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Workshops with CE Credits for MFT/LCSW

How We Change and Why We Don't: The Art and Science of Transformation

Feb 03 - 05, 2017 Begins in 1 week
with Cassandra Vieten & Michael Sapiro

Have you ever worked hard to make a change, only to find yourself slipping back into old habits and patterns? Are you in the midst of riding massive waves of change, and need a few surfing lessons? This workshop is for people who are in the process of change, or who work as change agents with individuals, groups, or the collective. Through dialogue, experiential practice, and creative process, the group will learn about the emerging science of transformation and explore indigenous, religious, spiritual, and secular models of transformation.

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The I in the Storm: Bringing Self-Leadership to Everyday Life 

Feb 05 - 10, 2017 Begins in 1 week
with Richard Schwartz

This workshop introduces the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model of psychotherapy, and teaches healing professionals and all who are interested how to apply it to their own countertransference. Richard Schwartz developed IFS as he learned to set aside his trained assumptions and truly listen to his clients. IFS is a highly effective way of guiding people to a state of inner clarity and compassion (called the Self) from which they know how to heal themselves.

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Trauma, Memory and the Restoration of One’s Self

Feb 05 - 10, 2017 Begins in 1 week
with Bessel van der Kolk & Licia Sky

The function of our brains is to take care of us and to be in sync with the body’s systems. Trauma changes the way the brain processes information and the body engages with the world. Trauma makes people afraid to know what they know and feel what they feel. This is expressed in heartbreak, and the state of being out of sync with oneself and one’s surroundings.

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Expanding the Practice of Sex Therapy: A Training for Health Professionals

Feb 10 - 12, 2017 Begins in 2 weeks
with Gina Ogden with Kamara McAndrews

Health, well-being, and intimate relationships are profoundly affected by sexual concerns. Yet too many health professionals lack specific training to help their clients overcome feelings of sexual inadequacy and move beyond blocks to desire and pleasure. This course looks beyond physical performance goals to explore underlying emotional and spiritual dynamics of sexual experience. Our interactive model incorporates ritual, movement, concrete structure, and the importance of boundaries.

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The Path of Forgiveness: Returning to Love

Feb 12 - 17, 2017 Begins in 2 weeks
with Eileen Barker & Michael Gelbart

Forgiveness is essential for anyone seeking psychological freedom, emotional transformation, more fulfilling intimacy, and spiritual growth. Forgiveness is a field of consciousness that can be accessed via specific stages, exercises, and practices that help us break down and clear limiting stories, beliefs, and barriers, as well as shame and blame tendencies that are often instilled generationally. Ultimately, the path of forgiveness is a journey back to our authentic self, to the embodiment of more love.

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Cultivating Meaning and Happiness through Mindfulness and Yoga

Feb 17 - 19, 2017 Begins in 3 weeks
with Ira Israel

Many of us would benefit from learning how to dis-identify with the mental chatter in our heads and cultivate equanimity. These qualities help us make healthy, long-term decisions and engender loving, positive, secure, and supportive attachments to other people.

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Abandonment to Healing: Overcoming Your Self-Defeating Patterns

Feb 26 - Mar 03, 2017 Begins in 1 month
with Susan Anderson

Abandonment is a primal human fear and the underlying cause of emotional distress and dysfunction. Susan Anderson, psychotherapist and author of Taming Your Outer Child and Journey from Abandonment to Healing, will share powerful tools of emotional and spiritual healing to help you reverse abandonment’s universal wound. You will be taught exercises for each of the five stages of abandonment: shattering, withdrawal, internalizing, rage, and lifting; how to conquer “abandoholism” and other outer child behaviors; how to make new connections; and steps for healing abandonment.

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The Body Remembers: Healing Trauma and Returning to Ourselves with Esalen® Massage

Feb 26 - Mar 03, 2017 Begins in 1 month
with Brita Ostrom & Dean Marson

“Touch is a universal form of soothing, and it can awaken us to what is real in this moment,” the leaders write. “Familiar, nonsexual touch provokes the release of hormones and returns the body to the beneficial relaxation response. This workshop expands our understanding of healing touch. It offers tools to make touch safe and consensual, and allows for deeper release and present-moment centeredness within the context of a massage or bodywork session.

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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: Cultivating Psychological Wellness

Mar 05 - 10, 2017 Begins in 1 month
with John Forsyth & Jamie Forsyth

Acceptance and mindfulness-based practices are rapidly making their way into mental health care, medicine, and society – both to alleviate human suffering and nurture psychological health and wellness. This body of work offers a fresh perspective on psychological suffering, and powerful clinical strategies that support meaningful life changes. In this workshop for mental health professionals, participants will learn about one particular approach and set of evidence-based practices called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

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Work Study - Relational Gestalt Practice

Mar 12 - Apr 09, 2017 Begins in 1 month
with Dorothy Charles

Living a full and connected life requires our capacity to feel and to make use of our emotional experience. Much of the alienation and separation that occurs in our relationships and family life is the result of the fear of feelings. We disconnect from our emotional life when we are afraid of being overwhelmed, humiliated, or perceived as weak or inadequate, only to pay the price later in isolation, anxiety, and depression.

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Radically Alive: A Radical Aliveness Workshop

Mar 12 - 17, 2017 Begins in 1 month
with Ann Bradney

Ann Bradney writes, "There is a state in which you are fully alive, authentic, and spontaneous. You are open to all of your feelings, connected to your strength and your truth. You are not afraid to know anything about yourself. I call this radical aliveness. In this state you embrace your creativity and see life in all its possibilities.

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Radically Alive Sexuality: A Radical Aliveness Workshop

Mar 17 - 19, 2017 Begins in 1 month
with Ann Bradney

“Sexual energy and life force energy are the same,” Ann Bradney says. “When we can experience ourselves as fully developed sexual beings, alive with vibrant energy coursing through our bodies, we feel more connected, creative, and excited about bringing our gifts to the world. In this deeply interactive workshop, you will be shown techniques to free up this energy and access more pleasure and fulfillment.

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Heart of Awareness: Joining Embodiment and Meditation, Discovering Healing and Compassion

Mar 19 - 24, 2017 Begins in 1 month
with Susan Aposhyan

Being a human is a complex task. In order to make the most of our lives and cultivate a peaceful and sustainable human culture, most of us need to practice being present and feeling our bodies. This workshop uses embodiment practices, embodied meditation practice, embodied speech, embodied listening, and embodied relationship as the means to achieve personal and cultural peace and creativity. Susan Aposhyan developed these practices in the context of Body-Mind Psychotherapy.

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Relational Gestalt Process: The Transformative Power of Emotion

Apr 07 - 09, 2017 Begins in 2 months
with Dorothy Charles

Each of us finds our true selves through our emotions. In order to become whole, we must discover how our experience is organized in limiting, unconscious patterns and through that process, learn how to organize our experience in new ways.

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Emotional Mindfulness, Connection and Healing for Gay Men

Apr 07 - 09, 2017 Begins in 2 months
with Ron Frederick & Timothy Beyer

Why is it so hard for us as gay men to feel present in our lives and closer to those we love? For many, the main reason is fear; we’re afraid of being emotionally present with ourselves and with others. It’s this fear, often outside of our awareness, that keeps us from learning how to tap into our emotional experience. We avoid our feelings and end up stuck, detached from the wisdom and power inside us. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

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5Rhythms®: Grief, Loss and the Body in Motion

Apr 07 - 09, 2017 Begins in 2 months
with Lucia Horan & Peter Selwyn

Have you experienced loss and the natural emotions of sadness, anger, fear, and love? How do you process your losses and move through your life? Unfortunately, many of us have not found safe and effective ways to express these emotions, and we can feel stuck, both emotionally and at times physically, with the cumulative burden of our unfinished business.

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The Self-Care Vow: Embodying Wellbeing in the Face of Burnout and Stress

Apr 21 - 23, 2017 Begins in 2 months
with Michael Sapiro

“Caring for self, others, community, nation, and world takes a toll on our personal resources,” says Michael Sapiro. “Continuously sacrificing our own needs leads to stress and burnout. While stress destroys the body, burnout extinguishes the flames of the soul. Our bodhisattva vows – our passion toward service – come with the stipulation that our well-being must be included in our service. However, this inherent warning of burnout generally goes unnoticed by those of us who see others’ well-being as more important than our own.

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Integral Transformative Practice®: The Essential Esalen Experience

Apr 21 - 23, 2017 Begins in 2 months
with Pam Kramer & Barry Robbins

What changes do you envision for yourself? Discover what wants to happen next on your journey of transformation through visioning exercises, meditative movement, powerful affirmations, and the encouragement of a warm-hearted community. In this experiential workshop, you can discover your infinite capacity for personal evolution and take home a daily practice for ongoing integration of body, mind, heart, and soul.

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Psychedelic and Contemplative Approaches to the Mind

Apr 28 - 30, 2017 Begins in 3 months
with David Presti & Kristi Panik

Psychedelics produce a variety of interesting and powerful effects on the brain and mind, including intensification of thoughts and feelings, alterations of sensory perception, and loosening of psychological defenses. As such, psychedelics probe the connection between brain physiology and consciousness, among the most mysterious and exciting arenas in contemporary science. In their plant and fungal forms, psychedelics have been used for millennia for medicinal and spiritual purposes.

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Thriving in Uncertainty: A Workshop in Sensory Awareness

Apr 28 - 30, 2017 Begins in 3 months
with Lee Lesser

Life is uncertain. As much as we try to create stability and predictability, each moment brings its own surprise and its own unique offering. The more we can show up for each moment of our life just as it is, the more we can thrive in the midst of uncertainty. Our sensations are wonderful allies in this process. As we pay attention to our sensory experience, the more connected we become to what is actually happening. Charlotte Selver, the founder of Sensory Awareness in the United States, used to say, “Every moment is a moment. Every moment makes a certain request of us.

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Work Study - Embodied Relational Gestalt

May 07 - Jun 04, 2017 Begins in 3 months
with Michael Clemmens

“We develop relationships with ourselves and others through the physicality of our vision, smell, touch, and movement,” says Michael Clemmens. “These relationships, or dances, shape what we believe is possible and how we behave in the present. In this program, our focus will be on the ways in which we create relationships through our bodies. By attending to our present dance with others, we can become more aware of our existing context and optional ways of interacting.

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Embodied Intimacy: Neurobiological-Gestalt FST Integration of Couples and Sex Therapy

May 07 - 12, 2017 Begins in 3 months
with Stella Resnick

Embodied intimacy is the body-to-body intersubjective connection between parent and infant that shapes the brain and grows secure children, underlies the affection between mates, and arouses erotic lovers. Research shows that many of the vital qualities of nonverbal communication shared by intimates are necessary elements in the therapeutic alliance. Therapist attunement to the client’s facial, vocal, and body language in the present moment (and whose own body reflects empathy and understanding) is more critical for client growth than psychotherapeutic orientation.

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Awakening the Creative: The Painting Experience

May 07 - 12, 2017 Begins in 3 months
with Stewart Cubley

Explore the world of spontaneous creation, an unpredictable territory beyond the expected where no rules apply. In a respectful and nurturing studio environment, you’ll receive individual attention and gentle guidance to help you open to inspiration, creativity, growth, and change. Using the powerful tool of “process arts,” you’ll be supportively invited to:
• Discover a creative voice that’s entirely your own
• Trust your intuitive perception, not the mind’s critical chatter
• Follow your energy rather than what looks good or makes sense

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Introduction to Gestalt

May 12 - 14, 2017 Begins in 3 months
with Michael Clemmens

“We develop relationships with ourselves and others through the physicality of our vision, smell, touch, and movement,” says Michael Clemmens. “These relationships, or dances, shape what we believe is possible and how we behave in the present. In this program, our focus will be on the ways in which we create relationships through our bodies. By attending to our present dance with others, we can become more aware of our existing context and optional ways of interacting.

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Mindfulness and Lovingkindness Meditation

May 12 - 14, 2017 Begins in 3 months
with Shauna Shapiro

Come join us as we cultivate greater wisdom, joy, health, and well-being. Drawing on practices of mindfulness and lovingkindness as well as revolutionary research in neuroscience, we will explore the transformational power of meditation. We can discover how the weaving together of lovingkindness and mindfulness supports us in healing and living a joyful and meaningful life. In this workshop, you will be taught simple yet potent meditation practices, including lovingkindness practices, mindfulness meditation, and mindful movement.

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EMDR Basic Training: Part 3 – Advanced Clinical Workshop and Refresher Course

May 14 - 19, 2017 Begins in 3 months
with Laurel Parnell

Refresh your technique and review EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) protocols and procedures, consult on your difficult cases, watch demonstrations, and practice EMDR in small, supervised groups. Instruction will focus on using EMDR with complex cases, resource development and installation, target development, and interweaves.
This EMDR course is for participants who have completed either part 2 training or an equivalent EMDRIA-approved course.

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Wired for Love: Creating an Owner’s Manual for a Secure-Functioning Relationship

May 19 - 21, 2017 Begins in 3 months
with Stan Tatkin with Tracey Boldemann Tatkin

“People are complex,” says Stan Tatkin. “We don’t come with manuals that automate the process of getting along. Even if we did have general manuals, we aren’t robots; what works for one person won’t necessarily work for another. Nor does it work to fly blind, as many couples do, and expect relationships to simply fall into place.” This workshop for couples will demonstrate general principles to help you understand what makes a relationship successful, and how to work toward that with your partner.

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Couples' Communication Retreat

May 26 - 28, 2017 Begins in 4 months
with Warren Farrell

Our inability to handle personal criticism from loved ones is a common Achilles’ heel. The more deeply we love, the more fragile we feel. Soon, couples feel they are walking on eggshells, unable to express themselves honestly, and their love fades. Raising children and money magnify the problems even as they become the reason couples stay together. The result? Couples often remain legally married but psychologically divorced—in a minimum-security-prison marriage. The biggest culprit? Defensiveness. Active listening, a good solution, is rarely used.

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Mind, Mood and Happiness: Transforming the Self

May 26 - 28, 2017 Begins in 4 months
with Ronald Alexander

Studies in the fields of health psychology, neuroscience, and learned optimism confirm that people can learn to change their thinking and behavior in ways that enhance happiness and resiliency. For 2,500 years, the wisdom teachings of the East have utilized what their texts refer to as “skillful methods” for the study and transformation of the mind/body. These meditation and visualization practices help cultivate self-regulation through awareness, concentration, mindfulness, and other attention skills. This leads to clarity of mind, spaciousness of self, and greater compassion.

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Mindfulness in Deep Relationship: Savoring the Sources of Nourishment

Jun 09 - 11, 2017 Begins in 4 months
with Jerome Front

This retreat invites participants to open to their most elemental relationship, that which exists between the body, mind, and the natural world as it manifests through eating, breathing, and our senses. This is not a workshop about nutrition or eating, but begins with how formal mindful sensory meditations and awareness of body sensations, including eating awareness, develops mindfulness/ mindful awareness. This is how the mindfulness is learned. This awareness then widens to include the deep nourishment we receive from being in mindful relationship with each other.

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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Jun 23 - 25, 2017 Begins in 5 months
with Mark Abramson

The impact of stress on health is well recognized. Now the efficacy of stress reduction as an adjunct to medical treatment is being recognized in more and more health care settings. In 1996 Dr. Mark Abramson founded a program at Stanford University Medical Center using the 2,500-year-old technique of Mindfulness Meditation to train patients as an adjunct treatment for many different medical conditions.

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Strengthening the Heart through Compassion

Jun 23 - 25, 2017 Begins in 5 months
with Leah Weiss

Experience a weekend immersion in compassion cultivation, based on the Stanford Compassion Training program developed by psychologists, scientists, and contemplative scholars at Stanford University. Explore strategies for strengthening self-compassion, connecting with others, finding peace in difficult circumstances, and overcoming compassion fatigue. This session will include lecture, meditation, self-reflection, experiential exercises, and discussion.

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Hold Me Tight Workshop for Couples

Jun 23 - 25, 2017 Begins in 5 months
with Sam Jinich & Michelle Gannon

The Hold Me Tight Workshop for Couples is based on practices drawn from Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), attachment theory, and Sue Johnson’s best-selling book, Hold Me Tight. The work will be designed around seven conversations that have been shown to be essential to successful relationships. Relationships can be a cause of stress and pain or a source of comfort and joy.  Couples will learn how to understand and improve their relationships via presentations, private exercises, conversations with relationship partners, and by watching video demonstrations.

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R.D. Laing in the Twenty-First Century: What Are Altered Realities?

Jul 16 - 21, 2017 Begins in 5 months
with Fritjof Capra, Michael Guy Thompson & Heather LaFace

Scottish-born psychiatrist R. D. Laing devoted his career to exploring the nature of alternative realities and heightened awareness. In this year’s workshop, designed for those in the mental health and healing professions, we will explore the nature of altered realities, including extreme states. To alter a state of awareness suggests a catalyst, an instrumentum employed to initiate a transformation in consciousness, whether by invoking mindfulness, yoga, meditation, breath work, or imbibing a drug, whether psychedelic or psychotropic.

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Legacy Group - Embodied Relational Gestalt

Oct 22 - Nov 19, 2017 Begins in 9 months
with Michael Clemmens

“We develop relationships with ourselves and others through the physicality of our vision, smell, touch, and movement,” says Michael Clemmens. “These relationships, or dances, shape what we believe is possible and how we behave in the present. In this program, our focus will be on the ways in which we create relationships through our bodies. By attending to our present dance with others, we can become more aware of our existing context and optional ways of interacting.

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Cultivating Meaning and Happiness through Mindfulness and Yoga

Nov 05 - 10, 2017 Begins in 9 months
with Ira Israel

Many of us would benefit from learning how to dis-identify with the mental chatter in our heads and cultivate equanimity. These qualities help us make healthy, long-term decisions and engender loving, positive, secure, and supportive attachments to other people.

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