Lionheart Institute is an approved CE provider. Lionheart Institute is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (Provider No. 133307) to sponsor continuing education for the courses listed below, for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs.

The courses meet the qualifications for (see below for the individual hours) continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Lionheart Institute maintains responsibility for this program course and its content.

We offer CE units to nurses through the California Board of Registered Nursing (Provider No. CEP15565).

We offer CE units to massage therapists through the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (Provider No. 450211-06).

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Our Courses

Lionheart Institute of Transpersonal Energy Healing offers four progressive courses of study for CEU’s and one ebook course.* (Please see definitions, citations and references.)

  1. Level 1, The Awakening: How to Use Emotional Energy as Healing Energy
  2. Level 2, The Transformation: Healing the Body/Mind Characteristics of Developmental Trauma
  3. Ebook: The Exceptional Therapist: Transpersonal Energy Healing

I Loved the energy, content, people and healing! I feel more grounded and integrated
J. G, MSW, LCSW

Educational Objectives

Lionheart classes are live in-person workshops that train you to recognize the physical and energy expressions of emotional and psychological beliefs as they are stored in the body and how to bring movement to this energy for the purpose of healing.

Lionheart classes teach holistic health concepts of Energy Healing with emphasis on the mind/body relationship. The instruction incorporates an interactive process called Holistic Learning. Holistic Learning utilizes experiential interactive exercises, movement, lecture, demo’s, discussion and hands-on techniques.

Our educational objective is to provide you with the skills needed to facilitate body/mind awareness and a body/mind healing response in your clients. These objectives can be completed with or without appropriate physical contact and are adapted to be fully compliant within the parameters of a therapist’s scope of practice. Therefore, these classes are appropriate for licensed therapists, LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs, as well as massage therapists, nurses and other health practitioners who are licensed to touch and wish to expand their scope of practice to facilitate client wellness.

camalaThe Characterology course facilitated deep understanding and experiential knowing of my personal patterns of connecting to myself, loved ones, and clients. Working within a safe space through the energetic realm, I was able to explore integral aspects of my being that had scarcely been recognized and practice new ways of sharing these parts with the world.
C. Boyce, Ph.D., Organizational Psychology

How to know which course(s) are right for you, your license type and level

In addition to this cutting edge approach in our training, practitioners are taught to track energy as it moves through the body. This awareness provides invaluable insight to the presence of energy blocks and how they affect your client’s psychological beliefs and emotional health.

The system of Transpersonal Energy Healing as taught at Lionheart Institute has its roots inMind/Body modalities such as; Core Energetic and BioEnergetic Therapy, Somato-EmotionalRelease and its application to PTSD and the Chakra Energy Centers based in Ayurvedic medicine. The founders of this work include such therapists as Alexander Lowen, a student of Wilhelm Reich (Bioenergetics) and psychologist John Pierrakos (founder of Core Energetics) and Barbara Brennan, founder of Brennan Healing Science. Students learn about the nature of the mind and how it is reflected in the physical and subtle nervous system of the body.

Lionheart classes are appropriate for all levels of professional licensure as it increases the clinician’s insights, compassion and ability to respond in a healing manner to your client’s needs. It is also appropriate for non-professionals who are seeking to build a career in the field of Transpersonal Energy Healing as a body/mind counselor.

No higher level degrees are required as Holistic Learning of Transpersonal Energy Healing is interactive and experiential in nature. For this reason, all students come to this work as beginners unless they have had similar training in Energy Healing, Holistic Learning and body/mind modalities.

The classes are progressive in nature. You may enter the program with any of the courses listed below with the exception of Level 2. Level 1 is a pre-requisite for Level 2. Please note that both Level 1 and Level 2 require an application process. You must apply and be accepted into the program. Acceptance does not require previous experience.

AmberI came to Lionheart in December 2011. I had no idea my world was about to radically change! I have always been a deeply sensitive person, even intuitive. After many years of ignoring my sensitivities and having great difficulty managing all the stuff I picked up on from people around me (usually emotions and kinesthetic sensations), it was getting harder and harder to be around people. I managed all this and my own historical junk by holding everything in, leading to tight breathing (asthma), tight muscles (physical pain), and lots of judgment of myself and others. I was like a pressure cooker inside! I was in a lot of physical and emotional pain when I showed up for a class. I signed up for the Energy Healing Counelor program mainly for my own personal growth. But since I was already a licensed psychotherapist, I started adding Lionheart techniques into my own work. The courses I’ve taken with Lionheart have deepened my healing work with my clients AND transformed my relationship with my Self, my friends, my family, and every person I interact with!
Amber K,
Psychotherapist,
Los Angeles

Location, facilities, technology and administration of program

All intensive classes meet at the Lionheart classroom at Poverello Retreat Center. The retreat center is located on 10 acres of land in San Fernando Valley, California. This classroom has ample private parking and is easily accessible for handicapped participants.

How you will receive your CE units

CE certificates will be emailed to you within 1 to 7 business days following 100% participation in all classes and completion of any homework requirements.

Special needs

Special needs students are welcome at Lionheart. Please contact us with a minimum of 48 hours in advance of the class in which you wish to participate. We are happy to make the necessary arrangements to support you with any special needs you may have. Simply call: 818-509-1800 or email, officemanager@LionheartInstitute.com.

Instructional materials

All Lionheart classes incorporate Holistic Learning. Visual demo’s, guided meditation, adjunct handouts, adjunct reading, drawing and interactive exercises enable you to increase your ability to track emotional energy as it moves through the body. This will increase your clients’ comfort level with the recognition of the nature of emotional energy and how it can flow in a healthy manner through their body.

Financial and grievance policies

All of Lionheart’s financial, refund and grievance policies can be viewed on the application forms linked in the chart below. Simply select the “Apply here” link to review the policies for your selected course of interest. If you have a grievance, please email us at: OfficeManager@LionheartInstitute.com or call our administrative office, 818-509-1800 during business hours, pacific coast time.

# of CE’sCourse TitleCostInstructor’sLocationItinerary
6 CE’sThe Exceptional Therapist – A multi-media e-book and video course$97Laura FineOnline home study courseYour convenience
33.5 CE’s: The Awakening: Level 1 Certification – A four-day LIVE intensive in Los Angeles
Apply here
$1495Laura Fine
Jonathan Bessone
PoverelloTh-Su 9 am-6 pm
133.5 CE’s: The Transformation: Level 2 Certification
8 intensive weekend trainings over 1 year
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Contact the office for application information: 818-640-6444.
$9995Laura Fine
Deborah Allen
Jonathan Bessone
Vrinda Stander
PoverelloTh or Fri – Su for 8 weekends

About our Courses…



The Exceptional Therapist: Transpersonal Energy Healing:
A multi-media e-book and video course, by Laura Fine, 6 CE’s

This multi-media e-book is an accelerated learning process that includes reading, movement, and writing exercises. The e-book explains how to have an integrative mind/body relationship with your client’s based in principles of Energy Healing. This book is especially useful for trained professionals practicing psychotherapy, social work, educators, counselors, coaches, nurses, health professionals, or Energy Healers to enhance their rate of positive, transformational healing results. When the principles explained in this interactive course are applied with sensitivity and respect, therapists can expect integrative healing responses to occur for their clients.

Learning Objectives

This book provides concrete explanations to de-mystify the medical and psychological benefits of Transpersonal Energy Healing. You will be provided with practical body/mind skills to immediately apply to your practice. This perspective is to assist practitioner’s in getting to the core of your client’s issues quickly, by learning how to observe the energy body to distinguish hidden subconscious information. The reading and video demo’s will help you know how to perceive the subtle Energy Body to bring about a healing response.

This multi-media Ebook provides exercises, case studies and live lecture clips to help you transform your awareness to become an exceptional practitioner.

  • Learn how clients will feel more integrated with their body, mind and emotions by discovering where their emotions live in their body and the impact of emotions on their health.
  • Increase your ability to assist your clients to feel deeply seen and heard by you.
  • Have a set of exercises demonstrated by the videos, that teach you to open your Energy System for health and a greater sense of well-being.
  • Give your client’s an integrative system to heal from trauma
  • Learn a 3 step meditation technique to assist both you and your clients with a way to feel centered, regulate emotional reactivity, increase calm and provide a feeling of being grounded.

Relevance to practice and what you can expect

Practitioner’s will find the level of trust and intimacy between you and your client will increase with sincere application of these techniques. Transference and counter-transference will be reduced as you learn to identify and track your client’s self-correcting healing mechanism. With an increase in body/mind holistic awareness, you can feel more relaxed in the healing process. Your confidence will increase as you begin to notice the subtle shifts toward healing that are occurring that may not have previously been obvious. The work of Transpersonal Energy Healing is especially beneficial for those with trauma or pre-verbal wounding. Practitioner’s will become more aware of how the language of energy is expressed in your client’s story and how to guide your client to follow the energy to unwind tension or trauma in the body.

Accessibility for support

The Exceptional Therapist ebook can be easily purchased through our shop page, in a simple download. Links to all videos are integrated in the book and it’s suggested that you view the videos in their presentation sequence for the greatest understanding. Should you have any difficulty downloading or purchasing the ebook, feel free to contact us during business hours, pacific coast time at: 818-640-6444.

Lisa LewisI came to Lionheart eight years ago on a personal journey. Learning about myself and discovering my love for psychology, I have completed three certificate programs at Lionheart, as well as, I am on my way to completing my Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy this spring. I have to say that I use more tools and techniques with my clients that I learned through my classes at Lionheart, more so than anything I have been taught at graduate school. Grounded in attachment and psychodynamic theory as well as the energy system of the body, I have found that my training at Lionheart has helped me see the real issue of the client by following the energy throughout their body. It amazes me every time I am with a client and witness their transformation. The client becomes more cognizant of the energy running throughout their own body and gets to the core of the issues much faster than traditional psychotherapy.
L. Lewis,
MFT intern

The Awakening: Level 1: How to Use Emotional Energy as Healing Energy/ Energy Work/ LIVE, is taught by Laura Fine and Jonathan Bessone and meets the qualifications for 33.5 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.” This course is also approved for CE units for nurses and massage therapists.

One four-day intensive training weekend followed by one, 3-hour Integration session that is LIVE or via phone teleconference for 90 minutes.

The Level 1 training is a body/mind/energy psychology evolution that teaches you to enhance your skill set for personal contentment and professional success.

Learning goals and objectives

  • How to facilitate the release of stuck emotions through a series of physical energy and breathing exercises called, “The All Systems Go Warm-up.”
  • Introduction to the Triune Brain theory developed by neuroscientist, Dr. Paul Maclean, in order to understand reactivity, how it affects our physiology and how it impedes or facilitates personal and professional goals for ourselves and our clients.
  • Increase energy and holistic health with an Ayurveda medical specialist, on The Power of Health in Food, how food affects emotional moods and psychological stability.
  • Learn to clear, open and charge the energy system for confidence, clarity, centering and being grounded.
  • Learn to decrease stress and increase calm with a vital, meditation practice that you can use yourself and introduce to your clients.
  • Learn a full body hands-on or off (above the body) healing system that can, when appropriate be utilized to assist clients.

Relevance to professional practice

Techniques learned in Level 1 training will facilitate the development of your intuition, provide skills to assist your client’s ability to be grounded, centered and calm, and enhance your ability to be centered when faced with client transference.

What you can expect

  • Increase awareness of how to track and respond to emotional energy as it moves through the body.
  • Identify when a patient’s issue may be physical, emotional, spiritual, or psychological in nature.
  • Increase awareness of transference and counter-transference.
  • Learn a set of exercises that can assist patient’s holistic health.

Level 1: Class Itinerary: (Each day includes a 15 min morning & afternoon break).

Thursday: Day 1
10:00 Opening, intros, vision and goals
11:00 Break (No CE credit for breaks)
11:15 Holistic learning interactive activity
12:30 Reading energy fields
1:30 Lunch
2:30 Qigong and Chakra exercises
2:45 Break (No CE credit for breaks)
3:00 Body Mind Balance
6:30 Heart Centered Meditation
7:00 End of day

Friday: Day 2
10:00 Meditation and review
10:30 3 Step Recovery
11:00 Break (No CE credit for breaks)
11:15 Boundaries
12:00 Push, Pull, Stop, Allow
1:30 Lunch (No CE credit for breaks)
2:30 Qigong and Chakra exercises
3:30 Victim, Rescuer, Instigator
3:45 Break (No CE credit for breaks)
4:00 Body Mind Balance
6:30 Q & A
7:00 End of day

Saturday: Day 3
9:00 Meditation and review
9:30 5 Childhood Developmental Stages, overview and exercises
10:45 Break (No CE credit for breaks)
11:00 Continue 5 Childhood Developmental stages overview
12:00 Lunch (No CE credit for breaks)
1:00 Family of Origin exercise
2:45 Break (No CE credit for breaks)
3:00 The Power of Health in Food
5:00 Group consciousness potluck
6:00 End of Day

Sunday: Day 4
9:00 Meditation and review
10:00 Break (No CE credit for breaks)
10:15 Small Process Group meetings
12:00 Lunch (No CE credit for breaks)
1:00 QiGong and Chakra exercises
2:00 Body Mind Balance review
2:45 Break (No CE credit for breaks)
3:00 Body Mind Balance healings
5:30 Closing remarks and sharing
6:00 End of day

Integration/Graduation Itinerary

2:00 Meditation and check in
2:30 Small group review
3:00 Q & A
3:30 How to start your practice, legal and ethical issues
4:30 Closing remarks and graduation
5:00 End of day

AllysonThis class provided me with an extraordinary opportunity to learn about myself in a way I had never done before through inner work. It’s very effective experiential learning.
Allyson Ballou, Counselor/Growth Coach

The Transformation: Level 2, Healing the Body/Mind Characteristics of Developmental Trauma , is taught by Deborah Allen, Jonathan Bessone, Laura Fine, Vrinda Stander, meets the qualifications for 133.5 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.” This course is also approved for CE units for nurses and massage therapists.

8 weekends, approximately every 2 months over the course of one year
5, three-day intensives: Healing Developmental Trauma
2, four-day intensives: Transpersonal Spiritual Counseling
1, two-day intensives: How to Build your Healing Business

Learning Objectives

  • Comprehend holistic health, how and why it facilitates healing in a profound manner, physically, psychologically, emotionally and spiritually.
  • Understand the physiological and psychological components of the chakras, their depiction of our state of mental and emotional health and how to improve their function for greater health.
  • Recognize the 5 Childhood Body/Mind Developmental Stages of Life and how they show up in our adult physical body and health.
  • How to expand your centered presence as a therapist.
  • How to use Energy Vocabulary for Transpersonal Spiritual Counseling.
  • How to be a compassionate listener.

Relevance to professional practice

This course will enable you to recognize common denominators in pathology based on the physical and energetic presentation of your client. In doing so, it provides you with an individualized approach that will enhance trust, connection and communication for healing. In addition, you learn 5 specific hands-on or hands-off (above the body or in the energy field of the body) healing techniques that evoke a profound level of relaxation and integration in clients. Students gain insight into their own body/mind patterns and how these patterns may impact transference and counter-transference in the therapeutic relationship.

What you can expect

  • Increase awareness of how to track and respond to emotional energy as it moves through the body.
  • Identify when your client’s issue may be physical, emotional, spiritual, or psychological in nature.
  • Have a set of exercises that can assist your client’s holistic health.
  • Have a set of healing techniques that facilitate wellness.

Level 2: Daily Class Itinerary: (Each day includes a 15 min morning & afternoon break).

Weekends 1 through 7, Healing Developmental Trauma and Transpersonal Spiritual Counseling

(Please note: There are two Thursday’s scheduled during weekends 6 & 7 ONLY of Transpersonal Spiritual Counseling.)

Thursday: Weekends 6 & 7 only
10:00 Opening, intros, vision and goals
11:30 Holistic learning interactive activity
12:15 Break (No CE credit for breaks)
12:30 Being, Connecting, Knowing, Doing
1:30 Lunch (No CE credit for breaks)
2:30 Transpersonal Counseling exercises
3:15 Break (No CE credit for breaks)
3:30 Healthy Boundaries & Relationships
6:30 Heart Centered Meditation
7:00 End of day

Friday
10:00 Meditation and review
10:30 Skills review
11:15 Break (No CE credit for breaks)
11:30 Techniques & application
1:30 Lunch (No CE credit for breaks)
2:30 Qigong and Chakra exercises
3:15 Break (No CE credit for breaks)
3:30 The theory of the Five Childhood Stages of Development (1 stage per weekend)
4:00 Energy Healing Techniques
6:30 Q & A
7:00 End of day

Saturday
9:00 Meditation and review
9:30 The application of the 5 Childhood Developmental Stages, overview and exercises
10:30 Break (No CE credit for breaks)
10:45 The 5 Childhood Developmental Stages, exercises
12:00 Lunch (No CE credit for breaks)
1:00 Application with interactive dyad exercises
2:45 Break (No CE credit for breaks)
3:00 Body Readings & demos
5:00 Q & A and wrap up
6:00 End of Day

Sunday
9:00 Meditation and review
10:00 Break (No CE credit for breaks)
10:15 Small Process Group meetings
12:00 Lunch
1:00 QiGong and Chakra exercises
2:00 Body Mind Balance review
3:00 Body Mind Balance healings
5:30 Closing remarks and sharing
6:00 End of day

Weekend 8: How to Build your Healing Business

Friday
10:00 Meditation and review
10:30 Check in: How to incorporate Energy Healing into your practice
11:15 Break (No CE credit for breaks)
11:30 Define your niche
1:30 Lunch (No CE credit for breaks)
2:30 Qigong and Chakra exercises
3:15 Break (No CE credit for breaks)
3:30 Marketing & communicating your style
6:30 Q & A
7:00 End of day

Saturday
9:00 Meditation and review
9:30 Building your practice
10:30 Break (No CE credit for breaks)
10:45 Building your practice
12:00 Lunch (No CE credit for breaks)
1:00 Legal and ethical issues
3:00 Integration
4:00 Break (No CE credit for breaks)
5:00 Q & A and wrap up
6:00 End of Day

Sunday
9:00 Meditation and review
10:00 Break
10:15 Small Process Group meetings
12:00 Lunch (No CE credit for breaks)
1:00 QiGong and Chakra exercises
1:30 Graduation & Closure
3:30 Break (No CE credit for breaks)
3:45 Group sharing
5:30 Closing remarks
6:00 End of day

Integration/Graduation Itinerary

2:00 Meditation and check in
2:30 Small group review
3:00 Q & A
3:30 How to apply these techniques to your practice, legal and ethical issues


Definitions, Citations and References

Definitions:

* Core Energetics was developed by John C Pierrakos, MD, co-founder of Bioenergetic Analysis with Alexander Lowen. Dr. Pierrakos was a student of Wilhelm Reich, MD who was a student of Freud. Wikipedia: [http://psychology.wikia.com/wiki/Core_Energetics]: para 1: (December 9, 2013.)

* SomatoEmotional Release™  Bodywork
A therapeutic system developed in the 1970s and 1980s by Drs JE Upledger and Z Karni, based  on the posit that thephysical forces absorbed during an injury will either dissipate, allowing the body to heal itself, or be retained, which forcesthe body to adapt. 

* Brennan Healing Science, was developed by Barbara Brennan and is a type of energy healing technique that she calls “full spectrum healing” to work on the seven layers of the human energy field or aura. [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbara_Brennan]

* Transpersonal Energy Healing was developed by Laura Fine. Transpersonal Energy Healing
is a non-invasive therapy that uses gentle touch, on or above the body, to stimulate the body’s chakra energy centers in combination with a form of verbal inquiry. (Chakras are vortexes of vital energy that influence the health of the body’s major organs, the brain, the mind, and the emotions.)

References:

1. Brennan, Barbara, Hands of Light. Bantam, New York, 1987.
2. Brennan, Barbara, Light Emerging. Bantam, New York, 1993.
3. Curren, Linda (2009). Trauma Competency: A Clinician’s Guide.  (1st ed.). Premier Publishing & Media. p. 205. ISBN 0982039883. Retrieved 7 February 2015.
4. Fine, Laura, The Exceptional Therapist: Transpersonal Energy Healing. Lionheart Institute, 2012.
5. Heller, Laurence, Healing Developmental Trauma. North Atlantic Books, 2012.
6. Levine, Peter A. with Frederick, Ann: Waking the Tiger. Healing Trauma. North Atlantic Books, Berkeley, CA, 1997.
7. Lewis, A General Theory of Love. Random House. 2000.
8. Pierrakos, MD, John, Developing the Capacity to Love and Heal. Core Evolution Publishing, CA, 2005.
9. Polatin, Betsy (2013). The Actor’s Secret: Techniques for Transforming Habitual Patterns and Improving Performance. North Atlantic Books. pp. 14–15. ISBN 1583946829.
10. Thesenga, Susan, The Undefended Self. Pathwork Press, Virginia, 1994.

Wikipedia Citations

[somatoemotional release. (n.d.) Segen’s Medical Dictionary.] (2011). Retrieved September 13 2016 from http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/somatoemotional+release
[http://psychology.wikia.com/wiki/Core_Energetics]