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Workshops with CE Credits for MFT/LCSW

Self-Compassion in Inner and Outer Relationships

Jan 27 - Feb 01, 2019 Begins in 1 week
with Richard Schwartz

This five-day retreat is open to anyone — currently in a relationship or not — who wants to explore the idea that it is possible and optimal to bring one's full heart to any important relationship. In a safe and supportive environment, this experience will offer ways to work with the parts of ourselves that stand in the way of giving and receiving love fully.

With the beauty of the Pacific coast to support and nurture their process, participants have the opportunity to explore many aspects of self-compassion, in the following ways:


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

Feb 03 - 08, 2019 Begins in 2 weeks
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.


Trauma, Memory and the Restoration of One’s Self

Feb 03 - 08, 2019 Begins in 2 weeks
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.


Compassion for Couples: Learning Skills of Loving Connection

Feb 15 - 17, 2019 Begins in 3 weeks
with Michelle Becker & Pittman McGehee

To relate, to love, and to connect is to be human. Who among us does not want to be loved and belong? As important as our relationships are, they are not always easy. Compassion for Couples (CfC) is a program designed to help us meet ourselves and our partners with greater awareness and compassion. CfC builds on the skills developed in Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC), an eight-week-long program created by Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer and affiliated with Harvard Medical School. CfC focuses on moving deeper into compassion between partners.


Relational Gestalt Practice: The Transformative Power of Emotion

Feb 17 - 22, 2019 Begins in 4 weeks
with Dorothy Charles

Our sense of who we are develops in connection with others, and although we cannot change the past, we can change what we came to believe about our capacity for love and belonging. Such beliefs can shift in a group that meets our needs for attunement and understanding, supports us in identifying and expressing our emotions, and which is committed to practicing kindness, acceptance, and honesty.


Cultivating Meaning and Happiness through Mindfulness and Yoga

Feb 24 - Mar 01, 2019 Begins in 1 month
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.


Mind, Brain, Consciousness: Toward a Revolution in Mind Science

Mar 08 - 10, 2019 Begins in 1 month
with David Presti & Kristi Panik

Perhaps the greatest unanswered question in science is how consciousness and mind are related to the brain and body. Or more broadly, how do we as conscious beings relate to the rest of what we call physical reality?


Leading with Mindfulness and Compassion

Mar 22 - 24, 2019 Begins in 2 months
with Leah Weiss

Join Dr. Leah Weiss, founding faculty member of Stanford’s Compassion Institute and Stanford Graduate School of Business lecturer, for a weekend of compassion cultivation training based on research from psychologists, neuroscientists, and contemplative scholars from Stanford University in addition to research gathered from her top-selling book How We Work: Live Your Purpose, Reclaim Your Sanity, and Embrace the Daily Grind.


Mindfulness and Lovingkindness Meditation

Mar 24 - 29, 2019 Begins in 2 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.


Compassion Cultivation

Mar 24 - 29, 2019 Begins in 2 months
with Leah Weiss

This workshop is based on the latest compassion research from Stanford University’s Compassion Institute. This immersive training includes philosophical approaches based on the ancient wisdom of compassion with modern applications of compassion for self and others. Founding faculty member, Dr. Leah Weiss, will explore contemplative topics surrounding compassion burnout, exercising self-compassion, and determining some of the biggest issues surrounding the practice of compassion in the workplace and in life in general.


Rising Strong™ Workshop

Apr 12 - 14, 2019 Begins in 2 months
with Michelle Gannon & Beth Jaeger-Skigen

The Rising Strong Workshop is based on the latest groundbreaking research of Brené Brown and led by San Francisco therapists and certified Daring Way™ and Rising Strong facilitators Michelle Gannon and Beth Jaeger-Skigen. The Rising Strong Workshop is ideal for anyone interested in personal growth and development, and wholehearted living. “When we take personal and professional risks in our lives, we will inevitably fall and experience disappointment, hurt, failures, and heartbreaks,” say the leaders.


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

Apr 19 - 21, 2019 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 of expressing these emotions, and we can feel stuck, both emotionally and at times physically, with the cumulative burden of our unfinished business.


Awakening the Creative: The Painting Experience

Apr 28 - May 03, 2019 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


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

May 12 - 17, 2019 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.


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

May 17 - 19, 2019 Begins in 3 months
with Stan Tatkin with Tracey Boldemann Tatkin

People are complex. 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.


Body Structure from a Gestalt Perspective: Training for Gestalt and Somatic Practitioners

May 26 - 31, 2019 Begins in 4 months
with Michael Clemmens & Renee Jennings

Patterns of our physical embodiment are revealed and expressed in our thinking, feeling, and lived histories. They are shaped through our interactions with the world, the places and spaces we inhabit, developmental contexts, and relational others. As body or character structure, these patterns become relatively fixed modes of being through which we both express and limit our evolving self and narrative. From a Gestalt perspective, these structures are creative adjustments that can be attended to and explored in the novelty of the present moment.


Mindful Self-Compassion Intensive Training

Jun 02 - 07, 2019 Begins in 4 months
with Steve Hickman & Michelle Becker

Self-compassion is the heart of mindfulness. It is warmhearted, connected presence during difficult moments in our lives. Self-compassion provides emotional strength and resilience that allows us to admit our shortcomings, motivate ourselves with encouragement, forgive ourselves when needed, care for others, and be more fully ourselves. Rapidly expanding research shows that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional well-being, lower levels of anxiety and depression, healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and more satisfying personal relationships.


Hold Me Tight Workshop for Couples

Jun 14 - 16, 2019 Begins in 4 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.


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

Jun 21 - 23, 2019 Begins in 5 months
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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