Character Map Training

Upcoming Dates:
October 24th, 25th, 26th, 2024; November 14th, 15th, 16th, 2024; and January 16th, 17th, 18th, 2025.

When:
9:30am-5:00pm

Where:
Oakland Center for Spiritual Living, 5000 Clarewood Dr, Oakland, CA 94618.

Faculty:
Shirley Dvir, LMFT.

$2,950

Regular registration

$2,700

Early bird registration by September 24th, 2024

Character Map Training

Lead Teacher: Shirley Dvir, LMFT.

Course Title
Character Map Training

Course Info

The Character Map is a developmental guide focusing on five fundamental realms of human growth: safety, connection, freedom, truth and trust, and play and love. Within each realm, children encounter developmental challenges within the caregiver-child relationship, which can lead to the formation of patterns—patterns within the muscularity system, the energetic system, the relational system, and the child’s emotional core belief system.

Originating from Freud’s five psychosexual stages, William Reich, Freud’s student, introduced characterological patterns, identifying them as structures held within the body’s muscular system, termed muscular armoring. Building upon Reich’s work, pioneers like Alexander Lowen, Stanley Kaleman, and Lizbeth Marcher further refined the map.

Ron Kurz, the founder of Hakomi, and Jon Eisman extended the map to focus on core beliefs – how children form core beliefs at each stage. Marlin Morgan, a former Hakomi trainer in Australia, offered a softer, less pathologizing perspective, focusing on what each character seeks.

The Character Map, viewed from the Relational Somatic Healing perspective, intertwines the map with the child’s developmental movements, inspired by Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, the founder of Body-Mind Centering. This holistic and nonjudgmental approach examines each stage’s needs, somatic movement, and healing opportunities within a relational framework.

In this class, we’ll embody and engage with each stage, recognizing both the wounds and strengths they bring, and offering the healing experiences necessary for growth and transformation.

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

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the environment of each stage of development: safety, connection, space, trust, play & love.
  2. Identify each stage of development.
  3. Describe the emotional and core beliefs of each character.
  4. Identify the resources of the safety stage.
  5. Identify the limitations of the safety stage.
  6. Identify the relational patterns in the safety stage.
  7. Identify the resources of the connection stage.
  8. Identify the limitations of the connection stage.
  9. Identify the relational patterns in the connection stage.
  10. Identify the resources of the space stage.
  11. Identify the limitations of the space stage.
  12. Identify the relational patterns in the space stage.
  13. Identify the resources of the trust stage.
  14. Identify the limitations of the trust stage.
  15. Identify the relational patterns in the trust stage.
  16. Identify the resources of the play & love stage.
  17. Identify the limitations of the play & love stage.
  18. Identify the relational patterns in the play & love stage.
  19. Describe developmental trauma and its relevance to healing. 
  20. Identify the therapist’s countertransference and use it to assess and form accurate interventions. 
  21. Offer a new way of relating as a relational intervention for each character.
  22. Describe how to work with clients’ defenses that block them from receiving nourishment.  
  23. Describe how to apply safe touch for character armoring.
  24. Describe therapeutic interventions for each stage.

The Details

Prerequisites: None

When: 9:30am-5:00pm

October 24th, 25th, 26th, 2024; November 14th, 15th, 16th, 2024; and January 16th, 17th, 18th, 2025.

Where: Oakland Center for Spiritual Living, 5000 Clarewood Dr, Oakland, CA 94618.

Faculty: Shirley Dvir, LMFT.

Cost:

$2,700 early bird registration before September 24th, 2024. 

$2,950 regular registration.

Additional $79 for 24 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 relationalsomatichealing@gmail.com.

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. Individuals needing specific accommodations are encouraged to contact Yevgenia Kirnos Boccieri at relationalsomatichealing@gmail.com

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 relationalsomatichealing@gmail.com. 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.
  • For questions about receiving your Certificate of Attendance, contact our training coordinator, Relational Somatic Healing’s Yevgenia Kirnos Boccieri at relationalsomatichealing@gmail.com
  • For other questions about CE, visit www.polarisinsight.com or contact Samantha Prossner at ce@polarisinsight.com