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Process Oriented Psychology (POP) is a school of psychology established by Dr Arnold Mindell. It is a cross-disciplinary approach to support individual and collective change.

Also known as process work or dreambody work, POP offers new ways of working with areas of life that are experienced as problematic or painful. Physical symptoms, relationship problems, group conflicts and social tensions, when approached with curiosity and respect, can lead to new information that is vital for personal and collective growth.

With its roots in Jungian psychology, Taoism and physics, Process Work believes that the solution to a problem is contained within the disturbance itself and provides a practical framework through which individuals, couples, families and groups can connect with greater awareness and creativity.

History of POP

Developed in the 1970s and 1980s, Dr Arnold Mindell, a Jungian analyst in Zurich, Switzerland, began researching illness as a meaningful expression of the unconscious mind. Dr. Mindell’s work with the people who came to him for treatment led him to the firm conviction that POP is a valuable way of looking at life. The first school for teaching POP was established in Zurich, Switzerland in 1982.

With a handful of students, and then based on a powerful dream, the next school opened in Portland, Oregon USA. The first institute to graduate diplomats in PW, the Process Work Institute of Portland is the alma mater to a number of diplomats who have established PW training centres world wide. There are currently 15 centres of PW in the world today. The International Association of Process Oriented Psychologists (IAPOP) established in 2007 is an international body of certified process work diplomates who are involved in conducting training in PW.

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