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Formative Psychology is a contemporary body-oriented approach created by Stanley Keleman in California in the 1970s in the context of the humanist movement. Stanley Keleman developed his work in the Center For Energetic Studies in Berkeley, California, and during his lifetime stayed in close contact with the professional team of the Centro de Formativa do Brasil (Brazilian Center for Formative Psychology) in Rio de Janeiro.

The formative theory is grounded in Biological, Psychological and Phenomenological principles and its methodology consists of the reorganization of somatic-emotional shapes, deepening the relationship between body and brain, through the practice of specific exercises. The formative exercises, structured around gestures and body postures, aim to modulate and change emotional attitudes, behaviors, thoughts and narratives.

Professional Course Program Taught in Continuous Flow

Since 2020 the Professional Course started being ministered in Continuous Flow, admitting people throughout the entire year. Each participant must do twelve continuous modules, take part in all formative practice classes, and attend all online meetings to discuss clinical cases from the moment they join the course, according to the program below. All modules are both theoretical and experiential.

At the start of the first module professionals must also initiate their individual therapeutic process. The course also includes the optional participation in the online study group in Formative Psychology®. (Please check dates in the program below)

FORMATIVE PSYCHOLOGY®: THEORETICAL AND METHODOLOGICAL FOUNDATIONS

Throughout the twelve modules of the professional program we are going to be learning about Formative Psychology® thinking and methodology though the study of its key principles and with the experience from formative practice, theory and methodology.

Basic principles

Module I – GENESIS AND FUNDAMENTALS OF FORMATIVE PSYCHOLOGY®

April 15th to 17th

THU 10:30-12:30   FRI AND SAT 10-13h

PROGRAM CONTENT

  1. Formative Psychology®: genesis, theoretical framework and methodology development.
  2. The Body as a Subjective Process
  3. Biological organizing process and formative process: the inherited body and the formed body.
  4. Formative Methodology: VME

After Module I and before Module II the student must have initiated the individual therapeutic process

MODULE II   –   DREAMS AND THE FORMATIVE PROCESS

June 18th and 19th

Friday 10-12h  and Saturday 10-13h

Program content:

  1. Dreams and the Body
  2. Formative Methodology: the dialogue between body and brain.

MODULE III  –  THE FORMATIVE JOURNEY: THE FAMILY BODY

AUGUST 19TH AND 21st

THU 10:30 – 12:30h    FRI and SAT 10-13h

PROGRAM CONTENT:

  1. Body and Family: Ways of Loving
  2. Formative Methodology
  3. Case Discussion
  4. Stories and Somagrams

MODULE IV  – Personal Evolution

NOVEMBER 25TH AND 27TH

THU 10:30 – 12:30h    FRI AND SAT 10-13h

PROGRAM CONTENT:

  1. Forming your future: Multidimensional Reality and Personal Time
  2. The past in the present and the organization of the future
  3. Formative Methodology
  4. Clinical philosophy and Case Discussions

DATES FOR ON-LINE CASE DISCUSSIONS (FRI 11:30-13h) :

26/03, 30/04, 28/05, 04/06, 06/08, 24/09, 22/10, 05/11

YEAR 2022

CONSTITUTIONAL STRUCTURES AND SOMATIC PLASTICITY

It is composed of four modules that broaden the theoretical and methodological knowledge of Formative Psychology® and deepen the understanding of the Inherited Body through the study of Constitutional Types. This includes clinical supervision.

MODULE I  –  CONSTITUTIONAL STRUCTURE –  THE INHERITED BODY

PROGRAM CONTENT:

  1. Constitutional Myths – Narratives of the Inherited Body
  2. Somagrams
  3. Formative Intensive Practice: influencing the inherited body
  4. Cases discussion

MODULE II – THE ECOTOMORPH CONSTITUTIONAL STRUCUTE

PROGRAM CONTENT:

  1. Ectomorph structure
  2. Dreams and the Inherited Body
  3. Formative Methodology
  4. Cases Discussion

MODULE III – THE MESOMORPH CONSTITUTIONAL STRUCUTE

CONTENT:

  1. Mesomorph structure.
  2. Constitutional Myths in the Family – Family and the Body
  3. Formative Methodology
  4. Cases Discussion

MÓDULO IV – THE ENDOMORPH CONSTITUTIONAL STRUCUTE

CONTET:

  1. Endomorph Structure
  2. Forming your future: Modulating the Inherited Body
  3. Formative Methodology
  4. Cases Discussion

YEAR 2023

EMOTIONAL ANATOMY: SOMATIC STRUCTURES AND THE ORGANIZATION OF IDENTITY

It is composed of four continuous modules that broaden the theoretical and methodological knowledge of Formative Psychology® and deepen the understanding of the Formed Body through the study of Somatic Structures described in “Emotional Anatomy. This includes clinical supervision and starts the process of monograph elaboration.

MODULE I  –  GENESIS AND DEVELOPMENT OF FORM

PROGRAM CONTENT: Anatomy as identity.

  1. The Body Plan
  2. The Stress Continuum
  3. Intensive Formative Practice: influencing the inherited body.
  4. Cases Discussion

Module II – Somatic Structures

PROGRAM CONTENT:

  1. The Organizing Process of Form: Underbound and Overbound structures
  2. Development of Underbound Structures: Motile and Porous
  3. Formative Practice and Somagram.
  4. Cases Discussion
  5. Discussion on Monograph Development

MODULE III – SOMATIC STRUCTURES

PROGRAM CONTENT:

  1. Development of Overbound Structures: rigid and dense.
  2. Family and Body
  3. Cases Discussion
  4. Discussion on Monograph Development

MODULE IV – SOMATIC STRUCTURES AND ORGANIZATION OF SUBJECTIVITY

PROGRAM CONTENT:

  1. Intensive Workshop: Forming your Future: Modulating the Formed Body
  2. Motile, porous, rigid and dense structures.
  3. Challenges in the Formative Process.
  4. Cases Discussion.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

COHN, Leila. A Psicologia Formativa – Um Caminho Evolutivo. IN: Caderno de Psicologia Formativa. Centro de Psicologia Formativa do Brasil, 1 ed. Rio de Janeiro, 2007. V. 1 http://www.psicologiaformativa.com.br/artigos/PF_caminho_evolutivo.pdf

______ Processo Organizador Biológico e Processo Formativo, MIMEO 1993

______ Anatomia  Emocional:  O Corpo Como Um Processo Subjetivo, Anais do Congresso Latino Americano de Psicoterapia, Curitiba, 2014

______ Corporificando o Impalpável: O Trabalho Somático com os Sonhos https://psicologiaformativa.com.br/corporificando-o-impalpavel-o-trabalho-somatico-com-sonhos/

Anais do Congresso Latino Americano de Psicoterapia, Curitiba, 2014

_______ Familia e Corpo: Formando Adultos https://psicologiaformativa.com.br/familia-e-corpo-formando-adultos/

________ Sanidade e Insanidade Somáticas https://psicologiaformativa.com.br/sanidade-e-insanidade-somaticas/

_______ Conversando Consigo em Tempos de Crise https://psicologiaformativa.com.br/conversando-consigo-em-tempos-de-crise/

________ O Atendimento em Psicologia Formativa https://psicologiaformativa.com.br/o-trabalho-da-psicologia-formativa/

KELEMAN, Stanley.  Realidade Somática. S. Paulo. Summus, 1994.

______ . O corpo diz sua mente. S. Paulo. Summus, 1996.

_______ Corporificando a Experiência , Introdução e Cap I. S. Paulo. Summus, 1996.

_____ _  Anatomia Emocional. S. Paulo. Summus, 1995.

______  A Metodologia e a Prática da Psicologia Formativa. IN: Caderno de Psicologia   Formativa. Centro de Psicologia Formativa do Brasil, 1 ed. Rio de Janeiro, 2007. V. 1.http://www.psicologiaformativa.com.br/artigos/Metodologia_pratica_psicologia_formativa.pdf

_______  Biografia de Stanley Keleman,

http://www.psicologiaformativa.com.br/psicologiaformativa/Stanley_Keleman.php

Videos YouTube:  canal psiformativabr

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EDELMAN, Gerald. The Remembered Present: A Biological Theory of Consciousness. New York: Basic Books, 1989.

______   Second Nature: brain science and human knowledge. USA, 2006

_______ and G. Tononi.  A Universe of Consciousness: How Matter Becomes Imagination. New York: Basic Books, 2000

JAMES, William The Principles of Psychology, New York: Dover Publications 1950 (1890)

LENT, Roberto. Cem Bilhões de Neurônios. Rio de Janeiro: Atheneu, 2001.

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