Diploma in Energy Therapy

With Marcus Sorensen

 “A healer does not heal you. A healer is someone who holds space for you while you awaken your inner healer, so that you may heal yourself.” – Maryam Nasnaa

 Sep 2020 – June 2021 • 9 weekends in London plus 3-day retreat in Kent

 Over the last decade, psychotherapy has come to align itself more strongly with the notion of energy healing (Mollon, 2008). This course supports students’ development through embodied exploration of subtle energies, discovering how to perceive and activate energy for therapeutic use, and learning to direct energy for self-healing and for relational work with others.

This is the first year of a two-year training in Energy Therapy leading to Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) accreditation. The first year can be taken as a stand-alone Diploma if desired, while the second year Advanced Diploma builds on these foundations and provides the student with a route to accreditation. The NAOS Institute is the awarding body of the Year 1 Diploma and Year 2 Advanced Diploma in Energy Therapy.

Overall Course Objectives
> To support students in incrementally building their own repertoire of perception, interpretation, and application of energy therapy
> To increase self-support in each practitioner working within the field

For Whom is This Training
Applications are invited from counsellors, therapists, psychologists, mental health professionals, coaches, spiritual advisers, and others who are focused on people’s wellbeing. Applicants are expected to have some grounding in the principles of therapy, including self-reflection and working with transference phenomena. This training will provide an additional skillset, allowing for energy therapy to be used as an addendum to existing practice or as a standalone modality.

Accreditation
The course is accredited by NCP
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Dates

The course is normally offered on 9 Weekends (10.00 – 17.00) and a 3-day retreat, total 21 days or 150 contact hours.

Weekend 1: Ways of Sensing Energy and Modes of Energy Usage
56 September 2020

Weekend 2: Meeting the Inner Healer and the Other
3–4 October 2020

Weekend 3: Boundaries & Dynamic Energy Responses
7–8 November 2020

Weekend 4: Refining Pattern Recognition
5–6 December 2020

Weekend 5: Blending the Inner Healer into Professional Life
9–10 January 2021

Weekend 6: Practical Energy Therapy Approaches (Psychotherapy)
6–7 February 2021

Weekend 7: Practical Energy Therapy Approaches (Physical Issues)
6–7 March 2021

Weekend 8: Working with Allied Professions
10–11 April 2021

Weekend 9: Creativity in Energy Therapy
8–9 May 2021

3-Day Retreat: Inward and Outward
4–6 June 2021 (Pines Calyx, St Margaret’s Bay, Dover, Kent)

Faculty

Course Director Marcus Sorensen

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Marcus Sorensen is a multimodal therapist, neuropsychologist and PhD researcher. He works to bring a biological basis of understanding to socio-psychological processes, while also maintaining a transpersonal perspective. In short, he enjoys working from cell to soul.

A graduate of the Barbara Brennan School of Healing, Marcus studied and taught at campuses in Germany, Austria, USA and England over a period of 14 years. He has a busy private practice combining talking therapy, energy work and neuropsychological interventions. As an Interfaith minister, he also provides spiritual counselling services, ceremony and ritual for groups and individuals.

Marcus is an Associate Lecturer in Cognitive Psychology at the University of Kent, where his PhD research is on interoception: our ability to sense our inner environment in terms emotions and body sensations, which is profoundly influenced by the outer world.

His research aims to contribute to a deeper understanding of how we can develop and maintain this sensing ability throughout life, so we can feel more connected to ourselves and others.

Marcus holds an MSc in Cognitive Psychology, a BSc in Psychology with Medical Sciences, Diplomas in Trauma Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioural Hypnotherapy and Professional Energy Healing, as well as an MA in Architecture, and a BA in Commercial Languages. When not working or teaching, Marcus enjoys spending time with his wife and young daughter, watching the wonder of life unfolding.

Location

Weekends 1 to 9 will take place at:
NAOS Institute
3 Montpelier Avenue
Ealing, London W5 2XP

The final 3-day retreat will take place at:
Pines Calyx
St Margaret’s Bay
Dover, Kent CT15 6DZ

Full Course Content
Full course content

Please note that this course contents listing is indicative, and adjustments may be made depending on the needs of the group and opportunities that present themselves.

Weekend 1: Ways of Sensing Energy and Modes of Energy Usage
5–6 September 2020

  • Meeting the group and gathering pre-existing knowledge and experiences of energy therapy and healing forms: energy therapy is an ancient modality with different nomenclatures and approaches. There is no universal “right” way – one emerges from the individual after exploring one or more frameworks
  • Defining the epistemological approach of the training:
    • Shu Ha Ri: Japanese concept for acquiring mastery: learn the form, push the boundaries, transcend the model entirely
    • Build up own experiential repertoire of perception, interpretation and application to form personal paradigm for healing
  • Discussing modalities of sensing: haptic, intuitive, emotional, visual, auditory (rarely: gustatory & olfactory)
  • Exercises in energy sensing:
    • Sit in chairs back-to-back and feel qualities of the other’s presence in any modality available
    • Learning from one another and thinking of ways to hone these senses, supporting development of lesser used senses and refining the most used
  • Exercise in self-activation:
    • Optimum posture alignment for ease, connection, and power
    • Breathe up and down energy current from base to crown
  • Exercise in basic modes of energy usage
    • Sit next to another person and experience:
      Sense / Flow
  • Set homework for October class: acquire a massage table suitable for healing (half of the students to volunteer to bring theirs to class each time; help will be given with optimum table setup for energy therapy)
  • Set homework for January class: in pairs / triads, identify and present a chosen healer archetype (e.g. wounded healer; shaman; priest/ess; doctor/nurse; spiritual medium; caregiver; warrior, etc.)

Weekend 2: Meeting the Inner Healer and the Other
3–4 October 2020

  • Identifying and removing blocks to one’s own Inner Healer
    • What is an Inner Healer? (homeostasis, hope, empathy, and sensitivity to suffering, etc.)
    • How and why do we compromise or reduce the connection to our Inner Healer? (we fear our own light, we don’t want to fail, we want to be acceptable like others, we have disconnected from our own goodness, we fear the healer shadow, etc.)
  • Discussing energy therapy ethics: requirement for high personal integrity and honesty to avoid imagination overriding externally verified perception
  • Exercise in energy hygiene:
    • How to make clean contact and thereafter withdraw energy connection
  • Exercise in all 5 energy modes
    • Sit next to another person and experience:
      Sense / Flow / Stop / Push / Pull
  • Exercise in energy healing:
    • Classic chelation

Weekend 3: Boundaries & Dynamic Energy Responses
7–8 November 2020

  • Exploring right use of touch and addressing “love as healing”: it is not based on sexual transference and does not condone touch, incl. hugging, without permission
  • Discovering our personal energy response tendencies: withdrawing, merging, blocking, etc.
  • Exercise on The Approach:
    How to come near the client, if at all; what energy configuration to use in self; how to respond dynamically to client’s physical or emotional reactions; providing the client with explanations about energy therapy or not; making “show” of energy self-activation or not; being with what the client need as the session unfolds.
  • Exercise in energy healing:
    • Classic chelation revisited with focus on boundaries and responses 

Weekend 4: Refining Pattern Recognition
5–6 December 2020

  • Neuroscience of interoception: embodied emotion and cognition
  • Neuroscience of pattern recognition: deciphering what was previously white noise, and associating signals with meaning that can be put to use in energy therapy
  • Discussing what equipment, paraphernalia, or other external setting, if any, feels helpful to support energy therapy
  • Exercise in self-healing:
    • Perceiving subtle and less subtle needs in own system
    • Adjusting energy flow accordingly
    • Sourcing energy from the universal field

Weekend 5: Blending the Inner Healer into Professional Life
9–10 January 2021

  • Group presentations on healer archetypes
  • Discussing how the learning so far can be applied in professional life, and what else would be useful to incorporate
  • Exercise in enlivened presence:
    • Carry out a talking therapy approach as normal for your work, adding to this a state of flow / enlivened presence; feel the difference as a client
  • Exercise in energy healing:
    • Seated or standing chelation
  • Exercise: Be the Blessing
    • Tuning into what blessing is needed for a person or situation, and delivering just that (similar to Jewish Tikkun practice)

Weekend 6: Practical Energy Therapy Approaches (Psychotherapy)
6–7 February 2021

  • Exploring specific client presentations in which energy therapy could be supportive, such as anxiety, depression, OCD, ADHD, PTSD, borderline, etc.
  • Exercises in appropriate energy modes and boundary settings
  • Set homework for May class: in triads, identify and present an energy therapy system (e.g. Brennan Healing Science, Theta healing, Shamanic healing, Reiki, Healing Touch, etc.) which must include an overview of the origins of the practice, the framework used (e.g. four dimensions, aura, five elements) and a sample of typical interventions

Weekend 7: Practical Energy Therapy Approaches (Physical Issues)
6–7 March 2021

  • Discussing how many physical issues may be related to underlying emotional ones, and exploring specific client presentations that energy therapy could be used for:
    • auto-immune conditions (eczema, allergies)
    • endocrine dysregulation (adrenal fatigue, menstrual issues)
    • reproductive or sexual problems (ED, vaginismus, fertility)
    • other specific conditions as suggested by students
  • Exercises in appropriate energy modes and boundary settings

 Weekend 8: Working with Allied Professions
10–11 April 2021

  • Interfacing with other physical and psychological healthcare professionals and institutions
    • Energy therapy in hospitals and hospices in the UK
    • Worldwide examples of tribal or holistic healers incorporated into healthcare systems (Aboriginal healers in Australia, etc.)
  • Exploring how to make space for holism: medicine / psychotherapy working together with holistic approaches that include energy therapy
  • Pushing the boundaries: providing energy fieldwork for gene-tech companies, businesses, etc.
  • Exercise in providing explanation of energy therapy
    • One-minute presentations in pairs / small groups of how to explain the basis of energy therapy to an allied professional
  • Exercise in being part of a multidisciplinary team
    • Each student to represent a different profession while exploring how best to support a client scenario: energy therapist, psychotherapist, medical doctor, naturopath, minister of faith, personal trainer, etc.
  • Exercise in delivering energy therapy in a clinical or hospital setting

Weekend 9: Creativity in Energy Therapy
8–9 May 2021

  • Group presentations on different energy therapy modalities
  • Exploring how creativity encourages and enhances the flow of energy (life force)
  • Incorporating a sense of fun and adventure into the unknown when providing energy therapy
  • Exercises in unstructured creation
    • Following one’s instinct to create, push boundaries and transcend the form (Shu Ha Ri revisited)
    • Self-reflection on journey with energy therapy so far expressed in a creative form (Lego building, drawing, movement, etc.)
  • Exercises in playful energy therapy
    • Chelation with creative, playful, adventurous flow

3-Day Retreat: Inward and Outward
4–6 June 2021 (Pines Calyx, St Margaret’s Bay, Dover, Kent)

Lunch and snacks are included – travel and accommodation to be planned at own expense

  • Developing wider knowing through the use of divination practices as a tool of discovery beyond realm of conscious self
    • Exercises in a range of divination practices
    • Creation of personal divination set made of natural and scavenged items
  • Supervised healing exchanges to fulfil competency requirement
  • Graduation ceremony

Suggested reading list

  • Hands of Light (1990) by Barbara A. Brennan
  • Light Emerging (1993) by Barbara A. Brennan
  • Psychoanalytic Energy Psychotherapy (2008) by Phil Mollon
  • The Reflective Practitioner: How Professionals Think in Action (1991) By Donald A. Schon

Course Assessment
The assessment of student progress and readiness for graduation will be carried out through:

  • class participation, measured against a list of competencies
  • two research & presentation tasks in small groups
  • demonstration of energy therapy skills acquired, evaluated in a 30-minute treatment session

Practicalities
There will likely be fully clothed physical contact with other students in class. Your permission will be sought, and you may ask for it to stop at any time. You will never be asked to work alone with another person without other people present.

You will need to arrange for the following, at your own expense:

  • Massage / healing couch (suggestions will be provided over Weekend 1)
  • Travel, accommodation and food (lunch and snacks provided at 3-day retreat)
  • Reading material

Entry Requirements
Applications are invited from counsellors, therapists, psychologists, mental health professionals, coaches, spiritual advisers, and others who are focused on people’s wellbeing. Applicants are expected to have some grounding in the principles of therapy, including self-reflection and working with transference phenomena. This training will provide an additional skillset, allowing for energy therapy to be used as an addendum to existing practice or as a standalone modality.

Course Material
All course participants will be provided with a course handbook containing codes of ethics, assessment structure, guidance for your small group presentations, reading list, handouts and more.

Accreditation
This is the first year of a two-year training in Energy Therapy leading to Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) accreditation. The first year can be taken as a stand-alone Diploma if desired, while the second year Advanced Diploma builds on these foundations and provides the student with a route to accreditation. The NAOS Institute is the awarding body of the Year 1 Diploma and Year 2 Advanced Diploma in Energy Therapy.

Fees
The cost for the 9 weekends is £2800 payable by one deposit of £200 (to reserve your place) plus 10 instalments of £260 a month.
Travel and accommodation costs for the training weekends and the 3-day retreat are extra and need to be planned at your own expense.
During the retreat, lunches and snacks are provided. Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided over the training weekends, but you will need to provide for your own lunches.

A limited number of bursaries are available. When asking for a bursary, please explain the reasons in your application.

Application process
Applicants are required to complete the application form (click here).
This will be followed by a Skype / Facetime / telephone interview. If an applicant is offered a place, a course contract will have to be completed and an initial deposit of £200 paid to secure a place. The remainder may be paid in one lump sum of £2600, or in 10 equal instalments of £260

Venues
Weekends 1 to 9 will take place at:
NAOS Institute
3 Montpelier Avenue
Ealing, London W5 2XP

The final 3-day retreat will take place at:
Pines Calyx
St Margaret’s Bay
Dover, Kent CT15 6DZ

Fees

The cost for the 9 weekends is £2800 payable by one deposit of £200 (to reserve your place) plus 10 instalments of £260 a month.

Travel and accommodation costs for the training weekends and the 3-day retreat are extra and need to be planned at your own expense.

During the retreat, lunches and snacks are provided. Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided over the training weekends, but you will need to provide for your own lunches.

A limited number of bursaries are available. When asking for a bursary, please explain the reasons in your application.

Application Process

Applicants are required to complete the application form (click here).
This will be followed by a Skype / Facetime / telephone interview. If an applicant is offered a place, a course contract will have to be completed and an initial deposit of £200 paid to secure a place. The remainder may be paid in one lump sum of £2600, or in 10 equal instalments of £260.