Upcoming Trainings

 What We Teach


FEB. 12-14, MARCH 19-21, APRIL 16-18 & MAY 21-23, 2021






An Intermediate Level Training for Mental Health Professionals




  • The ethics and benefits of touch in psychotherapy
  • How to bridge talk therapy and table based psychotherapy
  • The importance of shifting the focus in psychotherapy from wounding to healing
  • The physiology of developmental trauma, ancestral trauma and attachment
  • How to accurately track, make contact, and midwife the organicity of the body in order to deepen your counseling sessions.
  • How to be in authentic relationship with your client on the table


MARCH 19-21, APRIL 16-18, MAY 21-23 & June 11-13, 2021


FRIDAYS 12:30-5:00, SATURDAY 9:30-5:00, SUNDAY 9:30-4:00




COST: $2,250 REGISTRATION BY 10/1/20: $1,995






Shirley Dvir


Shirley Dvir is a Certified Hakomi Therapist and Teacher and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Shirley teaches at John F. Kennedy University and at the California institute of integral Studies. In addition, she teaches annual workshops at Shiluv Campus in Israel. Shirley has been practicing psychotherapy since 1997 in agencies and private practice. She also supervises students and mentors psychotherapists.


Eugenia Guidi


Eugenia Guidi is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has worked in private practice, non-profit, and school based settings.  Eugenia integrates her background as a social justice educator and her study of craniosacral therapy into her work, and has facilitated trainings in non-profits, public schools and faith based organizations.




At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:


Describe the healing benefits of touch in psychotherapy, Identify contraindications of touch in psychotherapy, Discuss the impact of systems of oppression and privilege on therapeutic touch work, Apply therapeutic touch work with practice clients, Utilize therapeutic holds in practice sessions, Demonstrate use of therapeutic presence in table work, Identify the difference between open and closed systems on the table, Assess presence of developmental trauma on the table, Apply basic knowledge of physiology on the table, Identify character style on the table, Identify attachment style on the table, Discuss the impact of intergenerational/ancestral trauma and resource in therapeutic table work sessions, Use tracking and contacting to support organicity in practice sessions, Demonstrate ability to track countertransference and own comfort level with touch.




Grievance Policy


Relational Somatic Healing seeks 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: Shirley Dvir, shirleydvir@hotmail.com, (510) 610-9582. Grievances would receive, to the best of our ability, corrective action in order to prevent further problems. 


Accommodations for the Differently Abled:


The training facilities are not wheelchair accessible. We are committed to making every accommodation we can outside of the physical limitations of this space. Individuals needing special accommodations are encouraged to contact: Eugenia Guidi, eugeniaguidimft@gmail.com, (510) 463-4027.


For more information or to register please email: relationalsomatichealing@gmail.com


Embodied Touch in the Therapeutic Relationship


Weekend 1 Sep 11-13


(Outline subject to change)


Day 1- Friday 12:30-5:00


12:30-2:00 Beginning meditation,  Orientation to agenda.


 2:00- 3:15 Why touch in psychotherapy and the ethics of touch. 


 3:15-3:30 Movement 


 3:00-3:45 Embodied touch in the therapeutic setting


 3:45 -4:30 Embodiment exercises


 4:30-5:00 Questions and Answers


 Day 2- Saturday 9:30-5:00


9:30- Meditation


 9:45-10:30 Check-in 


 10:30-10:45 Break 


 10:45 – 11:30 Listening and embodiment


 11:30-12:30 Transitioning to the table- Seated work to tablework 


 12:30-2:00 Lunch 


 2:00-2:15 Movement 


 2:15-3:00 Practice transitioning to the table in dyads 


 Break 3:00-3:15


 3:15-4:30 Basic holds 


 4:30-5:00 Questions and Answers


Day 3- Sunday 9:30-4:00


 9:30-10:30 Check-in


 10:30 -11:30 Basic Holds part two


 11:30-12:30 Practice part 1


 Lunch 12:30-2:00


 2:00- 2:15 Movement 


 2:15-3:15 Practice 


 3:15- 4:00 Questions and feedback forms 


Embodied Touch in the Therapeutic Relationship


Weekend 2 Oct 9-11


(Outline Subject to Change)


 Day 1 Friday 12:30-5:00


 12:30-1:00 Opening embodiment exploration 


 1:00-1:45 Diversity and Power Dynamics


 1:45-2:00 Break


 2:00-2:15 Movement


 2:00-2:45 Demo of a complete session 


 2:45-3:15 Question and Answers


 3:15- 3:45 Therapeutic skills onto the table


 3:45-4:30 Practice tracking and contacting


 4:30-5:30 Question and Answers


Day 2- Saturday 9:30-5:00


9:30-9:45 Embodiment exercise 


 9:45-10:15 Check-in


 10:15-10:30 Movement


10:30 -11:15 New Holds


 11:15-12:30 Practice the new holds with therapeutic tracking and contacting. 


 12:30-2:00 Lunch 


 2:00-2:10 Movement


 2:10-3:00 Developmental trauma and the polyvagal theory 


 3:00-4:30 Practice/Demo


 4:30-5:00 Sharing and Questions


Day 3- Sunday 9:30-4:00


 9:30-9:45 Mediation 


 9:45-10:15 Check-ins and sharing 


 10:15-10:30 Movement


10:30-11:15 New Holds


 11:15-12:30 Practice part 1


 12:30-2:00 Lunch 


 2:00-2:15 Movement


 2:15-3:30 Practice part 2


 3:30- 4:00 Questions and Feedback Forms


Embodied Touch in the Therapeutic Relationship


Weekend 3 Nov 6-8


(Outline Subject to Change)


Day 1-Friday 12:30-5:00


 12:30- 1:30 Orientation and meditation


 1:30-2:00 Setting Healing Intention experiential


 2:00-2:15 Break


 2:15-2:45 Review the holds


 2:45- 3:45 Open vs closed system 


 3:45-4:30 Fishbowl


 4:30- 5:00 Questions and Answers


Day 2- Saturday 9:30-5:00 


9:30-10:00 Mediation


10:00-10:15 New holds 


 10:15-10:30 Practice new holds 


 10:30-11:45 Break


 11:45- 12:45 Developmental Strategy power point 


 12:45 -2:15 Lunch


 2:15-3:30 Demo 


 3:30 – 5:00 Practice 


Day 3- Sunday 9:30-4:00


 9:30-10:00 Mediation


10:00-11:00 Developmental Strategy Part 2 


11:00-12:30 Demo


 12:30-2:00 Lunch


 2:00-3:30 Practice


 3:30- 4:00 Closing Question and Answers


Weekend 4 Dec 11-13


Coming Soon


Continuing Education Credit is provided by Commonwealth Educational Seminars for the following professions:

Licensed Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors:

 Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Licensed Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors. Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for LPCs/LMHCs. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


 Social Workers:

Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Social Workers. Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for Social Workers. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists:

Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists. Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for LMFTs. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content.



As an American Psychological Association (APA) approved provider, CES programs are accepted by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). These courses can be utilized by nurses to renew their certification and will be accepted by the ANCC. Every state Board of Nursing accepts ANCC approved programs except California and Iowa, however CES is also an approved Continuing Education provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing (Provider # CEP15567) which is also accepted by the Iowa Board of Nursing.   

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