Read comments from some of the School's ex-students who have gone on to practice as successful Af-x Practitioners
_ From Max Johansson, Finland
(not related to Elena Johansson at right)
Ian White’s Af-x Practitioner Training was comprehensive and in-depth. It gave a solid cross-science view into the complex workings of the conscious and sub-conscious minds, as well as the body/mind complex and brain.
The training provided a multitude of new insights and aspects that are part of a greater paradigm shift, which changes how we look upon ourselves and our medical culture. All of the study material maintains a high standard and it is complemented by book extracts and scientific publications by many of the most esteemed experts in the field. The exercises in the training support well the learning objectives.
From Margarita Germani, MA, ECP, Greece
My clinical training experience with the School of Affectology, International, directed by Ian White, was both personally and professionally transformational!
His work and method focuses on the "core" non-verbal self which is a completely different area of working with a client, compared to the common verbal-self approaches.
White's robust material supported by research and science-based facts helps you understand and build a new perception of this otherwise hidden part of ourselves. In a gentle and deep way you start changing your point of view and becoming able to see the affect self “core” of human beings. The strong combination of theory and practical work is more than enough to prepare you to work as a successful Af-x practitioner.
The accessibility I had to connect and engage directly with Ian White, the founder of Af-x and architect of this rewarding training program, and his willingness and personal involvement in communicating directly with his students, was an amazing experience to "talk with the source."
Training provided by the School of Affectology is more than adequate to prepare specialist professionals in the area of human emotional reform. Most importantly, it delivers very explicit tutorship for working with a person’s core affect subconscious in a refreshing and atypical but effective way.
Director, Parents Academy, Athens, Greece
_ From Steve Daws, Queensland
Wisdom is not learned solely from books - it's fundamental to be "in the experience" to combine the knowledge with the skills; and this is especially important for Affectology and Af-x training. That doesn't mean asking a question and have the answer being presented on a plate. Rather, to be challenged in a meaningful way to consider the various answers, then to think them through to reach a thorough understanding that "sinks into" the memory.
This is the style of training provided by Ian White and he does it brilliantly. His academic background, training experience and practitioner experience have been blended into a superior package of material development and delivery at tertiary level. He is passionate, has applied lessons from his own academic and practitioner experience and captured this in an inspiring and enjoyable course that he has personally developed and continued to refine over decades.
I commend Ian White as an author, practitioner, lecturer, training developer and mentor. His credentials extend internationally and he has made a positive difference in numerous people’s lives, including my own. For those who are considering knowledge and skills in Affectology principles and practice, consider this program as the pinnacle.
From Dr Ioannis Dovelos, Athens Greece
Dr Dovelos had personal involvement with earlier training of Ian White's (1993-4) in Australia and is in a strong position to comment as Director of the Applied Psychotherapy & Counselling Centre where White conducted training for psychotherapists in Athens during 2008/9. His report of that training is available as a PDF document here, but in short, he says of the training,
"Ian White's philosophy, and by obvious extension, his teaching, his approach to mental health in general and by insinuation to all life, is revolutionary, subversive, anti-establishment and intelligently anarchistic (in relation to the established order). His teaching manner is thorough yet not complex, personable yet highly professional in approach, challenging yet not argumentative, and devoted to a quality delivery of the course/program that he has developed for psychotherapists and laypeople alike. His texts (lessons and notes) display the same attributes; thorough yet compelling".
A common statement from ex-students, whether now working Af-x Practitioners or not, is that undertaking the course and training changed their whole lives for themselves, their appreciation of how they and others unconsciously operate, and the importance of being one's own best friend from an affectological point of view.
_ From Elena Johansson, Sweden
I attended the affectology training program, conducted and held by Ian White in Helsingborg, Sweden in spring 2000. I didn’t know then the impact this program was going to have on both my life and my career. Before I met Ian I worked as a clinical psychologist for almost 10 years using a problem oriented therapy approach. Affectology opened my eyes to a whole new way of relating to myself and my clinical work. Not only did it improve my well-being but it also improved my ability to help others. In my clinical experience I have witnessed hundred of times this method’s capacity to go straight to the cause of the unwellness and resolve emotional issues without any side effects in a gentle and non intrusive way.
I can recommend affectology to any person who needs to fight depression and any number of emotional problems, or those who just want to improve their general sense of wellbeing and self worth.
I am grateful for having had the opportunity to enter and practice a brand new way of successfully helping troubled people and being exposed to an incisive and intelligent method created by a sharp and caring mind.
From Michael Wheeler, BSc (Psychology), Peru
Having recently completed the two tier training course at the School of Affectology International I feel it is time to give some feedback to others thinking of travelling the same road.
Ian White and his team can be commended for providing an in-depth, well-structured training course for prospective Clinical Affectologists and Af-x Practitioners. I felt privileged to have unrestricted access to the designer of the course, Ian, and his more than capable administrator Darren Davis. If one went no further with the information provided, guidance offered and inspiration gained, the life-changing experience received would be enough.
However I personally feel that the course planning and Ian’s personal touch gives one the confidence to pursue a professional career as a practitioner in this exciting area of emotional health. I am excited at the next level of this Affect experience as Ian continues to support in a third tier of advice and illumination.
_ From Leane Browning, NSW
The revelations to me during this course were many and varied and it had a profound impact on my life simply as a result of what I came to understand. Ian leaves no stone unturned and is completely fearless in his quest to help his fellow man find real emotional balance, which leads to improvement in every aspect of a person’s life. As a teacher/guide, Ian is generous, incisive and relentless in his determination to help his students succeed.
Walk through this door with an open mind and he will give you enough ground breaking and life-changing information and understanding to keep your thoughts occupied for years to come. If your mind is closed then prepare to have your beliefs challenged to the core! The depth of the research which has been undertaken is phenomenal and Ian’s insight is cutting-edge.
_ From Jenny Ejlak, Melbourne
I started off with a degree in Psychology and many hours of counseling under my belt, but Af-x training takes everything you’ve ever learned about conventional psychology, psychotherapy, counseling - in fact human behavior itself - and turns it on its head. As it should.
Think about it – if conventional approaches to treating depression, anxiety and a host of other conditions were really effective, would we be continuing to see such a high prevalence of those conditions in society?
Af-x is light years ahead of standard approaches. Similarly, the training abandons the old ‘chalk and talk’ delivery to one that engages, challenges and ultimately transforms the student.
Af-x training will provide you not just with a new set of skills, but with a new understanding of the role of the ‘helper’ in the fields of mental and emotional health.
From Darren Davis, Adelaide
Ian White’s absolute thoroughness as an Af-x Practitioner, along with the brilliant and all-encompassing training program he has developed through his decades of experience, cannot be praised enough.
He simply aims for the absolute best outcomes for the clients he consults with and for all trainee practitioners to achieve the same. Even against a mass of mainstream belief, he rightly stands his ground in what truly should be THE main method of therapy that assists people with emotional and stress concerns.
As he states; “This program is as much about Psycho-Education as it is about Psychotherapy” and it is immensely satisfying to gain the knowledge of how human emotional issues and feelings “really tick”, so we as practitioners can then apply that knowledge in helping our clients as well as implement it to improve our own lives.
The more people that know about Af-x, the better.