ICPIT offers Pelvic-Heart Integration® Certification (see CERTIFICATION) to those in the field interested to guide individuals in PHI work. Certified PHI-practitioners offer individual sessions and/or lead group sessions, and are listed as practitioners in the ICPIT database and online. Practitioners always offer Pelvic-Heart Integration® at the level of ICPIT requirements and ethical standards.
The training of Pelvic-Heart Practitioners is in accordance with Jack Painter's discoveries, given by qualified and certified ICPIT- trainers according to the ICPIT standards. ICPIT was founded by Jack Painter, PhD in 1988 and he was himself a full member of it until his death in 2010). ICPIT outlines the requirements for certification in Pelvic-Heart Integration, Energetic Integration® and Postural Integration® and offers trainings worldwide by certified trainers in all of these Bodymind Integration methods.
PHI : A Model for Uniting Sexuality and Love
PHI : What is it?
A piece of History about PHI
Pelvic-Heart Integration® (PHI) was developed by Jack W. Painter, Ph.D. (1933-2010), whose life's work has been to create Bodymind Integration ways (i.e. procedures, protocols and systems). Initially he developed a body based process-orientated therapy, Postural Integration® (PI) in the 1960s and 1970s. He then developed Energetic Integration® (EI) a breath-orientated life energy therapy in the 1980s and 1990s. After a period of collaboration with Drs. Willem Poppeliers from the Netherlands with whom he gave the very first training courses in Sexual Grounding; he formalised a distinct method, Pelvic-Heart Integration (PHI) which is his final contribution in broadening the field of BodyMind Integration. This method is a synthesis of body, breath and energy therapy combined with psychodrama, body reading and Eastern Philosophy. PHI was fully developed in the late 1990s and 2000s as a deepening program of its predecessors PI and EI, with a focus on establishing sexual grounding and integrating pelvic-heart connections. Together, these three approaches are extremely valuable and effective systems that help individuals and groups embrace and successfully develop their deepest Bodymind potential.
In the 1990s Willem Poppeliers who is a developmental psychologist, a certified PI Practitioner and Bio-Energetic Analyst attended several ICPIT meetings to stress the need for sexual grounding. He and Jack Painter organised a training and asked that ICPIT Trainers and their students colaborate with them. They initially led a training for ICPIT Trainers in 1993-1994, which was the beginning of their work together followed by a training for Teachers and Group Leaders in Somatics in 1995-96. A second training for ICPIT Trainers as part of the requirements to become a certified ICPIT Trainer finished in 1997 along with a supplemental Body Oriented Supervision Training. Their most significant collaboration was leading one year Sexual Grounding trainings (1997-98) held in Germany, Holland and Mexico (with Rosa Maria Sevilla). Jack and Willem’s book about the methodology was never published and they went their separate ways in 1999; Poppeliers solidifying his SG model and Jack pursuing a path to integrate more of his concepts into his Postural Integration® and Energetic Integration® which eventually evolved into the new Pelvic-Heart Integration® (PHI) model.
From 2000 onwards Jack Painter fine-tuned, enhanced and fully developed the PHI model and taught PHI methodology while hosting many trainings though out Europe and the U.S. The culmination of his efforts and endless collaborations with ICPIT-Trainers has resulted into a powerful state-of-the-art method being taught by certified ICPIT Trainers though out Europe. Introductory workshops, one year personal growth trainings and comprehensive three year programs are now available world wide.
In bringing his work to the world, Jack Painter taught Pelvic-heart Integration® within different contexts. ICPIT Certified trainings where held in Belgium with Dirk Marivoet, in Austria with Elisabeth Renner and Margot Wieser (1951-2014) and in Italy with Carmine Piroli and Gilberto Bianchi. In the USA he gave workshops and collaborated with Deborah Taj Anapol, Ph.D. (1951-2015) author and certified PHI Practitioner.
Like all other Bodymind Methods (PI, PPI and EI), trainings for Pelvic-Heart Integration® (PHI) practitioners can only be offered by certified Trainers that are currently members of ICPIT. For a full list of all trainers (amongst whom are the Pelvic-Heart Integration® Trainers), see ICPIT-MEMBERS and ICPIT-COUNCIL.