Professional Training

Tamalpa UK offers a comprehensive professional training programme for individuals who wish to incorporate the principles and tools of embodied creativity into their own personal development and professional practices. Graduates of our training programmes apply the Tamalpa Life/Art Process® into such fields as expressive arts therapy, arts & health, somatics, education, health care, organizational development, community service, and performance.

Tamalpa’s professional training programme begins with Level 1: Personal Embodiment. In Level 1, you will learn how to use artistic and therapeutic principles to uncover and explore autobiographical material through a “body mythology” that connects you to the compelling events, issues, and questions in your life. Working with intermodal art mediums – movement/dance, drawing, vocalizing, writing, and dialogues – you reflect on your history, who you are now, and the changes that you would like to embody in order to live more artfully in all aspects of your life. The training includes experiential exploration through the arts, philosophy, and theory of the practice, and basic maps and methods of the work.

Level 2: Embodied Leadership offered by the Tamalpa Institute is the next step in our training programme. Level 2 focuses on advanced personal practice and the development of professional applications of the Tamalpa Life/Art Process®. In Level 2 you will develop the necessary skills to coach individuals, facilitate groups, and apply the principles of embodied awareness into fields such as expressive arts therapy, arts & health, somatics, education, consulting, health care, the arts, and social change. The training is a hybrid course of online and in person training with The Tamalpa Institute, Tamalpa UK and other EU Tamalpa Branches.

The final step in our training is Level 3: Fieldwork Supervision. This is an online course where you will learn how to adapt, apply, and take the Tamalpa Life/Art Process® into a community or setting where you feel called to offer this work. In the Level 3 training, you will work one-on-one with a fieldwork supervisor who will help guide you through implementing and documenting your fieldwork project.

Successful completion of Level 3 leads to certification as a Tamalpa Practitioner and as a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist/Educator with the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association (ISMETA).

The Tamalpa Institute is recognized as an Official Training Organization by the United States Association for Body Psychotherapy (USABP) and the Tamalpa trainings are also approved by the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA). If you are interested in pursuing an advanced degree in conjunction with your certification in the Tamalpa Life/Art Process®, the Tamalpa Institute’s collaboration with Meridian University and the European Graduate School provide pathways for you to apply your Tamalpa training toward an MA or PhD.

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