Training Guidelines

Guidelines for constellation facilitators’ training



I  Knowledge Framework [core content]

II Knowledge Transfer [phenomenological learning] 

I Core Content


I  Knowledge Framework [core content]


History of systemic constellations

Bert Hellinger, therapeutic streams, theoretical and philosophical streams that fed it and traditional knowledge that underpins it


Method of embodied perception, a fine direct and conscious observation, without assumption or judgment, of opening oneself up to everything as it shows itself.  Husserl, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, Hellinger

Systemic perspective / systemic thinking

Developing a systemic lens – widening the horizon of information and understanding through relational connections. Understanding the basic principles of all and specific systems.

Fields of Information

The Knowing Field, morphic resonance, working with the information which comes to us phenomenologically, across time and space

Underlying principles of systemic constellations

         Systemic observations, family & other systems: order, balance, belonging. Systemic dynamics and their effects. The workings of Conscience, different types and their effects on human systems.

Somatic Knowledge

                    Body, mind, brain / consciousness, awareness / Neuroscience / Neurobiology

Spiritual dimension

          Overcoming the dualistic nature, fostering the experience of Oneness, contribution to the developmental of the new emerging paradigm in science and new consciousness theory and research



II Knowledge Transfer

The core of constellation work is the method, that of the use of phenomenological perception. This way of experiencing the world somatically embraces a systemic understanding of the world. The inter-connectedness and the complexity of a web of many intersecting relationships, generates meaning in the world. These connections are what we as constellators (explore) when a client sets up their family / issue / system. This somatic and systemic awareness comes first, coupled by information coming to us through the Informational Field. So, learning happens primarily through the doing, experientially.


Acknowledgement of this method of practice brings with it a reflection on the way of training and of being trained:

Learning of basic concepts and facets of the work

         (as outlined above)

Skills development

Tools /skills for working with others. e.g circular questioning, genogram, groups

Practice / doing

Ways of learning in different experiential settings

Personal development / spiritual journey

Work on own issues, understanding the path of learning as a spiritual journey

Levels of training

Foundation / advanced / training the trainer

Pre-selection criteria

See Guidelines structure table for detail / discussion (in development)

Ongoing advanced learning

Continuing experiential learning as practitioner / trainer

Evaluation – during training & end

What to measure, how to measure, what to value

Supervision, peer groups, inter-vision

Working with colleagues, oversight, reflection


NOTE: This is just an outline, to be further developed and added to


Developed by Robyn Lewis in consultation with Working Groups at ISCA Gatherings and ISCA Board