Courses to be offered for LI therapists seeking certification – now in planning stages

Work to rebuild the structure of Self within a client is the “core” of LI Therapy.  As much as the initial evaluation is crucial for defining what needs to be addressed in the treatment plan, the therapist must also be able to readjust his/her evaluation throughout the LI therapy.

The concept of a “solid core” is somewhat abstract for many people. Even if therapists can figure out what it means in neurological terms, the challenge is to have a concrete idea in terms of behaviors, emotional attitude, defense mechanisms and relationships patterns. The LI therapist must also have the ability to maintain assiduity with protocols used for building the Self structure, while also having the flexibility to feel the zone where it is “enough” for the client, and to know when to revisit previous protocols. Therapists must find the right balance between being firm in the therapeutic goal of rebuilding the client’s core self, and being flexible to attune with the client’s uniqueness.

Course material will include: Document and charts sent to participants before the course, a short evaluation of the course and a brief questionnaire about learning objectives.

Learning objectives – participants will be able to:

1. Recognize and define the criteria for assessing the strength of the Core structure.

  • a. Attachment style (quality of relationships)
  • b. Affect regulation
  • c. Self-observation ability
  • d. Self-love (self-esteem)

2. Evaluate these 4 criteria in a client and have a global perspective of the Self structure.

  • a. In the client general presentation (in therapy and outside)
  • b. During LI sessions.

3. Adjust the treatment plan according to the strength of the Core and according to what needs to be improved in the structure of Self (ex: choice of protocols).

4. Identify the common difficulties when using core building protocols

  • a. What should be avoided when the core is too fragile
  • b. When there is a stagnation in this process of building a solid Core

The process of Lifespan Integration and the frame of each protocol allows for the widening of a client’s window of tolerance whether the clinician is clearing trauma directly, or intentionally building in core strength.  The best results using LI occur when the clinician is able to manage their own WOT while containing the client’s arousals states within a session and during the course of the treatment plan.  The focus of this course is to define Window of Tolerance; increase clinicians’ skills in identifying and managing arousal states during an LI session; and creating treatment plans to expand clients WOT and self-regulation.

Learning objectives – participants will be able to:

  1. Define Window of Tolerance and how it relates to the main components of the polyvagal theory of the autonomic nervous system.
  2. Identify client symptoms when they are transitioning towards or have moved into hyper-arousal or hypo-arousal.
  3. Understand the importance of the LI clinician’s grounded presence and management of their own arousal states in an LI session.
  4. Have practical skills to move a client back towards their WOT in an LI session (directing the LI process).
  5. Identify how the LI structure works to widen the clients WOT within a session and throughout the treatment plan using various protocols to clear trauma activation in the nervous system and build core great coherence.
The client/therapist relationship and the coherence of the therapist are two key elements affecting therapeutic outcomes during LI. LI clinicians need a sufficient degree of personal coherence in order to aid clients in deepening their levels of coherence. The therapist’s capacity for emotional regulation, attunement to the client, personal authority and capacity to hold a healthy, energetic environment are the cauldron in which client change occurs during LI. In addition, therapists need to understand clients’ goals for therapy, determine levels of dissociation, and factor clients’ priorities into the therapeutic process.

The relationship created between the therapist and client ideally provides a safe framework for the client to access vulnerable states, to be the younger self during LI, and to trust that the counselor is directing a safe, healing process for the client’s benefit. This module will define and expand on methods for creating sufficient safety and authority within the counseling dyad. Attunement is a critical component of this process. Factors that influence the therapeutic relationship include the clinician’s theoretical lens, both parties’ history in therapy, levels of dissociation and the energetic environment created between client and therapist. The workshop invites participants to assess these elements within their theoretical framework as LI clinicians.

Learning objectives – participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the therapist’s role to create a grounded, energetic environment for therapy
  2. Understand the importance of tracking and attuning to a client throughout a session
  3. Recognize and respond to transference and counter-transference
  4. Identify and respond to resistance
  5. Understand the importance of being directive in therapy, thus integrating the clients’ goals for therapy  with the clinician’s expertise.
  6. Evaluate the need for personal LI work.

This module aims at helping the participants develop skills needed to become an LI supervisor / consultant, and especially how to organize and conduct group consultation. We will review knowledge and practice about active learning and, by experiencing active learning, work on how it can be applied to consultation groups. We will also consider how group dynamics apply to consultation groups, how to enhance positive group dynamics, foster safety in the group so counter-transference issues can be discussed and give feedback. This will also lead us to approach how to manage consultation groups, including time and participant management.

Finally, we will review the criteria that need to be assessed in perspective of a participant’s certification, particularly how to assess a participant’s solid core / fragmentation in the context of a consultation.

Course material will include: Document sent to participants before the course, and a short evaluation of the course.

Learning objectives – participants will be able to: 

  1. Understand the advantages of active learning and how the brain learns better by being active rather than receiving information without experiencing it
  2. Applying active learning to consultation groups: working on clinical cases, the interest of rehearsing LI skills (being directive, client education, attunement, phrasing, session time management…)
  3. Understanding group dynamics and how they apply to consultation groups; understanding the parallel between fragmented minds and fragmentation in groups
  4. Developing time and participant management
  5. Enhancing safety in groups, working on counter-transference and on giving feedback
  6. Developing skills for certification criteria assessment (i.e.: identifying how solid a participant’s core is, etc.)

As LI therapists we are working with traumatized persons, presenting often complex symptoms and dissociative behaviour linked to preverbal trauma and attachment issues. This calls for a solid understanding of the client’s profile before starting the LI therapy itself. Being able to assess the client’s degree of inner coherence and to establish a treatment plan accordingly represents a major asset. The more fragile a client’s body-mind system, the more the settings of the initial conditions will affect the therapy’s progression and outcome.

We will start by identifying the type of profile corresponding to our client’s profile:

  1. Quite coherent clients with a basis of secure attachment
  2. Medium traumatized and coherent clients with an insecure attachment
  3. Heavily traumatized/unstable/fragmented patients with a very insecure or disorganized attachment

This information will enable us to establish the initial treatment plan, deciding whether trauma resolution or structure building will be the priority issue. Furthermore, we will discuss how to explain the treatment plan to the client and how much we will share about our understanding of his situation.

The course material will include: theory, charts, documents sent to participants prior to the course, a short evaluation of the course, an evaluation of teaching objectives.

Completion certificates will be issued for each completed course.

Course is open to: Completed level 2 LI trainings or more (incl. certified therapists)


NOTE* – These courses are ONLY for CERTIFIED THERAPISTS including those working toward CONSULTANT status.

None at present

NOTE* – These courses are ONLY for completed level 2 LI trainings or more (incl. certified therapists)

None at present