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IGPSE Guidelines for Training and Continuing Education

Psychosomatic Energetics® (PSE) is a complementary-medicine healing method which considers body, mind, and spirit as inseparable elements in the human species. It is based on concepts and theories rooted partly in ancient healing methods and empirical medicine from non-European world cultures, but also in part in more modern alternative medical science, bringing together these sources in an innovative manner. So-called orthodox medicine as taught in Western universities recognizes neither traditional (e.g. Indian or Chinese) concepts about the nature of the human species and its health, nor the insights developed over the last 200 years in Europe concerning life energy and its discords; the same applies of course to PSE.

The Psychosomatic Energetics method deals with the psychosomatic interactions between body, mind, spirit and life energy. It is considered to be a supplement to the proven methods of orthodox medicine, accepting its essential contents and concepts, and making reference to them in its basic literature (See the recommended technical literature under Training and Continuing Education.) as well as in the training sessions. On the other hand, orthodox medicine cannot, by its very nature, diagnostically or therapeutically cover the whole territory—which, according to the insights and experiences of PSE and its users, is of great significance in strengthening life energy. They therefore call for a deeper understanding of the background to psychosomatic disorders, and concentrate on the repercussions thereof, which, according to the current state of knowledge in this area, can affect not only emotional disorders, but also acute or chronic disturbances to physical equilibrium processes. PSE aims to increase the efficacy of proven orthodox-medicine procedures, allopathic medications, psychotherapy and/or naturopathic procedures by stimulating the body’s self-healing powers. PSE sees its place in the context of a compensatory alternative medicine.

PSE and its practitioners are not tied to a particular worldview and advocate a liberal and enlightened basic attitude. They respect the specific character type of each individual, as well as their right to personal maturation and finding meaning in the world at their own pace. They are open to naturopathic and energy-medicine alternatives as long as these have proven themselves in clinical practice by a number of users. Research into synergistic combinations and knowledge exchange with other specialties make up an important core region of the activities of the International Society For Psychosomatic Energetics. The society and its users advocate disseminating information about this serious, broad-based, sound and practically relevant healing technique.

The scientific concentration on isolated phenomena and a strictly rational procedural approach is often insufficient to meet the comprehensive needs of a physically and/or mentally debilitated person, especially when confronting crisis situations along with fundamental life and meaning issues. PSE and its users therefore maintain that spiritual orientation is an important attribute of a new holistic healing art, which views humans as an inseparable part of a higher order. Understanding this view of mankind is also part of the training (particularly in the intensive seminar and in continuing education)—although users are of course free to decide what they personally think about this. Ideological sectarianism and dogmatism inhibits development—which insight PSE and the members of this professional Association also apply to themselves; they stand for a mentality of tolerance and openness.

From an energy-medicine standpoint, PSE and its users demand some tried and tested preconditions. For one, mental testing is avoided because this overtaxes most testers and can thus skew the results. Also avoided is any single form of conflict decoupling by itself, such as psychokinesiology, percussion, tinted glasses etc., except as an emergency stopgap or when adjuvant PSE therapy is being performed. The methods of so-called “virtual” healing have been shown to be useless or harmful—i.e. shielding from geopathic radiation; the use of symbols or so-called resonating of information—because experience has shown that they allow potential disturbance sources to continue unabated, or exhibit no adequate deep-rooted effects.

Similar criteria also apply to conflict therapy, where the experience of PSE and its users has been that only a clearly defined standardized procedure has proven reliable. This might at times extend over a span of more than a year, even if therapists notice improvements in patients and their environment at an earlier date. These standards are explicated in the basic books of Psychosomatic Energetics and in Psychosomatic Energetics (A Manual for Therapists) (see the recommended technical literature of the training and continuing education programs). PSE is thus not an instant therapy (despite the sometimes very encouraging experience of energy increase and concomitant subjective feeling of well-being), but rather demands time, discipline and patience, both from the therapist and the patient.

A standardized training and testing scheme has been developed and proven itself over many years. The training includes instruction with a preset daily program, PowerPoint presentations and seminar scripts, practice in working with the method, standardized testing using the Reba® test device and a review of background knowledge based on the approved technical literature on PSE (see the recommended technical literature of the training and continuing education programs). The training plan is monitored and, if necessary, modified by the managing board.

Every healing method is limited by the talent and diligence of the therapist using it; there are therefore pithy uniform standards for Psychosomatic Energetics® training.

The extra-occupational training is broken down into a number of steps:

  1. (Obligatory) a 1 1/2 day basic seminar (prerequisite for acquisition of a REBA test device);
  2. (Strongly recommended) one or more practice days under the supervision of a training director in order to gain practical experience and to anchor the theoretical knowledge of the basic seminar and practical testing abilities;
  3. (Obligatory) a 1 1/2 day advanced seminar, for deeper theoretical knowledge;
  4. (Strongly recommended) one or more practice days under the supervision of a training director in order to gain practical experience and to anchor the theoretical knowledge of the basic seminar and practical testing abilities, this time with more complex tasks being set;
  5. (Obligatory) 5 documented cases, supervised by a certified training director, for admission to the intensive seminar;
  6. (Obligatory) a four-day intensive seminar;
  7. (Obligatory) a written and oral practical test after the intensive seminar;
  8. (Obligatory) proof of having undergone PSE therapy oneself. This self-therapy can be done with any certified PSE therapist, even before training begins.

Self-therapy gives the trainee—regardless of how large or small one’s personal disturbances to well-being—a 1st-person feel for the effects of subconscious conflicts and the strengthening of one’s own life force, more vividly than any purely theoretical intensive training can impart. One learns from one’s own senses what the resolution of conflicts can accomplish in liberating life energy on the vital and or emotional levels.

The classes are taken over the course of a year, or at longer intervals in order to acquire sufficient practical experience between the individual training steps—and these, when possible, on the occasion of practice days with other users on the same training level, to deepen along specific lines. At the beginning, participants receive a training “passport” that documents their training progress by means of certificates and stamps issued by the training directors and the IGPSE.

Only people who are licensed to practice medicine on humans or animals (physicians, naturopaths, naturopathically oriented psychotherapists, naturopathic physicians, veterinarians, animal naturopaths etc.) are admitted to training, who are active in their profession or are about to begin doing so. Anyone with other qualifications must be able to show that he or she is allowed to practice medicine, make diagnoses and perform therapy. In special cases, the management board can, upon substantiated request, issue a special-case authorization—which does not constitute permission to practice medicine. Training concludes with a written and practical examination after the 4-day intensive seminar. In the practical and the written examination, participants demonstrate that they have learned the course contents of Psychosomatic Energetics® and know how to apply them in daily practice, including specific quality standards (good testing ability, sufficient concentration, mastery of the technique etc.). Upon passing the examination, the board issues the graduate a certificate as “Certified Energy Therapist” valid for 5 years and renewable upon proof of advanced or continuing education at training seminars organized by the International Society For Psychosomatic Energetics.

The International Society For Psychosomatic Energetics encourages all Certified Energy Therapists to continue their education. On the one hand, the research and studies that they support are continually generating new findings and insights; on the other hand, conversational exchange between PSE users always provides new material and information, since they are specialists with years of experience in various medical disciplines, and therefore are in a good position to be able to assess the areas of activity of their specialties and of PSE. The International Society for Psychosomatic Energetics considers advanced and continuing education to be necessary and useful.

There are currently a number of workgroups for individual education, as well as groups for practice days. Every 1 to 2 years, a multi-day Expert’s Meeting is held, with appropriately diversified courses, demonstrations and lectures. In the planning stage are so-called webinars with live video streaming for those participants fluent in the language of the respective webinar (German / English). In addition, for over a decade, a lecture day in Psychosomatic Energetics has been organized at the yearly congress of the Medical Week (Medizinische Woche) in Baden-Baden, Germany, at which speakers report on their daily practice and new experiences and course contents. As of 2011, a PSE Day is expected to be held on a yearly basis in Switzerland. Advanced training includes one-day refresher courses for PSE experts. Upon special request, one-day private instruction is also possible in one’s own practice.

In order to renew certification by the International Society For Psychosomatic Energetics, certified PSE therapists must demonstrate participation in advanced training and/or continuing education courses during the 5-year certificate validity period. The obligatory minimum is a one-time attendance at the yearly Expert’s Meeting, to which only Certified Energy Therapist are admitted. This serves as continuing education, where new knowledge is imparted, existing knowledge deepened, and synergies with other areas of the sciences and humanities reported on. The level of discourse at the Expert’s Meetings is high, but the event expenses are kept to a minimum so as to impart the best possible continuing education to as many experts as possible, as well as to promote networking among the certified PSE therapists. The Expert’s Meeting lasts 1-½ to 2-½ days, depending on content. Attendance at a refresher course counts as one day, taking part in the PSE Day in Switzerland is also one day, as does taking part in the meeting of the International Society For Psychosomatic Energetics at the Medical Week in Baden-Baden, largest congress of alternative medicine in Europe, (only physicians admitted). Registering participation requires a certificate from the IGPSE; simply signing up and paying without taking part in the specialist meeting does not count.

Guidelines as of July 2011