Engaging Adolescents with Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy


General Information

About This Workshop

How can we engage adolescents more effectively in psychotherapy?
Is it possible to apply mindfulness-based modalities to adolescents?
Can mindfulness-based interventions give teens a “buy-in” to therapy and the sense that therapy is really helping them?

In this two-day workshop, we will learn the following:   

  • How to understand the attitudes teens bring to therapy (and the rest of their world), and how to attune to the underlying needs.
  • How to build from this attunement a stronger therapeutic alliance.
  • How to teach mindfulness to adolescents.
  • How to use mindfulness to resource adolescents in ways that are unavailable to therapists who use talk therapy alone.
  • How to understand the intersubjective dynamics between the adult therapist and the adolescent client.
  • How therapists can use these dynamics to help teen feels more understood by the therapist and more empowered in their lives.

This workshop will be both didactic and experiential.  As part of this workshop, participants will engage their own experience as teenagers.  Please be prepared to work with psychological material that is unresolved from this critical time period.


About Hakomi
The Hakomi Method of Experiential Psychotherapy is an elegant, comprehensive and highly effective approach to human change. Hakomi combines mindfulness, the body, and present experience to access and transform deeply held, life-limiting core beliefs. For over 30 years Hakomi has pioneered and integrated the use of mindfulness in the psychodynamic process. It is backed by thousands of hours of clinical applications and research into the neurological underpinnings of mindfulness. Hakomi can be successfully applied throughout a wide range of therapeutic applications (such as individual, couples and family therapy, group work) as well as in educational settings to facilitate self-exploration and personal growth.

Please click here for more detailed information about the Hakomi Method.

For Whom
The workshop is open and relevant to clinicians and other professionals who work with youth.  As a pre-requisite, participants must attend at least one introductory workshop in the Hakomi Method.


Dates & Times
Saturday, April 25-26, 2015
9:30 am - 5:00 pm

San Rafael, CA

Early Enrollment: $250 by March 14, 2015
Standard Enrollment: $320

VISA & Mastercard accepted.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations received by mail or phone seven days in advance of a 1-day workshop or fourteen days in advance of a 2 or 3-day workshop will receive a full refund minus a $25 administrative fee. There will be no refunds for cancellations received after the cancellation deadline.

Continuing Education
MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs:  This course meets the qualifications for 12 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. CE provider: Hakomi Institute of California. Provider number: PCE 4355.

Nurses: This course meets the qualifications for 12 contact hours of continuing education for RNs. CE Provider Eva Giedt approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Provider number: 14707.  Eva Giedt is a co-sponsor of this training.

To Register
Click on the Register Now button at the bottom of this article.  Please register early as space is limited.

Registration deadline
April 23, 2015

More Information
Contact Hakomi Insitute of California at (415) 839-6788 or email


Shai Lavie, MA, MFT, is a Certified Hakomi Therapist and Teacher with a private practice in San Rafael. Shai has worked extensively with adolescents in a variety of treatment settings, including Braun Day Treatment, numerous school-based therapeutic groups, the Stepping Stones Project, and in the Teen and Family Program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center.  Shai also teaches mindfulness-based work with youth through Marin Mindfulness Institute.  He has conducted trainings at dozens of local agencies, universities, and counseling centers, and is adjunct faculty with Sofia University (formerly ITP) and JFK University. Shai has led dream groups and other transformational groups with adults and youth, as well as numerous wilderness-based Rites of Passage programs for adolescents. You can read articles from Shai Lavie in the Sept/Oct 2011 issues of Psychotherapy Networker (“Case Study”) and The California Therapist (“Mindfulness-Based Family Therapy”).