Susan Kocen, MA Dip PW, is a member of the Faculty of the Process Work Institute. She began studying Process Work in Australia in the mid-90′s. Coming from a background in art and design, her interest in the paradigm was first ignited beside a camp fire, stars overhead and clear freshwater lake nearby. Since that first introduction to the work the stars overhead have seemed closer to earth and the clear freshwater lake is never too far away.
Before meeting Process Work Susan had studied Textile Design as an under-graduate in England, and as a post-graduate at the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad in India. After living in India for 12 months she emigrated to Australia in 1988, working eclectically over the next decade as a Textile Designer, Artist, Organic Food Activist and Retail Manager. She trained in and qualified with a Diploma in Applied Science, Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture.
Susan moved to Portland in 1998 and received her Diploma in Process work in 2005. She emigrated to the United States in 1999 and became a citizen in 2007.While studying Process Work, Susan has worked for many years in the Mental Health fields, working specifically with the SPMI diagnosed homeless population of Portland.In 2012 Susan graduated from Marylhurst University with an MA, focus on Gerontology. Her Masters Thesis explored ideas of rethinking the altered and extreme states of aging, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.Since 2012 Susan has worked in community development, building programs, groups, classes, workshops and facilitating forums with the LGBTQ community of seniors.
Susan’s earliest myth with Process Work continues through her on-going practice, and pedagogic approach – with her deep love of innerwork, dreamwork, earth based focus and the stars overhead central to her facilitation style.