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A Mindfulness Based Approach to Working with
Attachment Issues and Relationship Repair

with Julie Murphy






















General Information

Training Overview
This training emphasizes the experiential approach of Julie Murphy, International Hakomi Trainer, to the theory, assessment and treatment of attachment repair. Learn how to apply mindfulness-based somatic interventions to heal clients’ early relational imprints and wounds, whether you are working directly with clients’ attachment wounds or simply helping clients to feel safe. In addition to looking at early attachment imprints and styles, the training will focus on the use of mindfulness and the therapeutic relationship as agents of change in relational repair. Adult attachment will be investigated in depth as patterns of self-organization and relational dynamics. The training emphasizes assessment tools and specific intervention strategies for accessing unconscious material and promoting relationship repair. The therapist’s individual attachment style and therapeutic stance, and the resulting influence on the transference and countertransference in the therapeutic relationship will also be examined.

The bias of this training is mindfulness based, experiential learning. Participants will learn to work experientially with clients through the mixture of short didactic lectures, discussions, self-reflective exercises and actual practice of interventions presented. Mindfulness provides a basis of investigation of self and other that facilitates the gentle exploration and transformation of deeply held unconscious beliefs and patterns of organization. Therapists will learn practical skills that will be immediately applicable to give them confidence and effectiveness in working with attachment issues and patterns in clinical practice.

Curriculum Covered

  • Specific experiential principles and techniques immediately applicable in clinical practice
  • How to apply mindfulness in working with attachment issues
  • How to create safety and relationship to foster repair of attachment wounds
  • Theoretical maps for developmental issues, attachment imprints and neurobiological underpinnings
  • Specific somatic based interventions for Adult Attachment Styles: Autonomous, Preoccupied, Dismissive and Unresolved
  • Relationship rupture and repair theory and interventions
  • How to recognize adult attachment indicators, engagement cues, and disengagement cues to access unconscious relational material
  • How to make moment to moment interventions and adjust to unconscious attachment needs
  • How to assess individuals for attachment patterning, countertransference/projective identification issues and client- therapist systems
  • How to cultivate loving presence, empathy and understanding as resources for working with insecure attachment and fostering a secure base
  • How to befriend and utilize defensive responses and engage innate inner resources
  • How to address relationship systems and attachment in couples
  • How to design clinical interventions that go to the heart of the attachment wound while touching the heart of the individual

For Whom
This training is for Hakomi graduates or professional therapists and allied health workers with a background in experiential psychotherapy. If you are not Hakomi trained, you may be asked to attend a 2 day preliminary workshop September 22-23, 2012 at an additional cost.

This training provides
54 continuing education credits for MFCC's or LCSW's as required by the California Board of Behavioral Science.


October 19-21, 2012
November 16-18, 2012
December 14-16, 2012

Fridays 9:30-5:00
Saturdays 9:00-4:30
Sundays 9:00-4:30

San Francisco Theological Seminary
San Anselmo, CA

Early registration by September 7, 2012: $1395.
After September 7, 2012:

There are limited spaces in this workshop, so please register early if you would like to come.

If you are not a Hakomi graduate, you will be asked to attend a 2 day preliminary workshop September 22-23, 2012 at an additional cost. For more information, please click here. Some exceptions can be made on an individual basis at the discretion of the lead trainer.

Refund Policy
Any student may withdraw from the Training by September 7, 2012 and receive a full refund, minus a $50 administrative fee. If you withdraw between September 7 and September 21, you will receive a refund of half the tuition, minus a $50 administrative fee. After September 21, no refunds will be given, regardless of attendance.

To Apply
Please download application and email to contact@HakomiCA.org.

More Information
For more information about training: contact the Hakomi Institute of California at (415) 839-6788 or email contact@HakomiCA.org.

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Julie Murphy, Registered Addictions Specialist, International Hakomi Trainer, has over 25 years of experience consulting, teaching and working in the Healing Arts. Julie is a Co-Director of The Hakomi Institute of California and trains mental health professionals in California, Australia and New Zealand. With a strong background in the fields of anthropology, contemplative psychology, attachment theory, massage therapy, Buddhism, and poetry, Julie developed numerous programs that integrate cutting edge research with humanistic and contemplative approaches. She is an instructor in the California Institute of Integral Studies Certificate Program in Mindfulness and Compassion in Psychotherapy, has been a guest lecturer at John F Kennedy University and The Institute of Transpersonal Psychology and has presented at numerous professional conferences including the Hakomi Institute International, the AMTA, and the USABP Annual Conferences. She specializes in developing mindfulness and compassion in relationships, attachment theory, addictions counseling and creative writing. Julie is a lead trainer in the Santa Cruz Professional Hakomi Training. Julie developed Embodied Writing™, a contemplative and somatic approach to creative writing and self-expression. You can visit Julie’s website at juliemurphy.org or email her at juliemurphy@hakomicalifornia.org.