Imagery Training – Where to Find It

4I wish I could say that there is imagery training everywhere at all sorts of levels, but that isn’t the case. There are only spotty opportunities to dig into imagery to any substantial degree and you may have to travel some distance to get it.  Here is a list to work from and some suggestions on how to search for more.


 

Psychotherapy and Health Care Related Emphasis

Academy for Guided Imagery – Santa Monica, CA and online
The Academy (AGI) was created by a physician and a psychologist a few decades ago, mainly to offer imagery training to health care and mental health care professionals. Their current trainings maintain much of that focus but the coursework is open to anyone.

Training centers around recordings of Drs. Marty Rossman and David Bresler in workshops, supplemented with readings.  To advance to each higher level of training, a test must be taken and submitted to AGI. After a certain level, participants needed to complete an on-site half week training in Santa Monica. After that work, students then could go on to the next level trainings with a similar half-week course-work in California. These days, these work can be conducted by Internet conferencing around a set schedule.

Thoughts:  I highly recommend this very comprehensive program.  Disclosure: I have a certificate of completion from this program.

For direct information, see: www.acadgi.com/

Imagery International – Northern California (annual conference)
Practitioners from a variety of backgrounds conduct workshops at this annual fall conference. Imagery International also provides a bound newsletter that is published several times per year and is available to its membership.

For direct information, see: imageryinternational.org/

Center for Healing and Imagery – Washington, D.C.
Dr. Mark Lawrence started this training program a few decades ago and ran and taught until his passing in 2011. The emphasis had been on ego states (parts of ourselves), trauma therapy, and mindfulness meditation in therapy.

Thoughts:  I recommend this program, especially for therapists in need of continuing education credits. Disclosure: I have a certificate of completion from this program.

For direct information, see: www.centerforhealingandimagery.com/


 

General Exploration and Self-Therapy Emphasis

Bellruth Naperstak
Naperstak comes from a career in psychotherapy so many of her recordings and books come from this emphasis.  With that said, her products are aimed not for the professional but for anyone who wants to explore imagery or work on themselves. Each recording is clear and follows a basis formula of starting off with relaxation and then a journey through archetypes appropriate for that recording.  Bellruth Naperstak does occasional workshops.

For direct information, see: http://www.healthjourneys.com/

Dr. Jerry Epstein – New York City
Dr. Epstein has provided insight and instruction for decades and he continues to hold court in New York City. In recent years he has expanded into phone groups which greatly expands opportunities to learn from him. His books are must haves and give the reader much to think about and to explore.

For direct information, see:  http://drjerryepstein.org/

Leslie Davenport
Davenport also comes from a psychotherapy background but provides a book and training for those who wish to use imagery personal issues and healing. She provides CE for those who work through her book and does occasional training. She was also on the founding faculty of the Deep Imagination course work (see below).

For direct information , see: http://www.lesliedavenport.com/

Deep Imagination Certificate Program – John F. Kennedy University – San Fransisco
This is the only imagery program associated with a teaching institution that I know of in the United States. JFK University has been providing specialized training for several decades for those lucky enough to attend. Here, they offer a certificate in guided imagery through on-campus courses.

For direct information, see: http://www.jfku.edu/Programs-and-Courses/Continuing-Extended-Education/Deep-Imagination.html


 

Shamanism-Related Emphasis

Foundation for Shamanic Studies
This is the oldest organization that I know of with a shamanism-bent. Michael Harner started this years ago after the success of his book, The Way of the Shaman.  Imagination training centers around levels of imaginative depth, sonic driving to get people into imaginative states, and use of symbolism from shamanic practice around the world. Harner provides training and training for those who will go on to train others. On his site he has materials including recordings of shaman drums and rattles, but also a directory of teachers by geographical area.

For direct information, see: https://www.shamanism.org/

Trance Postures – Cuyamungue Institute
The late anthropologist Felicitas Goodman noticed that certain postures represented in ancient carvings were associated with spiritual activities and mystical states. Curious about this association, she tried several of the postures and discovered they enhanced imagination work. Goodman then went on to capture these images and theories in a few books and in trainings.

Belinda Gore has continued Goodman’s work and expanded it in easy to adopt books and trainings.

For direct information, see: http://www.belindagore.com/CuyamungueInstitute/tabid/657/Default.aspx

Deep Imagery of E. S. Gallegos
A few decades ago Dr Gallegos introduced the theory and practice of imaging power animals at power locations within the body. This became the basis of his personal totem pole process. Dr. Gallegos books are still available and he does some teaching.

For direct information, see: http://www.esgallegos.com/

Recommended Search Terms for More Training:
sports imagery, shamanism, dreams, dreamwork, hypnosis and imagery, Jung Society, active imagination, imagery.

Also check major book seller for books on imagery. Some of those authors provide training.

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