Open Floor Therapist Track

This structured training program is for experienced therapists and health professionals. Integrate embodied movement into your therapeutic practice and join the next generation of practitioners including the body to bring about healing, integration, and improved therapeutic results.

Our Next Training Program starts in August 2021.
Applications open in October 2020.

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Integrate Mind, Body, and Emotion for Deeper Psychological Healing

When therapists integrate intellectual, emotional and physical approaches, client issues can be translated into movement, as well as with the spoken word, for a richer therapeutic outcome. By including body sensations and movement into already existing psychotherapeutic approaches, a therapist can increase the depth and efficacy of their work.

The themes of embodiment, movement and relationality holds the frame of our values and practice. We seek to clinically integrate Open Floor embodied movement practice into different therapeutic settings. 

Each module in the training was engaging and well organized with a wealth of related information and compelling presentations. It is filled with material I can use again and again as inspiration for my teaching in the years to come.

— Eileen Murray, Psychiatric Nurse

A Richer Therapeutic Outcome

Therapy in Motion focuses primarily on upskilling therapists in their individual work with clients. The intention of Therapy in Motion is to help healthcare professionals create somatic exercises, experiments, and interventions to support a client at a cellular level with the issues they bring. Through a mindful, embodied experience of what is, we can begin to help clients find their own creative possibilities and reflect on their own range of choices. Additionally, through the actual practice of moving or dancing, we resource the body-mind system in a way that gives a client the capacity and resources to make desired changes or to achieve the desired transformation. 

Therapist Track Program Components

You will complete a series of immersions, practice days, online learning courses, and assignments covering the areas of study listed in the diagram below.

Ground of Therapy in Motion - Open Floor Therapy Track

TiM Immersions

Therapy in Motion Immersion 1 Therapy in Motion Immersion 2

Open Floor Immersions

2 Open Floor Immersions chosen with your mentor

Online Learning

Completion of a set of recorded and live webinars to engage with faculty and other trainees.

Assignments

Set reading list and a series of specific assignments to complete in your therapeutic practice and in small groups.

Mentorship

You will also receive ongoing individual and group mentoring throughout the training by an international group of highly respected therapists and and meet with peer groups for inspiration and support.

Therapist Track Program Structure

Components

IMMERSIONS

As a trainee undertaking the Therapy Track, you will be required to attend both Therapy in Motion Immersions (1 & 2) as well as two of the four  Open Floor Immersions from our Advanced Training.

Your training mentor will help you select two other immersions from this list that are most appropriate for your course of study:
  • COMMON GROUND: A Study of Physical Embodiment
  • COMMON SENSE: A Study of Emotional Intelligence
  • COMMON KNOWLEDGE: A Study of Creative Intelligence
  • COMMON GOOD: A Study of Soul & Spirit

ONLINE LEARNING

Part of your training will take place online with a series of live webinars to engage with faculty and other trainees, as well as view self paced recorded webinars to further your study of embodiment and mindful movement and build on your skills as a Therapy in Motion practitioner.

From working with small groups to regulating the nervous system, our online courses cover a wide range of topics that support your learning and expand your skills as a therapist.

MENTORSHIP

Receive ongoing individual mentoring throughout the training by an international group of highly respected therapists, and meet with peer groups for inspiration and support.

ASSIGNMENTS

  • As in any adult learning program, the work you do in between immersions and practice days is what will make the difference to the quality of your learning.
  • Assignments include teaching practice therapy sessions, reading, and small peer group work
  • The Therapy in Motion Training includes a required reading list to enhance your theoretical knowledge of the work 
  • Your assignments will be shared with your mentor as written reflections to document and anchor your learning
  • Together with your mentor, you will decide on a number of electives to enhance your understanding and experience of other people’s teaching by attending Open Floor workshops

Our Next Training Program starts in August 2021.
Applications open in October 2020.

Sign up for updates

Frequently Asked Questions

The Open Floor Therapy In Motion Training is for qualified therapists and health professionals with at least 300 hours of supervised practice and experience in embodied movement practices who want to integrate movement and conscious dance into therapeutic settings in the work they do with individual clients and/or small groups.

This includes:

  • Psychotherapists
  • Psychologists
  • Movement therapists
  • Music therapists
  • Drama therapists
  • Social workers
  • Mental health counselors
  • Body psychotherapists
  • Creative arts therapists (art, music, drama)
  • Other mental health professionals with a graduate-level qualifications

Pre-requisites

TiM Immersion #1

  • Qualified Therapist with at least 300 Supervision hours
  • Ground Floor Lab (30 hours)
  • Therapy in Motion Fundamentals (15 hours)

TiM Immersion #2

  • TiM Immersion #1
  • 15 hours of mindfulness or meditation study and practice

Students who successfully graduate from the program will have:

  • Fulfilled all the prerequisites above
  • Attended 3 immersions
  • Attended 20 hours of practice days
  • Completed 350 hours of conscious dance practice, including 250 hours of Open Floor Movement Practice. (Note: Immersions count towards these hours.
  • Completed all online course modules
  • 30 hours of mindfulness or meditation study and practice
  • Attended a Libido Fundamentals workshop
  • Participated fully in each aspect of the course offerings
  • Regularly attended mentorship and Peer Group meetings
  • Completed the assignments and submitted their written reflections to their mentor
  • Received final approval from their mentor


Once you have completed all the criteria above, your mentor will help you apply for graduation.

You will pay a $50 application fee, and then choose from the following tuition payment plans:

  • 3-Month interest-free plan: 3 payments of $2,233.33 (Total: $6,700 USD)
  • 12-Month Plan: 12 monthly payments of $575 (Total $6,900 USD)
  • 24-Month Plan*: 24 monthly payments of $287.50 (Total: $6,900)

*We have recently added this 24-month extended payment plan in hopes that it will be of help to those who want to do the program but who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. If you have great need, please also consider applying for a scholarship by checking the appropriate box when you complete your application.

Tuition fees include:

  • Program components
  • Access to our training portal and online communities
  • Coursework
  • Live and recorded webinars
  • Admission to 4 immersions and 20 hours of practice days
  • Group Mentor sessions
  • Individual Mentor sessions
  • Administrative support

What’s NOT included:

  • Living expenses or accommodation,
  • Meals
  • Transportation for in-person events
  • Required books from required or optional reading lists
  • Elective workshops
  • Any other training needing to complete the prerequisites for the training.

Open Floor International offers a limited number of partial scholarships based on true financial need and commitment to teaching in your community. Please do not apply for a scholarship unless you have true financial need.

To apply for a scholarship:
We ask that those who request financial support take some time to sit in the mudra of sobriety as explained below.

A mudra is a position in which we place our bodies to cultivate a specific awareness. The spirit of the mudra of sobriety is “neither more nor less than necessary.” This is what we ask you to contemplate, in consideration of your own true needs, and all others who need help too.

  1. Find a quiet place where you can sit undisturbed for 5 or 10 minutes.
  2. Sit with your legs crossed and spine straight, as best as you are able.
  3. Rest your hands on your knees, palms down. Breathe for several minutes and let yourself settle, until you have a sense of quiet. Then consider:
    *What is the cost of this training?
    *How much of that amount can you manage yourself?
    *How much do you need from the scholarship fund to attend?

 

When an answer comes to you, please request an amount that is neither more — nor less — than is necessary for you at this time. We will take this into account when considering the amount of funding awarded. Please note that each program will have a varying amount available.

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