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Practical Psychotherapy

June 18 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm PDT

Practical Psychotherapy
A Tool Box for Your Practice

Joni Lavick, LMFT

June 18, 2022
1:00 pm – 5:00 PM PST

A Somatically Safe Event

$99 – Tuition


This workshop is designed to give you ideas you can immediately integrate into your practice.

All the sections are based my conviction that what is healing about psychotherapy is first and foremost the relationship between you and your client. Whatever your theoretical orientation or the techniques you utilize in your practice it is the relationship that heals. I am also a firm believer in the connection between body and mind in psychotherapy, which leads to the necessity to understand both the top down and bottom up approach.

The first section is my idea of a Swiss Army Knife for your practice. It is based on my 35 years of experience as a psychotherapist. I call it my Universal Treatment Plan. It describes overarching goals and objectives for all your clients irrespective of their DSM diagnosis. The plan also includes my hand curated reading list. This section also includes a discussion of how we as therapists describe the work we do and how that understanding is critical that is to our own effectiveness. 

The second section will be an explanation of somatic practice and what you need to know to incorporate somatic interventions with your client in your sessions. The integration of body sensations are imperative to the healing of our clients. You will learn the basic techniques to help your clients create new neural pathways for healing.

Section three is a healthy relationship assessment. This tool presents a directive approach to couple assessment and leads to a treatment plan for relationship repair.

In the fourth section I will discuss working relationally with “Trust Me They’re Going to Say It.”  This is a list of common phrases frequently used by clients and demonstrates how to use them for relational interventions that deepen the therapeutic connection in the intersubjective frame.

There will be demos for each section and ample opportunity for questions. I can also guarantee discussions of attachment strategies our clients use. I can’t do it any other way! 

At the end of the workshop you will be able to form a useful treatment plan for all your clients, you will have an understanding of somatic interventions, you will be able to provide a directive assessment of couple disruptions, and you will have practical ideas for working intersubjectively with your clients.

Please join us for a fun four hours!

$99 – Tuition



Joni Lavick, MFT maintains a private practice in Santa Monica. She is a clinical supervisor at Counseling West, and Antioch University, and works with families coping with addiction at The Canyon Recovery Center.

She is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles with a Master’s in Counseling Psychology and has a Bachelors degree in Social Work from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

Joni’s philosophy and clinical practice is asset-based, integrates body and mind, and holds that it is the therapeutic relationship that heals. Her Universal Treatment Plan is the distillation of 35 years of training and experience to help clients grow through identifying strengths and enhancing resources.

Joni has been working with HIV positive individuals since 1988. In 2005 she received a National HIV Leadership Award from thebody.com. The Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Psychotherapists Association’s honored her expertise and advocacy in 2000, with their Annual Community Service Award. She is a former Director of Mental Health Services at the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center.  Joni is a member of the teaching faculty at the Insight Center in Los Angeles.

She has over 30 years of experience treating individuals with sexual compulsivity, methamphetamine addiction, alcoholism and other substances, depression and anxiety. Currently she serves on the board of The Women’s Association for Addiction Treatment.

In addition to her expertise with HIV, addiction, and LGBT issues, she has special training in the scoring and administration of Mary Main’s Adult Attachment Interview, studied Intersubjective Systems Theory with Robert Stolorow, and is certified as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner by Peter Levine’s Foundation for Human Enrichment.

Her publications include “Trauma and HIV: Frozen Moments, Frozen Lives” BETA, Spring 2008 and “Conquering Anxiety; Living with HIV” BETA, Winter 2007. An experienced public speaker she has presented at many national conferences, university classrooms, and community based organizations.

Continuing Education

Continuing Education Units are available for this training.  There is a $20 charge for each CE certificate.  Certificates are issued after the evaluation is submitted and must be purchased within 30 days of the event.

Psychologists: The Insight Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Insight Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course is provides 4 CE units.

MFTs / LCSWs: MFTs / LCSWs / Professional Counselors: The California Board of Behavioral Sciences now accepts APA CEs. This course provides 4 CE units.


June 18
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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CA United States


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