Characteristics of the NEST training

NEST training is 60- hours long intensive course in providing therapeutic help for people experienced by neglect (emotional, intellectual, physical), abuse (verbal, sexual, physical), and/or pregnancy losses (abortion, miscarriage, stillbirth, and infant death, giving up the child to adoption, in vitro). The training is composed of two kinds of activities:

a/ seminars and workshops in one large group (12-16 participants);
b/ self therapy in two small groups (6-8 participants).

Some of the training topics include: causes of trauma; consequences of abuse, neglect, and pregnancy losses; connections between abuse and pregnancy loss; assertiveness; borderline situations; developmental crises; key conflicts; family tree (genogram) analysis; defense mechanisms; developmental theories; guilt; grief; anger; attenuating unfavorable partner bonding from the past; negotiating realistic expectations; making rational decisions; reconciliation; experiencing of joy; group process; and others.

NEST training prepares for leading both individual and group psychotherapy.

Noteworthy, NEST training can be helpful not only in widening one’s knowledge and insight regarding the nature of complex trauma or psychotherapy process but also it can enhance personal growth for example helping therapists in mentalizing various kinds of their challenges or life crises, e.g. concerning relations with parents, spouses, partners, children or other significant individuals.

NEST therapy is an integrative approach inspired by: psychoanalysis, psychodynamic, behavioral– cognitive, systemic, narrative, existential-humanistic approaches, psychodrama, transactional analysis, and gestalt.

Due to the characteristics of the NEST training, the courses are always conducted live. Online training is not an option.


Training is addressed to psychologists, psychotherapists, addiction therapists, psychiatrists, family doctors, pedagogues, counselors, social workers, teachers, mediators, nurses, midwives, and clergy.

Because of the dynamics of the training the participants are required to stay during the whole course at the premise. This requirement is also motivated by the intensity of the work for the sessions start at 08.45 and last till 21.00. Breaks as well as evenings are often devoted to all sorts of assignments.


  • Aleksandra Kulczyńska psychologist, psychotherapist, trainer, NEST supervisor applicant, Open Dialogue therapist (tel: + 48 604 794 472, email:;
  • Andrzej Miziołek, psychologist, psychotherapist, trainer, NEST supervisor applicant (tel: + 48 604 264 338, email:;
  • Kateryna Błaszczak, social sciences PhD, psychologist, psychotherapist, trainer, NEST supervisor, philosopher (tel: + 48 577 819 155, email:;
  • Wiesław Błaszczak, psychology PhD, psychologist, psychotherapist, trainer, NEST supervisor (tel: + 48 600 090 773, email:;
  • Witold Simon, MD, PhD, psychiatrist, psychotherapist, trainer, NEST supervisor, SNP PTP, EAP, AGPA, SPR (tel: + 48 695 852 751, email:

Training coursed are usually led by two trainers.


Trainings usually take place twice a year.

The available dates can be found at


Trainings take place in different locations (usually in the vicinity of Poznan and Warsaw; also in Ukraine, Belarus, Czech Republic or other countries).


Costs of participation: fees, lodging and meals differ depending on the time of the course and trainer.

For specific information concerning the course please contact the individual trainer.

In individual situations training fees can be paid in installments after the course.


Participation certificates are granted to all the course participants.

Trainers provide invoices and the training center ensures bills for lodging and meals.

Confirmation of delegation is possible.


1. Those who are interested in taking part in the training are asked to contact a specific trainer via email stating:  „I am interested in the training, send me please qualification questionnaire”.

2. After receiving such an email the trainer will email the questionnaire to an interested individual.

3. The next step is telephone or Skype qualification interview. The exact date of the interview will be set individually. This interview is free of charge.

4. The individuals qualified for the training will be asked to transfer advance payment in two weeks time after the qualification. Account number will be provided after the qualification.

Only after advance payment is done the participation in the training is confirmed.


Maximum 16 people are qualified for a particular training.

Order of applications may decide about the enrollment.

The qualified individuals who were not admitted because of a lack of place can be enrolled as in the subsequent edition of the course.


a) W. Simon, M. Gajowy (2002) „Terapia grupowa dla osób doświadczających następstw przemocy, zaniedbania i utraty ciąży.” Psychiatria Polska, 6 (36), 929 – 944;

b) W. Simon, P. Śliwka (2012) “Effectiveness of group psychotherapy for adult outpatients traumatized by abuse, neglect and / or pregnancy loss: A multiple site, pre-post-follow –up, naturalistic study.” International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 62 (2), 283 – 308.