Frequently Asked Questions
What teaching methods are employed?
The faculty utilize a variety of teaching methods to provide a multi-modal learning experience for students. These include:
To practice specific Hakomi skills, such as active and passive taking over, deepening the process, jumping out of the system, working in mindfulness, etc.
Stuctured presentations on a Hakomi concept, such as the Sensitivity Cycle, character strategies, working with the child, the therapeutic relationship, long term therapy and the neurobiology of change.
Live sessions with students or other members of the teaching staff to demonstrate specific skills and complete therapy sessions.
To explore a topic in depth and debrief practice activities.
Trainees regularly practice the Hakomi Method on each other under the skilled supervision of the faculty. Peer supervision is also encouraged.
Students are encouraged to videotape their sessions to closely examine and critique their own work with the assistance of a another student or Trainer.
Time will be dedicated to exploring how Hakomi Experiential Psychotherapy transfers to group work, using the training group as a laboratory. Applying Hakomi techniques and principles to the exploration of interpersonal and group dynamics also promotes a more cohesive learning environment.
Small groups of trainees work together outside of the regular structure via skype or in-person, for practice, discussion, bonding, personal processing, and mutual support.
Some didactic material will be taught remotely using tele-conferencing services. Students dial a pre-assigned phone number and enter a pin to access the call.
Assigned Readings & Written Assignments
Participants will be given specific book chapters, articles and worksheets to read between residential segments and may be required to submit notes on practice sessions.
Who can benefit from Hakomi training?
Practicing therapists, social workers, health care professionals, life coaches, bodyworkers and people in related fields often take the Hakomi Training as the next step in their professional and personal development.
Where will the training be held?
The training will be held near Soller, Mallorca, a 30 to 45 minute drive from the Palma de Mallorca international airport (PMI). Participants may travel by rental car, taxi or public transportation. Information will be provided upon registration for the training.
How much does the training cost?
Regular Tution: €3400 per module
Early Bird Tuition: €3200 per module if you register by 31 May, 2013 for the Foundation Module
Student Tuition (20% discount): regular tuition €2720 per module, early bird tuition €2560 (by 31 May, 2013 for the Foundation Module)
Upon Acceptance to the Training: €800 deposit to secure your spot
Balance due by the start of the first segment: €2600 regular; €2400 early bird; €1920 student; €1760 student early bird
Optional Payment Plan:
Upon Acceptance to the Training: €800 deposit to secure your spot
Due by the start of the first segment in July: Half of tuition minus the €800 deposit: €900 regular; €800 early bird
Eight Monthly Payments: Regular Tuition €113 Early Bird €101 Regular Student €70 Early Bird Student €61
Bank charges to be paid by trainee.
The Student is required to set up an automatic payment schedule with their bank for the following dates:
Payment 1 due 1 September
Payment 2 due 1 October
Payment 3 due 1 November
Payment 4 due 1 December
Payment 5 due 1 January
Payment 6 due 1 February
Payment 7 due 1 March
Payment 8 due 1 April
What qualification do I get?
Upon completion of the first three modules, students may call themselves “Hakomi Graduates” or “Advanced Students of the Hakomi Method.” They may also apply for the the European Certificate of Psychotherapy (EAP). After completing an additional supervision module, students may call themselves “Hakomi Practitioners.”
Those who successfully undergo an optional performance-based evaluation may call themselves “Certified Hakomi Therapists”. To obtain certification, two members of the faculty assess the therapist’s work based on watching two videotaped sessions or viewing live sessions. Certification is granted upon demonstration of competence. A person who has achieved certification is entitled to practice and advertise as a CHT, to use the Hakomi logo on promotional materials, and have a special listing on the Hakomi Institute website. The course of study, cost, and time involved in this process depends primarily on the student’s learning patterns and level of competence. Our experience has taught us that all students, regardless of background, have needed an average of 2-3 years of study and practice after completing the training to become proficient in the Hakomi Method.
Does the Training Replace a Graduate Degree?
The training does not replace a graduate degree in counselling or psychology. Participants are therefore expected, as a minimum, to have some background in psychology, basic counseling, body work or allied health skills, and to have had personal therapy experience. Preference in the selection of applicants will be given to individuals with a strong background in these areas. Trainees are responsible for integrating Hakomi into their work in accordance with the laws and standards of their particular profession and jurisdiction.
Will I be able to practice psychotherapy at the completion of the Professional Hakomi Training?
There are three separate accrediting entities that affect your ability to practice: Hakomi of Europe, the European Association of Psychotherapy (which issues the European Certificate of Psychotherapy, ECP) and your Country of Residence. These are discussed below.
Hakomi of Europe
Hakomi of Europe authorizes graduates of the first three modules to call themselves Hakomi Graduates or Advanced Students of the Hakomi Method. Those who complete the supervision module (Module Four) may call themselves Hakomi Therapists. Those who choose to become Certified Hakomi Therapists must also submit DVDs of two sessions to two Hakomi Trainers or conduct a live session in front of two Trainers (or go through a supervisory process) who will determine if the sessions illustrate proficiency with the method. Hakomi Therapists (those who have completed all four modules) have also satisfied the training requirement towards the ECP, as the European Association of Psychotherapy accredits the Hakomi Training. Additional documentation may be needed (see below).
European Certificate of Psychotherapy
Students who want to obtain accreditation through the European Association of Psychotherapy (EAP) must complete the advanced supervision module plus an ECP supplemental module at the completion of the training. Those who have no college degree (or equivalent), and cannot yet document enough experience as a supervised therapist within an institution or in private practice, may have to wait until they fulfill these requirements. Once this requirement is satisfied, you may submit your application for the ECP at the European Association for Psychotherapy in Vienna (details are available at: www.europsyche.org/contents/13119/how-to-apply-for-an-ecp).
Country Practice Laws
Graduation from the Hakomi Training is independent of country licensure laws. Each of the European countries has separate laws that govern the practice of psychotherapy. Some have none. The ECP has little or no affect in countries that have existing licensure legislation, like Germany and Austria. The ECP is often recognized as a substitute for licensure in countries that have not yet regulated the profession. Please consult with the EAP in Vienna (www.europsyche.org) in regard to your country, since it issues the ECP. As an alternative, you can consult with the EABP (European Association of Body Psychotherapy, www.eabp.org) or their national sub-organization to identify the local accreditation guidelines.