Contact: Ruth Blume International Training Coordinator Email: info@hakomimallorca.com
Copyright HakomiMallorca.com 2016


This curriculum is for the next Hakomi Professional Training in Mallorca, which will begin July 2018.

Foundation Year (1year)

Module 1

Segment 1: Cultivating a Compassionate Presence to Support Deep Inner Work. 

The focus is on the therapeutic relationship and establishing the safety needed for clients to be in contact with their present, felt experience. 

Topics: Overview of the Hakomi Method & Principles, Loving Presence, Therapeutic Relationship, The Specific Use of Mindfulness in Psychodynamic Therapy, The “Person” of the Therapist, Right-Brain to Right-Brain Communication, Empathy & The Resonance Circuitry, Attuning to the Immediate Experience (“tracking”), Demonstrating Understanding of the Client’s Experience (“contact”), Self-Regulation, The Group as Living Organism, Establishing and Maintaining a Productive Learning Environment.

Skills: Tracking; Formulating and Delivering Contact Statements; Being in a “State” of Contact; Self-Regulation; Mindfulness Practice; Using the Principles to Inform the Therapeutic Attitude and Establish a Container for Healing; Finding a Calm and Neutral Place Within Oneself.

Segment 2: Sourcing the Wisdom Within: Establishing and Using Mindfulness. 

The focus is on the use of Mindfulness in psychodynamic therapy and managing consciousness.

Topics: “Being With” rather than “Talking About”, Directing Awareness Towards Present Felt Experience, Qualities of Mindfulness (spacious, curious, allowing), Mindfulness Through all Stages of the Hakomi Method, Bi-Directional Mindfulness (The therapist is mindful too), The “Inner Observer,” Stabilizing Mindfulness (slow pace, inward focus), The Process Map (overview of the stages of the method), Accessing Formative Experience, Core material, Categories of Experience.

Skills: Describing Mindfulness to a Client; Inducing Mindfulness; Using One’s Voice and Pace to Manage Consciousness and Stabilize an Inward-Directed Focus; Using deepening questions; Tracking States of Consciousness; Recognizing and Selecting Access Routes; Using the Categories of Experience Map.

Segment 3: Befriending Our Hurt and Wounded Parts: The Route to Core Material. 

The focus is on beginning to hypothesize about early life experiences and designing experiments in mindfulness to access implicit beliefs. 

Topics: Therapist Jobs: Managing Consciousness & Gathering Information, The Emotional Memory System, The Evocation of Experience, Cultivating an Experimental Attitude, Limiting Beliefs, Conducting Experiments in Mindfulness, Organization of Experience, The Body in Psychotherapy, Non-Verbal Indicators.

Skills: Recognizing Evidence of “Core Material”; Constructing, Setting up & Conducting an Experiment in Mindfulness; Getting a Report Without Breaking Contact From the Experience; Creating and Delivering “Probes.”


Foundation Years (3 years)

Module 1

Segment 1: The Mind-Body Interface: Working With Somatic Indicators of Unconscious Processes and Using Touch and Other Somatic Interventions in Clinical Practice. 

The focus is beginning to process somatic-emotional-mental material that leads from presenting issues to the deep structures that created them.

Topics: Using Touch in Therapy, Experimental Use of Touch, Touch Probes,

Bi-Lateral Hemispheric Integration, Bottom-Up Processing, The Meaning-Experience Interface, Leading & Following.

Skills: Working With the Mind-Body Interface; Tracking Somatic Indicators of Unconscious Processes; Using Touch Appropriately and Ethically to Support Clinical Work; Asking Meaning Questions.

Segment 2: The World of Defences: Recognizing & Working with Resistance. 

The focus is on exploring the organization of experience from the perspective of self-organizing “parts” and the processes that maintain homeostasis.

Topics: Gaining Cooperation of the Client’s Unconscious, Inner Ecology of Parts, Hakomi View of Resistance, Protective States & Parts, Adjusting to Unconscious Needs, Recognizing Themes, Taking Over, Experimental Attitude Part 2: Keying Off The Spontaneous.

Skills: Gaining the Cooperation of the Client’s Unconscious; Working with “The Barrier”; Using the Non-Violence Principle; Interfacing With “Protector” and “Protected” Parts; Externalization; Assuming an “All-Partisan” Attitude; Taking Over.

Segment 3: The Healing Journey: Repairing developmental wounds by renegotiating early life experiences. 

The focus is on working with emotions bound to formative material and integrating missing developmental experiences to support transformation and sustain therapeutic gains.

Topics: The Processing Stage, State-Specific Processing, Regression & Progression, The “Child State,” Working With Strong Emotions (“Riding The Rapids”), Traumatic Activation, The Barrier, Transforming Limiting Beliefs to Create New Experiences, Integration, Completion.

Skills: Supporting Spontaneous Behavior; Recognizing, Contacting & Accessing The Child; Involving the “adult” Self in the Process; Playing the Role of the “Magical Stranger;” Differentiating Between Developmental Wounds and Shock Trauma; Providing Precisely-Tailored “Missing Experiences;” Directing Attention to Experiences Previously Organized Out by Limiting Beliefs/Implicit Realities.


Module 2

Segment 1: Systemic Thinking & Meta-Level Processes: Seeing and naming larger themes and patterns (Part 1). 

The focus on using the therapeutic relationship and a beginning knowledge of character processes to formulate an individualized therapeutic strategy.

Topics: When The Process Gets Stuck, Client-Therapist Systems, Meta-level Processes, Transference & Counter-Transference, Early Learning and Adaptation Processes, The Etiology of the Eight Character Strategies, The Five Great Life Themes, Therapeutic Hypothesizing, Introduction to theSensitive/Withdrawn, Dependent-Endearing & Self-Reliant Character Processes.

Skills: Using the Character Map; Making Theory-Driven Hypotheses; Developing an Individualized Therapeutic Strategy; Jumping Out of the System (JOOTS); “House-Keeping.”

Segment 2: Working with Larger Themes & Patterns (Part 2) and Increasing Ethical Awareness. 

The focus is on continuing to understand character as self-organization and exploring to explore ethical and practice management considerations related to clinical work.

Topics: Introduction to the Burdened/Enduring, Tough-Generous and Charming-Seductive Character Processes, Exploring the “Gray Zone” in Ethical Decision-Making (power differential, intention vs. impact, dual relationships, scope of practice).

Skills:  Using the Character Map; Making Theory-Driven Hypotheses; Developing an Individualized Therapeutic Strategy.

Segment 3: Working with Larger Themes & Patterns (Part 3): Helping Client’s Listen to Their Intrinsic Intelligence and Completion. 

The focus is on recognizing and working with specific barriers and using the Sensitivity Cycle to develop “Skillful Means” and support transformation.  

Topics:  Introduction to the “Industrious/Over-focused” andExpressive-Clinging” Character Processes, The “Sensitivity Cycle” (signal to noise ratio), Working with Insight, Action, Nourishment and Completion Barriers, The Un-Resolved vs. Un-Resolvable, Discussion of Certification, Closing Activities.

Skills: Using the Character Map; Making Theory-Driven Hypotheses; Developing an Individualized Therapeutic Strategy.


Module 3

The focus is on close, intensive supervision to develop the personhood and individual path of the therapist to help him/her embody Hakomi in a personal way.

Topics: Live and Recorded Supervision, Studying Habits That Shape Interactions With Clients (E.g., relational tendencies; leading vs. following, biases towards meaning or experience). Honoring One’s Strengths & Limitations.