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Mindful & Somatic Approaches to Assessment & Interventions






















General Information

While Couples Therapy often seems complicated and challenging, it can nevertheless be dramatic, fast-paced and powerful. An experience-oriented approach can be particularly effective. Long standing patterns of stuckness and innate resources are both evoked and embraced. Old wounds, habitual attitudes and tangled interactions are explored and evolved. With great respect for both individuality and mutuality, each partner and the relationship itself can be offered support, healing opportunities, and the pursuit of heartful empowerment

Applying Hakomi mindfulness and experiential techniques with R-CS maps of the Self, this two-part workshop will give you tools of assessment based on psychodynamic and systemic orientations, practical skills that you can integrate immediately into your practice, and the benefit of Rob & Jon’s more than 50 years of combined therapy practice and teaching.

Mixing didactic segments with demonstrations, experiential exercises, and actual skills practice, this training will provide both theory and techniques for practitioners to feel more confident and work more effectively with couples.

For Whom
This training is for professional therapists and allied health workers. If you have not had previous exposure to Hakomi, please see "Special Workshop for those who have not taken previous Hakomi trainings"
on the sidebar to your right.

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

Topics Covered
  • Specific experiential principles and techniques in couples therapy
  • How to apply mindfulness with couples.
  • The R-CS map of the Self, and how it describes relational interactions.
  • How to join deeply and create safety and support with each partner in their immediate experiences.
  • Maps for assessing couples dynamics and systems, and each partner’s contributions.
  • Neurobiological factors in couples work.
  • How to befriend and utilize individual defensive responses.
  • How to engage each person’s innate resources.
  • How to track somatic signals to access unconscious relational material.
  • How to design clinical experiments that go both to the heart of the issue, and the hearts of the partners.
  • How to evoke and reframe the relationship around the essential self of each partner.