History of Process Work
An off-shoot of Jungian analytic psychotherapy, Process Work was originally developed by Jungian author and analyst Arnold Mindell as a therapeutic modality. Over the last thirty years of application and research, Process Work is now more commonly described as an “awareness practice,” as its methods are applied in a wide range of situations, as a form of inner work or self-therapy, as a facilitation method for group work, conflict situations, and large public forums, as a therapy method for individuals, couples, and families, and as a method for working with comatose and remote states of consciousness. Process Work methods have been also been applied to other mental health issues such as addictions, depression, anxiety and panic disorders, working with chronic symptoms, death and dying, grieving and loss.
The Process Work Institute continues the tradition of Process Work training and research begun in 1982 with the founding of the Research Society for Process-oriented Psychology in Zurich, Switzerland by Arnold Mindell and his associates. In 1989, the Process Work Center of Portland, later renamed the Process Work Institute, was incorporated in Oregon as a center for training and research in Process Work. It received authorization from the State of Oregon to offer a Master of Arts degree in Process Work, in January, 1992. A second Master of Arts degree program in Conflict Facilitation and Organizational Change began in 2004.
The Institute currently serves as a center for personal and professional growth, offering several degree and non degree programs and courses in a wide variety of Process Work applications.