Compositionwork practitioner training

For whom?

This training is for experienced coaches, therapists and trainers who want to apply Compositionwork in their work.


The 4 day program gives an intense experience of Compositionwork. We work in a small group which allows for a personal approach in combination with optimal use of the group process. Next to practical and experiential aspects we address important theoretical and methodological issues. One module (half a day) is dedicated to deepening the understanding of the method in terms of Dialogical Self Theory, conducted by Prof. Dr. Hubert Hermans.


Experienced coaches, trainers and therapists.

Candidates have either participated in an earlier introductory workshop on Compositionwork or experienced it in (an) individual session(s).


dr Wim van Beers, dr Agnieszka Konopka, prof dr Hubert Hermans

The program is organized by Compositionwork in cooperation with International Institute for the Dialogical Self.

Structure of the Program

4 separate days with homework assignments in between

Practical information

Language: English/ Dutch

Cost: € 950  (excl BTW)


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  1. Process oriented approach: Working with the “nowscape” in Compositionwork.
  2. Embodiment and direct experience.
  3. Primary and secondary feelings (Greenberg) in Compositionwork
  4. Relation between experience and the self: congruence/incongruence
  5. Externalization in Compositionwork (Konopka & van Beers).
  6. How to work with I -positions?
  7. Multiplicity of the self: Dialogical Self (Hermans) I-positions.
  8. Types of I-positions: internal, external, promoter, third position, shadow position, meta-position.
  9. Metaphorical landscape of the mind. Work with natural metaphors and symbols (van Loon) in Compositionwork.
  10. Location of the power in the self (Hermans & Konopka).
  11. Mapping of  energy in the self.
  12. Japanese aesthetics in Compositionwork (wabi, ma and fuzei).
  13. Japanese garden tradition and its application in Compositionwork.
  14. ‘Ma’, ‘space-between’ (Morioka) and ‘holding space of awareness’.
  15. Symbolism of stones and the sand: its psychological meaning.
  16. Types of interventions.
      • Work with I positions.Steps of working with composition: from differentiation to the pattern.
      • Work with relations between positions (opposites, coalitions etc .).
      • Work with the pattern of compositions.

18. Personification in Compositionwork: voicing I-positions (Rowan).

19. Embodiment and experience of I- positions.

20. Analogical listening (Neimeyer).

21. Compositionwork and the Dialogical Self in the context of psychospiritual development (Rowan; Wilber)

22. Personal and social positions.

23. Split in the self, duality, shadow, persona, totality of the self.

24. Two basic dimensions of the self: multiplicity and awareness (forms and formless).

25. Two basic levels of the self: affective and reflexive/left and right hemisphere.

26. Case studies

27. Bringing together theory and practice.