The trainee learns to apply Radix theory in individual sessions, groups and workshops and acquires the knowledge and the skill necessary to give effective Radix sessions. Throughout the year, at the end of each month, the trainee collates written structured evaluations for each client and reports these in writing to their Training Supervisor. They also attend with the same supervisor, a monthly supervision conference, either in person, by phone, or by cassette tape.

Level One

This level of training is divided into two parts covering a period of eight months. During the first part of the program, which covers approximately three months, the trainee receives online training packets containing written seminars, mp3’s, reading lists, and study questions. The trainee also receives experiential recordings to use with clients. This level of training begins with the November residential training workshop when all trainees come together for instruction on beginning concepts and practice of techniques, as well as for Radix sessions for their own personal growth.

The second part of Level One begins with the start-up of a trainee's own Practice Teaching Group in February. This part of the program lasts approximately five months, until the July residential training workshop. The trainee continues to receive online packets containing written seminars and experiential exercises, structured session plans for clinical practice teaching, reading lists, and study questions. The trainee becomes familiar with basic Radix concepts and basic Radix techniques. Deepening of the trainee's understanding comes from work with the Practice Teaching or Contract Group. Every trainee is required to recruit a minimum of four students for ongoing work by February of the first year.

The culmination of the Level One is a workshop where all the trainees in the First Year Program come together for experiential, didactic, practicum and supervision sessions. For this workshop, the Radix Training Centre provides the trainees with clients to work with under trainer observation and supervision.

Level Two

This level covers approximately six months. In it, the trainee continues to receive training packets. During this time the trainee deepens their understanding of Radix concepts and teaching through study, practice, and feedback. In October, the trainee again participates in a residential training workshop for further direct training in concepts, teaching technique, and supervision as well as for experiential sessions. During the workshop, one day is devoted to a two-part written examination to determine the trainee's grasp of basic conceptual and technical material. One part of this exam must be passed before promotion to Advanced Staff Trainee. Both parts must be passed before the trainee can enter second year.

At least twice, during this first year, the primary supervisor visits the trainees practice to sit in, observe and supervise their work with their clients.


The emphasis shifts to advanced teaching skill. The second year trainee learns to deal with long-term clients going through intense and often difficult changes in their bodies, their feeling capacities, their thinking and in their lives. The trainee is encouraged to take more initiative and direction in the planning and implementation of sessions. There is greater flexibility in how the training is presented than in the first year, and variations occur depending on trainee needs, geographical location, and trainer availability. Trainees attend four residential training workshops and throughout the year, continue to submit written monthly reports and confer monthly with their Primary Supervisor.

Level Three

This level of training covers approximately six months. The trainee continues to receive additional auditory seminars and conceptual materials. They have a minimum of monthly communication with their Supervisor and with other Radix Institute Trainers through direct contact, or telephone, or by audio and/or video cassettes. All trainees are expected to read more extensively in Reichian and body psychotherapy literature and to keep up with other new material in the field. At least twice, during this year, the primary supervisor visits the trainees practice to sit in, observe and supervise their work with their clients.

During this time the trainee is assigned a take-home examination of four to six essay questions. The goal of this examination is to assess the trainee's ability to apply independent experience and thinking about Radix concepts to current psychotherapeutic or educational, training issues. At least two residential training workshops are held during this Level.

Level Four

This level covers approximately six months and is the last phase of the Training Program. The trainee continues to have supervised teaching sessions and attends at least two residential training workshops . Most of the requirements have been met at this point, and this phase serves as a stabilising period. There is a required written Senior Project that is tailored to each trainee's particular needs and professional development.

There are at least two residential training workshops during this Level. The last residential training workshop is designed specifically to explore the relationship of Radix work to other personal growth and psychotherapeutic models. To develop the understanding of the role of the ocular segment in mind/body integration and to assess further learning requirements of the trainees as they get ready to complete the Training Program eg. ongoing supervision and professional development.


Year One: The Basic Concepts of Radix Work

Aim: For the student to develop a solid understanding of the basic concepts of Radix work and the skills to apply these concepts appropriately in their regular practice.

The Radix practitioner as a professional:
Establishing and developing a professional practice
Promotion and legal and association requirements
Ethical practice and complaints procedures
Other responsibilities

Developing observation skills:
Reading and listening to the body non judgmentally
The art and significance of observation, reflection and mirroring in psychotherapy and counselling
Basic body awareness

Using the body to identify the presence and absence of contact in the client and self
Physical contact and touch as an intervention in therapy

Pulsation- Working with the radix (energetic flow):
Identifying and developing an energetic flow in the body
The relationship between emotion and energetic flow
Pulsations between different systems
Pulsation and pain/pleasure, anger/love and fear/trust
Working with the Reichian body segments and pulsation
Working with pulsation to integrate feeling, thinking, behaviour and the body/mind split

The significance of vision for boundaries
Embodying the psychological, physical and emotional experience
Working with the body to develop boundaries and containment
Developing flexible boundaries

Grounding and Centering:
Working with the body to prevent overwhelm/acting out
Grounding the emotions
Using the body to bring a client into the here and now

Deepening and developing emotional experience and expression:
Working with the Radix process to identify and enliven blocked and repressed emotions
Facilitating appropriate emotional expression
Working with anger effectively and safely
Differentiating grief and depression

Year Two: Development of Concepts and Integration

Aim: To further develop the Radix psychotherapeutic skills of the student by the theoretical study of advanced concepts and their practical application.

Radix Characterology:
The structural and functional aspects of character structure
The notion of pain, anger and fear structures
The application of characterology
Working with character strengths and defences
Characterology vs process work. Is there a conflict?
Assessments and interventions with different character types
Radix structures/Reichian/neo Reichian character structures
Body psychotherapy characterology vs mainstream

Radix and Human Development:
Applying Radix concepts to developmental theories/perspectives
Models of assessment and intervention and how these relate
Radix psychotherapeutic interventions and the developmental process over time

Radix and Relationships:
Applying radix concepts to the group process/relationships
Merging and differentiating as a bodily experience
The radix client in the family and other social systems
Characterology and its impact on social systems
Using one’s character structure effectively in the therapeutic relationship

Transference, Counter transference and the Therapeutic Relationship:
Basic psychoanalytic theories of transference
The function of the body in the transferential process
When to refer and the referral process

Integrating Radix work into a Clinical Practice:
Applying Radix concepts to current therapeutic issues
Currently some of the topics covered are:
Dissociation and Trauma
Sexual and Physical Abuse
Eating Disorders
Sexual Aliveness
Emotional Containment and Expression
Anxiety and Panic attacks

The Radix Practitioner as a Professional:
Ongoing professional development
Ongoing supervision
Promotion and licensing
Ethical practice

NB. This is a postgraduate level course. Participating in the course and successfully completing it requires a strong commitment to your personal and professional growth and development.