Mastering Constellations: Foundation Training 2021

September 2021 – July 2022 | Venues North London

Is it for me? The course is designed for:

Individuals with a curiosity about the world’s deeper movements who are eager for a new way of seeing things. They will get a clear sense of how to read information typically hidden to us, and how to reveal invisible dynamics.

Creatives who are hoping to release new sources of inspiration. In particular they will learn to see their practice as a ‘field’ from which different energies may be drawn closer or separated from.

Psychotherapists & health therapists who wish to add an innovative systemic dimension to their work with individual clients. They will learn how to listen systemically to their client’s histories and how to release them from unconscious entanglements.

Consultants looking for new tools to expand the range of solutions they can offer to client & organizations, especially in terms of understanding displacement effects within and across teams, and out into the market.

Professionals who for the sake of their own development are hungry for new ways of expanding their practice. They will be given expert tuition on how to adapt what they learn to their specific context.

What will I be taught?

The course will cover both the outer and inner skills required to master the constellations method and all of our teaching fits within our framework of principles, practice and presence as follows:

Principles: you will understand the ‘orders’ proposed by Bert Hellinger and more recently extended by others. You will be in taught, in an accessible way, how systemic thinking connects with other psychological ways of seeing the world and also how it is different. You will learn how an individual’s physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health is linked to secret entanglements to their trans-generational family system.

Phenomenology: you will hone the capacity to facilitate a constellation without preconception or prejudice which means turning states of unknowing into insight, using the body as an instrument of resonance and tuning into and making meaning out of the subtle signals that a Constellation can emit.

Presence: you will learn how to remain contemplative and centred during the process so that you don’t miss what emerges in the constellation. In particular you will understand how to achieve the composure necessary for containing and directing the strong forces that a Constellation can release. You will also receive tuition on managing your own responses, as well as those of others whilst also holding the group space safely and with ease.

In summary

You will receive a thorough grounding in the theory that underpins the constellations method as well as how the method sits within the wider context of other therapeutic methods.

You will learn how to conduct an interview with your client, as well as, to listen and sense what is important for the client but not yet visible.

You will be taught how to work with spatial movements in a constellation and understand what they mean. You will also learn to craft constellating sentences that act as invisible keys unlocking important movements within the system and thereby releasing your client from their invisible entanglements.

You will learn both 1:1 (i.e. desk-top, floor markers) and group constellating methods.

The learning methods include: talks, seminars, small group constellating exercises, whole group constellations, tutorials, workshop attendance and personal reading.

When will we meet?

The curriculum consists of the following modules which run as follows;

Module 1: September Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th 2021(2 days)
Module 2: November Thursday 4h 2021 (evening)
Module 3: December Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th 2021 (2 days)
Module 4: January Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th 2022 (2 days)
Module 5: February Thursday 10th 2021 (evening)
Module 6: March Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th 2022 (2 days)
Module 7: April Thursday 21st 2022 (evening)
Module 8: May Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th 2022 (2 days)
Module 9: June Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th 2022 (2 days)
Module 10: July Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd 2022 (2 days)

In addition you will have 2 free tutorials through-out the year (with the course leader) where you can discuss the material at a deeper level.

Where will we meet?

At Violet Hill Studios, 6 Violet Hill, London NW8 9EB and we also have a back-up venue in NW3.

Shape of the course

In our experience learning the constellations method takes time so the course is structured over a full academic year to allow the students to settle into the group and to begin to practice what they have learnt in a supportive environment. The modules are a mix of evenings and weekends. The weekend modules are structured to keep the learning fresh with live external client cases so students don’t have to keep going over the same material. In addition you will be taught the theory, learn the skills and have ample opportunity to practice. The weekday evenings will be a mixture of theory, practice and facilitation. Through-out the course the components of a constellation will be continually deconstructed and then put back together and demonstrated through the live constellations.

How do I apply?

Contact Nicola Dunn for an application form and then complete and return it to her. You will be contacted to arrange an interview by phone or Zoom.

Who are the faculty?

Nicola Dunn – Course Leader:
Nicola is an experienced psychotherapist, teacher, supervisor and specialist 1:1 constellations coach. She has studied individual, group, couple and family psychotherapy and worked as a psychotherapist for 30 years. She has supervised post-graduate constellations training groups for over 12 years.

Nicola will cover most of the teaching and be your course tutor.

Robert Rowland Smith – Guest Lecturer:
Robert is a Quondam Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford and the author of five books on philosophy and psychoanalysis. Robert has nearly twenty years’ experience of constellating for individuals and organizations on systemic issues.

What do I receive?

A Certificate of Course Completion: will be awarded to you at graduation.
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Your place is secured by a non-refundable deposit* of £500 and the fees are £2,850 for the full academic year.

There are also a set number of early-bird fees available at £2,200 (provided on a first come first served basis).

*As our expenses are paid for in advance I hope that you will understand that the deposit/fees are non-refundable under any circumstances.