(council training level one/CT1)

foundations of council training

Learn to facilitate council circles, refresh your knowledge and dive in deeper to your own experience of council.

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Explore the fundamentals of council practice through this 16-hour experiential workshop teaching foundational council elements, modalities, and forms of council practice, as well as extensive immersion in the practice.

learn to facilitate council

Develop your fluency and capacity to practice and offer council circles. Learn how to bring this practice into your personal life, profession and communities.

This 16-hour offering, led by two Certified Council Trainers, is a powerful and inspiring introduction to the practice of council and offers an experiential opportunity to work with the basic elements, modalities, and forms.

Click below to see upcoming dates, locations, fees and registration details.

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experiential training with practical applications

Beyond Us & Them's Foundations of Council Training (CT1) offers instruction in an array of preparatory mindfulness activities, breathing and focusing exercises and ice-breakers, as well as extensive explanation of the context, history and uses of forms of council practice in a variety of settings, including classrooms, boardrooms, prisons, communities and personal relationships.

This workshop presents a variety of modalities and forms of council that can be useful in diverse settings and offers multiple experiential opportunities throughout the workshop to practice, witness and facilitate councils.

FOUNDATIONs of COUNCIL TRAINING

what we cover

This training workshop covers the history, fundamentals, and nuances of the forms and modalities of council, as well as the pedagogy, intentions, and language used to introduce the practice to others.

In addition to a grounding in the basic procedures and modalities of council, broader applications to a variety of scenarios will be explored, along with the benefits of a skillful embodiment of compassion to benefit personal well-being and balance.

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pricing

  • early bird pricing usually ends 30 days before the workshop date. Check individual workshops for details.
add ons
CE Processing: $50.00

The course meets the qualifications for 15 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. With the CE-Certificate Processing, you can earn valuable continuing education credits while attending our transformative Council Training; the add-on covers processing of 15 CE credits and provides required documentation.

Where Compassion Begins: $18.00

Where Compassion Begins: Foundational Practices to Enhance Mindfulness Attention and Listening from the Heart, is an informative and interactive book written by Jared Seide. It is filled with activities, prompts and resources to help you learn and practice council at your own pace.

Read more about it here.

Lunch, coffee, and snacks are included. Overnight accommodations is not included.

 

Donations and program fees support Beyond Us & Them’s ability to offer transformative programming to incarcerated men and women, law enforcement, healthcare workers, educators and community leaders. ​

 

Refund Policy
Fees are fully refundable within 7 days from the purchase date and can be transferred and applied to another training offered by Beyond Us & Them up until 30 days before the original event date. Fees are non-refundable and non-transferable if canceled within 30 days of the training.
To request a cancelation or transfer please contact us. Requests will be processed within ten business days. If Beyond Us & Them cancels, participants will have the option to transfer fees or receive a full refund for the cost of the training.

upcoming workshops

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June 1-2, 2024

Pacific Palisades, CA

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October 19-20, 2024

Highland Park, CA

international workshops

Periodically, we offer council workshops internationally. In 2024 we will be offering workshops in France and Ireland. Please contact us for details and to be notified of dates.

other council training workshops

deepening council training

advanced facilitation tools

Deepen your practice, explore council’s application in a variety of settings, and focus on how to address challenging situations in council, as well as your own triggers and blind spots.

living council training

embodying the way of council

For experienced practitioners who are ready to more deeply explore becoming a steward of council. This course explores where the practice of council ends and living council begins.

Not sure which workshop is right for you? See our guidance and comparison page

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our trainers

Council Training Workshops are led by two Certified Council Trainers. Our circle of certified trainers have extensive experience leading culturally competent, trauma-informed workshops and trainings in the practice of mindfulness and council.

All have demonstrated mastery of required core competencies and abide by a rigorous Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics, which provides guidelines regarding integrity, honesty, lawfulness, professional behavior and boundaries, conflicts of interest as well as a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

To learn more about Beyond Us & Them's affiliated trainers click below.

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CAMFT APPROVED CONTINUING EDUCATION PROVIDER

council training ​for mental health professionals

Are you a mental health professional in ​need of CE contact hours? Our Foundations of Council Training offers a thorough introduction to the pedagogy and practice of council and offers 15 CE credits for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs.

This workshop is an opportunity to develop your understanding of, fluency with and capacity to engage in and facilitate council.

Further information for those seeking Mental Health Continuing Education (CE) CREDITS:

learning objectives include

  • identifying and describing methodologies for regulating breath and stress and creating a container for reflection on personal motivation; explaining the five elements and four intentions of council practice

 

  • identifying the four planes of awareness and demonstrating the ability to assess one's own physical, mental, emotional, and energetic states

 

  • creating a council center and explaining the value of council talking pieces

 

  • forming council prompts and articulating the four factors that make for a successful prompt

 

  • distinguishing three or more critical elements of council practice and effective facilitation
  • distinguishing 6-8 formats for council (including the basic, fishbowl and spiral forms) and explaining how these are utilized in varied settings

 

  • identifying the physiological differences between sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system activation

 

  • demonstrating two or more techniques for interrupting the stress response and augmenting the parasympathetic response

 

  • identifying two or more factors that encourage appropriate disclosure and vulnerability

 

  • identifying two or more valuable take-aways from the workshop.

​Course completion certificates will be awarded upon request and sent via email approximately five business days after completion of the course and submission of the evaluation.

CAMFT Approved Continuing Education Provider 

Beyond Us & Them (CAMFT approval number 1000178) delivers programs and trainings that promote communication, enhance well-being, build community and foster compassion. Utilizing science-based methodologies, we offer a wide range of programming that integrates compassion-based skills and practices that engender greater self-awareness and self-regulation and that cultivate skillful communication, leading to more authentic, positive relationships with self, others and the environments in which we live and work.

CE Credits

This course meets the qualifications for 15 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Center for Council is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs. Beyond Us & Them maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. For more information or special needs, email us: contact@beyondusandthem.org

Refund Policy: Fees are fully refundable within seven days from the purchase date and can be transferred and applied to another training offered by Beyond Us & Them up until 30 days before the original event date. Fees are non-refundable and non-transferable if canceled within 30 days of the training. To request a cancellation or transfer please contact us. Requests will be processed within ten business days. If Beyond Us & Them cancels, participants will have the option to transfer fees or receive a full refund for the cost of the training.

Grievance Policy: Grievances shall be submitted by email to contact@beyondusandthem.org, and you will receive a response from staff within five business days. Please forward any requests for accommodation for a disability to that email address, as well.

EXPERIENCE COUNCIL for yourself

online social connection councils

The benefits of council practice are available to all via our online Social Connection Councils. These council circles are open to everyone and take place regularly each month.

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