Allison Priestman

Embodied-Relational Therapy

& Wild Therapy Training

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Next training starts April 2019

To watch the video of Stephen and Allison talking about the 2017 training that the course will be similar to the current 2017 course, but there will, as always, be change and evolution.

The information below is from the 2017 intake and gives a good guide to the likely structure and contents of the 2019 training:

2017: The approach of the ERT Training Course

Unlike many other trainings, ERT focuses on the trainee’s own work on their embodied relating with self and other, now and in the past, before encouraging them to apply this with their clients. The theme of relationality runs through the whole course; listening to our own feelings and responses as a key part of how we work both in the training and with clients, witnessing how we are moved around and impacted by our clients, yet remaining able to witness and reflect on our working relationship. ERT in training and practice depends on deep contact; achieving this is a large part of the work, and takes great courage for both client and therapist. The training offers a held space to explore how deep contact impacts us.

2017: ERT Process

This is a robust and established training, which has appealed to practitioners from many different therapeutic backgrounds. It is primarily experiential; theory arises out of practice, and no written work is required, although handouts are provided, as well as online access to papers and chapters. Great attention is paid to group process, since we believe that the kind of learning we are looking for can only take place in a safe space, where concerns can be expressed and behaviour can be challenged. We want participants to learn on an embodied level, which entails being open to profoundly stirring experiences. The residential nature of the course means that we will be living, working and socialising together for seven five-day long residentials, plus the graduation weekend, creating a community. This supports a greater depth of relating in a rich and at times challenging environment. This community-building on the training feeds into the ongoing ERT community.

2017 Course Content and Structure

ERT Diploma Training – Year One

The first year training should equip you to use ERT in your existing practice, working more deeply with your own and your clients embodiment.

ERT Advanced Diploma Training – Year Two

Year Two gives you the chance to explore your own embodiment more deeply and systematically, and to become comfortable with hands-on relational bodywork.

Optional Wild Therapy Year

An exploration and celebration of therapy’s wildness, its capacity to transcend the limitations we place on our own creativity and connectedness.


2019 ERT Diploma Trainers:

Year One: ERT Diploma – Jayne Johnson, Stephen Tame

Year Two – Advanced ERT Diploma – One of the above, plus another trainer from the ERT Training Team

Venue: Years One and Two: Unstone Grange – Rural Derbyshire.

Dates: The Diploma Year consists of four five-night residentials, with a final residential graduation weekend, on the following dates:

20 March – 2 April 2019, 27 June – 2 July 2019, 26 Sept – 1 Oct 2019, 16 – 21 January 2020, 27 – 29 March 2020

Course Costs:

The price for Year One course is £2900, inclusive of teaching, accommodation and food. We are keen to make the course available to suitable applicants. Please do let us know if cost is an issue, and we can look at what level of reduction is possible.


Unstone Grange, Crow Lane, Unstone, Derbyshire, S18 4AL

Contact Details

Contact Person: Contact Jayne Johnson or Stephen Tame


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