The nature of working to such depth and vulnerability with other humans is life changing and a deep honor. Any practitioners wanting to take this program will run into their own traumas, stuck places, fear and shame. While the nature of this work is serious and important, we will rely on playfulness, humor and not taking ourselves too seriously as we transform and remember who we really are.
All classes will take place Friday evening from 6-9 p.m. Saturday from from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Registration is closed for the 2018/2019 year. Interested in the 2019/2020 program? Let us know here, and we’ll let you know when registration opens.
Maps & Methods
August 16-18, 2019
This class lays a foundation for the entire program and starts to answer the questions of “How do we approach the process of psychospiritual development and transformation?“ “How do we move beyond dealing with symptoms, whether psychologically or physically, and help humans reconnect to their inherent power, freedom, playfulness and joy?” Maps allow us to see where we have come from, where we're at, and where we might want to move next. Maps can assist us in seeing our default settings and draw that which lives in the subconscious into our awareness. Awareness is the first step of transformation. The two main maps in this program are the Enneagram and the five personality patterns.
Methods are a particular treatment for accomplishing or unearthing something. In this program, all methods allow us to open something up, dig into the subconscious, integrate new pathways or make shifts in the mind, heart or body. The primary methods we will work with include holistic counseling, grounding through bodywork, and working with the Aikido-based jo. We will also work with somatic therapies and un-armoring the body as a method for transformation. This class drives home the point of practitioner heal thyself. Our dedication to our own internal growth is foundational to be able to assist others on their journeys.
The 5 Personality Patterns
September 13-15, 2019
We all have a default setting used to shift energy internally when we don’t feel safe. While “in pattern” we are not able to deeply connect to our authentic selves or others. Understanding how to assist clients in acknowledging their own personality pattern and understanding practices to assist movement out of pattern is an incredible tool in reconnecting. This map is based on the work of Freud, Wilhelm Reich and Steven Kessler. This course equips practitioners to identify their own patterns and to skillfully work with their clients' personality patterns. You will learn the personality patterns through observation and feeling your own embodied experience of the patterns.
Personality Patterns Part 2
October 11-13, 2019
This class presents an even deeper dive into the patterns and the developmental stages they are associated with as well as somatic and experiential exercises to learn to move out of pattern. As we learn to recognize our own patterns and move out of them into presence, we are able to more skillfully act as a mirror to the people we work with. As we teach clients how to move out of their overwhelmed and fearful state, we impart an incredible tool for healing.
November 8-10, 2019
Through a simple and effective technique, holistic counseling is a course that teaches practitioners how to ask non-directive questions and bring awareness to the client. By allowing clients to journey into their own story and subconscious, they are often able to identify patterns and beliefs that are no longer serving them. Through this gentle yet powerful technique, profound shifts in awareness can occur in as little as one session. Dr. Moshe has been teaching the course to practitioners all over North America for nearly a decade.
The Enneagram as a Tool for Inquiry and Transformation
January 3-5, 2020
This course will introduce students to the Enneagram, which is a map for psychospiritual development that allows us to understand how we have become trapped and estranged from our essential nature. In the Vitalist School, the Enneagram is taught not as a personality typing tool, rather as a map directing us back to our essence. The Enneagram invites us to look deeply into our essential nature while simultaneously confronting the brutal reality of our egoic fixations. We will explore how our own dominant personality orientations are strengths and weaknesses to how we work with our clients, as well as explore our unexamined aversions and addictions. We will cover how to assist clients in determining their dominant orientation, which starts a self-noticing process within them, as well as the most skillful ways to work with individual clients. Practitioners will learn some of the most useful questions and practices for each type, as well as the somatic and energetic patterns that each orientation presents. This class dives into the map of the Enneagram, allowing practitioners to move skillfully and deliberately alongside their client's transformative process.
Somatic Unarmoring and Trauma
Jan 31-Feb 2, 2020
This course will allow participants to practice holistic counseling and skills from the previous courses as well as help clients drop more deeply into their felt experience. Somatic practices are ways to learn from the body as opposed to learning through the mind. Practitioners will work with basic therapeutic somatic un-armoring techniques to assist client in centering and opening.
We are all survivors of trauma to some degree. Students will learn how trauma shows up in the body and in a session. It's important as practitioners that we know how to support clients as traumatic experiences are felt and replayed. Practitioners will also learn how to identify when additional support on a case is required.
Feb 28-Mar 1, 2020
Sometimes talking is not a great option. When clients come in feeling fragile, anxious or riled up, digging deeper often does not serve them. This is a time where helping a person to ground and settle is a great option. Additionally, in cases of abuse and childhood trauma, simply talking is not the best option for processing. This class will offer a basic protocol for grounding and centering a client who is really struggling. These basic techniques address the fascial system, craniosacral system and subtle energies and allow touch and connection to occur while using other methods learned in the program. This course teaches practitioners to use somatic therapy as a simple grounding process or a tool to allow clients to journey more deeply within themselves.
Bringing it all Together
March 27-29, 2020
This entire weekend allows for practice and coaching. We will bring the courses together and move seamlessly between mind, emotions and body, allowing plenty of time to practice on each other and with live cases. Practitioners will be able to integrate and apply all that they have learned.
Because of the depth of material we are working through in this course, your time outside of class reading and studying will be a great asset to embodying the information, though no one will be checking on you. You can start reading the books as soon as you decide to take the program. Recommended books are incredibly rich and dense, and it wouldn't hurt to read them multiple times.
Holistic Counseling - Introducing "The Vis Dialogue": Breakthrough Healing Method Uniting The Worlds Of Mind-Body Medicine & Psychology
By Moshe Daniel Block
The 5 Personality Patterns: Your Guide to Understanding Yourself and Others and Developing Emotional Maturity
By Steven Kessler
The Wisdom of the Enneagram: The Complete Guide to Psychological and Spiritual Growth for the Nine Personality Types
By Don Richard Riso, Russ Hudson
"As a practitioner, teacher, and educator, I hold my own spiritual evolution with great reverence. For me, it is a social responsibility to the work I provide in the world. Choosing to work with Micah McLaughlin on a soul level was deeply intentional and in alignment with my work personally and professionally. I am better equipped consciously, what is mine and what is not mine when working with clients. I am supported and guided to authentically step into my life's work because I work with Micah."
– Raechel Morrow
"To try to put in to words what working alongside Micah has done to bring me transformation on the deepest level seems like an impossible task, but then again, I never believed I could be free from all that oppressed me either… How do you describe to someone what waking up feels like until you have woken? How do you express what freedom can come from awareness without judgment? Or when you realize you are not your own worst enemy, and you are separate from your inner critic? Most importantly, how do you describe the feeling when you meet yourself again, on a soul level, after years of being apart? Its Joy. Its Hope. Its Freedom.
Micah has been the mirror for me to see myself clearly, and without judgment. He is not the one who did the hard work for me, I did that by showing up for myself time and time again. But if it were not for the way in which Micah showed up as a practitioner I don’t know that such radical transformation could have happened in the way it did.
Eternally grateful for the work you have done on yourself Micah and the work you are doing for others to bring freedom in to this world!" – Becky Devries