Professional & Personal Development Training in Mental Health

Course Availability: Part-Time/Hybrid

2021 Nov 24-28 |  2022 Feb 23-27, April 6-10, June 1-5, Oct 26-30 | 2023 Feb 15-19, April 5-9, May 31 - June 4, Oct 25-29 | 2024 Feb 14-18

Whilst we encourage all participants to attend in person, we will be providing all modules both in person and virtually for those who are affected by Covid-related travel restrictions.*See below for more information.

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An in-depth Anthroposophic Training incorporating Personal and Professional Development with twelve modules spanning three years

About the Training

Crises in mental health are of increasing contemporary relevance for society in general, manifesting in all areas of life and work.

This well established training is designed to address this complex theme in the context of the demands of modern life and changes in human consciousness. In addition to providing a broadly based content, it offers participants opportunities to deepen an experience-based and empathic understanding for individuals struggling with their mental health including addressing challenges of those closely involved in their support.

Confidential interpersonal sharing confers on the Seminar some characteristics of a retreat.



The programme offers participants opportunities to explore these challenging themes in ways that are based on lived experience rather than only on abstract diagnosis. It also aims to enhance capacities to respond meaningfully to psychological challenges.

  • Understand Mental Health and illness.
  • Learn to pursue self-reflective practice
  • Develop appropriate personal and social competencies in the field of Mental Health

Skills in inter-disciplinary group work, self-refl ective practice and intervision are developed for peer and professional co-working. All presenters aim to model and encourage creative dialogue between anthroposophic and current psychotherapeutic paradigms and practice.



Professionals active in counselling, psychotherapy, social work and Health and Social Care are warmly invited to apply for a place on this Seminar as well as teachers, therapists, educators, administrators and other individuals committed to deepening their understanding for both adolescents and adults. A basic interest in and wish to deepen an Anthroposophic understanding of human development and psychology will be assumed.


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The Faculty comprises experienced and currently active practitioners and therapists, whose combined professional experience encompasses medicine, psychosomatics, child psychology, family counselling, psychotherapy, movement, drama and art therapy.

The Faculty collaborate, both in the presentation of thematic content and in guiding experiential learning as well as in facilitating participants’ refl ection on their own professional work and relevant personal experiences.


 A range of adult learning methods are used including:

  • Lectures and demonstrations
  • Experiential research through movement and somatic awareness encompassing eurythmy,
  • Spacial Dynamics® and drama, including creative mask work
  • Visual artistic activities using pastels, charcoal or clay, to deepen experience of themes – no previous experience necessary.
  • Facilitated inter-disciplinary group work, including: self-refl ective practice, personal biographical sharing, guided group learning processes and intervision
  • Guided observation exercises
  • Regular individual tutorials
  • Guidance for further study material and literature


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THEMES Covered In The Twelve Modules Of The Programme

Whilst we encourage all participants to attend in person, we will be providing all modules both in person and virtually for those who are affected by Covid-related travel restrictions.

We expect all participants to attend a minimum of 5 modules in person and emphasise the importance for participants to attend modules 1, 2, 5, 9 and 12 in person (unless exceptional circumstances prevent them from doing so).

Module 1 Core Psychological Themes:

Psychology and related psychotherapeutic perspectives including anthroposophy and mainstream: Introducing general cosmology, psychology and morphology of the human being as body, soul and spirit as an expression of self consciousness: Comparative morphology contrasting distinctive gestures of the animal & human skeleton.

Module 2 Childhood Development 0-7 years:

Physical embodiment, including neurological and immunological development; Laying the foundations for understanding sensory psychology and attachment theory in relation to lasting effects of trauma; related organ studies – organ observations - brain & spleen.

Module 3 Childhood Development 7-14 years:

Cultivating health and well-being in middle childhood, habits - rhythm vs ritual; related organ studies – heart, lung and rhythmic system; 9th year developmental “rubicon”; Introduction to the twelve senses and the seven life processes and their corresponding expression in terms of adult learning.

Module 4 Adolescence 14-21:

Challenges of soul development including crises of identity, idols & “ego-ideals” and the search for personal authenticity; related family and relationship dynamics; eating disorders (part I); acknowledging and expressing sexuality and gender; self harm; related organ observations – liver, kidney and adrenals; introducing different soul types.

Module 5 Anxiety & Trauma:

Phenomenology of anxiety, its expression, meaning and management; trauma and its relationship to the renal and adrenal system; exploring the interactions of sensory and metabolic processes via the seven life processes; psychospiritual manifestations of separation and loss; awakening the “I” in its higher function as a witness to soul.

Module 6 Depression & Bipolar Phenomena:

Exploring their somatic, psychological, spiritual and medical perspectives; grief and mourning; life processes and their correlates in the soul; working with depression and suicidal ideation; encountering psychotic phenomena in relation to inner and outer threshold experiences, sense organs and metabolic processes.

Module 7 Obsessive Disorders and Compulsive Behaviours:

Addictions and eating disorders (part 2); differentiating primitive and higher (rational) ego defenses; encountering mid-life crises of meaning and identity; spiritual emergence and spiritual emergency; Understanding how therapeutic care communities may support rehabilitation.

Module 8 Personality Structure 1:

Introducing the concept of personality structure and its relation to historic changes in human consciousness; exploring twelvefoldness of the zodiac, related zodiacal polarities and their expression through the three planes of space; experiencing planes of space through movement and drama and their corresponding personality structures including the use of mask; narcissism, avoidant, paranoid & histrionic personality types and their related therapeutic approaches.

Module 9 Personality Structure 2:

Content developing general themes as with 1, module 8, now addressing obsessive, antisocial, dissociative & borderline personality types and their related therapeutic approaches; Differentiating these personality disorder from psychotic precesses. Mentalisation as a therapeutic modality.

Module 10 Personality Structure 3:

Content developing general themes as with 1, module 8, now addressing schizoid, schizotypal, passive -aggressive and dependant personality types - Codependency and therapeutic approaches; differentiating schizoid, schizotypal and schizophrenic phenomena. Steiner’s twelve philosophical world views in relation to personality structure. The hero/heroine’s journey.

Module 11 Addressing the Question of Evil:

Recognising distortions in self and society - discernment exercise based on seven life processes; confronting the challenges of fear, hatred and doubt and their deeper origins; differentiating the Luciferic and Ahrimanic doubles.

Module 12 Conflict & Community Building:

Addressing forces underlying conflict within organisations and communities: mediation; biographic view exercise; exploring evolutionary changes as these relate to individual development and collective responsibility; working with loss and change; beginnings and endings within therapeutic practice and beyond.



Mike Chase: Psychodrama Psychotherapist and group psychotherapist (Accredited UKCP); clinical supervisor; Clinical psychodrama psychotherapist at HMPPS Grendon; Former Artistic Director of the Glasshouse Arts Centre; educational researcher (M.Ed.); mask practitioner; international workshop leader; Book MASK, published 2017, Hawthorn Press.

Dr. James Dyson: Psychosynthesis psychologist, (MA) formerly certified Anthroposophic Physician and co-founder with Michael Evans of Park Attwood Clinic, 1979; currently consulting in Steiner Waldorf Schools, special needs colleges and social therapy communities for adults. Faculty member, English Training in Anthroposophic Medicine (an international training in the English language at Emerson College) and The Association of Anthroposophic Psychology, USA.

Marah Evans: Art Therapist (HCPC) and Psychodynamic Counsellor (MBACP Accred), clinical supervisor and former clinical lead in Child and Family Counselling; Biography Work Trainer. Faculty Member, Anthroposphic Psychotherapy Training, Emerson College.

Dr Michael Evans: Certified Anthroposophic Physician and independent General Practitioner, St Luke’s Therapy Centre, Stroud; co-founder and former Medical Director, Park Attwood Clinic; Course Director - English Training in Anthroposophic Medicine (an international training in the English language based at Emerson College), also engaged in medical teaching in China and elsewhere.


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‘The MHS is a unique training in anthroposophy with a focus on physical, emotional and mental well-being of ourselves and others delivered in a living balance that shifts from the essentially creative to the sharper world of pure thought based knowledge. After each module I drive home with a feeling of being part of something very precious.’

‘This seminar has been a strong bridge between the understanding of myself and of others. It gives the tools to bring into life the realization to see that we are our own mentors.’

‘A truly transformative process, facilitated by speakers who love and embody their content. All hold a very genuine desire to also be student as well as teacher. My work, my family and myself will benefi t from this course, both in its immediate impact and the impact of the seeds that have been planted and are yet to germinate.’

‘I really appreciate the structure of lectures, mythology, artistic activities, learning processes, digestion and exploration and development in intervision groups. It has given me further direction for future development.’

‘The seminar is the blossom of the different points of view, seeing psychology and anthroposophy in relationship to one another in order to build up a new way of understanding.’

‘The MHS has been a process of self-discovery — learning to understand more about my relationships to others. It has been a wonderful expansion of my understanding of different ways of being in the world.’

‘The knowledge that I have gained I carry with me into my work, giving me a new perspective on people I support; adults with learning disabilities, colleagues, parents and carers, especially from the perspective of attachment theory, incarnation into the physical body, understanding trauma, thereby contributing towards personality disorders.’

‘A nurturing and nourishing journey through mental health illnesses and disorders that give one strengths and insights into working with people.’



Module 1 - 24 - 28 November 2021 Emerson College
Module 2 - 23 - 27 Feb 2022 Emerson College
Module 3 - 6 - 10 April 2022 Emerson College
Module 4 - 1 - 5 June 2022 Emerson College
Module 5 - 26 - 30 Oct 2022 Emerson College
Module 6 - 15 - 19 Feb 2023 Emerson College
Module 7 - 5 - 9 April 2023 Emerson College
Module 8 - 31 May - 4 June 2023 Emerson College
Module 9 - 25 - 29 Oct 2023 Emerson College
Module 10 - 14 - 18 Feb 2024 Emerson College
Module 11 - Dates TBC
Module 10  - Dates TBC

Each module begins at 4pm on Wednesday and runs until 12.30 on Sunday.



£4,500 to be paid with a payment plan of 3 instalments.
£4,200 if paid upfront with the deposit.



To apply for a place on the course please download and fill out the forms below and email them, along with the other documents required (listed within the application form), to Chiara Carones at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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