Curriculum

The curriculum of our 2-year training program is made up of 4 separate and complementary courses. If you take all 4, you are eligible for professional certification.

You commit to only one course at a time. In fact, we welcome people who just want to take specific courses as well as people who train for FOT certification.

Each of the 4 courses is offered two (or more) times so you can customize your training schedule. How you schedule these courses is up to you.

The 4 courses are as follows:


Treating Trauma and Addiction with the Felt Sense Polyvagal Model with Jan Winhall

In this 6-month certificate program, we explore the intersection of trauma and addiction and how to address both with an embodied approach.

Participants of this course will be in Focusing partnerships and become part of a growing supportive community of like-minded therapists who understand the importance of a polyvagal lens in working with clients.

In addition to play-on-demand lectures, there will be six live monthly zoom classes, as well as monthly Focusing with your assigned partner.

When:
– The next cohort begins on May 6, 2023
– There will be another one in January 2024

See more info & enrollment.


Embodied Experiential Dreamwork courses with Leslie Ellis

There are two versions of this course:

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Advanced full-year course:

This program is a deep dive into the world of dreams, and a clear path to learning how to engage yourself and guide others in embodied experiential dreamwork practices.

Upon completion of this program, you will be able to confidently engage with your own dreams and the dreams of others, both one-on-one and in groups. And you will be able to help those who suffer from trauma-related nightmares to not only reduce nightmare frequency and distress but also PTSD symptoms.

The full-year advanced course leads to an Advanced Certificate in Dreamwork in addition to IFT/FOT certification.

When: The next cohort begins on March 22, 2023

See more info & enrollment.

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Six-month intensive:

For those who want to learn how to use Focusing to create a rich, immersive process into client dreams and imagination, this course provides a deep dive into these methods in a compact version. Students will learn and practice three ways of engaging experientially with dreams and will have a chance to practice these methods in class and with each other between sessions. There will be a focus on finding and embodying the resources that can be found within dreams themselves and applying this to navigate the depths of any dream, including nightmares. 

This 6-month course satisfies the requirements of IFT/FOT certification. The start date will be in September, and the half-day classes will run from 9:30 to noon (Pacific). 

When:
– The next cohort begins September 2023
– There will be another one in 2024

Contact leslie@drleslieellis.com to be added to the waitlist and/or to receive more information as details are available. 


Sunflower Mind: The embodied & relational edge of Focusing-oriented therapy with Serge Prengel

Focusing is based on our ability to experience and process a bodily felt sense. This course describes what makes this possible, how it relates to fostering therapeutic change, and how to apply it effectively in therapy. 

The Sunflower Mind metaphor reflects the focus on interaction, as opposed to one-person psychology. It is informed by the Polyvagal Theory, the neuroscience conception of the mind as an embodied relational process, and a somatic approach to trauma.

This is an experiential course. We will explore the physicality of our relational patterns, and how to harness the transformative power of creatively working with embodied experience. 

In addition to our sessions together as a group, you will be assigned to ongoing Focusing partnerships between sessions. 

When:
– The next cohort begins April 2023
– There will be another one in the Spring of 2024

See more info & enrollment.


The DNA of change: Focusing-oriented process group for therapists with Serge Prengel

This process group fosters experiential integration of what you know about yourself and what you know about therapy. It works at several levels.

One level is to integrate what happens clinically with clients and what it brings up for you personally. Our exploration straddles personal process and supervision, based on the idea that what we encounter with our clients is a rich source of personal and professional growth. 

Another level is using Focusing in creative ways during the process group. This gives you the opportunity to fine-tune your Focusing skills to better fit your personal and professional needs.

In addition to our sessions together as a group, you will be assigned to ongoing Focusing partnerships between sessions. 

When:
– The next cohort begins October 2023
– There will be another one in the Fall of 2024

See more info & enrollment.


You do not enroll in the program as a whole. You enroll in a specific course, using the “more info & enrollment” links above.

We would appreciate your letting us know if you intend to do the whole program. This is not a commitment, just a way of introducing yourself. Please use the application form.