Sydney Professional Training

Learn the Hakomi Method of mindful somatic psychotherapy

HAKOMI IS THE LEADING mindful, somatic psychotherapy in Australia. By combining mindfulness, fundamental principles and a precise methodology, Hakomi creates an extraordinarily effective path towards emotional and psychological transformation.

NOT ONLY A REFINED METHOD of Psychotherapy and a specific set of techniques, Hakomi also provides a view of how to be in the role of the health care provider with compassion and a mindful, curious attitude towards our clients and ourselves. By recognising and cultivating loving presence and compassion as an essential element of the method the Hakomi practioner reaches beyond the usual skill set of therapist into “being” with the client. Our goal is to turn out therapists who are as dedicated to fully understanding their own process as they are to the understanding of others.

THE HAKOMI METHOD has been taught internationally for 30 years, throughout the United States, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, and we offer professional trainings in the Sydney, Perth and New Zealand.

EACH HAKOMI TRAINING teaches the entire curriculum of the Hakomi Method, as outlined by the Educational Board of the Hakomi Institute, a non-profit educational organisation based in Boulder, Colorado.

Goals of the Training are:

      1. A deep understanding of the principles of the Hakomi Method and the ability to work with them.
      2. An understanding of the organisation of personality and character, and the ability to use this understanding discriminatingly.
      3. An understanding of the various maps of the therapeutic process and the ability to use those maps and Hakomi techniques precisely and appropriately.
      4. An understanding of one’s own personality as an instrument for therapy.

Sydney Professional Training Structure

The Hakomi Training in Sydney consists of three levels:

  • Level 1 – Hakomi Fundamentals

    2 modules of 5 days each plus 3 x 90 minute webinars in between
    Module 1: Wed 26th June to Sun 30th June 2019
    Module 2: Wed 4th Dec to Sun 8th Dec 2019
    Venue: The Crows Nest Centre, 2 Ernest Street, Crows Nest.

  • Level 2 – Hakomi Comprehensive Method

    4 modules of 6 days each plus 3 x 90 min webinars in between
    Module 1: Sun 1st March to Fri 6th March 2020
    Module 2: TBC, around May/June 2020
    Module 3: TBC, around Sept/Oct 2020
    Module 4: TBC, around Feb/Mar 2021
    Venue: The Crows Nest Centre, 2 Ernest Street, Crows Nest.

  • Level 3 – Hakomi Clinical Training

    3 modules of 6 days each.
    Module 1: TBC, around May/June 2019
    Module 2: TBC, around Oct/Nov 2019
    Module 3: Mon 2nd March to Sat 7th March 2020
    Open to students in the current Hakomi Foundations Training, and graduates of previous Hakomi Comprehensive Trainings and Foundations Trainings.

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Sydney Training Team

Trainers: Manuela Mischke-Reeds, Karen Baikie
Teacher: Pernilla Siebenfreund
Teacher in Training: Deb Algar

Level 1 – Hakomi Fundamentals (Beginner Level)

Purpose:
To train psychologists, psychotherapists and allied health professionals in the fundamental building blocks of the Hakomi method. Emphasis is on the devolvement of the self in connection. Hakomi tools can be applied to therapy, business settings, coaching and other healing modalities.

Target Group:
Hakomi Essentials is open to Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Counsellors, Doctors, Social Workers, Massage Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Yoga Teachers, Coaches, Chiropractors, Physiotherapists, Cranio-Sacral Therapists, Teachers and other helping professionals interested in incorporating Hakomi principles and tools into their work.

Teaching Structure:
2 x 5-day teaching modules and 3 x 1.5 hour webinar in between modules.
1 x 3-hour self-facilitated practice group meeting, in person or internet-based, with homework between modules.
Each module includes contemplative practice, didactic teaching, experiential exercises and learning, group reflection and discussion, opportunities to practice skills learned, and opportunities to observe live demonstrations of sessions by senior staff.

Teaching Topics:

  • Group Building and Safety
  • Hakomi Principles
  • Neuroscience of Mindfulness
  • Understanding the Mindful Relationship
  • Cultivating Loving Presence
  • Somatic Resourcing
  • Tracking and Contacting
  • Attachment in Relationships
  • Mandala of Experience
  • Managing States of Consciousness
  • Managing Emotional Processes
  • Making Meaning
  • Integration Techniques

Level 2 – Hakomi Comprehensive Method (Intermediate Level)

Purpose:
To train psychologists, psychotherapists and allied health professionals in the comprehensive principles and skills of the Hakomi method. Emphasis is on the devolvement of professional skills and well as aspects of personhood that are important in therapy, and builds on Level 1 Essentials.

Target Group:
Hakomi Comprehensive is open to Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Counsellors, and other helping professionals who have completed Level 1 Essentials and wish to pursue Hakomi as a modality to incorporate into their professional work.

Teaching Structure:
4 x 6-day teaching modules and 3 x 1.5 hour webinar in between modules.
3 x 3-hour self-facilitated practice group meeting, in person or internet-based, with homework between modules.
Each module includes contemplative practice, didactic teaching, experiential exercises and learning, group reflection and discussion, opportunities to practice skills learned, and opportunities to observe live demonstrations of sessions by senior staff.

Teaching Topics:

  • Map of Hakomi Sessions
  • Therapist Seat
  • Accessing Techniques
  • Experimental Attitude
  • Experiments in Mindfulness
  • Following & Leading
  • Processing Techniques
  • Identifying Strong Emotions versus Trauma
  • Trauma Containment and Resourcing
  • Working with Child States
  • Internal Parts
  • Working at the Barrier
  • Safe Use of Touch & Ethics of Touch
  • Taking Over Techniques
  • Therapist Pitfalls
  • Physicalizing
  • Missing Experiences
  • Transformation
  • Systems in Hakomi
  • Jumping Out of the System
  • Countertransference
  • Individual therapist style
  • Integration
  • Completion and Ending Well

Level 3 – Hakomi Clinical Training (Advanced Level)

Purpose:
To provide advanced training and supervision for psychologists, psychotherapists and allied health professionals who wish to develop competency in the principles and skills of the Hakomi method. Emphasis is on the devolvement of professional skills and personhood elements in therapy, and builds on Level 2 Comprehensive Training.

Target Group:
Hakomi Clinical Training is open to Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Counsellors, and other helping professionals who have completed Level 2 Comprehensive as well as graduates of previous Hakomi Comprehensive Trainings, and wish to deepen their understanding of the Hakomi Method and refine their clinical skills. This level will focus on advanced skills, with a particular emphasis on the Hakomi Character Maps. Students should have access to clients (either paid clients or practice clients) while undertaking the Advanced Level.
After completing the Hakomi Advanced Level training, Hakomi Graduates may choose to pursue Hakomi Certification, a competency-based, individually-assessed level of mastery.

Teaching Structure:
3 x 6-day teaching modules and 2 x 1.5 hour webinar in between modules.
2 x 3-hour self-facilitated practice group meeting, in person or internet-based, with homework between modules.
Each module will be divided between class time (consisting of lectures, group discussion, experiential exercises and contemplative practice); and small group supervision and video review, with an emphasis on advanced skills.

Teaching Topics:

    • Supervised Practice with Video Review
    • Clinical Mindset
    • Sensitivity Cycle
    • Advanced Contact & Tracking
    • Advanced Experiments
    • Advanced Ethics
    • Character Development
    • Hakomi Character Maps
    • Therapist Self-Care and Burn-Out
    • Advanced Systems
    • Strategic Thinking & Themes
    • Working with a Range of Clients
    • Diversity Issues
    • Long Term Therapy
    • Developing a Personal Style
    • Completion Rituals and Practices
    • Developing a Practice and Certification