Courses and Workshops

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Welcome to the Process Work Institute’s course listings!  Please see below for details on our upcoming classes …

Talk to someone for more information – connect with our outreach coordinator, Melissa Perry, outreach@processwork.org to arrange a time to discuss further. 

Questions about our online course registration system? Check out our Online Registration Guide for a step by step look at registering online!

If you encounter issues or just prefer to register over the phone, call us at 503 223 8188, email pwi@processwork.org or fax the Registration Form PDF (503 227 7003). 

Registration at least 24 hours before the course start date is strongly encouraged. Early registration helps ease administrative processes at the last minute. Thanks for helping us provide a great service for everyone.

Please note: All course times are local Portland, Oregon (Pacific) time, unless otherwise specified.

Questions about attending classes at a distance?  See our Distance Options Guide for more information or be in touch so we can assist you personally. 

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  • December 15, 2019
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm

FINDING YOUR PATH IN THE WORLD with Rhea Shapiro

December 15th – 10:00AM to 5:00PM

$108 early registration by December 1st

$120 regular registration after December 1st

Sliding scale access available – please email pwi@processwork.org

Looking for a deeper connection to the meaning of your life? Interested in creative tools for finding your purpose and making professional and personal life choices?  This one day workshop will give you transformative Processwork tools for navigating the ups and downs of your life.  It will introduce the concept of your own personal “life myth” and show you how to use it to find meaning and transformation from troubling experiences. Expect to get new resources for navigating challenges, a renewed sense of life purpose, and deeper insights into chronic issues.

Level: Suitable for everyone, and especially those curious about Processwork tools for everyday life.  Great introduction for anyone Processwork-curious. 

Participation: In person only

Faculty: 

Rhea Shapiro, MA, Dipl PW, is a certified process worker in private practice and on the faculty of the Process Work Institute in Portland, Oregon.  She teaches Process Work in the U.S. and internationally.  Rhea is also a long time physical theater improvisor and a Buddhist meditator.  She is always glad to encourage the dreaming and sustainable solutions with individuals, relationships and groups.  Her chosen “earth spots” are often the garden or the sea.

 


  • You, Me and The World: Identity, Social Justice and Our Shared Humanity
    January 25, 2020 - January 26, 2020
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm
A Process Oriented Approach to working with facilitation, power, and conflict.

Instructor: Aleksandr Peikrishvili, LCSW, PW. Dipl.

 
Saturday and Sunday, January 25-26, 2020

10:00am-1:00pm, – 2:00pm-5:00pm

This course will:

– Introduce and/or refresh a Processwork lens to working and being with groups 
– Create a space and time where we as a group explore what we are learning by applying it to our experience as a group.

– Provide an understanding of core ProcessWork beliefs of deep democracy and following dreaming process and apply and practice our understanding

Participants can expect to:

– Begin to develop a ProcessWork framework for working with groups
– Be reminded of what moves us as facilitators and how it shapes our facilitation style
– Begin to develop and deepen awareness of our and other’s experiences of power and how we use it towards ourselves, others and the world.

The class will take place in the Big Room at PWI: In-Person only

Course Fee: $250 (Early registration $225 until January 11, 2020)

 


  • Wisdom of Dreams
    January 27, 2020 - February 10, 2020
    7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

led by Ingrid Rose

Mondays – Jan 27, Feb 3, Feb 10, 2020

7:00pm – 9:30pm

Fee: $135 (early registration by Jan 13th)

$150 (after Jan 13th)

Dreams contain a wealth of information that can serve us well as a guide for life. When process-oriented tools and skills are applied in unfolding dreams, the underlying meaning of the dream wakes us up to parts of ourselves and to directions for everyday life. We will be learning and applying ways in which to navigate our dreamworld and it’s rich images, cultivating insight into what is speaking to us from the dreaming field.

All who are interested in exploring dreams are welcome to join the class no matter what the level of experience.

Participation Options: In-person only (PWI Big Room)


  • The Magic of Process Oriented Family Therapy
    January 30, 2020 - February 13, 2020
    6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

with Gary Reiss, Ph.D

Thursday evenings – Jan 30, Feb 6, Feb 13, 2020

6:30pm – 9:00pm

Fee: $135 (early registration by Jan 16th)

$150 (after Jan 16th)

Working on family difficulties wakes us up to our personal and collective history.  From this work we can get free of patterns that run our lives and can wake up to our true natures.  We will work on our own families through role play exercises and inner work, as well as having live families working in the middle. Families will receive family therapy as well as community-based healing we will all participate in.   These methods are powerful and transformative for individuals and families, and this training is for students, professionals, and anyone wanting more awareness and freedom from their family and cultural programming.

Participation Options: In-person only (PWI Big Room)

Gary Reiss holds a Masters degree in Social Work from Washington University, St. Louis; a Doctorate in Integrative Studies with a Specialization in Process Oriented Psychology and Conflict Resolution. He has been in private practice in Oregon as a LCSW for over 30 years, and teaches worldwide as a Certified Process Oriented Psychology Trainer.

 


  • The TAO of DREAMWORK
    January 31, 2020 - February 7, 2020
    3:30 pm - 6:30 pm

The  Empirical  +  Universal  Nature  Of  Dreams  And Your World Task 

2 Classes To Realize Your Own And Your Organization’s MYTH, 1st Dreams, And Nonlocality

Fri, Jan 31, 3:30-6:30pm

Dreams Are  Rock + Roll BODY SENSATIONS, +The Tao That Must Be Said

Fri, Feb 7, 3:30-6:30pm

Your Group’s + Our World’s  Nonlocality, Dreams, Visions

Because you and your group are in part, “dreamed up” in part by our world process, everyone needs to discover, follow and flow with 1st dreams and the dreaming process to be at home in the world. 

For the last 56 years, since I was in Zurich and later in Portland, I have worked with many thousands of dreams. At first, I worked as a Jungian analyst, then in the late 1970’s as a process-oriented therapist at first in Zurich, then in Portland, Oregon and around the world.  I have also experienced many thousands of New Year’s Eve Dreams on Facebook. (https://www.facebook.com/Arnold.Mindell )

All this Dreamwork revolutionized my understanding of Life and Dreams. Dreams helped me create what we call today, “Process Oriented Psychology,” “Dreambodywork”, “Coma-work”, “Relationship and Worldwork” and more.  Now, in these 2 classes. I want to go further and Re-define dreams in terms of Empirical, often neglected everyday signals.

DREAMWORK Happens ALL DAY LONG

And Shows The Future For Both INDIVIDUALS + ORGANIZATIONS

I will speak with love and gratitude for C.G. Jung, as well as for newer dreamwork forms I call “Flowing While Awake”. I’ll explain how process oriented dreamwork flows between the “Tao Can’t be” and “the Tao That Must Be Said” to help you feel your calling to help self and our world.

Fee: $112.50 (early registration by Jan 18th)

$125 (regular registration after Jan 18th)

$65 for one day class only (no early registration)

Delivery Methods: In-person, Livestream or Audio File Download


  • Supervision for All
    January 31, 2020
    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Instructor: Arnold Mindell, PhD.

Friday, January 31st at 7:30PM

PWI currently uses the Zoom webinar platform for livestream access to classes.  Participants should ensure they have good quality internet access to get the best experience. After registration you will be sent a direct link for online streaming access to your course, one week prior to course commencement.  Please contact PWI if you have any questions – we are happy to help you get set up.

Delivery Method:  In person, Livestream, Audio Download

Classroom: Big Room (at PWI)

Registration: Click View Details button above

Early Registration Fee: $36 (by January 17th )

Regular Registration Fee: $40 (after January 17th)

Please Write Arny 1 Line About Your Case If You Want Case Supervision


  • Diplomate Supervision
    February 7, 2020
    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Instructor: Arnold Mindell, PhD.

Friday, February 7th at 7:30PM

Processwork Diplomates only. 

In person at PWI, or available for distance participation via live web streaming. 

Please note, this class is not recorded. Audio file is NOT available for this class.

PWI currently uses the Zoom webinar platform for livestream access to classes.  Participants should ensure they have good quality internet access to get the best experience. After registration you will be sent a direct link for online streaming access to your course, one week prior to course commencement.  Please contact PWI if you have any questions – we are happy to help you get set up. 

Delivery Method:  In person or Livestream

Classroom: Big Room (at PWI)

Regular Registration Fee: $40 

Registration: Click the View Event button above

Please Write Arny 1 Line About Your Case If You Want Case Supervision


  • Early Registration
    February 15, 2020 - February 16, 2020
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm

With Gary Reiss, LCSW, PhD, Certified Process Work Trainer, and Sage Emery, LMFT, Certified Teacher of 2ndTraining 

Saturday & Sunday, February 15th-16th, 2020

10:00am – 5:00pm

Modern life pushes us to split off sexuality from intimacy and spirituality.  This seminar is about bringing love, sex and spirit back together into a unified way of connecting.  We will focus on both signal based as well as deeply intuitive feeling based approaches to how to work on sexual difficulties, intimacy blocks, and how to move beyond difficulties into sexual and intimate bliss.  The seminar is for everyone, respecting the diversity of each individual and couple. It is both training based for students and professionals and experiential so a great place for individuals and couples to work on their issues. Special focus given to moving from trauma patterns of intimacy to being present in the here and now of relating.

Participation Options: In-person only (PWI Big Room)

This is part 1 of a 4 part series.  If you would like to attend all 4 courses please call PWI (503-223-8188) to register and receive discount pricing.  

Gary Reiss holds a Masters degree in Social Work from Washington University, St. Louis; a Doctorate in Integrative Studies with a Specialization in Process oriented Psychology and Conflict Resolution. He has been in private practice in Oregon as a LCSW for over 30 years, and teaches worldwide as a Certified Process Oriented Psychology Trainer.

 

 


  • Dreambody and Deep Bodywork
    July 18, 2020 - July 19, 2020
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Led by Gary Reiss, Ph.D

Saturday & Sunday, July 18 & 19, 2020

10:00am – 5:00pm

Dreambody Work, with its focus on the integration of symptoms and dreams, is the foundation of Process Work. Deep bodywork skills give us access to the dreaming body and the eternal body. In this seminar we will start by working on basic interventions with symptoms and dreams and then move into new methods to help us work with our most difficult chronic symptoms and nightmares.  We will learn how to use our hands and words combined to do deep bodywork focusing on trauma states; altered states, and deep trance states.

This training is for anyone interested in process work, specifically in the use of deep bodywork for symptoms, trauma work, and other applications.

Participation Options: In-person only (PWI Big Room)

This is part 2 of a 4 part series.  If you would like to attend all 4 courses please call PWI (503-223-8188) to register and receive discount pricing.  

Gary Reiss holds a Masters degree in Social Work from Washington University, St. Louis; a Doctorate in Integrative Studies with a Specialization in Process oriented Psychology and Conflict Resolution. He has been in private practice in Oregon as a LCSW for over 30 years, and teaches worldwide as a Certified Process Oriented Psychology Trainer.

 

 

 


  • Altered and Extreme States
    September 12, 2020 - September 13, 2020
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Led by Gary Reiss, Ph.D

Saturday & Sunday, September 12 & 13, 2020

10:00am – 5:00pm

All of us experience altered states of consciousness and we need more skills and awareness in how to work with and live these states. We will work with the altered states of everyday life and peak experiences.  We will train in how to work with extreme states in general, and then with specific states like depression, anxiety, suicidality, and other extreme states.   Part of our focus will be on learning to process the social issues behind extreme states.  Special emphasis will be given to working with spiritual emergence experiences, with addictions, and with near death states and major accidents.

We will explore new methods of working with extreme states that have powerful transformative effects, that often work well with clients resistant to more traditional approaches.

Participation Options: In-person only (PWI Big Room)

This is part 3 of a 4 part series.  If you would like to attend all 4 courses please call PWI (503-223-8188) to register and receive discount pricing.  

Gary Reiss holds a Masters degree in Social Work from Washington University, St. Louis; a Doctorate in Integrative Studies with a Specialization in Process oriented Psychology and Conflict Resolution. He has been in private practice in Oregon as a LCSW for over 30 years, and teaches worldwide as a Certified Process Oriented Psychology Trainer.