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A Mindfulness Centered Approach

Introduction

Hakomi is a  distinctive body-inclusive psychotherapy developed by Ron Kurtz and members of his original training team. More than a method or set of techniques, Hakomi is a way of looking at the world that is compassionate, mindful, curious, non-invasive and respectful.
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First and foremost, Hakomi is a mindful psychotherapy. Mindfulness is an ancient tool that trains attention and promotes a compassionate, non-judgmental attitude. An important feature of mindfulness is the cultivation of an “internal observer,” which has strong integrating features. The observer enables clients to work with emotionally charged memories without being flooded.
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Since the late 1960s, mindfulness has been used in Hakomi to establish an attuned healing relationship, acceess deeper psychic structures and promote transformation. The Indigenous American Hopi Nation meaning of Hakomi – ‘How do you stand in relation to these many realms?’ (or more colloquially, ‘Who are you?’) reflects the method’s fundamental emphasis on awareness and self-observation.

Origins of the Work

Hakomi incorporates elements of the wisdom traditions of the East, contemporary body-psychotherapy and the new sciences. A major influence has been General Systems Theory, which views individuals as self-organizing systems that contain their own blueprints for growing and becoming. The Method continues to evolve and now also incorporates aspects of interpersonal neurobiology, attachment theory and resourcing to counter traumatic activation. The faculty utilizes diverse teaching methods to accommodate a wide range of learning styles.

The Principles

Hakomi is based on five principles: mindfulness, non-violence, unity, organicity and mind-body holism. These principles can be viewed as resources the therapist draws on to cultivate an attuned and compassionate healing presence. The principles undergird the overall method, and are the focus of the Foundation Training.

The Work is Inherently Flexible

Hakomi is effective with individuals, couples, families and groups and blends well with other modalities, such as expressive arts, pastoral care and body work. As a method, it is appropriate for various therapeutic situations, but finds its fullest potential in supporting personal and transpersonal growth.

Studying the Organization of Experience

Hakomi therapy employs a variety of experiential processes to access and transform the “Organizers of Experience.” These internal filters, shape experience in accord with implicit beliefs and models about self and others.

Hakomi Therapists Learn To:

  • Follow the flow of the client’s present experiences (tracking);
  • Name these experiences to demonstrate to the client (especially the client’s unconscious mind) that we’re “getting it” (contact and acknowledgement);
  • Detect and adjust to the client’s unconscious needs;
  • Help manage the client’s consciousness towards increasing mindfulness;
  • Use our expertise on how to explore and dialog with the unconscious to access inborn blueprints for growth and change, rather than determining where the process should go and what changes are needed;
  • Reflect upon the early experiences and resulting beliefs that may have led this person to organize his or her experience in the ways it is being organized;
  • Create little experiments, like “Probes” and “Taking over” (which evoke and access character material) to test our hypotheses, explore implicit realities and evoke memories and emotions that bring this material into consciousness;
  • Work with the emotions, body sensations, images, impulses, movements, memories, etc. that are evoked in mindfulness, by supporting spontaneous management behavior and by creating secondary experiments to promote learning;
  • Seek to discover and provide, while neural patterns are activated in mindfulness, nourishing experiences that were once missing in the client’s life and are now filtered out by limiting beliefs and related habits of perception;
  • Direct the client’s attention to these experiences while he or she is in a mindful state to support integration;
  • Help transfer corrective experiences offered in therapy to the client’s daily life.

A Mindfulness Centered Approach

The next Hakomi Professional Training begins in July 2018.

The Hakomi Professional Training is composed of two progressive modules, Foundation and Advanced. The Foundation Training Module consists of three, seven-day residential segments in Mallorca (Sunday – Saturday) as well as monthly webinars. The Advanced Training consists of three modules, each containing three, seven day residential segments in Mallorca.
This design allows students to work while in the training and provides time to integrate the method through long-term, on-going practice. Students also form study groups and establish practice partners to practice between segments.

Foundation Training (1 year)

Module 1

Residential Segment 1:  8.7.2018 – 14.7.2018
Residential Segment 2: 11.11.2018 – 17.11.2018
Residential Segment 3: 31.3.2019 – 6.4.2019

 

Advanced Training (3 years)

Module 1

Residential Segment 1: 14.7.2019 – 20.7.2019
Residential Segment 2: 10.11.2019 – 16.11.2019
Residential Segment 3: 19.4.2020 – 24.4.2020

Module 2

Residential Segment 1: 26.7.2020 – 1.8.2020
Residential Segment 2: 8.11.2020 – 14.11.2020
Residential Segment 3: 11.4.2021 – 17.4.2021

Module 3

Residential Segment 1: 11.7.2021 – 17.7.2021
Residential Segment 2: 14.11.2021 – 20.11.2021
Residential Segment 3: 10.4.2022 – 16.4.2022

Training Objectives:

Learn the principles and techniques of Hakomi Experiential Psychotherapy.

Learn how to integrate mindfulness into a psychodynamic process.

Use the body to access and understand unconscious material.

Create a mindfulness-based healing relationship with your clients.

Foster “earned” secure attachment and emotion regulation.

Use the “personhood” of the therapist as an instrument for therapy.

Specific Entrance Requirements:

Participation in an introductory Hakomi workshop.
Completion of the application form, accompanied by a non-refundable deposit of €100 euros.
A background in psychology or an allied field.
An ability to obtain at least two practice clients.
Experience as a client of psychotherapy and/or group work.

If you’d like to join the next Mallorca Hakomi Professional Training, there are two steps:
1. Submit a formal application.
2. Pay the €100 application fee here.

 

If your application is accepted, you will be invited to secure your place with a
holding deposit of  €800 euros and to complete an Enrollment Agreement.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT TEACHING METHODS ARE EMPLOYED?

The faculty utilize a variety of teaching methods to provide a multi-modal learning experience for students. These include:

 

Exercises
To practice specific Hakomi skills, such as active and passive taking over, deepening the process, jumping out of the system, working in mindfulness, etc.

 

Lectures
Stuctured presentations on a Hakomi concept, such as the Sensitivity Cycle, character strategies, working with the child, the therapeutic relationship, long term therapy and the neurobiology of change.

 

Demonstrations
Live sessions with students or other members of the teaching staff to demonstrate specific skills and complete therapy sessions.

 

Discussions
To explore a topic in depth and debrief practice activities.

 

Supervision
Trainees regularly practice the Hakomi Method on each other under the skilled supervision of the faculty. Peer supervision is also encouraged.

 

Video Work
Students are encouraged to videotape their sessions to closely examine and critique their own work with the assistance of a another student or Trainer.

 

Group Process
Time will be dedicated to exploring how Hakomi Experiential Psychotherapy transfers to group work, using the training group as a laboratory. Applying Hakomi techniques and principles to the exploration of interpersonal and group dynamics also promotes a more cohesive learning environment.

 

Study Groups
Small groups of trainees work together outside of the regular structure via skype or in-person, for practice, discussion, bonding, personal processing, and mutual support.

 

Tele-classes
Some didactic material will be taught remotely using tele-conferencing services. Students dial a pre-assigned phone number and enter a pin to access the call.

 

Assigned Readings & Written Assignments
Participants will be given specific book chapters, articles and worksheets to read between residential segments and may be required to submit notes on practice sessions.

WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM HAKOMI TRAINING?

Practicing therapists, social workers, health care professionals, life coaches, bodyworkers and people in related fields often take the Hakomi Training as the next step in their professional and personal development.

WHERE WILL THE TRAINING BE HELD?

The training will be held near Soller, Mallorca, a 30 to 45 minute drive from the Palma de Mallorca international airport (PMI). Participants may travel by rental car, taxi or public transportation. Information will be provided upon registration for the training.

HOW MUCH DOES THE TRAINING COST?

Prices shown below are for the next Hakomi Professional Training starting July 2018.

Regular Tution: €4400 per module
Early Bird Tuition: €4200 per module if you register by 1 March, 2018 for the Foundation Module.
Student Tuition (20% discount): regular tuition €3520 per module, early bird tuition €3360 (by 1 March, 2018 for the Foundation Module)

Upon Acceptance to the Training: €1000 deposit to secure your spot
Balance due by the start of the first segment: €3400 regular; €3200 early bird; €2520 student; €2360 student early bird

**Payment Plans are available, please contact Noella Andres, our Training Coordinator for more information. Noella can be reached at info@hakomimallorca.com**

WHAT QUALIFICATIONS DO I GET?

Upon completion of the first three modules, students may call themselves “Hakomi Graduates” or “Advanced Students of the Hakomi Method.” They may also apply for the the European Certificate of Psychotherapy (EAP). After completing an additional supervision module, students may call themselves “Hakomi Practitioners.”

Those who successfully undergo an optional performance-based evaluation may call themselves “Certified Hakomi Therapists”. To obtain certification, two members of the faculty assess the therapist’s work based on watching two videotaped sessions or viewing live sessions. Certification is granted upon demonstration of competence. A person who has achieved certification is entitled to practice and advertise as a CHT, to use the Hakomi logo on promotional materials, and have a special listing on the Hakomi Institute website. The course of study, cost, and time involved in this process depends primarily on the student’s learning patterns and level of competence. Our experience has taught us that all students, regardless of background, have needed an average of 2-3 years of study and practice after completing the training to become proficient in the Hakomi Method.

DOES THE TRAINING REPLACE A GRADUATE DEGREE?

The training does not replace a graduate degree in counselling or psychology. Participants are therefore expected, as a minimum, to have some background in psychology, basic counseling, body work or allied health skills, and to have had personal therapy experience. Preference in the selection of applicants will be given to individuals with a strong background in these areas. Trainees are responsible for integrating Hakomi into their work in accordance with the laws and standards of their particular profession and jurisdiction.

WILL I BE ABLE TO PRACTICE PSYCHOTHERAPY AT THE COMPLETION OF THE PROFESSIONAL HAKOMI TRAINING?

There are three separate accrediting entities that affect your ability to practice: Hakomi of Europe, the European Association of Psychotherapy (which issues the European Certificate of Psychotherapy, ECP) and your Country of Residence. These are discussed below.

 

Hakomi of Europe

 

Hakomi of Europe authorizes graduates of the first three modules to call themselves Hakomi Graduates or Advanced Students of the Hakomi Method. Those who complete the supervision module (Module Four) may call themselves Hakomi Therapists. Those who choose to become Certified Hakomi Therapists must also submit DVDs of two sessions to two Hakomi Trainers or conduct a live session in front of two Trainers (or go through a supervisory process) who will determine if the sessions illustrate proficiency with the method. Hakomi Therapists (those who have completed all four modules) have also satisfied the training requirement towards the ECP, as the European Association of Psychotherapy accredits the Hakomi Training. Additional documentation may be needed.

 

European Certificate of Psychotherapy

 

Students who want to obtain accreditation through the European Association of Psychotherapy (EAP) must complete the advanced supervision module plus an ECP supplemental module at the completion of the training. Those who have no college degree (or equivalent), and cannot yet document enough experience as a supervised therapist within an institution or in private practice, may have to wait until they fulfill these requirements. Once this requirement is satisfied, you may submit your application for the ECP at the European Association for Psychotherapy in Vienna (details are available HERE)

 

Country Practice Laws

 

Graduation from the Hakomi Training is independent of country licensure laws. Each of the European countries has separate laws that govern the practice of psychotherapy. Some have none. The ECP has little or no affect in countries that have existing licensure legislation, like Germany and Austria. The ECP is often recognized as a substitute for licensure in countries that have not yet regulated the profession. Please consult with the EAP in Vienna in regard to your country, since it issues the ECP. As an alternative, you can consult with the EABP (European Association of Body Psychotherapy)or their national sub-organization to identify the local accreditation guidelines.

What others are Saying…

They are talking...

Visionary…

"A visionary contribution in bringing mindfulness to our therapeutic community".

—Dan Siegel, M.D author of "The Developing Mind" and "The Mindful Brain".
Trust

The trust, lightness and humor were great.

—L.R.M, Psychotherapist
The Core

"Hakomi presents some astounding methods for getting to core material. It is well grounded in theory and revolutionary in its results".

—Association of Humanistic Psychology Newsletter
The Best

There's no question that the Hakomi training is the best psychotherapy training I've ever done. The Hakomi trainers, without exception, embody and constantly demonstrate the Hakomi principle of loving presence towards all the students they train which powerfully facilitates the students' learning of the method.

—J.K. Psychotherapist.
Safety

A strong sense of safety, allowing room to learn and show up at my pace. From the beginning there was a real sense that this really works in a way it was hard to explain just cognitively.

—S.M., Psychologist.
Partnership

"Hakomi is a beautiful expression of the partnership model: a way of healing that recognizes not only the essential partnership between body and mind, but between therapist and client".

—Riane Eisler, author of "The Chalice and the Blade" and "Sacred Pleasures".
Major Force

"Hakomi has been a major force in promoting mindfulness in psychotherapy and body psychotherapy."

—Babette Rothschild, LCSW, author of "The Body Remembers".
Key Skills

"Hakomi is an excellent system for learning key emotional intelligence skills".

—Daniel Goleman, author of "Emotional Intelligence".