Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Process-Oriented Facilitation

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Program Overview

The Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Process-Oriented Facilitation (Advanced Certificate) at the Process Work Institute is offered for graduate students who wish to undertake advanced practical Processwork skill training in a cohort-based learning model.

The Advanced Certificate is a rigorous full-time program of post-Baccalaureate study intended for students who wish to build on foundational Processwork skills gained in the Process Work Institute’s MAPOF or MACF programs, or gained in internationally at International Association of Process-Oriented Psychology recognized training programs, or other process-oriented facilitation programs, as long as all academic admission requirements are fulfilled.

The program consists of 57.5 quarter credits completed over two years (six academic quarters).

The Advanced Certificate prepares students with advanced practical competencies for facilitating the process of individuals on their own, in relationships, group, community, organizational, world.  It provides the personal and professional development training required to take these facilitation skills into a variety of vocational applications.

Program Objectives

The Advanced Certificate prepares graduates to be advanced facilitators of individual, relationship and group change, building on a foundation of personal growth and development, and practical facilitation training. Facilitation is a cross-disciplinary set of skills and attitudes that can be applied in conflict resolution, coaching, counseling, and organizational consultancy or leadership.  This program ensures that the graduate gains both the specific set of facilitation skills and the personal development necessary to embody these skills.  The program competencies are applicable to areas of employment where emotional intelligence and soft skills are required, including social services, management, and leadership positions.

The Advanced Certificate prepares students with skills and knowledge from the field of social and community psychology, which are applicable in vocational roles including management, mediation, coaching, leadership, organizational consultancy and adult learning and development.

At the successful completion of the program, graduates will demonstrate:

  • Proficient facilitation of individual change processes through working with dreams, body symptoms or disturbing experiences (including International Coaching Federation (ICF) competencies)
  • Proficient advanced facilitation of relationship processes including process-oriented facilitation of conflict in couples and small groups
  • Proficient advanced group facilitation (including International Association of Facilitators (IAF) competencies) and organizational level change facilitation
  • Confident leadership competencies including creative, process-oriented problem solving and mission development
  • Advanced diversity awareness and intercultural communication skills.

 Advanced Certificate graduates will have demonstrated personal and professional mastery in the following Personal and Professional Development (PPD) competency areas:

  1. Recognizes, appreciates and explores all aspects of experience – conscious or consensual, unconscious or dreamlike, and subtle or ineffable
  2. Uses self-awareness techniques to work with one’s own difficult states, moods, biases and emotions and engages meaningfully with areas of difficulty and personal edges
  3. Able to relate to peers and other professionals and to see one’s self and work in the context of a larger system
  4. Views and works with conflict, edges, and challenges as resources for personal growth and change
  5. Views and values experiences, people and attitudes which are outside of one’s identity as aspects of oneself
  6. Able to explore and engage meaningfully with feedback, present and discuss one’s own views and appreciate the viewpoints of others
  7. Able to cope with areas and issues that have strong emotional and social impact personally, and maintain a sense of leadership
  8. Demonstrates an empathic connection with clients, peers and the community

The Advanced Certificate program will enable students to reach the level of facilitation skills and knowledge standards required for recognition by the International Association of Process-Oriented Psychology (IAPOP) as a Processwork diplomate.  Students seeking recognition as an IAPOP diplomate will also need to complete a final project in addition to the Advanced Certificate course work.  The final project is not included in the Advanced Certificate.

Theoretical Emphasis

The Advanced Certificate program is based on the fundamental insight that human change processes operate across multiple levels of experience – including psychological, interpersonal and group levels – and that competency with each of these levels supports the most effective facilitation practices.  Accordingly we train facilitators to be able to facilitate the process of change in different contexts, from individual work to relationships and groups. For example, students learn to work with body signals as well as language signals. Students learn to read group behavior as well as individual behavior within that group. Aspects of individual work like unfolding the significance of accidents or hopes, dreams, and fears are used in the facilitation of groups and organizations. Facilitators learn how to work with less-known signals like organizational atmosphere and gossip to reveal their impact and meaning for individuals and for the group.

Educational Philosophy

The Advanced Certificate program rests on three foundations of learning developed over 30 years of teaching a process-oriented paradigm. These foundations are central to the learning process and align with contemporary educational best practices.

  • Learning in Community

Students study in a cohort setting, staying together with the same learning group for two years.  A learning community model of education accelerates the learning process through the rich exchange of experience and ideas in relationship and community. The peer network of international learners continues to work together between residencies through online learning, peer groups and teleconferences.

  • Bridging Inner and Outer Worlds

Process-oriented facilitation is more than a set of skills. It is a lifestyle of learning that connects one’s inner experiences to the world around us. The program is designed to enhance students’ careers and nurture their personal and professional goals. It encourages the creative application of facilitation skills in diverse spheres of interest.

  • Mentorship

Personal interaction and the relationship between mentor and student is a cornerstone of the Process Work Institute educational program. Students are guided throughout their studies by a study committee of their choosing. The study committee, composed of two faculty members, provides guidance, support, and feedback throughout the program.

Course Structure

The Advanced Certificate is structured in six academic quarters over two years.  Advanced Certificate students are required to complete a minimum of 57.5 quarter credits to graduate.  Each quarter builds on the preceding quarter, and each quarter is prerequisite for subsequent quarters.  The Advanced Certificate also requires completion of a non-credit bearing requirement of 120 hours of Personal and Professional Development Mentor sessions. The program does not have any other elective requirements.

The majority of courses are delivered through residential classes in Oregon, complemented by distance learning classes to maintain continuity of learning and instruction over the quarter.   The list of courses required to graduate and detailed course descriptions are provided in the Advanced Certificate Catalog Addendum. Students study in a cohort setting, staying together with the same learning group for two years.  A learning community model of education accelerates the learning process through the rich exchange of experience and ideas in relationship and community.

Each quarter includes an intensive 14 day residential class period, complemented by follow up distance learning classes to provide continuity throughout the 10 week academic quarter.   The academic calendar and the typical course schedule for a quarter is also provided in the catalog addendum.