Holding Space and Helping Hearts: CBC Advanced Skills Course

Holding Space and Helping Hearts: CBC Advanced Skills Course

Holding Space and Helping Hearts: CBC Advanced Skills Course

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Thursday, May 2nd  – Friday, May 3rd (8:00AM – 5:00PM)

An advanced program, taught by Dr. Joanne Cacciatore, for medical or mental health providers, CBC certified.

Providers are seeking more in-depth training on practice specific skills and creative, culturally sensitive care to those who are traumatically bereaved. This course will cover four specific areas:

  1. Relationship and safety in the therapeutic alliance;

  2. Contemplative approaches for in-depth work with traumatic grief;

  3. Ritual and metaphor; and

  4. A rudimentary overview of animal and nature-based methods


  1. Attendees will understand the steps of safety in the therapeutic alliance and define and enact the concept of space holding. They will be better prepared to work with clients experiencing traumatic grief in both client/family care and group work, engaging dialectical thinking and evaluation of outcome measures. Attendees will learn the structure of the ATTEND model’s egalitarian practice, learning how to build trust in the therapeutic alliance across varying religious, ethnic, and SES groups that present for care.
  2. Attendees will be able to describe and understand the ways in which the intersection of gender, culture, childhood adversity and trauma, and grief and loss affect individuals, families, and communities, even intergenerationally. They will describe risk and limitations to TAU and risk and limitations to more humanistic approaches, as well as the benefits of each. Students will learn and express knowledge of both culture and experiential differences in presenting clients and how those may affect preferences for care as well as acute and long-term outcomes. They will demonstrate an understanding of the import of relationships with self-other-animals-nature.
  3. Attendees will learn and practice meditative guidance and strategies for calming clients when aroused. They will learn to apply mindfulness-based theoretical models in working with highly vulnerable groups, such as ethnic and religious minorities and traumatized populations.
  4. Attendees will be able to define ritual and metaphor, and will have opportunities to plan, role play, and lead a ritual with others that is culturally sensitive and appropriate for traumatically bereaved clients.
  5. Through role play and practice, attendees will plan a human geographically based supportive counseling day, that includes agricultural activities, engagement with and care of animals in green spaces, creativity and ecotherapies (general green care), integrating the concept of ahimsa. Based on a review the literature, they will think critically about empirical evidence and discuss. They are expected to demonstrate evidence-based practice that is reflexive and adaptable to the nuances of personal, familial, contextual, and cultural differences during in-course role plays.
  6. Attendees will be able to describe and understand the context and policies that shape the provision of care to vulnerable groups such as barriers to care and culturally insensitive interventions. Using the ATTEND model for traumatic grief care, attendees will learn and practice attunement and mindfulness in the therapeutic relationship, trust building, egalitarianism, nuance and cultural awareness and sensitivity, and strategies for compassionate psychoeducation.
  7. Attendees will learn how to cultivate their own plan of mindfulness practice to reduce the risks of vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue for themselves and to improve outcomes for clients.

Space is limited due to the intimacy of this course.

16 continuing education credits provided. This training is being held near Sedona, Arizona, one of the most beautiful and sought after vacation cities in the world. Come a day or two early and enjoy the majesty of Sedona! Alliant International University is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Alliant maintains responsibility for the program and its content. Alliant is approved by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences to provide continuing education for MFTs and LCSWs (provider # PCE234). Please allow approximately 8-10 weeks for CEU’s to be processed following the course.

Registration is possible with or without CEUS.
Registration with CEUS: $620
Registration without CEUS: 495

During the course of this program, simple ‘continental’ vegan breakfast is available, vegan lunches will be provided. Dinner is on your own.



Saturday, May 4th  – Monday, May 6th (11am)

Registration: $450 (lodging not included)


Date And Time

2024-05-02 @ 08:00 AM to
2024-05-03 @ 05:00 PM


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