"Since the Process Work Seminar on facilitation I get consistently better ratings from clients. The discussions are richer, the participation levels higher and the overall depth of the learning has been greatly enhanced. I have used Process Work with equal success in nonprofits and in high tech, with first level managers to executives. I can't imagine anyone who would not benefit significantly from both Stephen's facilitation and this seminal work."

Zan Stafford
Organizational Consultant

Process Work


Process Work is an innovative approach to individual and collective change that combines psychology, spirituality, social awareness, creativity and system awareness into a single coherent framework. Its broad spectrum applications include psychotherapy; bodywork; conflict; group dynamics; system change; and community and organizational development.

Process Work was developed in the late 1970s when Dr. Arnold Mindell, a Jungian analyst in Zurich, Switzerland, began researching illness as a meaningful expression of the unconscious mind. Also known as Process-Oriented psychology, Process Work focused on new ways of working with challenging areas of life. Mindell discovered that the dreaming process went far beyond our nighttime dreams and could be seen in physical symptoms, relationship difficulties, addictions, extreme states of consciousness and social tensions. All of these dreamlike processes - when approached with curiosity and respect, can lead to new insight and en energetic shift that is vital for our personal development and the evolution of our collective bodies.

With roots in Jungian psychology, Taoism and physics, Process Work is based on the assumption that the solution to a problem is contained within the disturbance itself. From these seminal ideas Process Work has developed into a comprehensive system designed to working with a broad spectrum of human experience. It provides a practical framework through which individuals, relationships, groups and systems can connect with greater awareness, depth, sensitivity and effectiveness.

The process-oriented approach to working with systems and organizations uses a multi leveled approach which has the capacity to work deeply with conflicting positions and diverse agendas in both large and small group settings. The framework encompasses skills for working with challenges at every level within a system from individual to systemic. Using skills in the areas of communication, relationship dynamics, large and small group dynamics, conflict facilitation, strategic initiatives, organizational change and personal coaching, the process-oriented approach provides a framework whereby the difficulties and challenges arising during the change process can be addressed and developed to cultivate greater creativity, collaboration and effectiveness.

Training Programs and Courses

The Process Work Institute based in Portland, Oregon is one of the foremost centers worldwide dedicated to research and education in Process Work. A nonprofit organization founded in 1989, the center serves as a training institute offering certificate programs, a diploma program, and two Masters programs which are recognized by the State of Oregon. The Institute also offers classes and workshops for the general public.

Our training programs attract learners from many different countries with backgrounds in psychotherapy, bodywork, education, business and art. Teachers hold degrees in psychology, social work, medicine, physics and education.

If you are interested in the training programs or ongoing adult education courses held at the Process Work Institute please contact the center directly at: PWI, 2049 NW Hoyt, Portland, OR 97209.
Telephone: USA 503 223 8188, Fax: USA 503 227 7003
E-mail: pwcp@processwork.org
Website: www.processwork.org


Training Programs

The Certificate Program

The Certificate program is a self-guided, independent study designed to meet the needs of those wishing a general course of study in Process Work for their personal growth and education. The Certificate Program can be designed to meet your learning goals, at a pace, in a style and structure that suits the learner's individual needs. Upon certification, a certificate of study is awarded, certifying that the student has completed two years of general study in Process Work.

The M.A. in Process Work and Diploma Program

The four-year Diploma Program is the mastery level training and leads to a certificate of qualification in Process Work. This dynamic, limited residency program offers trainees an opportunity to engage in an intensive journey of self-discovery and personal growth, while developing specialized knowledge of Process Work and its diverse applications: mind-body therapy, relationship and family work, end of life care and coma work, group facilitation and conflict resolution.

The M.A in Conflict Facilitation and Organizational Change

The Masters of Arts program in Conflict Facilitation and Organizational Change (MACFOC) is a three year limited-residency degree program, and offers an independent learning approach to graduate education. Understanding that emotions and personal experience are intrinsic to conflict and change, the program blends academic study and research with experiential skills, personal growth and awareness. It is designed to increase the facilitator’s awareness of his or her cultural attitudes, communication style, relationship skills, and the effects these have on group life and conflict situations.

Intensive Course

The Process Work Institute sponsors an annual Intensive Course in Process every January-February. The course is a unique opportunity to learn Process Work in an intensive format and within an international group setting. The course is designed as an experiential adult learning event, and presents training in Process Work's many applications including its most recent developments. Since the course attracts students from many nationalities, ethnic groups, and religious backgrounds, issues such as multiculturalism, diversity, and community building are part of the learning experience.