Training

Current MBSC Learning Opportunities

In Singapore, 5-day modules have been provided annually since 2010

In Melbourne Australia, an apprenticeship training program is available

For more information go to Evolution of MBSC Skills Focused Training

Learning Processes

  • Ongoing mindfulness practice throughout the training *
  • Lecture, Reflections and Discussions
  • Experiential exercises *
  • Feedback *
  • Self directed learning between training sessions *
  • Learning self-awareness *
  • Encouragement of evolving a personal style and creativity *
  • Providing opportunity to facilitate a constellation with support in a workshop setting*

Prerequisites for students

To be already working in a field in which you can readily apply constellation work e.g. therapist, organisational consulting, teaching.

In these settings, you may draw on your MBSC training to facilitate mindfulness-based constellations either in individual work or in a group setting or you may simply use it to enhance work you are already doing eg couples therapy, family therapy, individual therapy, coaching, teaching or consulting.

MBSC Skills Focused Training Overview

To help students navigate their way through the training we have developed learning modules. These modules (except module 6 which is a review module) each have four components:

  1. Theory
  2. Memory tasks
  3. Personal Insight
  4. Skills

There will also be associated reading with each module.

Each component of each module includes tasks that enable the students to develop and assess their level of mastery. This, in turn, makes it clearer what learning each student can readily use as a reliable resource and what they need to work on further.

The memory tasks are there because students need to be so familiar with some constellation concepts that they have a working knowledge – to the point that they can easily explain them and so that they can remember them when they need them in the middle of facilitating a constellation. When students facilitate constellations they tend to get so caught up in following the energy of a constellation that they forget the orders and lose connection with the facts. This is a fundamental skill. Once mastered it makes the rest of the learning so much easier.

Understanding this helps to understand how the training will work with students at different levels. Senior students are pulled back to basics in a good way so that they have more opportunity to develop mastery. As you revise and review, you will notice important subtleties that you haven’t really attended to until now and you will develop more ease with the processes involved with constellations. The junior students will benefit from the way this makes constellation processes more transparent.

When a really adept practitioner facilitates a constellation, it generally flows relatively smoothly. Depending on the point of view of the naive observer it either looks mysterious and impossible or very easy. The truth is that it requires a lot of skill and that there are understandable principles that underpin the work. It is also true that with the right training a student can develop their skills dramatically. The important factors that determine how much these skills develop are your inherent ability, how hard you work at it and how much you are willing to look at and address your own psychological issues.

Between trainings, the advanced students should be seriously practicing the mindful constellation interview, directing mindfulness and facilitating constellations and will be using the assessment documents to assess performance, so that they can further improve.

MBSC teaching uses solution focus which builds on students’ strengths in order to reach the desired outcome which is to be a proficient constellation facilitator. Feedback focuses first of all on what a student has done right. Then the further feedback is also given in a positive way in terms of what needs to be worked on and how that could be done. Students need to practice the same approach when assessing themselves.

The modules are:

Module1.  Principles that support healthy flow in systems

Module 2:  Mindfulness and Phenomenology

Module 3:  The Therapeutic Stance

n.b. module 1 on orders, module 2 on mindfulness/phenomenology and module 3 on the therapeutic stance need to be completed before other modules can be credited as completed

Module 4: The Mindful Interview

Module 5:  The mindful constellation (This will probably be subdivided)

Module 6:  Review of mindful constellation skills

The structure of this module is different because it is a review and integration module. To be working on this module a student needs to be facilitating constellations in a workshop setting.

Level 1 – Learning how to connect with the constellation

Level 2 – Learning skillful interventions

Level 3 – Moving toward Resolution & Wrapping up

Level 4 – Advanced Skills

Module 7: Trauma

Module 8:  Deeper systemic approach (beyond just principles that support healthy flow in systems)