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council training ​for mental health professionals​

Are you a mental health professional in ​need of CE hours?

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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.

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learn to facilitate council

This workshop is an opportunity to develop your understanding of, fluency with and capacity to engage in and facilitate council -- a dialogic practice of authentic expression and attentive, mindful listening -- so as to integrate this methodology into professional settings and personal practice.

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experiential training with practical applications

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 various situations, ranging from clinical to organizational scenarios.

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.

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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 skillful embodiment of compassion in working with patients, interacting with colleagues and to benefit personal wellbeing and balance.

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learning objectives include

​15 CE credits are available for instructional time and course activities and and does not include breaks or mealtime.

  • 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 the basic, fishbowl and spiral forms of council; identifying 6-8 formats for council 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.

the smallprint

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.

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.

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our trainers

Foundation 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.

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council for healthcare providers

The benefits of council practice are available to all healthcare providers via our online Social Connection Councils. These council circles are open to everyone and encourage slowing down and bearing witness to our experience on the frontlines, keeping our communities healthy and safe.

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