Hakomi Multi-Level Training will cover the following key points:
Students must demonstrate a certain level of competency in the above four key areas and in the following elements of the Hakomi method after completion of a Hakomi training combined with extensive practical experience:
Considerable emphasis is placed on the presence and self-awareness of the practitioner, and on the subtle aspects of intelligent compassion and an experimental attitude. The creative use of your personal style is encouraged 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-effortful manner and to respond appropriately to the nonverbal signals about what is needed are the foundation of a good Hakomi session. The keys, in short, are loving presence, mindfulness, tracking, contact, the effective use of an experimental attitude to assist another in their journey of self-discovery, and the identification and creation of an appropriate nourishing “missing experience”.
The current process for certification as a Hakomi practitioner is as follows:
The applicant needs to demonstrate, either in person or by recorded sessions, skillfulness in the criteria described above to the satisfaction of two Hakomi trainers. This process may require several submissions with supervision over a period of several months to a year or more and occurs following completion of training. This can be accomplished most effectively if the applicant practices regularly with clients and also works with one or more peers getting feedback and peer supervision until there is a consistent enough level of proficiency to submit recordings of sessions. Peer feedback is a way to screen recordings before submission and to demonstrate to the trainers that the applicants and their peers know what a skillful Hakomi session looks like. It is highly recommended that, as a first step, an applicant send a copy of the recording they intend to submit for certification to a peer. The peer is asked to watch the recording and ascertain that it shows the following features:
The recorded sessions need to have good audio and video quality and must be accompanied by a written transcript to ensure that everything can be heard and understood. Both the practitioner and the client need to be visible. The recording should include one full session start to finish (usually 40 minutes to one hour) with a written transcript and self-evaluation in the form of a written commentary about the session, describing the session in Hakomi terms.