GTT program in Holotropic Breathwork Pre and Post Certification Requirements

1. Requirements to obtain the Certification

The Grof Transpersonal Training program for certification in Holotropic Breathwork consists of a set of requirements to be met in order to become a certified HB practitioner. These include attending six-day training modules; participating in workshops with certified HB facilitators; individual consultations with certified HB practitioners; attending a closing intensive; and (for those who wish to lead workshops) apprenticing at workshops led by certified practitioners.

The specifics of these requirements are as follows.

I. Modules
Seven (7) six-day modules, four on mandatory topics and three on optative topics.
Modules can be taken in any order.

A. Mandatory modules are:
1. The Power Within: The Practice of Holotropic Breathwork ("Bodywork Module")
2. Music and Transcendence: The Practice of Holotropic Breathwork
3. The Holotropic Paradigm: The Psyche, The Inner Healer and Moving Towards Wholeness
4. Spiritual Emergency: Understanding and Treatment of the Crisis of Transformation

B. Optative modules are offered on a variety of topics. You would choose
three of these in order to meet this requirement.

II. Breathwork Sessions in Addition to Required Modules
Ten (10) experiences of Holotropic Breathwork in a workshop setting, where you are both a sitter and a breather, led by a certified Holotropic Breathwork practitioner. This workshop should include preparation by the facilitator and integration of the experience. This requirement can also be fulfilled by attending additional modules beyond the seven required.

For a list of certified practitioners, contact the GTT office. A partial list is also available on the website of the Association for Holotropic Breathwork International (AHBI)

III. Individual Consultations
Ten (10) hours of individual consultations with certified Holotropic Breathwork practitioners over the course of your training. These are arranged by you with the
practitioner directly, for an agreed-upon fee.

A. At least three of these consultation hours will be done within a mentorship program in the training, with an assigned GTT staff member. The purpose of the mentorship is for personal guidance in the training, feedback about your progress and recommendations for any additional personal work we might expect you to do.

B. Six with any certified HB practitioner of your choice, including but not limited to GTT staff members. During these sessions, you will have the opportunity to discuss issues related to your personal process, as well as practical aspects of Holotropic Breathwork. It is not necessary that you do all six of these hours with the same facilitator.

C. One (1) music consultation in which you have put together a complete set of Holotropic Breathwork music and go over it with a GTT staff member. This would be done after you have attended mandatory module 2 and by the time you have completed all requirements. Please contact GTT for a list of approved staff.

IV. Apprenticeships

Four (4) apprenticeships. Apprenticeship is the opportunity to practice facilitation at a workshop under the supervision of a certified Holotropic Breathwork practitioner. The
requirement is the equivalent of four (4) one-day workshops. A workshop consists of two HB sessions, where participants breathe and sit, and includes preparation by the
facilitator and integration of the experience. You can apprentice any time in a worksop after the completion of five modules as a participant, one of which is The Power Within: The Practice of Holotropic Breathwork ("Bodywork Module").

To apprentice in a module, 7 modules as a participant are required or being certified.

V. Two Years in Training
In the interest of your personal growth as well as your growth as a facilitator, we require a minimum of two years in the training, beginning from the time you take
your first GTT module. For clarification, please see the attached letter from Stan and Christina Grof.

VI. Closing Certification Intensive
Approximately every two years, we offer the certification intensive for those who have completed all the requirements stated above, and also meet the criteria listed below
for becoming a Holotropic Breathwork practitioner. This special two-week intensive is a culmination of your personal and collective journey through the training. You will
also have the opportunity to demonstrate your proficiency as a practitioner. Participants who successfully complete this program will be given a certificate
confirming that they underwent training in Holotropic Breathwork and Transpersonal Psychology. This certificate in itself does not represent a therapeutic license; certified
practitioners conducting therapy must meet the requirements for practice in their respective states or countries.

I acknowledge that, in addition to completing the basic requirements for certification in Holotropic Breathwork, I must also demonstrate proficiency in:

1. A theoretical understanding of the Holotropic perspective and transpersonal psychology

2. Knowledge and practice of Holotropic Focused Release Work

3. The theory of how music is used in Holotropic Breathwork, and creating a set of music for a Holotropic session

4. Facilitating and leading Holotropic groups

I must also demonstrate a certain level of psychological and spiritual maturity that allows me to work with others in a safe and respectful manner, within the spirit and
guidelines of Holotropic Breathwork.

2. Requirements after obtaining Certification (CPD)

CPD (Continuing Professional Development) fulfills two purposes. One, it helps ensure the highest quality practice of Holotropic Breathwork (HB) among those who provide this work to others. And second, it contributes to the recognition of HB as a credible and well-founded contemporary psycho-spiritual practice.

The decision to add CPD to the GTT program, and how to do so, emerges as a result of deep and lengthy discussions among some of the leaders of the HB community who met earlier this year.

The following requirements, as suggested by this group, will apply to everyone who becomes certified from 2017 onward. Specifically, beginning with those completing certification in the U.S. in the summer of 2017, the CPD requirements outlined below will be have to be met in order to remain a certified HB facilitator.

The CPD requirements are as follows: 

  1. Certified practitioners will experience a full HB session as a breather, either in a workshop or with a qualified sitter, at least twice a year. 
  2. They will attend at least one GTT sanctioned module as an apprentice, participant, staff member, or floater; OR will attend an advanced training once every three years. 
  3. Facilitators will be responsible for submitting written notice of meeting the CPD requirement every three years. 
  4. Those certified from summer, 2017, and beyond who do not meet this requirement will lose their certification. 

For those already certified, or who become certified prior to the summer of 2017, CPD will be optional, but recommended. In addition, GTT will distinguish between practitioners who have met the requirement and those who have not, on the new GTT website to be launched this year (2016).

GTT will be publishing two certified facilitators lists. This will allow anyone seeking an HB practitioner to make an informed decision about the facilitator with whom they wish to breathe.

On the new site, list B (the overall list) will contain the names and contact information for all certified facilitators around the world, regardless of having met the CPD requirement. All facilitators certified before 2017 will appear on this contact list unless they have met the CPD requirement.

List B will also include those already certified in the Education Track, or who are now, or will become, certified but do not wish to practice HB with others in any way.

List A (the preferred list) will contain the names and contact information for those facilitators who are committed to continuing education in the field of Holotropic Breathwork. The CPD requirements will be #’s 1, 2 and 3, as above.

In addition, as is shared in every module, GTT strongly recommends that all facilitators have a systematic daily psycho-spiritual practice of some kind. Those of us who have been certified for many years, and work with others, agree that this is a basic minimum to retain our ability to be effective practitioners and to support others in their inner work.

This minimum requirement demonstrating our commitment to ongoing impeccability of practice reflects the maturity of HB as a high quality psycho-spiritual discipline. The upgrade of HB certification benefits all of us now, as well as future generations of practitioners, and the seekers we serve