Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Bali Institute for Global Renewal in Collaboration with
Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Power of One – Bali, Indonesia:
Introduction to Trauma Theory & Alternative Treatment Practices
December 27, 2015 – January 9, 2016
Bali, Indonesia

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In this program you will examine the psychological and physiological impact of trauma on individual and systems. In addition to exploring a variety of treatment models, alternative treatment, such as yoga and mindfulness practices and Balinese culture will be covered. You will have a better understanding and be able to apply principles and theories underlying diagnosis and treatment of trauma in a therapy setting, identify and effectively respond to issues of “countertransference” and “vicarious trauma” in trauma therapy, formulate culturally appropriate diagnostic impressions and apply appropriate treatment approaches and intervention techniques with trauma survivors on a case-by-case basis and understand the application of trauma theory to Balinese culture.

During this excursion, we will experience unique and varied facets of Balinese land, people and culture and reflect alone and together on its significance and contribution to our work and lives.

Below is a sample itinerary that includes activities we often consider when designing our programs—it is not meant to reflect activities that are guaranteed to appear in the program. The activities that will be included in each customized program are based on availability and program scheduling considerations, and are subject to change.


Ubud is a thriving village in central Bali and is considered the cultural capital of this tiny island. It is famous as an arts and crafts hub, and much of the village and nearby areas consist of artists’ workshops and galleries. Here you find remarkable architecture and other sites including historical museums, famous woodcarvers and artists, and an array of interesting cafes, local foods, and non-­stop ceremonies. The word Ubud comes from the Balinese word for medicine, so it is here that people flock for healing energies, good spirits, meditation, yoga, artistry, and indigenous knowledge.

Days 1 – 7

  • Intro to Bali orientation
  • GamelanHead out into the village in teams and get to know Bali through a scavenger hunt
  • Visit a traditional market and temple, walk through serene rice paddies, and visit one of Bali’s active volcanoes
  • Learn Balinese music and dance, woodcarving and offering-making at a local banjar (community center)
  • Spend a morning at a local NGO for Balinese with disabilities—learn about their skill-building programs and share lunch with the residents
  • Visit a holy spring temple where countless Balinese go for purification rituals each year
  • Witness a traditional Kecak Fire Dance
  • Visit a local healer
  • Meet with the Founder of ARMA Museum
  • Enjoy special New Year’s Eve festitivies
  • Try laughing yoga & meditation
  • Enjoy dinner with the prince and a Legong dance performance at Peliatan Palace
  • Take an herb walk through the rice paddies with a local knowledgeable guide




Amed is an area of small fishing villages on Bali’s east coast. It was only
a little over 12 years ago that an official road was built through the area. Known for its diving sites, Amed’s indigenous residents primarily work in fishing and salt-making. Amed is one of the poorer areas in Bali because of limited rice-­growing land and minimal tourism. Although poor in monetary terms, the people are still rich in spirit as you will see during your visit. Ceremonies, rituals and celebrations occur on a daily basis and reflect the unique traditions of this coastal area.

Days 8-9

Travel to Amed, stopping for lunch and a visit to Tirta Gangga Water Palace on the way

  • Stay in bungalows right on the seashore
  • Get up early to watch the sunrise on a traditional fishing boat
  • Snorkel over Amed’s incredible coral reefs and see the remnants of a Japanese shipwreck from World War II
  • Walk through the hills of Amed village guided by locals. Witness ceremonies, learn about fishing and salt farming, and experience coastal village life

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Mengwi is located in the central part of Bali
and is famous forits rolling green landscapes,
clove and coffee plantations and spectacular rice
paddies.  The village of Mengwi has a long and
rich history associated with its royal family, one
of Bali’s main ancient kingdoms, and is nestled in
shady coconut groves, surrounded by rice fields and rivers.

Days 10-13

  • Travel to Mengwi
  • Stay in relaxing accommodations nestled among the rice paddies
  • Observe traditional Balinese life during a walk around Mengwi guided by a village elder
  • Participate in a seminar in collaboration with Udayana University students
  • Watch the sunset while visiting an iconic temple by the sea
  • Participate in a session with a prominent local healer who uses numerology and astrology in his readings
  • Enjoy a delicious final dinner and end your journey to Bali with a special closing ceremony at an important temple of the Mengwi royal family

Day 14

Morning farewell activities and head to the airport

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Bali Institute Provides:

  • Accommodations in all locations
  • All transportation throughout the program
  • Airport transfer on the start and end date of the program
  • All breakfasts and lunches, some special dinners
  • All cultural immersion activities and meetings with NGOs and Balinese leaders
  • Facilitation for group reflections to help students digest their experience in Bali
  • Staff support for the entire duration of the program

* Bali Institute for Global Renewal is the largest provider of cultural immersion and service learning programs for universities and high schoolers based in Bali, Indonesia. Other programs include internships and practicum opportunities, faculty training programs and other services to international groups and organizations in their quest to provide inspired learning towards global citizenship. Bali Institute is located in Ubud, Bali and Sausalito, California. It is the only affiliate member of ISEP, and an educational partner with Udayana University and Ganesha University — both based in Bali.

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