Becoming a Practitioner
Qualities required for the profession
This profession is based upon having a genuine interest and curiosity regarding people and human behavior. It requires having the wish to work with people—particularly through touch—in a way that could truly affect their lives. To choose this profession one needs to enjoy communicating with people and be motivated to accompany them in their personal process of growth and development.
For studying the profession it is essential to have respect for people’s ability to learn, accepting that as a practitioner you teach your clients rather than dictate a way of living.
A flexible mind, courage and a healthy body are required in order for you to work with a wide variety of clients and approach the different aspects of their lives. These qualities are fundamental to your ability to guide clients toward reaching their aims and to touch their physical and emotional pain, as well as their fear and history.
The willingness to learn and the wish to excel are essential for your development in this profession.
To be a good student in the art of paying attention to others, you would need to aspire to go beyond your normal limits and use your intelligence, determination, concentration, strength and physicality.
Acceptance into the 3-year program is subject to a personal interview with a licensed teacher.
During the 3-year professional studies program you will learn a unique professional approach to teaching and learning through the body. The program includes a variety of techniques, different types of touch and analysis, professional and personal ethics and tools to think, strategize and develop personalized processes for your clients. You will take part in lectures, demonstrations, exercises, physical training and hands-on practice.
Teaching different lessons through various forms of touch
The three years of study are taught in four intensive weeks per year, for a total of 12 weeks. Participation in the second and third year depends upon fulfillment of the completion requirements for the prior year of study.
To gain practical experience and use the skills recently learned, students are expected to work with clients and maintain their personal training during the period between weeks of study. Students should participate in their own one-on-one process to add value and depth to their professional experience and personal development.
Hours of study in each year:
- 330 academic hours of course work
- Mandatory supervisions and private lessons with licensed teachers
- Personal training (varying for each year)
- Ongoing participation in a one-on-one process
- Specified number of working hours with clients
Each year deepens and broadens the students’ skills to identify and teach clients about the condition they would like to change or the quality they would like to acquire. It also expands their ability to accompany clients in their processes. Students learn to see people in their uniqueness, potential and individuality, and they learn to develop an appropriate strategy for their clients’ specific learning process.
The 3 years of study in detail
Upon completion of this year, students will be able to work with clients in processes focused on patterns clients may have, alleviating physical pain and discomforts, and overall achieving an improved quality of life and greater well-being. Patterns could be related to any aspect of a client’s life.
The main contexts of Year A:
Learning the key concepts of the profession
done through the feet
- In-depth analysis done through the feet (Foot Analysis)
- Fundamental forms of touch and their development into various touch techniques
- How to teach clients the basic physical lessons, such as the ability to resist, contract and let go, to achieve a higher level of attention
- Recognizing different types of patterns as a physical experience and the ability to create a change with them
- How to use and work with pain
- Ways to allow, support and encourage the client’s body to balance itself
- Managing a basic personalized process
At the end of this year, students will be able to teach clients not only to recognize how patterns appear physically and behaviorally in their lives, but also how to re-create and stop them. The year emphasizes personal learning by way of stopping patterns that stand in the student’s way of becoming a better practitioner. The practitioner’s ability to see clients in their individuality and be precise and accurate in their work will be enhanced.
The main contexts of Year B:
Broadening and deepening the contexts learned in Year A
Students practice teaching
- Final elements of Foot Analysis
- Enlarging the subject of patterns to include their connection to the client’s personal history and to deepen the patterns’ emotional aspects
- Teaching to allow fear to flow in the body and the strength that comes with it
- The practitioner’s ability to maintain, increase and control the level of attention while working with clients
- Dealing with history in a process
- Stopping automatic historical reactions
- Developing creativity as a practitioner
- Professional ethics
Graduates of Year C will be able to work with clients in processes that call for a greater and more immediate interaction between each session and daily life. Processes focus more precisely on specific repetitive situations. Using different description tools together with what occurs during sessions, the practitioner is able to create a clearer and more detailed image of the person a client becomes inside the situation. This clarity serves the client as motivation and a tool for change. To make a more tangible bridge between sessions and daily life and attain concrete results from the process, the practitioner can design a daily training program for the client. Graduates of this year enjoy greater freedom in the working room; in addition to all the previous techniques they learned, they are now able to work while the client is standing, sitting and moving in the space of the working room.
The main contexts of Year C:
- Verbal communication in the form of description
- Defining “personas” (a set of patterns that appear together) and how to work with them
- Working with clients while they are standing and moving in the working room space
- Learning to think in contexts and content
- Training as a means to achieve personal goals
- Using clarity to effectively deal with history in the process
In order to successfully complete the third year and become a qualified practitioner, students must meet the graduation requirements established by the Supervisory Academic Board of The Grinberg Method.
The following are the main aspects of the requirements:
- Write and submit two training programs—prepared for two different clients—that include a strategy for the one-on-one process and daily training with both written and physical exercises.
- Pass two supervisions with a licensed teacher in which students demonstrate their command of the skills and techniques of the three years of study
- Have as a minimum the specified amount of working hours with clients
Qualified practitioners are eligible to participate in the advanced studies.