Relational Touch in Psychotherapy

Upcoming Dates:
Zoom: September 7th, 2024. In-person: September 12th, 13th, 14th, and 15th, 2024.

When:
Zoom hours: 10am-1pm. In-person hours: Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 9:30am-5:00pm. Sunday: 9:00am-4:00pm.

Where:
Mother Tree Farm, 14146 SE Holgate Blvd, Portland, OR 97236

Faculty:
Shirley Dvir, LMFT

$1,750

Regular registration

$1,600

Early registration by August 7th, 2024

Relational Touch in Psychotherapy

Lead Teacher: Shirley Dvir, LMFT

Course Title
Relational Touch in Psychotherapy

Course Info

Touch, our very first language, is essential for healthy human development. Research shows that a lack of touch in childhood can severely impair clients’ emotional, psychological, neurological, and relational well-being throughout their lives.

Adult clients with Relational Developmental Trauma – trauma that occurred in the first years of life within the caregiver-child relationship – have histories of a lack of caring, loving, stable, and safe touch with their attachment figures.

Psychotherapy can address the verbal and emotional wounds of relational developmental trauma, and touch can deepen the healing of the preverbal somatic layers and, therefore, reach the unreachable.

While touch in psychotherapy is often considered taboo due to concerns about crossing boundaries, the somatic psychotherapy field recognizes the healing power of touch when done ethically and professionally.

Relational Touch in psychotherapy, developed by Shirley Dvir, introduces safe, embodied, relational touch for healing relational developmental trauma.

Relational Touch is touch that seeks true consent verbally and somatically from the client. It has no agenda, listens, and is done in full collaboration with the client.

In this workshop, participants will learn how to receive their clients, how to request true consent, how to work in a non-hierarchical manner, and how to listen with their hands while using talk therapy. They will also learn how to work relationally, track signs of relational developmental trauma, and offer a healing experience in the present moment.

Relational Somatic Healing is clinical training suitable for healthcare professionals that focuses on healing Relational Developmental trauma. Healthcare professionals will be able to integrate the tools and practices offered in this program in ways beneficial to their clients or patients.

Note for CEU’s: This course includes activities not eligible for CEU credits, such as meditations, groundings, and small group connections and discussions. Participants are required to attend every session live. According to APA rules, no partial credits are given for missed training.

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

When: Zoom hours: 10am-1pm. In-person hours: Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 9:30am-5:00pm. Sunday: 9:00am-4:00pm.

Zoom: September 7th, 2024. In-person: September 12th, 13th, 14th, and 15th, 2024.

Where: Mother Tree Farm, 14146 SE Holgate Blvd, Portland, OR 97236

Faculty: Shirley Dvir, LMFT

Cost:

$1,750 Regular fee

$1,600 Early registration by August 7th, 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.