Relational Touch in Psychotherapy

Upcoming Dates:
Zoom: May 4th, 2024. In-person: May 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th, 2024.

When:
Zoom: 9am-1pm. In-Person Hours: Tue: 10:00am-5:30pm. Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat: 9:30am - 5:00pm.

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

Faculty:
Shirley Dvir, LMFT

$2,100

Regular registration

$1,950

Early registration by March 31st, 2024

Relational Touch in Psychotherapy

Lead Teacher: Shirley Dvir, LMFT

Course Title
Relational Touch in Psychotherapy

Course Info

Touch, the language of the body, can reach the deepest layers of our clients’ wounding and healing. Verbal psychotherapy can feel limited to clients, especially those who continue to suffer with significant challenges to their emotional, mental, and physical health. Safe, embodied touch allows us to bring healing to the physiology of attachment, character, developmental trauma, and many other aspects of our clients’ experience that we cannot reach with talk therapy alone. This training will be rooted in the foundational elements, practiced in RSH Bonding Beyond Attachment training.

Relational Somatic Healing is a clinical training appropriate for healthcare professionals as well as the general public. Healthcare professionals will be able to incorporate the tools and practices offered in this program in ways beneficial to clients or patients.

Please note: This course does include activities that are not offered for CE credits. These include meditations, groundings, and small group connections and discussions. Participants must attend every session live. According to APA rules, no partial credits are given for missed trainings.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the components for ethical, safe touch in psychotherapy.
  2. Discuss the impact of ongoing consent.
  3. Utilize clear boundaries between clients and therapists.
  4. Identify contraindications of touch in psychotherapy.
  5. Discuss the impact of systems of oppression and privilege on therapeutic touch work. 
  6. Describe the benefits of touch in psychotherapy.
  7. Apply Being as an inner state of the therapist. 
  8. Utilize therapeutic holds in practice sessions.
  9. Demonstrate use of therapeutic presence in touch work.
  10. Identify the difference between open and closed systems.
  11. Assess the presence of developmental trauma.
  12. Apply basic knowledge of anatomy.
  13. Identify the three layers of wounding: safety, nourishment and freedom. 
  14. Use receiving and naming to support the unfolding of the practice sessions.
  15. Demonstrate ability to follow countertransference and own comfort level with touch.
  16. Utilize Developmental Map to steer toward healing and repair.
  17. Apply healing nourishing experience with safe touch.
  18. Demonstrate understanding of protective parts.

The Details

Prerequisites: Bonding Beyond Attachment training

When: Zoom: 9am-1pm. In-Person Hours: Tue: 10:00am-5:30pm. Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat: 9:30am - 5:00pm.

Zoom: May 4th, 2024. In-person: May 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th, 2024.

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

Faculty: Shirley Dvir, LMFT

Cost:

$2,100 Regular fee

$1,950 Early registration by March 31st, 2024.

Additional $79 for 18 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 outside of the physical limitations of zoom. Individuals needing special 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.