI: Transformations Incorporated, 1994.

Participants will be trained in hands on and hands off energetic release work, reading body types and facilitating exercises for maximizing their strengths and integrating these techniques into the breathwork session. Application from infancy through adulthood will be addressed.

Course objectives:
  • Know the breathing patterns of the six body types
  • Facilitate release exercises for each body type
  • Sensitively enter a client's body energy field
  • Identify one's own body type strengths and weaknesses
(8 CE credits)

Jayne Ader and Kate Becker

Jayne and Kate are both veteran bodyworkers and Therapeutic Breathwork Trainers who present the theory and practical demonstration of the safe, ethical and effective use of touch and movement in breathwork sessions. Topics covered include the contract of touch, non-contact touch. touch as a clarifier, connector, communal and compassionate, catalyst, comic and mystery. Movement in breathwork is demonstrated as embodied intuition, presence. co-regulating and holy vision. The difference between exaggerated physical resistance and direct energetic processing is explained. The use of guided visualization, sound and music and touch in movement is presented along with an experiential group breathwork session involving the use of the techniques described.

Course objectives:
  • Create safe effective ethical boundaries with touch,
  • Teach healthy empowering engagement of touch,
  • Use touch and movement to address psychological and emotional issues,
  • Integrate touch and movement into varied breathwork practices,
  • Monitor and release personal holding patterns that interfere with effectiveness as a clinician in the healing arts.

Accompanying text for this course (not included): Cohen, B. B.. Sensing, Feeling and Action. North Atlantic: Berkeley, CA.,1993.

(8 CE credits)

The aim of this Module is to elucidate the role that trauma plays in our development on all levels and the importance of the use of breathwork in healing the effects of trauma, as well as to engage in exercises and learn techniques which can safely and effectively be employed when working with trauma in a healing session to assist in integrating clarity and passion into one's life.

Course Objectives:
  • Identify traumatic from non-traumatic events
  • List three from first category and three from second category of common causes of trauma
  • Specify three symptoms from each of the three types of trauma symptoms
  • Locate brain centers involved in trauma
  • Articulate Therapeutic Breathwork's role in healing trauma
  • Know how to use thirteen approaches and techniques in conjunction with Breathwork
  • Identify one way spirituality can assist in trauma healing
  • Name the Basic Treatment Principles in client work
  • Enumerate two ways to prevent Compassion Fatigue
(8 CE credits)

This Module explores the ethical principles of Therapeutic Breathwork through didactic presentation as well as experiential exercises. Particularly highlighted are the ethical concerns in dealing with a holistic approach and non ordinary states of consciousness. Also considered are the challenges of client and practitioner safety and sexuality. The Global Professional Breathwork Alliance practice principles and ethical standards are presented.

Course Objectives:
  • Identify how ethics are approached differently from a holistic approach to healing
  • Articulate three challenges in using non ordinary states of consciousness
  • Specify circumstances when practitioner self-disclosure is appropriate and when it is not
  • State protocol for using newly evolving techniques in treatment
  • List four categories of experiences in non ordinary states according to Grof
  • Identify guidelines for dealing with sensuality and sexuality in sessions
  • State procedures for keeping client information confidential
  • Articulate conditions in which a client should be referred to another practitioner
(8 CE credits)

Tamarack Song and Lety Seibel

We each have intrinsic shamanic abilities. Their purpose is to keep us whole by repairing the psychic damage incurred in life. The issue with many of us is that our shamanic tools have gotten rusty from lack of use. We live in a culture that values the rational over the intuitive, and that sends us to specialists rather than encouraging us to look within.

In this module, we learn how to awaken and develop our intrinsic shamanic abilities by re-membering the body/mind/spirit life-force connection through the Spirit of Breath. Together we fan the fire of our creative energy to transform everyday activities into Ceremonies that enliven the ever-present magic patiently waiting to be acknowledged and directed for healing and revealing the wholeness of our world.

Course objectives:
  • Learn shamanistic techniques to fully embrace your sacred self in breathwork,
  • Practice Breathing Observation experience in nature,
  • Use Ancestor Dish to stay in nurturing connection with and honor your lineage,
  • Identify your spiritual strengths and bring them into your breathwork practices,
  • Integrate ways to effectively use power objects in your life,
  • Experience and incorporate Breath of Fire Outdoor Observation technique.

Accompanying text for this course (not included): Wolf, L, S. Shamanistic Breathwork: journeying beyond the limits of the self.. Bear & Company: Rochester, VT., 2009.

(8 CE credits)

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