Clients come to you to be witnessed - seen for their deepest experiences, feelings, stories as well as their meaning.
Learn to touch the sources of their depth, reach into the heart of their struggles and suffering with skills that work with the body/soma, movement/dance, voice, inner criticism/role play, abuse and trauma, and the Earth.
Learn to unfold the gifts, beauty, power and intelligence present in their struggles.
Learn to see with new eyes the medicine, magic and miracles that will make you practice a meditation, a prayer, a spiritual calling.
Develop and deepen your somatic skills. We’ll be focusing first on physical symptoms and how to access the body as a doorway to the emotional life and intelligence of those we serve. We will expand our understanding of how and when to access the soma and integrate them with other interventions methods to support just about any difficulty people face.
Learn how to work with the body’s movement, via posture, hand motions, body language, and dance - an important method so people can then learn to express what is in their body.
Work with the voice and learning how to integrate voice with the soma and movement; supporting people with accessing body intelligence and wisdom, with sound and verbal communication. We’ll also learn how to deepen people’s process through using sound and music.
Work with shamanic interventions and client shape shifting: Deep experiential learning that comes when one embodies and occupies split-off shadow aspects of themselves, building and strengthening the inner wiring, the pathway, to the freedom of accessing more of their whole selves.
Work with drama therapy and role play: So much goes on in the psyche that shows up as inner dialogue, especially and importantly when it comes to inner criticism, self-hatred, shame, introjected parental figures and internalized oppression. Playing it out in dramatic role play can be a powerful intervention to powerfully raise awareness and work out conflicts and tensions.
Learn how to work with client stories: Using our eyes, ears, intuitions and the methods above to fill in the gaps that allow these stories to complete themselves.
Learn how to work with and navigate abuse: Learning how to discern the client’s consent when it is not made explicit through watching for minimal cues and signals as we proceed with each intervention. We’ll spend signifiant time learning about these communications so that the interaction we are having with our client is not re-abusing or re-traumatizing.
Learn the functions of those who witness or didn’t witness an abusive event or history. These witnesses are keys to understanding how abuse lives in our clients and what the healing path looks like.
The Earth is our home and our connection to the Earth is not only one of the great wisdoms of most Indigenous cultures, but also our indigenous selves. We’ll be working with a number of Earth-based interventions: 'go-to' Earth spots or locations in dreaming, directionality, polarities and magnetism. We'll be using these connections to work with trauma and help people find their path.
Work with trauma using the above interventions and having a multitude of methods and awareness oriented facilitation options. We will also 1) look at the intelligence of dissociation, helping our clients move closer to or away from traumatic experiences, 2) learn how to help people find their inner healer, and 3) work with death and detachment.
These skills will be applied to areas of healing beyond abuse and trauma, including addictive tendencies and dependencies, deep feeling states (anxiety, depression, jealousy), relationship difficulties, life/career paths, body shame, esteem, and more.
Beginning in November 2022, the classes will be held from 12:00pm -2:00pm Mountain Time on Fridays, three times a month for the first two months and then 2x a month for the next 8 months.
November 4th, 11th and 18th December 3rd, 10th and 17th.
Two Fridays a month starting in January 2023, dates to be determined.
The sessions include theory, exercises and modeling the interventions. Further into the training you will facilitate another student while I coach you in order to deepen the learning process.
In addition to the live classes, there is some reading - about a book a month. And the need to meet in small groups 1-2x per month for about 1.5 hours.
Pay in Full - $6000 USD
($1000 deposit upon registration, $5000 due the last week of October)
Payment Plan - $1000 deposit and 10 x $500 monthly payments starting the last week of October.
If you're interested in applying for this training, click the link below to email David.
You will then be sent to a questionnaire for you to fill out to help you and David determine your fit.
David Bedrick, J.D., Dipl. PW is a process worker, attorney and facilitator. He is the author of Talking Back to Dr. Phil: Alternatives to Mainstream Psychology and Revisioning Activism: Bringing Depth, Dialogue, and Diversity to Individual and Social Change. His latest book is You Can’t Judge a Body by Its Cover: 17 Women's Stories of Hunger, Body Shame and Redemption. About his new book, Publisher’s Weekly wrote, “Bedrick celebrates 'the deep wisdom held in... hearts, minds, and bodies' of women in this powerful collection of profiles.”
David is the founder of the Santa Fe Institute for Shame based Studies where he teaches and works with individuals around the world.