Advanced PowerDialogues

Become An Exceptional Counselor
Everyday Situations

Program: 5 days

In this fast-paced, in-depth course, designed for people who have already taken the PowerDialogues program, you will get the chance to dive in and significantly increase your Option Process® Dialogue knowledge, understanding and skill. Becoming skilled at this process enables you to be incredibly well-equipped to help yourself and other people in your life who are facing crises such  as divorce, loss of a job, illness or death of a loved one, job stress, childhood trauma, or chronic challenges such as depression, anxiety or physical illness. In fact, if you are interested in developing a career in helping others using the Option Process DialogueAdvanced PowerDialogues is a crucial step toward this end. (See Mentor CertificationTraining Program). Certified Mentors, too, take this course to brush up on their skills.

With most of the classes consisting of small group clinics (each with its own teacher) where participants will practice the dialogue and get immediate real-time feedback, and pointers, this course provides a unique, high-level
learning experience.


In Advanced PowerDialogues, you will have the opportunity for:

  • Practice & Feedback: Mentor while receiving useful,
    specific feedback
  • Attitudinal Training: Continue getting guidance in maintaining a non-judgmental, focused and caring attitude – with applications outside the Dialogue
  • Teacher Input: Receive a substantial amount of focused input from a teacher
  • High-Level Student Participation: Learn with a group of students who are motivated, excited and experienced in the Dialogue process
  • Tape Review: Get analysis of your recorded Dialogue session so that you can increase your skill

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I realized only a week or two
before coming to Advanced PowerDialogues that I want to become a mentor for myself! How exciting! I have learned that I can love myself through my exploration of myself and it creates such a great clarity in my exploration. I have always struggled with the “why” questions because of my self judgments. Now when I begin asking myself the “why” – why am I doing, saying, feeling this…I can become really present and identify the stimulus and belief instead of beating myself repeatedly with the response!  Hooray. I am growing!

Toni Wisher

Son-Rise Program Mom and Party Planner, Ohio

Advanced PowerDialogues gave me the opportunity to dive as deep as I could into the process of mentoring and surrounding myself with an attitude of love and acceptance for others and for myself.  The curriculum of the course was optimal to attain the highest level of learning The Option Process Dialogue, grasping the concepts and tools used in the dialogue and finding joy in myself around the learning process. I feel clearer in myself and truly accepting and loving of others.

Leeza Steindorf

Mentor, Feldenkrais Practitioner and Peace Educator, Germany

I’ve taken almost all the programs at the Option Institute® and I have to say that Advanced PowerDialogues seemed to bring all those programs together for me. Understanding The Option Process Dialogue and the attitude of a mentor are the underpinnings that hold this institute together. It’s why we love the teachers,  why all the programs work and why the relationships you form here are deeper than anywhere else in your life. This class holds the key to your happiness. Just take it!

Nancy Haas

Realtor, Writer, Pennsylvania

Advanced PowerDialogues was an in-depth exploration not only of The Option Process Dialogue, but also of the many things which arise in us as potential mentors that keep us from fully being in the attitude of being present, non-judgmental and non-directive. Thus, this course is a very personal and useful inner exploration also. The teaching was especially effective, as you get so much individual attention in the small groups.

Phil Lomas

Psychiatrist, Wisconsin

If you want to immerse yourself in the best process on the planet for promoting peace and love in the world starting in the most powerful place within-THIS IS IT. Look no further, you have found it!

Colin Dunbar

Caregiver, Connecticut

I loved Advanced PowerDialogues. The dialogue, and learning the dialogue, really is my path to heaven. In addition to what I have learned as a mentor, there is no dark and sticky corner of myself which I have not brought out to explore this week. I was able to create exactly the program I wanted for myself. The dialogue requires me to show up and I really showed up and took responsibility as never before. Yay!

Anne-Marie Grafton

Capability Development Specialist, United Kingdom

Wow. Advanced PowerDialogues is a full-throttle dive into the dialogue process which challenges you to stretch yourself and listen in ways you have never done before.  By absorbing more technical aspects of the dialogue, along with a consistent attitude, I am now the most effective mentor I’ve ever been – and I now have the excitement, tools and intention to grow myself even more in this way.  Thank you.


Son-Rise Program® Volunteer, United Kingdom

Advanced PowerDialogues has been a great experience for me.  Through this week I’ve made lots of important discoveries, both to do with my own personal issues and to do with the art and science of being a great mentor AND a great explorer!  Each moment in the program is an opportunity to learn, and the instruction given makes that learning all the more fluid & enjoyable.

Tomahawk Paul McGinn

Corner Shop Clerk, Scotland

By coming to adult programs at the Option Institute, and doing Option Process Dialogues, I have dug into my deepest insecurities and resolved them enough that there is a neediness I used to have that simply isn’t there anymore. I still get scared, or angry, or sad sometimes, but I no longer feel desperate to be heard.  My relationships at work have improved, and my career is taking off.  I have deeper and more honest friendships.  I recommend the programs and dialogues for anyone else who wants these kinds of changes for themselves.

Lisa Lee-Johnson


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Dear Donor,

Jeannie Reid was searching for answers to the challenges she and her family were facing. Jeannie and her husband Stuart’s son, Carson, had been diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder, a condition on the Autism spectrum. For Carson that meant being completely involved in obsessive behaviors and only using minimal words to identify objects, as well as frequently and completely melting down.

Soon after, Jeannie found the book, “Son-Rise: The Miracle Continues” and when she read it, she KNEW she had found what she was looking for. She began using some of the Son-Rise techniques described in the book on her own until she was able to come to The Autism Treatment Center of America for the Son-Rise Program Start-Up. As she put into practice what she learned there, Carson’s world was opening up. Today Carson is attending a Montessori school as a 'typical' student and functioning at or above typical grade level, being fully verbal and conversational, and very interested in learning about the world and interacting as much as possible with other people. He is even taking swim lessons at the local YMCA and doing great!

“It has been wonderful to get, and stay connected with other people and Son-Rise parents from all over the world. My son’s progress had already come very far, but now I truly believe we can go all the way!”

Jeannie wrote.

Stuart Reid then attended the Empower Yourself course and brought home a new sense of clarity, balance and personal power. He shared his new empowerment with Jeannie and she in turn gained in confidence, strength and enthusiasm. Their own relationship began to flourish anew, as well. Life-altering changes were happening for Jeannie and her family.

Jeannie journeyed again to Sheffield, this time for the Fearless course at The Option Institute to help her recognize and overcome her personal obstacles. Jeannie wanted to continue her amazing journey as she had found using the techniques she learned in The Son-Rise Program and in Fearless had absolutely changed the lives of everyone in her family.

But, because the Reids’ finances had been seriously stretched by then, their next steps were put on hold. Then an amazing event changed everything. Jeannie’s college roommate and lifelong friend decided to start a Son-Rise Program scholarship fund for people from the Cleveland area. Since then Jeannie has been able to move ahead with her courses, taking Radical Authenticity, Son-Rise Maximum Impact and Son-Rise Wide Awake ... and eventually she became a Certified Group Facilitator.

Jeannie Reid’s story is about wanting BIG and making it happen. She is about to embark on her renewed private practice as an art therapist, and plans to be a super advocate for The Son-Rise Program in her area. Her wonderful new life is a product of her persistence and belief, and of the wheels she helped set in motion for others when her friends learned of how she and her family had been impacted by The Son-Rise Program.

“I know I will be able to give back by helping others, and that will be the top of my personal mountain! Thank you to everyone who donates! You are making a big difference in the world!

Jeannie Reid


Dear Donor

Two years ago, Antonio's kindergarten teacher told us something was not quite right with our little boy. He was not socializing, he somersaulted all the time and hardly spoke at all. At the time I was working for a municipality close to Florence, Italy and basically I had nothing left after seeing to basic necessities.

In the meantime, I looked up Autism with Google and as I was also looking for happiness and personal growth, I was guided to The Option Institute, thence the Autism Treatment Center of America. I read up as much as I could and started trying to apply the “Happiness is a Choice” suggestions. I'm not quite good at it but it has helped me with attitude, and everything else that seemed trying is really different after all this.

When I decided to come for The Son-Rise Program Start-Up, I really had little or no money to pay for it. I spoke to my friends, old and new. My mother helped me, friends I thought couldn't [help] tried their very best and the scholarship did the rest.

What the scholarship did was give a HUGE boost to my fundraising. About six friends contributed the rest, at the travel agency a very kind lady who I may now call a friend helped me some more. I am overwhelmed with gratefulness. Here I am, happy to have attended the Start-Up program and looking forward to learning more and praying to God for guidance.

So the gist of the matter is, I am a happy mum who hopes to implement a wonderful relationship with her child and is riding a not so easy moment with lots of hope in her heart and THANK YOU is not enough for what I feel. I still remember William's words, “If you do what you've always done, you will get what you've always got.” Now I'm trying to do different, bit by bit, day by day. I feel the difference already.

About Antonio ... we are going on with the Italian program and I play with Antonio after school in a quiet room in the house. Knowing what the little guy is exposed to (he's always putting his fingers in his ears and he seems to have problems with too much light in his eyes), I find him very brave as he bears it tolerably. Drums a lot to digest it all.

When we went to the doctor, just weeks after starting the program at home, she told me that she found him more attentive. His attention span has increased. He is also tagging or pulling at one's arm when looking for attention. The child psychologist last Saturday reported the same thing and what's more, my son has always required that I enter the room, hence assisting in every session. Well, this time he went in along with the doctor and told me, “See you later.”

At school, his teacher who speaks English as well, read up and watched my DVD (Kyle’s Journey, Jade and “I want my little boy back”). Now she's changing, bit by bit and I do appreciate that very much. He seems to be OK with her and actually sent me away from class this morning, again telling me, “See you later.”

He is now ONE HUGE GREENLIGHT and I'm hoping to be able to really have volunteers (still looking), raise funds and settle down to business.

God bless,



Dear Donor,

I am the mother of three children, all on the Autism Spectrum. Before I heard of the Son-Rise Program and the Option Institute, I was a desperate, angry and depressed person…. I was on Anti-depressants, sleeping multiple hours of the day, and for a period of time, using alcohol to run away from my pain.

Then I heard of the Son-Rise Program. I called to find out more about it and thought “this if for me!” But I could not afford it. You see raising one child with Autism is very expensive but raising three is just outrageously expensive with all the therapies and dietary interventions that we were doing.

But I was offered a full scholarship to the SRSU program. I have since attended all of the Son-Rise Programs and many of the Personal Growth programs offered by the Option Institute.  Each time I have been given a scholarship and each time I go I learn more about who I am and I change for the better each and every time.  Because of your most generous support, my children are recovering from Autism, I have found happiness in my life!  I am no longer on anti-depressants and I have so much more energy.

YOU are the reason that my family is in recovery. It is because of YOU that my oldest son now is enjoying school.  YOU are the reason my second son is speaking. YOU are the reason my daughter is no longer as rigid and controlling as she once was.  Thank you does not even begin to cover how much gratitude I have for you.  I thank God every day for you and I do not even know you.

Please know that you are changing lives with your donation to ATCA and the OI.  It is because of you that every day people are getting the help that they need. Thank you, thank you and thank you!

With so much love,

Kerry Rihtar