Relational Attunement, Rupture and Repair
With Sharon Beckman-Brindley and Phyllis K. Hicks
May 5 - 10, 2019
A Retreat for Psychotherapists and Health Professionals* based on Insight Dialogue
As clinicians and health professionals, skill with relational attunement and repair has been well documented as essential to our clients’ healing. Attunement is the ability to read one’s own and another’s signals, to interpret them accurately and to respond with flexibility and fluidity to the signals sent. Wise attunement also includes the ability to recognize and skillfully repair the inevitable misattunements, or ruptures that are normal in all relationships and that can result in the breakdown, both internally and externally, of collaborative and coherent relationship with oneself and others.
A stable personal practice of mindfulness is a well-established clinical skill in increasing clients’ attunement, both internally and in relationship as it improves the calm identification of one’s own – and others’ – difficult emotions and habitual stories as well as the direct experience of relational connection and disconnection. Insight Dialogue practice applies these skills more directly and deeply into relationship itself. Especially for those who have histories of trauma, the benefits of mindfulness plus the strong relational components of dialogue practice can stabilize a kind awareness that supports insight, deep healing, wise action, and release of unwholesome patterns. Practicing in this way clients can demonstrate courage, confidence, and protection from self and other views that otherwise might lead to overwhelm and isolation.
In this retreat, we will apply the relational meditation guidelines of Insight Dialogue to bring mindfulness and unconditional presence to the moment-to-moment contemplations of relational attunement, rupture and repair. We will directly practice the application of these guidelines to the often-challenging content and the disruptive relational patterns that can appear with our clients who present every dimension of suffering and clinical distress.
While offered as a professional training, this program is presented primarily in retreat form. Noble silence is practiced through most of the retreat except when we are actively in dialogue practice together.
Continuing Education Credit (CE)
*CE credits will be offered for beginner, intermediate and advanced practitioners in the following disciplines through Commonwealth Educational Seminars. No CEs will be available for partial attendance. It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards to verify CE requirements for their state.
Psychologists: Commonwealth Educational Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Commonwealth Educational Seminars maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Psychologists receive 28.0 hours of continuing education credit upon completing this program.
Social Workers: Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Social Workers. Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for Social Workers. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Social Workers completing this program will receive 28.0 clinical hours of continuing education credit.
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists: Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists. Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for LMFTs. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content. LMFTs completing this program will receive 28.0 hours of continuing education credit.
Licensed Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors: Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Licensed Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors. Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for LPCs/LMHCs. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content. LPCs/LMHCs completing this program will receive 28.0 hours of continuing education credit.
Nurses: As an American Psychological Association approved provider CES programs are accepted by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Every state Board of Nursing accepts ANCC approved programs except California and Iowa, however CES is also an approved Continuing Education provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing, (Provider Number CEP15567) which is also accepted by the Iowa Board of Nursing. Nurses completing this program receive 28.0 CE hours of credit.
Grievance and Accessibility
Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) seeks to ensure equitable treatment of every person and to make every attempt to resolve grievances in a fair manner. If there is a grievance which you would like addressed, please submit it in writing to Sharon Beckman-Brindley, , 434.296.2350. Grievances will receive, to the best of our ability, corrective action in order to prevent further problems.
Shalom House Center is handicap accessible. Individuals needing other special accommodations, please contact:
In the event you need to cancel your registration, notification must be provided in writing to Fees will be returned to you as follows:
- For notices received before April 1, your entire payment, minus $50, will be returned to you.
- For notices received on April 1 or after, your entire payment, minus $50, will only be refunded if your space can be filled. There is no refund if you leave the retreat early.
Sharon Beckman-Brindley, Ph.D., is an Insight Dialogue Teacher who has taught Insight Dialogue retreats worldwide. She also is a co-founder and senior teacher of the Insight Meditation Community in Charlottesville, VA. A clinical psychologist with over 30 years of both meditation experience and practice as a psychotherapist, she has a special…
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Phyllis Hicks, DMin, NCLPC is an Insight Dialogue Teacher and teaches Insight Dialogue retreats worldwide. She is a co-author of the Interpersonal Mindfulness Program and serves on Metta Programs Teachers’ Council. Phyllis is a licensed psychotherapist. For thirty years she has brought together Eastern and Western understandings of psychology and…
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