DANCING WITH DEMONS

At some point in our development, we realize that we have a shadow, a part of our mind that is below the level of awareness. A shadow operates in our lives in ways that can hold back our development, cause suffering and conflict, sabotage relationship, and derail ambition and career, just to name a few things.

We sometimes refer to these shadows as our “demons.” By definition, we can’t see our own shadows clearly because we’re usually looking at life through them—or identifying as them. We can see the impacts of shadow on the places where we seem in our own way and unable to get what we say we want out of life.

 

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have added both a HARDSHIP reduced price offering and SCHOLARSHIPS for anyone who wishes to take this course. 

Featuring experiential and group-based work.
June 17 – July 8

The STAGES model allows us to precisely locate when in our past our shadow was created. Then we can begin to see how our current difficulties are connected to this early experience, which has been layered over by the passage of time. STAGES gets us to this “location” of our shadow, quickly and efficiently.

Kim’s approach to shadow work means locating the developmental level of your shadow and then using techniques that are effective at that level. For instance, if a shadow formed before you had language, talk therapy isn’t going to help locate and resolve it. Kim has developed this highly nuanced model over more than three decades of private practice as a therapist, coach, teacher, and spiritual advisor.

STAGES International charts human development from the first-person perspective of an infant to the latest levels found in adulthood, and what those levels mean in our day-to-day lives.

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Week 1

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June 11

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LIVE Q&A and Group Work
June 17
12 – 1:30 p.m. MT

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June 24
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July 1
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July 8
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Watch Kim working with shadow material

This course is an experiential exploration of shadow. In late April, an theoretical exploration of shadow begins with Shadow Patterns: The Evolution of Shadow Resolution. If you take Shadow Craft at the full price, Shadow Patterns is 50% off ($149). Email us to ask for the coupon code before April 29.

In this course you will…

Learn to apply key techniques for shadow identification and resolution.

Learn the five strategies of shadow resolution:

  1. Cognitive approaches
  2. Emotional/ expressive approaches
  3. Somatic approaches
  4. Behavioral approaches
  5. Systems approaches

Learn and apply specific structured shadow techniques for the three forms of shadow:

  • Introjects
  • Projections
  • Split ego states

Review your shadow practices and identify where they belong in the evolution of shadow resolution.

Understand how to assess the best ways to reach you or a client’s shadow material.

Gain the benefit of breakout groups where you can practice different strategies with each other.

Engage with study buddies, so you can practice with each other between sessions.

Have highly experiential, 1.5 hour practice sessions with Kim that are driven by your questions and your experiences with the work.

This course is for those who…

  • Work as therapists, coaches, teachers, or guides
  • Understand the basics of shadow but would like to be walked through the process
  • Those who have taken Kim’s foundational, 4-week course, Shadow Patterns: the Evolution of Resolution (see below if you 
  • Know they have shadow but don’t know when the shadow was created
  • Want to know what therapeutic techniques are best for resolving their shadows, or those of their clients
  • Want an experiential course using applied techniques, not just theory
  • Want to understand better which techniques to use with each style of shadow
  • Want to understand the best application of the tools they have (and where not to use them)
  • Want to understand shadow and its resolution from a developmental perspective

Registration is now closed.

While Kim’s previous course, Shadow Patterns: The Evolution of Shadow Resolution is not required, the material in that course will make Shadow Craft more powerful and impactful. Those who are interested can purchase this 4-part course, featuring more than 6 hours of Kim’s presentations on different kinds of shadows, for just $99 (the live course is $299). You can select this option when you check out.

This course is an experiential exploration of shadow. In late April, an theoretical exploration of shadow begins with Shadow Patterns: The Evolution of Shadow Resolution. If you take Shadow Craft at the full price, Shadow Patterns is 50% off ($149). Email us to ask for the coupon code before April 29.

What’s possible for you in this course…

  • Find the techniques that work best for your shadow and get support for practicing them
  • Understand how to avoid using techniques that aren’t geared to your situation or that might even be harmful to your shadow work
  • Work with others to learn how the reflection of others can be helpful
  • Begin to experience what life is like as your shadow loses its power over you

Praise for Kim’s Shadow Patterns Course

I’ve danced around shadow for many years and finally have freedom and will to do the work without fear of what might be. Kim is an inspirational teacher drawing on years of deep cutting edge practice and world leading models of shadow resolution and adult development. Can’t recommend this course enough.

Gareth

Shadow is more complicated than you might think. This comprehensive and very clear course helped me understand the different types of shadow, and gave me clues on the path to their resolution.

Kim demonstrates a profound level of insight and knowledge of shadow and the evolution of its resolution. He displays clear understanding of these processes and a level of skill in working with them that clarifies therapeutic approach and demystifies the underlying psychological processes.

Kim Barta has decades of hands-on knowledge of shadow and how it shows up in people and family systems. He demonstrates his approach with loving acceptance and expanded my understanding of shadow into a whole body systems perspective.I am grateful that he is sharing his methods with others for wider access to healing.

Jody Jones

Registration is now closed.

This course is an experiential exploration of shadow. In late April, an theoretical exploration of shadow begins with Shadow Patterns: The Evolution of Shadow Resolution. If you take Shadow Craft at the full price, Shadow Patterns is 50% off ($149). Email us to ask for the coupon code before April 29.

Course Modules

1

OVERVIEW of the Evolution of Shadow Resolution

Overview of the last two stages of Evolution of Shadow Resolution

Review of the three forms of shadow:

  • Introjects
  • Projections
  • Split ego states

The five styles of resolving shadow:

  • Cognitive solutions
  • Emotional solutions
  • Somatic solutions
  • Behavioral solutions
  • System solutions

Practice in each of these five styles

==> Plus a highly experiential, 1.5 hour practice and Q&A session one week after this. 

2

APPLYING each of the five styles of resolving shadow to

  • Introjects
  • Projections
  • Split ego states

Distinguishing the difference between introjects, projections, and split ego states

Practical guidance for the self healer

Initial assessment tools for the practitioner

Please note: this is not a full practitioner training on differential diagnosis

==> Plus a highly experiential, 1.5 hour practice and Q&A session one week after this.

3

COMBINING the five styles of resolving shadow:

  • Cognitive emotional
  • Cognitive and emotional somatic
  • Cognitive emotional somatic behavioral
  • Cognitive emotional somatic behavioral systems

Experiential exercises with each of these

==> Plus a highly experiential, 1.5 hour practice and Q&A session one week after this. 

4

APPLYING the combined styles of resolving issues to:

  • Introjections
  • Projections
  • Split ego states

==> Plus a highly experiential, 1.5 hour practice and Q&A session one week after this. 

Support

If you have questions or need support, please contact us at support@stagesinternational.com. We strive to respond to all inquiries within 24 hours, Monday to Friday.

About Kim

Kim Barta, MA is an internationally-recognized licensed psychotherapist, coach, spiritual guide, and speaker. His work is founded in an experiential practice that works with many different kinds of cultures and challenges, from severe mental illness and trauma to supporting the fullest expression of one’s humanity. Kim’s expertise now includes integrating developmental theory with the day-to-day work of being an active therapist and healer.

Kim graduated with a BA in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Montana in 1984. He pursued a masters in an interdisciplinary program that combined psychology, social work, counseling, and sociology for a broad perspective for healing. He lived with a Native American shaman and did his masters thesis in shamanism and modern psychotherapy.

After developing and implementing a successful training program in the construction industry for people suffering from severe mental illness such as bipolar, schizophrenia, and Axis 2 Disorders, Kim pursued outdoor leadership, becoming an instructor with the international Outward Bound schools. Kim went on to develop a mental health treatment program for children and youth that was adopted by three hospitals in Montana. In 1992, Kim and his wife, Dr. Katie Carter ND, co-founded and continue managing a mind/body healing arts clinic in Polson, Montana, nestled beneath the high Mission Mountains on the shore of Flathead Lake, in the Flathead Indian nation.

Ever seeking better ways of healing in the life of self, other, families and children, Kim has developed several successful new forms of therapy that lead to deep and rapid healing. These therapies have proven themselves effective with a wide range of issues, including: depression, anxiety, PTSD, anger, addiction, chronic pain, physical illnesses and weight loss and personal growth. People utilize his psychology/coaching/spiritual guidance practice, on a global level.

Currently, Kim has joined his sister, Dr. Terri O’Fallon, to present workshops and trainings on STAGES, a new model of human development developed by Dr. O’Fallon. Kim’s long history of working with such a wide variety of clients has made his expertise invaluable. He brings nuance and direct application into the STAGES model, allowing it to be integrated into the dynamic and fluid world of psychotherapy and coaching.