Processwork is a multidisciplinary scientific model that draws from Jungian psychology, physics and systems thinking. It was first developed by Jungian author and analyst Arnold Mindell as a therapeutic modality in the 1970’s. Processwork is also known as process-oriented psychology. Since then, the paradigm has evolved and expanded applications to
- leadership development
- organizational change and development
- community building
- facilitating groups, conflict situations, and large public forums
- non-pathological approach to mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, addictions, loss and palliative care.
The extension of Processwork theory and application developed for facilitating groups and conflict situations is known as Worldwork and is built on the fundamental framework of Deep Democracy.
As Processwork practitioners, we are trained to recognize (subtle) signals of change arising organically from a system, navigate through the resistance to this change and facilitate the change. A system can be individual, couple, family, group, community or organization.
The change that is trying to happen and the signals present are usually what (the people forming) the system is unconscious of. Hence, Processwork is also commonly described as an awareness paradigm where people are guided to become aware of and connect with the processes that are trying to occur in them and/or the group. Without this awareness and understanding of what is happening, the beginnings of this change process are often experienced as disturbing and difficult situations, relationships, and even social strife.
Hence, one of the radical and powerful ideas that Processwork brings to human development and social change is what is disturbing is the very growth and change factor that the system needs and naturally seeks for itself; providing us with novel interventions and tools to tackle the challenges of today.
Watch this space for case examples.