What is Processwork?
Processwork or Process Oriented Psychology is in the words of its founder Arnold Mindell, 'a daughter of C.G. Jung’s analytical psychology' and has additional roots in indigenous cultures and shamanism, Taoism, and in physics. Processwork has a unifying paradigm, linking its many facets and applications. At the heart of processwork is the creativity of nature. Even the most disturbing processes can carry seeds of an emerging or evolving process. Its theory and methods allow the facilitator to track and unfold systemic dynamics at different levels, intra-psychic, relationship and group.
Applications include working with dreams, body symptoms and illness, near-death experiences and coma, trauma, anxiety, depression, bullying and abuse, working with relationships, teams and organisations, working with communities, and dynamics of privilege and prejudice in issues of racism, xenophobia, gender, sexual orientation, education, economics, language, age and more.
Jean-Claude Audergon MA is a co-founder of Processwork UK, as well as Process Work Organizations in Zurich, FGPOPCH , PWI Portland, the original Processwork psychotherapy training in Slovakia, the Processwork Moderation in Berlin (D). Jean-Claude joined Arnold Mindell in 1977 and has studied, researched and taught Process Work since its beginnings. With a group of colleagues, he initiated IAPOP – the International Association of Process Oriented Psychology (www.iapop.com). He then organized and coordinated the first IAPOP conference in 2007 as well as Worldwork 2008.
Jean-Claude is in private practice in NW London, consults and works with individuals, couples, communities, faith-based, social and business organizations, and facilitates community forums. Together with his partner and wife Arlene, he is a lead teacher in the Processwork UK training as well as in the CFOR Force for change ‘Facilitation for Leaders’ course. CFOR is a charity dedicated to facilitate conflicts, disputes and postwar trauma in postwar countries hit and devastated by war and genocide (Croatia, Rwanda, South Africa). Jean-Claude is the author of 'The Body in Process Work', in Totton N (Ed) New Dimensions in Body Psychotherapy, Open University Press 2005 and several articles about Processwork.
Arlene Audergon, PhD has been a psychotherapist and conflict resolution facilitator for 30 years. She did her MA and PhD in Psychology and trained with Mindell in Processwork in Zurich in the 80’s. She teaches Processwork in London and internationally and has a private practice in London as a therapist, mentor, supervisor and consultant. With her partner, Jean-Claude, she co-founded Processwork UK, the school of Process Oriented Psychology in the UK. She also co-founded CFOR, an organisation devoted to developing new models of conflict resolution and violence prevention, as well as to facilitating communities to resolve complex problems. CFOR’s main work includes facilitating dialogue about the history of tyranny and violence in Europe and our future as multicultural societies, and conflict resolution and recovery in post-conflict zones including the Balkans, South Africa, and Rwanda and the Great Lakes.
Arlene is author of The War Hotel: Psychological Dynamics in Violent Conflict, Wiley 2005, as well as numerous articles and chapter contributions about Processwork, conflict resolution and peace-building, community-wide trauma, mental health, and theatre. Arlene also developed methods of applying Processwork to theatre, and has worked with lots of actors, improvisers, puppeteers, writers and musicians, and co-directed and devised ‘Spirit’ with Improbable theatre. In an earlier career, Arlene was Director of services, and advocate for deaf-blind adults and the development of a thriving deaf-blind community in Seattle.