The Hoffman Training Programme
Our next training programme will begin in September 2020. You are welcome to express an interest now and we’ll contact you when the application procedure is underway and deadlines for applications have been announced. There is a form here that allows you to do that.
In the meantime, the page below will provide information about what’s involved in the training:
- An overview of the Hoffman Training Programme
- Skills and experience required
- Information on being a Hoffman facilitator
- Summary of costs
- The application procedure: the 4 stages of application
Whether you are accepted onto the training or not, we feel that the application process in itself will give you awareness and many insights to support your ongoing journey of personal development.
“The Hoffman training is like doing the Process ten times over. The journey is intense, often uncomfortable, but it’s profoundly satisfying”
Overview of the Hoffman Training Programme
The Hoffman Training Programme offers comprehensive instruction in the principles, teachings and techniques of the Hoffman Process.
The training will provide you with:
- An in-depth understanding of the background and methodology of the Process.
- An enriching learning experience, offering you high-quality facilitation and coaching skills.
- A thorough and intense programme to develop the skills and techniques necessary to be a Hoffman facilitator and active member of a thriving global community.
The training includes a mixture of on-site and off-site training, prior to teaching as a trainee on between five and eight full Processes with increasing levels of participation. The training is backed up by independent learning with support from the training supervisors and fellow trainees.
As well as attending Processes, you will be required to attend off-site residential trainings in 2021. As training progresses, you will be required to spend significant time and energy focusing on preparing pieces in advance of each Process.
Throughout the training, you will work on developing skills in delivering visualisations, instructive presentations, energetic and expressive work and 1:1 interactions. In addition to assimilating the content of the Hoffman Process, you are offered a unique opportunity to work with a diverse range of clients and to hone your group facilitation skills.
While the intention is to support you towards the goal of qualifying as a Hoffman Process facilitator, due to the unique skill-set required, acceptance onto the Hoffman Training Programme does not necessarily guarantee qualification as a Hoffman Process facilitator. However, the skills and learning that you receive will be invaluable in many other areas of your life and there are other opportunities where you can be included as part of the Hoffman UK facilitation team.
What skills and experience are required to be a Hoffman facilitator?
- Graduate of the Hoffman Process
- Thorough understanding of the Process and tools
- A strong commitment to being in service
- Further education or equivalent life experience
- Group facilitation, coaching and presentation skills
- Empathic 1:1 resonance
- Clear communication skills
- Presence and authority
- Emotional maturity and range, ability to model anger, compassion, joy, etc.
- Calm and grounded self-presentation
- A willingness and ability to take responsibility for personal growth and healing
- A willingness and ability to ask for help, to receive thorough feedback
- Strong personal and professional boundaries
- Flexibility and adaptability
- Ability to read, meet and transform the energy of a group
- Function in a healthy way within a team
- Ability to be present and hold space for deep emotional work
- Sense of humour and ease of self
Being a Hoffman Process facilitator
Facilitating the Hoffman Process is an interesting, challenging, intense and rewarding experience. The facilitation team work for periods of seven consecutive days, staying on-site, eating all meals together and working throughout the day and well into every evening. During each day, facilitators are required to lead various sessions, attend to the needs of clients and support colleagues. They have the responsibility for up to eight students throughout the week, supporting them and looking after their safety and well-being.
There is also a significant amount of preparation prior to each Process. It is important that a Hoffman facilitator’s home and working life can tolerate long periods of being away. During the Process, there will inevitably be limited contact by phone or email. The lifestyle of a Hoffman facilitator is similar to that of someone who travels for work.
Facilitating the Process in the UK
Our current UK facilitating team are self-employed, working under a UK contract supported by a facilitator’s handbook. We also offer the opportunity to be employed on a part-time or full-time basis. As a newly qualified Hoffman UK facilitator, you will be offered between 4-6 Processes per year, with the likelihood of facilitating more as you build up experience.
Facilitator fees vary dependent upon experience and length of time as a Hoffman Process facilitator. Fees range from £2,950 to £4,300 per Process taught. Contracts and fees will be agreed at the time of qualification as a Hoffman facilitator. All facilitator and trainees are required to have their own Public Liability Insurance.
Members of the facilitation team can generate extra income by being involved in Introduction Days, Q2 3-day refreshers, Reconnection Days, Welcome Home and Information Evenings, Support Calls, Support Groups and individual coaching. There is also the possibility of working overseas. In-house projects are on offer, for example, developing new workshops, research and working with new communities and constantly improving and developing the work on offer.
Cost of Training
Hoffman UK subsidises the training of Hoffman facilitators, however we ask that trainees pay a contribution to the overall training costs. The training contribution contains a small percentage of the training costs as well as all accommodation while on the Process. All travel costs to the Process and additional training dates are at the trainee’s own expense, as are any additional reading materials.
Following successful qualification as a Hoffman facilitator, the accommodation portion of the training fee will be reimbursed to you for the first five Processes taught. Further details are provided here.
Not all trainees who begin the training complete the full programme to become a Hoffman facilitator. Those who drop out or are assessed as not meeting the criteria will not be reimbursed.
Application for Hoffman Training
If you feel that you have the right experience, skill set and personality to apply to be a Hoffman facilitator, please read the following application stages. Applicants are required to submit the following:
1: A self-video of up to 10 minutes
Imagine that you are delivering a session called “What is a Pattern?” to a group of Process participants.
During your presentation you should introduce yourself and say why you came to do the Hoffman Process, what it has given you and any other personal information that you feel is relevant.
You will need to cover aspects like:
- What is a pattern?
- What are the different ways we take them on?
- How patterns live in us.
- What can we do about them?
Be creative, original and imaginative. For further presentation tips and information on sending us your video, click here.
2. A personal statement of no more than 1,500 words.
- Describe your background, including the people and events that have had the greatest impact on you.
- Emphasise the experiences that have most shaped your interest in becoming a Hoffman facilitator.
3. A current CV and recent photograph
- Personal contact details.
- All personal growth workshops and courses
- Any therapy, coaching and/or 12-step programmes
- Communication, facilitation and performance skills
CVs and personal statements should be emailed to email@example.com.
Applications will be reviewed and, if successful, you will be invited to attend a Workshop Day between October and December 2020.
Workshop Day and Interview stage
Following a review of all applications, successful candidates will be invited to attend a workshop, likely to be held in the Hoffman UK offices in Arundel, West Sussex.
This is an interactive assessment day which will give you the opportunity to further demonstrate your skill sets, including role-play, energy work and giving brief presentations.
There will also be time for you to ask questions about the Hoffman Training Programme. As part of the day you may have a 1:1 interview with Hoffman UK’s Managing DIrector.
Observation or Logistics Process
This stage of the application procedure involves you attending an Observer Process. This involves holding a passive role and observing a Hoffman Process as a silent witness. Previous observers comment that this is a rich experience for both personal and professional growth. There will be some occasions during the week when you will have a check in 1:1 session with one of the facilitation team and Hoffman UK’s Managing Director will be available to offer support if necessary.
A fee of £800 is payable at this stage.
Following the Observer Process you will be given feedback, which may or may not result in you being invited to attend a Logistics Process.
The Logistics Process is similar to the Observation Process, and follows soon after. However on this Process, you are able to take an active role in supporting the facilitation team with the production elements of running the Hoffman Process.
There will be some occasions during the week when you will have a check in 1:1 session with one of the facilitation team and Hoffman UK’s Managing DIrector will be available to offer support if necessary.
A fee of £800 is payable at this stage.
Following your Logistics Process, a second assessment will be made. If successful, you will be accepted onto the Hoffman Training programme.
The Hoffman Training Programme
Well done. You are now officially on the Training Programme!
You will taking part in on-site and off-site training. You will be attending between five and eight Processes on a fairly regular basis working alongside experienced facilitators and fellow trainees to learn more about the internal workings of the Process and the intentions of each activity.
During this phase, you will learn presentations, practice one-to-one work and receive detailed feedback. Your group work should be supplemented by extensive in-home practice and study, including reading and writing assignments and working with other training partners.
In addition to on-Process training, there will be a number of off-site training days in Arundel, West Sussex, as well as two residential training intensives (3-4 days each). This may involve travel and some accommodation costs.
A key part of the Hoffman Training Programme is receiving and learning from feedback that supports greater awareness, change and growth both personally and professionally. You will need to be prepared to receive detailed feedback about presentation abilities and attitude, as well as professional boundaries and personal growth areas.
Training is ripe territory for growth, and you are strongly encouraged to take professional supervision or therapy during this time. Emotional self-responsibility is a crucial part of being a Hoffman Process facilitator and will assist in the intense and rewarding learning that comes from being part of the Hoffman Training Program.
Throughout the training there will be regular appraisals with Hoffman UK’s Managing DIrector to review your progress and to support you. Clear stages of training will be set out and requirements to progress to the next stage will be outlined to ensure you meet necessary criteria. The time it takes to qualify as a Hoffman facilitator varies according to each person’s experience, knowledge and availability.
Once you have demonstrated competency in the required skills, knowledge, and attributes, you will be qualified as a Hoffman Process facilitator.
Final certification is determined by a committee made up of the Managing Director of Hoffman UK and the Hoffman supervising team.
If you have any further questions relating to any aspect of the Hoffman Training Programme, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org