Special Events

Mindfulness and the Core Technologies of Transformation 1

We are no longer taking registrations for this class/event.
Apr 1 (Fri)
9:00am - 12:30pm
Santa Monica
SPECIAL NOTE: This event is presented in 2 parts and although it is preferable to attend both, it is not a requirement. Taking either day singularly will still be beneficial. You must register for each day of this workshop.


*CEUs - This course meets the qualification for 3.5 hours of continuing education credit for LCSW, MFT, LEP and LPCC licenses, approved by the CA Board of Behavioral Sciences, Provider No. PCE 5755 (through CompassionLA).

The resources for generating happiness, resiliency, and creativity, and healing trauma live in our somatic core self. Accessing these resources facilitates the healing of painful experiences stored in the brain-mind neural pathways.

New breakthroughs in the fields of mindfulness & interpersonal neuro-biology of mind-body experience along with the developments of creative thinking, and positive psychology hold the view that trauma causes the activation of arousal in the sympathetic nervous system leaving the client or self in a constant state of anxiety, fear, depression and pain.

When the nervous system is not optimally operating, blockages can lead to more pain and suffering. When we intervene with a combination of Mindfulness Practices, Ericksonian Trance, and Somatic Mind-Body Approaches we generate a new super-positional field of creative awareness often referred to as the flow state.

In this workshop we will explore these advances in neuro-biological thinking to see the importance of utilizing the symptoms of creative blocks, extended pain, suffering, and trauma to directly access the underlying core affliction.

By incorporating mindfulness practices, Buddhist psychology, trance-work and somatic release practice we will discover how to re-regulate the dis-regulated affective experience from repressed pain to a somatic healing flow state.

In addition participants will learn:

    - Treatment methods to release pain, suffering, trauma by utilizing Ericksonian Hypnosis, Mindfulness Practices and Somatic Mind-Body Orientations.
    - Clinical skills of tracking, pacing, and utilization of the symptom for accessing the unconscious.
    - The use of storytelling, metaphor and rapid trance induction for framing, re-framing and de-framing the somatic-affective experience into new body-mind-energy healing rhythms.
    - Naturalistic hypnotic trance, guided mindfulness meditations and healing metaphors for generating new learnings in body-mind healing therapies.
    - The use of generative trance states for accessing one's core creativity, peak flow states and inner resources.
    - How to deepen concentration, promote insight, and develop presence through mindfulness meditation practices (insight and non-dual).
    - New skills to use language as a transformational tool for change.
    - How to use positive antidote remedies for self-healing.
    - How to develop the tool of "mindstrength," the ability to calm your thoughts and emotions, even in uncertain times.


Ron Alexander, Ph.D., is a psychotherapist, leadership coach, mindfulness trainer, and the Executive Director of the OpenMind Training Institute in Santa Monica, California. He leads international trainings and workshops in Europe, Russia, Japan, Canada, Australia and United Kingdom as well as nationally throughout the USA. His unique method combines mindfulness with positive psychology and creative thinking into a comprehensive integrated mind-body program. He is the author of widely acclaimed book, Wise Mind, Open Mind: Finding Purpose and Meaning in Times of Crisis, Loss and Change (New Harbinger, 2009). He co-authored with Elisha Goldstein Ph.D., Mindfulness Based Psychotherapy: Mindfulness, Trauma and Trance in the Wiley Blackwell Handbook on Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, pub. 2014 and also co-authored with Marjorie Rand, PhD, in The USA Body Psychotherapy Journal, Mindfulness-Based Somatic Psychotherapy. www.ronaldalexander.com
Location Details:
InsightLA Olympic
1430 Olympic Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Please note: Parking is metered every day from 9AM - 6PM, except on Sunday.
*This site is equipped with a chair lift for persons with limited mobility.
Contact teacher:
Contact by email (expect responses Monday - Friday, only)
Enrollment Limit:
80 | There are still openings for this program.
Items to Bring:
Contact Information:
programs@insightla.org or 310-450-1821
We are no longer taking registrations for this class/event.