Bonding Beyond Attachment

Upcoming Dates:



Shirley Dvir, LMFT


Regular registration


Early bird registration before August 31st, 2024

Bonding Beyond Attachment

Lead Teacher: Shirley Dvir, LMFT

Course Title
Bonding Beyond Attachment

Course Info

Join us to experience the transformative practices of Relational Somatic Healing (RSH) in our upcoming course, Bonding Beyond Attachment

RSH is a therapeutic modality that focuses on healing relational-developmental trauma, which is trauma that originated within the child-caregiver relationship during the early years of life. Research shows that relational-developmental trauma can profoundly affect a person’s emotional, physical, and relational well-being throughout their lives. These days, adult clients with relational-developmental trauma seek new ways to heal and improve their well-being to have a better life quality. 

RSH practices utilize the therapist-client relationship as a platform for healing and transformation so clients can experience what healthy relating feels like in their bodies; slow, regulated, nourishing, authentic, and without effort.  

Through experiential learning based on somatic and psychological theory, participants will explore how to receive the client’s relational habits and establish new healing connections between therapist and client in the here and now. 

Relational Somatic Healing offers mental health professionals a unique opportunity to integrate transformative tools and practices into their clinical work, enhancing the therapeutic experience for both therapist and client. 

Please note, this course does include activities that are not offered for CE credits. These include meditations, groundings, and small group connections and discussions.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe and apply the core principles of relational somatic healing to create a safe and nurturing space, optimal for the therapeutic process. 
  2. Use an ‘internal state’ method to create a co-regulating relational field between therapist and client. 
  3. Learn and practice the non-doing state to facilitate therapeutic change. 
  4. Describe the main components of creating a relational field. 
  5. Practice a less-hierarchical way of being with clients.   
  6. Learn to listen to the therapists’ countertransference as a conduit to facilitate change. 
  7. Learn how to receive the client’s nonverbal clues of relating and connecting. 
  8. Utilize the practice of “receiving” in order to create a relational connection and attune to the client’s psychological orientation and relational needs. 
  9. Assess whether the client’s system is open or closed.
  10. Utilize connection statements and questions to bring the client’s awareness to their present moment relational experience. 
  11. Apply practice of immersion into the relational field to discover old, unconscious relational patterns. 
  12. Identify the therapist’s countertransference and use it to assess and form accurate interventions. 
  13. Describe developmental trauma and its relevance to healing. 
  14. Describe the five developmental needs in secure relating.
  15. Offer a new way of relating as a relational intervention. 
  16. Learn how to work with clients’ defenses that block them from receiving nourishment.  
  17. Utilize the relational somatic healing map to guide the flow of your session. 

The Details

Prerequisites: None

When: TBD


Where: Online

Faculty: Shirley Dvir, LMFT


$2,600 Regular registration.

$2,350 Early bird registration before August 31st, 2024. 

Additional $99 for 17 CE credits.

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations received in writing no less than 10 days before the training will be refunded, less a 20% administrative fee. No refunds will be made on cancellations received after that date. Please send cancellation requests to the program admin at

Target Audience:

This course is designed for mental health professionals – PsyDs, PhDs, LMFTs, LMSWs, LPCC, and LEP.

Accommodations for Disabilities:

We are committed to making every accommodation we can outside of the physical limitations of zoom. Individuals needing special accommodations are encouraged to contact Yevgenia Kirnos Boccieri at

Grievance Policy:

We seek to ensure equitable treatment of every person and to make every attempt to resolve grievances in a fair manner. Please submit a written grievance to Grievances would receive, to the best of our ability, corrective action in order to prevent further problems.

Information on Continuing Education Credit for Health Professionals:

  • CE credits for psychologists are provided by Polaris Insight Center, which is co-sponsoring this program. Polaris Insight Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Polaris Insight Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFT license renewal for programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association. 
  • LCSWs, MFTs, and other mental health professionals from states other than California need to check with their state licensing board as to whether or not they accept programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.