Contemplative Therapeutic Practice

Training Program for those in the Caring Professions and other interested people

18 CPD points

Starts 15August 2015

6 Saturday mornings between August and November 2015.

This course is a practical introduction to the Core Process model. It offers opportunities for professional development, inspiration, support and a fresh approach both for those who find themselves stressed or overstretched within caring and therapeutic roles, and for those seeking to enhance and deepen their work and understanding.

Core Process Psychotherapy offers a contemplative approach to relationship, to both oneself and others. Its hallmark is the development of presence and awareness. Qualities such as equanimity and compassion are brought into the relational field with the client. Subtle experiences that arise within this relationship are carefully attended to. There is emphasis on resourcing the practitioner so that they are able to feel centred and at ease, and to bring their attention into the present moment with the client.

This will be a closed group. There will be an emphasis on experiential learning.

Dates: Saturdays August 15, September 5 and 26, October 17 and November 7 and 28.

Times: 0930 1230

Venue: 17 Balmoral Road Plumstead (near the Plumstead Pick n Pay.)

Commitment: The commitment is to the entire program. Trainees will meet with their co-trainees between sessions to consolidate the learning.

Cost and booking: R2500. R800 deposit and 5 x R340 thereafter. Bookings close 15July.

Application: On expressing interest or applying you will be sent an application form. There is an opportunity to meet for an interview before the training. There is no charge for this.

Contact: To enquire further or apply, contact Susan Groves on 021-7616373 or

Susan Groves trained at the Karuna Institute in Devon, England, where she received an MA in Core Process Psychotherapy. The Karuna Institute was founded in 1984 (

Expected Outcomes

Trainees will have a deeper sense of the importance of noticing what supports them in their work and life and begin to orient towards this.

Trainees will have an understanding of Core Process Psychotherapy as a psycho-spiritual practice and its roots in Buddhist understanding and practice.

Trainees will have an appreciation of the power of intention, and will have begun to practice holding the qualities of compassion, joy, equanimity and kindness.

Trainees will have had the opportunity to practice being and presence in relationship and be able to offer this quality at least to some degree towards others and themselves.

Trainees would have begun to enquire into the realm of body sensation for themselves and in relationship. This is subtle territory but a beginning would have been made.

Trainees will have an appreciation of the value of boundary and the importance of offering this to themselves and others.

Trainees would have received input in working with trauma in terms of the core process model.

Trainees may well experience a new enthusiasm and appreciation for their clinical work and feel equipped to approach this with an enhanced repertoire of skills.