Certification for Practitioners,
Teaches or Trainers

To be a Certified Hakomi Practitioner, you must complete 45 days of study and demonstrate competency in the Hakomi method as explained below.

Hakomi Education Network has training-related certifications at the following levels: teachers, trainers, and senior trainers.

Requirements for Practitioner Certification

Certification as a Hakomi practitioner requires all of the following:

  • Completion of basic training, which requires 15 days of study with any certified Hakomi Network trainer worldwide
  • Completion of advanced training, which requires an additional 30 days of study with any certified Hakomi Network trainer worldwide
  • A student shall have demonstrated, during his/her training, a body of work that consistently shows the development of personhood and the skillfulness in specific elements of Hakomi to the satisfaction of two trainers in the Hakomi Education Network. This demonstration typically includes one or many sessions that demonstrate competency. The first certifying trainer should be the trainer you have studied with the most. The second certifying trainer may be from outside your training group.

Preparing for Certification

If you want build skills toward certification, follow these general steps:

  1. Complete multiple coached sessions.
    You can get coaching in any of the following ways:
    • Attend a scheduled training that has been specifically designed for coaching. This is the easiest way to get coaching.
    • Attend a scheduled training weekend and ask the trainers in advance if they can arrange the training so that you have a full session where you are coached. Sometimes coaching can fit into a training weekend but it depends on many factors, such as the planned curriculum, the level of participants, and the number of participants, teachers, and trainers.
    • Arrange your own opportunity. For example, you could hire a trainer to attend a session where you provide the location and client. Or you could arrange a session by video link.
  2. Confirm that you have completed 45 days of study.
    Before starting to seek certification, you must have completed 45 days of study.
  3. Record multiple sessions and get peer feedback on the sessions.
    The most effective way to prepare for certification is to work with a small group of peers getting feedback until the group agrees that there is a consistent enough level of proficiency in Hakomi. Peer supervision is an excellent way to screen recordings before submission and to demonstrate to the trainers that the applicant and his/her peers know what a skillful Hakomi session looks like.

Submitting a Demonstration of Competency

Note: Before you start, be aware that certification may require several submissions of competency over a period of several months to a year.

To submit a demonstration of competency in Hakomi, follow these steps:

  1. Complete a full session with a client.
    Follow these guidelines for the demonstration session:
    • Perform the demonstration session and record it. The session can occur at a scheduled training or privately.
    • Identify a client either by providing your own volunteer or by requesting a participant in a scheduled training to be a client.
    • If you want to do the session at a scheduled training, ask the organizers in advance if the training schedule can be arranged so that you have a full session. If the organizers agree, clarify the client, location, and timing.
    • Obtain agreement from two trainers that they will evaluate one of your live or videotaped sessions.
    • When you record the session, test your equipment in advance to make sure that it adequately captures the audio and video. (Microphones inside a laptop might not be strong enough to pick up soft voices.) When you are making the recording, make sure that both the client and therapist are visible during the entire recording.
  2. Write your own evaluation of the session.
    Include the following commentary in the self-evaluation:
    • A discussion of the session in general – your state of mind, your interventions, outcomes of experiments, and the phases of the session
    • What beliefs were brought to consciousness
    • What you feel confidence with, where you might have tried something different, what you need to practise
  3. Submit your demonstration to the trainers for evaluation.
    For example, give the trainers a DVD that contains the files for the self evaluation and the recording.

The Evaluation of a Demonstration of Competency

A demonstration of competency as a Hakomi practitioner is evaluated by two certified Hakomi trainers in the Hakomi network.

Approach to Evaluation

Here is the evaluators’ approach:

“We place an emphasis on the presence and self-awareness of the practitioner, and on subtle aspects of intelligent compassion and an experimental attitude. We encourage the creative use of your personal style within the principles of the Hakomi Method and the practice of Loving Presence. The ability to provide both a nourishing and transformational experience in a quietly simple non-efforting manner and to respond appropriately to the nonverbal signals about what’s needed are the foundations of a good Hakomi session.”

“The keys, in short, are loving presence, mindfulness, tracking, contact, the effective use of an experimental attitude, and the creation of an appropriate nourishing experience.”

Criteria for Certification

As a formal evaluation, trainers look for competency in the following elements of the method and offer feedback in each criterion:

  1. Ability to sustain and demonstrate an attitude of loving presence in keeping with the principles and spirit of Hakomi
  2. Evidence of healthy self-awareness
  3. Ability to sustain a focus of attention on present experience
  4. Ability to help the client be aware of and stay in present experience
  5. Ability to describe, evoke, cultivate and use mindfulness effectively
  6. Evidence of the ability to track and influence the client’s state of consciousness
  7. Demonstration of tracking ability re: client’s nonverbal expression
  8. Demonstration of effective use of contact statements and acknowledgements
  9. Evidence of useful hypotheses re: client’s models of self and of the world
  10. Effective use of verbal experiments
  11. Demonstration of effective and appropriate use of physical experiments
  12. Demonstration of ability to recognize and adapt to unconscious needs
  13. Demonstration of the ability to imagine, create and implement precise experiments in mindfulness
  14. Ability to respond appropriately and effectively to strong emotions
  15. Ability to recognize opportunities and timing to recognize and experiment with beliefs
  16. Working with the child state of mind
  17. Demonstration of a sustained focus on “what wants to happen here?”
  18. Ability to recognize and respond appropriately to a need for a nourishing experience (the missing experience)
  19. Ability to recognize the dynamics of a system and to “jump out of the system”
  20. Evidence of providing a suitable environment and appropriately timed interventions to facilitate the transformation of limiting core beliefs
  21. Demonstration of skill in stabilizing/integrating the therapeutic experience, including the appropriate use of silence
  22. Demonstration of skillful and appropriate pacing and completion of the session

When this evaluation is complete, you will receive it in writing, along with a decision about whether the evaluators were satisfied with your proficiency or they recommend further practice. If the evaluators were satisfied, they will provide your certificate.

Hakomi Education Network

We are proud to be part of the Hakomi Education Network (HEN), an international group of people dedicated to preserving, developing and teaching Hakomi as created by Ron Kurtz, author of Body-Centered Psychotherapy: the Hakomi Method. Learn about our network of teachers, trainers and practitioners here: Hakomi Education Network.

Certifications for Teachers and Trainers

Hakomi Education Network has training-related certifications at the following levels: teachers, trainers, and senior trainers.

Teacher

A Hakomi Teacher has had experience teaching in small groups for at least two years, has shown leadership in small group situations in Hakomi trainings, is able to model being a skillful Hakomi client, and receives consistent and spontaneous feedback and appreciation from students, peers, and trainers in Hakomi training groups.

A Hakomi teacher is a certified Hakomi Practitioner, has a thorough knowledge of Hakomi exercises — especially the Level One exercises, is able to track small groups and respond appropriately, is well grounded in loving presence and state of mind practices and is clearly capable of creating safety for individuals and groups.

Hakomi Teachers in the Hakomi Network are recognized by at least two Hakomi trainers as competent assistants and teachers before being certified.

Trainer

A Hakomi Trainer has spent at least two years with a senior trainer, assisting in the training of a large group.

A trainer requires excellent personhood and communication skills, organizational skills, outstanding leadership ability, and a wide range of teaching skills. A trainer models the Hakomi way and is able to manage the overall flow of a training including teaching and modeling the method, choosing and explaining appropriate exercises, and offering spontaneous as well as structured demonstrations of Hakomi.

Before leading a Hakomi training, new trainers are expected to work as part of a team of at least two trainers under the supervision of one or more senior trainers. Trainers also need to have worked with at least one senior trainer to gain experience in the supervision and certification process.

Senior Trainer

A Senior Trainer has co-led at least two complete trainings (Level One and Two) with one or more senior trainers and can initiate new trainings, with at least one other certified trainer as a co-leader. (In the case of very small groups, one senior trainer might lead a training with a certified teacher as co-leader and assistant.)

Senior trainers have a responsibility to communicate with the organizer, the training team, and the participants during a training.

Senior trainers are also responsible for the written material given to students and for providing appropriate between-session support.

Hakomi Education Network

We are proud to be part of the Hakomi Education Network (HEN), an international group of people dedicated to preserving, developing and teaching Hakomi as created by Ron Kurtz, author of Body-Centered Psychotherapy: the Hakomi Method. Learn about our network of teachers, trainers and practitioners here: Hakomi Education Network.

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