M.E.T.A. Introductory Workshops

M.E.T.A. offers introductory workshops in professional mindful somatic therapies and personal development. They provide a taste of our unique experiential training orientation, and may serve as prerequisites to some of our trainings. Anyone is welcome to register for our introductory workshops without submitting an application. Participation in any of our trainings (our multi-week professional and personal growth trainings) requires a one-time application and approval. See individual training pages for more information.

Hakomi Primer

This introductory tutorial offers basic skills in Hakomi for professionals with no Hakomi skills who wish to enroll in M.E.T.A. Professional Skills Modules #2 – #6. This 5-hour, $150 workshop is offered on an as-needed basis, generally on a Friday evening or Saturday daytime, for between 2-5 participants. Offering this for one person can be customized on an individual basis. Contact Selin Strait, Training Coordinator, for more information. NBCC CEs available.

acep-300dpi-2M.E.T.A., LLC, has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6818. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. M.E.T.A., LLC, is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Mindfulness, Embodiment and Relationship: A M.E.T.A. Introductory Workshop

One Day
Saturday 10am-5pm May 13, 2017
$125
6 NBCC CE Available

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Donna Roy, LPC, CHT 

Location: 4531 SE Belmont St, Suite 300 Portland, OR 97215

M.E.T.A. weaves the classic Hakomi experiential, mindfulness-based psychotherapeutic method and the Re-Creation of the Self (R-CS) existential and state shifting model, with current interpersonal neurobiology (IPNB), attachment and trauma theories. M.E.T.A. embraces all this in an integrative framework that supports deep change. Relationship is the foundation of human development and of change in therapy. In this introductory workshop, Mindfulness, Relationship & Embodiment, offers a glimpse into the world of mindful, somatic, relational therapy. Using the Hakomi Mindful Somatic Therapy method as our base, and referencing attachment theory, participants will learn about and experience clinically applied mindfulness, explore how the body is a window into the unconscious, and practice explicit, nuanced ways to refine and enhance relational intelligence and skills. In this dynamic workshop you will learn: – precise techniques for applying mindfulness in counseling – how to see the physical body as a source of psychological material – ways to explore client relational templates and support healthy attachment This workshop is appropriate for experienced and new therapists, social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, and graduate students in helping professions. acep-300dpi-2M.E.T.A., LLC, has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6818. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. M.E.T.A., LLC, is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Embodying Presence and Embracing Possibility: A M.E.T.A. Introductory Workshop

2017
October 20-21
Hours TBA

$125

9 NBCC CE Available

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Deah Baird, ND, LPC, CHT  

Location: 4531 SE Belmont St, Suite 300 Portland, OR 97215

The present moment holds the key to all our possible futures, with the future being built through all of our moment by moment choices. It is easy to lose sight of this fundamental truth in our busy workaday world. The implicitly learned, unconsciously held assumptions about ourselves and how the world works can so easily sneak into the present moment and color our view of the world. We can get stuck in limiting patterns, unable to see past despair, resentment, disappointment or overwhelm. As therapists and healers, it is crucial that we are able to see past these limiting frameworks in ourselves and our clients. When we are able to land fully in the here and now, we can see the limiting patterns for what they are, notice and support the arising preference and move forward with embodied motivation.

M.E.T.A’s upcoming introductory workshop, Embodying Presence and Embracing Possibility, offers a glimpse into the world of mindful, somatic, relational therapy. Using the Hakomi Mindful Somatic Therapy method as our base, and referencing interpersonal neurobiology and the Re-creation of the Self model, participants will learn about and experience embodiment and mindfulness practices, explore how the body is a window into the unconscious, and practice explicit, nuanced ways of shifting from a stuck framework back toward possibility.

Mindful Experiential Therapy Approaches (M.E.T.A.), LLC, is both a theoretical framework and a training organization that offers exceptional trainings in clinically grounded, evidence-based experiential counseling methods. The M.E.T.A. orientation assumes clients are fundamentally whole, even though they often show up in our offices feeling wounded and somehow broken.

M.E.T.A. weaves the classic Hakomi experiential, mindfulness based psychotherapeutic method and the Re-Creation of the Self (R-CS) existential and state shifting model, with current interpersonal neurobiology (IPNB), attachment and trauma theories. M.E.T.A. embraces all this in an integrative framework that supports deep change.

In this dynamic workshop you will learn:

  • precise techniques for applying mindfulness in counseling
  • how to see the physical body as a source of psychological material
  • clinically applicable ways to explore client stuckness and shift toward preference and possibility

This workshop is appropriate for experienced and new therapists, social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, and graduate students in helping professions.

acep-300dpi-2M.E.T.A., LLC, has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6818. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. M.E.T.A., LLC, is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Touching Wholeness: A M.E.T.A Integrative Bodywork Introductory Workshop

One day
Dates, TBA

$125

no NBCC CE Available

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Nova Knutson, CHP, LMT

Location: 4531 SE Belmont St, Suite 300 Portland, OR 97215

Deeper than words, older than thoughts, more primary than memory, our first experiences in the womb were the touch of that inner ocean. In our cells, we never forget. Touch carries fundamental and healing meanings that can only be unlocked with awareness. Our work can help clients make strong and healing contact with their own unconscious depths and embodied wisdom if we know how to foster that awareness. Join Nova Knutson for a day of exploring the hidden healing potential of Massage, Energy and Manual therapies and the mysterious meanings of contact.

If you have wondered about M.E.T.A.’s Integrative Bodywork Program, this one day workshop is an excellent chance to get a feel for our orientation, try some of the techniques of the work and taste the unique experiential learning environment we create.

Clarity, Action, Satisfaction, and Peace: A M.E.T.A. Introductory Workshop

Friday, March 31, 2017
6:30 – 9:00 pm
and
Saturday, April 1, 2017
9:30 am – 5:30 pm

location TBA

$125

no NBCC CE Available

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Nova Knutson, CHT, LMT

Location: 4531 SE Belmont St, Suite 300 Portland, OR 97215

Each of us has formed a unique relationship to decision making, activity, rest, productivity, and procrastination. ….How we figure out what we want to do next; what we wish to get done; what we actually get done; what we did instead of what we wanted to do; did we let ourselves enjoy it along the way, and finally did we get to rest and take in the goodness of it once all was said and done….

The Sensitivity Cycle is a map of the cycle of Doing and Being that we can see mirrored in nature. Quiet, stillness, listening, restfulness leads to knowing/clarity. Knowing leads to effective, efficient and incisive action. Effective action leads to satisfaction, pleasure, enjoyment. Satisfaction leads to rest and stillness. When we don’t allow ourselves to complete one of these phases, the parts of the cycle that follow are impacted and our satisfaction is reduced.

Clarity:
How do you know what you want to do?
How do you get clear about what the next step is?
How easy is it for you to feel your own experience, to know your own mind?
How do you get clear when life is complex or confusing?

Action:
Once you are clear about what’s right for you, how easy is it to act on your knowledge?
How do you take effective action to move in the direction of your goals?
What is your relationship to productivity, procrastination, and change?

Satisfaction:
Once you take action, do you allow yourself to feel satisfied?
Are you getting deeply nourished by your efforts and accomplishments?
Are you able to take in the fruits of your labor and experience pleasure and contentment?

Peace/Rest:
What is your relationship to completion?
Do you allow yourself to finish a task and let it go clearly and fully?
When you complete an action do you get to rest and take it in before starting on the next project?
Do you allow for space, quiet, and restfulness in your day?

Join Nova Knutson, Certified Hakomi Teacher for a day-long exploration of The Sensitivity Cycle. Talks and experiential exercises help you get to know your unique relationship to the fundamental themes of knowing, doing, accomplishment, satisfaction and resting in contentment. This introduction gives participants a chance to study their habits and beliefs around these themes and practice new ways of being. This class is an intro to META’s upcoming personal growth training, You Are the Home You Have Been Looking For, finding your full self in connection, but is not required as a prerequisite.

Embodied Ethics: An Exploration of Relational Communication and Healthy Boundaries for LMTs and Body/Energy Practitioners

August 6, 2016
9am-5pm

$195

no NBCC CE Available

Register here (select M.E.T.A. Integrative Bodywork)

Nova Knutson, CHP, LMT

Location: 4531 SE Belmont St, Suite 300 Portland, OR 97215

Introduction to M.E.T.A.’s Integrative Bodywork training (Starting September 2016) and also meets Oregon Board of Massage Therapy’s new Ethics and Communication Requirement.

How do we balance between caring for our clients generously and respecting our own limits?
Do you find it challenging to say no when you need to?
Do you sometimes feel you have to choose between being powerful and feeling connected?

Join Hakomi Teacher, Nova Knutson for an experiential exploration of ethics and communication from the inside out. This engaging class offers a powerful and playful opportunity to work your own boundary and relationship edges and an introduction to the M.E.T.A. Integrative Bodywork Training starting in September. Ready to grow your capacity for boundaries and connection both in and out of your professional life? Don’t miss this one!

No drop ins. Advance registration is required.

The Power of Contact: M.E.T.A. Skills for Touch Therapists: A M.E.T.A. Integrative Bodywork Workshop

TBA

$195

no NBCC CE Available

Register here

Nova Knutson, CHP, LMT

Location: 4531 SE Belmont St, Suite 300 Portland, OR 97215

This class satisfies new LMT board renewal requirement for Ethics and Communication training.

Numerous studies in the helping professions have shown that clients make better progress when they feel their therapist is emotionally attuned and connected with them. In some arenas, relationship has been shown to have a stronger impact on client healing than training, experience or modality.

Harnessing the power of connection in our work is good for our clients and our practices. Clients who experience a felt sense of human connection are likely to get greater benefit from our work, more likely to return and more likely to refer others.

Some of the ways to create this felt sense of connection with your clients might surprise you. A therapeutic relationship is intimate, yet clearly structured; accepting, warm and caring yet professional; and wholly focused on meeting the client’s individual needs while still respecting the boundaries of the therapist. Energetic factors such as loving presence and intention are important, but there are also specific skills and knowledge needed to create relationships that are truly therapeutic to our clients.

In this two-day experiential workshop, students will….

  • Experience M.E.T.A. Integrative Bodywork’s unique whole-person approach to learning and to manual therapies.
  • Learn foundational theory and skills drawn from the science of the human attachment system.
  • Practice key M.E.T.A. techniques that you can use with your clients right away to create sessions that deeply matter in your clients’ lives.
  • Begin to develop advanced Hakomi verbal skills to make your sessions more relational and emotionally relevant.
  • Explore the ethical guidelines for creating safe and effective therapeutic relationships
  • Apply attachment concepts to yourself through direct experience and thereby grow your capacity for deep connection both in and out of your treatment room.

M.E.T.A. Integrative Bodywork offers increased depth and richness to the practice of bodywork and energywork. We teach body-practitioners the skills to safely and comfortably engage the whole person on the table. Whether you are new to these concepts or a seasoned relational practitioner, this class will help you deepen the impact and potential of your work with clients.

A Path Made by Walking: A M.E.T.A. Introductory Workshop

One weekend
Friday 5pm-8:30pm
Saturday 10am-5pm

September 8-9, 2017

$125

9.5 NBCC CE Available

Register here

Jessica Montgomery, MSW, CHT 

Location: 4531 SE Belmont St, Suite 300 Portland, OR 97215

“Traveller, the path is your tracks
And nothing more.
Traveller, there is no path
The path is made by walking.
By walking you make a path
And turning, you look back
At a way you will never tread again
Traveller, there is no road
Only wakes in the sea.”

Antonio Machado,
Border of a Dream: Selected Poems
Clients seek the expertise of counselors and guides when their own best efforts at self-improvement fall short, hoping someone has the answers. Yet, emerging research in brain plasticity demonstrates that open qualities such as mindful awareness, interpersonal attunement and curiosity best support states of psychological receptivity, ideal for evolving the mind-body system. The pressure to know can greatly impede the process of discovery – mindful curiosity is the antidote.

This weekend Introduction to Mindful, Experiential Therapy Approaches offers a model of change explicitly founded in a curious and compassionate therapeutic alliance. Through dynamic exercises, integrated lectures and experiential self-study, participants gain skills and insights immediately applicable to almost any change process. Appropriate for counselors, coaches, bodyworkers, wellness practitioners, leaders, teachers and anyone considering a career as a change agent. Co-facilitated by both a somatic counselor and a mindful bodyworker, this brief immersion serves as a prerequisite for further training with M.E.T.A. in Professional and Clinical Skills, Personal Growth or integrated Bodywork.

acep-300dpi-2M.E.T.A., LLC, has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6818. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. M.E.T.A., LLC, is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

M.E.T.A., LLC

4531 SE Belmont St, Suite 300
Portland, OR 97215
Training Center 503-450-9911
Counseling Clinic 503-450-9999

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