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. 

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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). 

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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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  • 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.


  • Healing History - Working with Personal and Historical Trauma
    November 21, 2020 - November 22, 2020
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Led by Gary Reiss, Ph.D

Saturday & Sunday, November 21st & 22nd, 2020

10:00am – 5:00pm

Many of our most difficult symptoms don’t change or transform because we only work with these as personal issues. Psychology needs to evolve beyond the individual and in this seminar we practice that evolvement. Focusing on how to work with the historical and multi-generational issues that impact us as well as our personal trauma issues.  By working deeply on these issues, we can reach new levels of freedom for ourselves. We gain much insight into helping individuals and groups learn from, and free themselves from their history.

This seminar will focus on how to work sensitively and effectively with personal and historical trauma to free people from the ongoing repetitive natures of this history.  Getting off the wheel of personal and historical trauma can help us heal ourselves, our families, our culture, and our world.  This seminar will be mostly experiential and is relevant for anyone studying process work; working with trauma, and interested in the personal work required for both personal and planetary transformation.

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

This is part 4 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.