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Santa Cruz Advanced Training
Year 2
Begins Oct 6, 2012

Tuition for First Year: Early enrollment: $2260 before 8/15/12. Normal Tuition: $2510.

Hakomi Institutue of California at 415 839-6788 | email

2012: Oct 6-7, Nov 3-4, Dec 1-2. 2013: Jan 19-20, Feb 16-17, March 16-17

Saturday & Sunday, 9:00-5:00

Santa Cruz Location TBA


General Information

Advanced Year Training
The second year of the training will cover more refined techniques, state of the art approaches to working with trauma, additional maps for understanding client psychological organization as well as supervised practice.  In addition to helping the practitioner develop big picture and systems thinking, attention will be paid throughout the training to gaining competence and confidence with the basics of the method.  Students will learn to apply the Hakomi Method in a variety of theoretical maps and clinical treatments while simultaneously deepening their understanding of their own organization of experience.

In this training you will learn:

  • Sophisticated maps for understanding client psychological organization
  • To refine Hakomi skills and gain competence guiding clients through the stages of the Hakomi process
  • To apply mindfulness and experiential methodologies to address safety, self regulation and relationship skills
  • To improve ability in using the body to access unconscious material and develop resources
  • To work with transference/countertransference systems in respectful and experiential ways that enhance curiosity and aliveness in the relationship
  • To utilize the attachment relationship within the therapeutic container
  • Contemporary neuroscience models for mindfulness-based interventions
  • Mindful tools to renegotiate trauma states
  • Proven techniques for somatic resourcing
  • To help the client embody and process regressed states towards resolution of long term issues and behaviors
  • To design interventions to access and transform core models of the self, others and the world
  • To identify and address therapist barriers and limitations.

Included in the above are Seven Competencies:

  • Competency #1: Theoretical Orientation
    How to use theoretical maps such as Attachment theory, character theory and the sensitivity cycle to in client assessment, therapeutic strategy and creating specific interventions.
  • Competency #2: The Therapeutic Relationship
    How to join deeply, inspire clients to unfold, and use moment to moment interventions to address and heal attachment wounds
  • Competency #3: Listening to the Unconscious
    How to recognize therapist barriers and work towards transformation; how to use subjective experience to deepen the session;  how to build capacity for affect regulation and client attunement.
  • Competency #4: Deepening Therapy 
    How to achieve the depth and exploration that makes therapy come alive. Practical methods for deeply exploring the psyche safely working with all categories of experience: thoughts, beliefs, memories, sensations, impulses and emotions
  • Competency #5: Using Mindfulness Psychodynamically 
    How to use mindfulness directly in the psychodynamic psychotherapy process, rather than as an adjunct treatment.
  • Competency #6: Working with Defenses, and Transformation of Core Material 
    How to elegantly work with resistance and defenses by supporting them. Transforming core models of the world.
  • Competency #7: Master Strokes - Working Practically with Transference and Countertransference Systems 
    How to work experientially.

“Come sit with me and let us remember
the beauty of your soul” 

Sample Curriculum:  
subject to minor changes          

Weekend 1. October 6-7, 2012                          Developing Your Personal Style; Personhood of the Therapist: Identifying personal barriers; Jumping out of the System

Weekend 2. November 3-4, 2012         
Advanced Accessing; Sensitivity Cycle; Supervised Practice

Weekend 3. December 1-2, 2012         
Working with Attachment Issues; Supervised Practice

Weekend 4. January 19-20, 2013        
Trauma Approaches; Supervised Practice.

Weekend 5. February 16-17, 2013                  
Character and Therapeutic Strategy with Supervised Practice

Weekend 6. March 16-17, 2013            
Client Assessment: Which Map to Use; Galvanizing the Process of therapeutic change; Therapist self- assessment and certification phase orientation; Supervised

The Santa Cruz Professional Hakomi Training is taught in two series of year-long weekends in order to integrate theoretical material, skill-based exercises, and one-on-one and small group supervision. Each weekend includes didactic information, live and/or video demonstrations, experiential exercises, and an emphasis on specific clinical applications and skills development.

Style of Teaching
Participants are taught through short-talks, skill-based experiential exercises, supervised practice, demonstrations and video review. Students receive ample personal attention during the training. Along with certified faculty, teaching assistants provide support for small group learning and student practice sessions. Student to staff ratio is about 4 to one.

Prerequisites Advanced Year
Certificate of completion from Year One of the Santa Cruz Professional Training or a Bay Area Professional Skills Training, or two year Comprehensive Training with a recommendation from the lead trainer, or permission of the Second Year Advanced Santa Cruz Training lead trainer.

For Whom
This training is for professional therapists, MFT interns, clergy, and allied health workers who want to learn the method in its entirety.


MFT & LCSW: this training meets the qualifications for 78 hours of continuing education credit for MFT's and LCSW''s as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Nurses: Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # 14707 (a co-sponsor of this training).

Psychologists: CEs for psychologists are provided by The Spiritual Competency Resource Center which is co-sponsoring this program and is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. SCRC maintains responsibility for the program and its content. For questions about CE contact, visit www.spiritualcompetency.com or contact David Lukoff, PhD at david.lukoff@gmail.com or (707) 763-3576.

Academic Credit
This training is approved by Meridian University for the Professional Specialty Program requirements towards a Master’s or Doctoral degree in psychology with a concentration in Somatic Psychology. Additional information about Meridian University’s programs can be found at www.meridianuniversity.edu/index.php/concentration-in-somatic-psychology

Application Trainings
Graduates (and at times, general public) are eligible to participate in trainings that apply the Hakomi Method to a variety of topics:

  • The Trauma Training teaches state of the art approaches to the treatment of trauma.
  • The Responding to Life Training addresses maps of the psyche including assessment and intervention strategies based on a non-pathologizing character theory.
  • Other trainings cover applications of the Hakomi Method to such topics as Couples Therapy , addictions, attachment issues, and the Recreation of the Self model of positive psychology.
2012-2013 Training Dates (subject to change)

Year Two
October 6-7, 2012                  
November 3-4, 2012                 
December 1-2, 2012                 
January 19-20, 2013                 
February 16-17, 2013
March 16-17, 2013                 

Saturday and Sunday, 9:00-5:00

Santa Cruz location TBA


Second Year Tuition
Early enrollment: $2260 for those who send their complete application and $75 nonrefundable application fee by August 15, 2012. (Application and fee are waived for students continuing on from the 2011-2012 Santa Cruz Professional Training).

Normal registration: $2510.

Visa and MasterCard accepted.

Graduates of a two-year training may enroll for one half the cost of tuition. Limited student scholarships and work-study opportunities are available on a first come first serve basis. If financial assistance is needed, we encourage you to apply well before the deadline.

Financial Assistance Application Deadline August 1, 2012

Application Deadline: September 1, 2012

Refund Policy

Any student who withdraws from the Training before it begins will receive a full refund minus the $400 non-refundable deposit.

Any student may withdraw from the Training within one week (7 days) after the end of the first training weekend will receive an eighty (80) percent refund of the tuition.  After that, no refunds will be granted.   Students will be held to this agreement, regardless of future attendance and/or completion of the training.

To Register & For More Information

For registration questions or information, contact the Hakomi Institute of California at 415 839-6788 or email contact@hakomicalifornia.org.

Lead Trainer:
Julie Murphy, R.A.S., Certified Hakomi Trainer and Practioner, has 25 years of experience consulting, teaching and working in the Healing Arts. Director of Hakomi Santa Cruz, she designs curriculum and trains mental health professionals in the Hakomi Method in Santa Cruz, San Francisco and Australia. With a strong background in the fields of anthropology, contemplative psychology, attachment theory, massage therapy, Tibetan Buddhism, and poetry, Julie has presented at numerous conferences including the Hakomi Institute International, the AMTA, and the USABP Annual Conferences. Julie developed Embodied Writing™, a contemplative and somatic approach to creative writing and self-expression.

Additional Trainers TBA