WHY DO I LOVE ACCEPTANCE AND INTEGRATION TRAINING® FOUNDATIONS?

If you are anything like me, helping clients get free from the pain and struggling that brings them to our offices is deeply SATISFYING. I got into this to make a difference.

Not making a REAL difference is frustrating and can lead to a feeling of defeat when clients leave not much better than when they arrived.

But KNOWING I can make a difference, that’s rewarding!

After more than 35 years practicing psychotherapy, I have seen a lot of practitioners become disillusioned while working HARD to make a difference.

I determined early in my career that I didn’t want to be one of them. Towards that end, I sought out training with master therapists and developed a comprehensive transpersonal model of care that supports spiritual well-being alongside personal growth, Acceptance and Integration Training®.

“Resolving reactivity reveals higher states of consciousness.” 

~ Melanie McGhee, L.C.S.W.

One of the things I LOVE about Acceptance and Integration Training Foundations is how you will come to understand this principle of AAIT™ from the inside out AND learn how to use it to bypass client resistance and intellect.

On the first day, we will dive right into learning a simple but profound method for helping clients resolve reactivity and restore their state of being, empowering them to take hold of tending to their inner state.

A golden thread that UNITES the hearts of healing arts professionals is the delight of watching a client’s face when their face is free of pain and a “light bulb” moment happens. Imagine that experience almost EVERY session.

Witnessing what feels like miracles as clients get free from the bondage of their pain feels PRECIOUS. I know of NO other profession that feels this holy, no other profession where the practitioners GROW as we master the craft. How lucky are we?

Like many of you, I am dedicated to working in a way that allows for transformation with more frequency, more reliability and in less time. This dedication has driven me to study with master therapists in the U.S. and abroad since I began practicing in 1984. They taught me how to provide RELIABLE care that changes people’s lives QUICKLY.

These days, fewer and fewer people have the resources of time, interest and money to engage in the laborious excavations into the past to influence the present. Most of us want to feel better and more engaged in life SOONER rather than later. Our clients are no different. Enter Acceptance and Integration Training®.

Just another thank you from me! All my available weekly sessions are full and I’m having to look at reorganizing, next steps and goals for accommodating the new women who are reaching out for appointments each week. If you’d have told me this a year ago, I’d never have believed it. My heart is full. So much gratitude for you and your beautiful work.

Sarah McNamara, L.C.S.W.

AAIT™ FOUNDATIONS lays the groundwork for your successful practice of AAIT. By the end of our weekend workshop, you will be able to immediately use new, effective methods to help your clients. This will SET YOU APART from your peers as your clients begin making rapid change. Further, you will have all the support you need to fully integrate what you have learned into your current practice. 

In AAIT™ FOUNDATIONS, you will discover how a PRACTICAL understanding of the principles can support your clients in shifting from the pain of the conditioned self to the TRUE self. These principles unfold in an easy session flow of five phases, giving a rhythm to the work appreciated by both practitioners and clients.

Understanding the principles and phases give you a ground from which to understand the mechanisms of change that fuel this promising model. This understanding will enhance your practice of new, efficacious skills.

Principles:

  • Taking responsibility for and tending to our inner state is the source of our freedom.

  • Self acceptance is a means and measure of well-being.

  • Resolving reactivity reveals higher states of consciousness.

  • Integration of two opposing states can alleviate psychological suffering.

  • The true self is not encumbered by the limitations of a narrative. The true self is a being.

  • The non-dual states of empty consciousness is an indication and mechanism of transformation. Cultivating an awareness of these states contributes to decreased reactivity, more skillful choices and present focused attention.

The principles along with the phases of AAIT create a crucible for transformation. The phases gives you and your clients a routine flow to slide into, making the most of your time together. This prevents you and your clients from getting parked in discovery. The flow of a typical AAIT session includes these phases:

  • Discovery
  • Collaborative Agreement
  • Integration
  • Embodiment Practice
  • Directed Awareness

“Just met with teen client today who shared that our work last week using Deep PEAT 4 helped her to reconnect with someone whom she had not spoken to in months due to anger towards her! She said the anger was just gone! It was awesome to see the client so excited.”

Kara Logan, L.P.C.

Through observation, solo and partner practice, you will begin to experience the power in the flow of principles and phases as you learn the integration methods outlined below. These techniques were developed by my mentor, master therapist, Zivorad Slavinski.

By the end of our weekend together, you will be able to immediately and confidently use the methods below to help your clients (and yourself) resolve difficult problems and move towards goals with greater ease and confidence You will also have all the support you need to integrate what you’ve learned into your current practice.

 Basic PEAT (BP) can be used to eliminate unsatisfying states caused by everyday stressors, addiction cravings, anger, anxious states, future worries, past events and more. As you increase your understanding and gain confidence in your practice of this method, you will be able to teach your clients to use BP as part of their self care, an embodiment at home. In this way, you and your clients cultivate developing steadier, more spacious states of being.

Deep PEAT 4 (DP4) is used to integrate two opposing states. Opposites could include feelings or situations. Opposites could also be some moment of distress from some pain-filled situation and a happy or peaceful moment. DP4 is very flexible and can be used with elaborate creativity. It is also a great method for clients who experience emotional flooding. 

Deep PEAT4 Shadow Integration is a surprisingly simple but effective way to help clients (and ourselves) identify and quickly integrate both conscious and subconscious shadow energy. In addition to the liberation from little angers and resentments that come up between people, as we integrate aspects of the shadow self, we access a greater sense of WHOLENESS and help our clients do the same.  

Deep PEAT 4 Golden Shadow Integration feels a little like magic. In paying attention to the qualities we admire in others or the characteristics that would help our clients realize their goals, we can access a GOLD mine. DP4 Golden Shadow integrations are used to instill qualities and traits, such as patience and organized. It’s as if we turn on a switch and our client has greater access to a particular trait or characteristic. This process makes it easy to access these traits and achieve goals with greater confidence. 

It’s a great method to use when a client has moved away from a problem and is ready to move towards a goal. Like everything else you learn, you will be able to personally benefit from using this method. In fact, your personal practice with these tools will go a LONG way towards your successful understanding and use with clients.

Finger Tip Method (FTM) is used to treat trauma. If we consider how trauma traps energy and this trapped energy keeps clients trapped in there and then rather than present in here and now. The FTM uses space and time to isolate the here and now from there and then. Within minutes, the client is untethered from the pain of the trauma. The memory of the trauma becomes more of an awareness instead of intruding itself on the individual uninvited. 

Had a really hard couples therapy session yesterday. Wife asked for a divorce from my client during a phone session. My client was of course distraught, dis-regulated, likely on the verge of a panic attack as we ended the call. Before AAIT, I would largely have been at a loss as to how to stabilize my client. We did Deep PEAT 4 with Us together / Us Apart. Breathing calmed to normal rhythm, bodily tension was gone. He felt a sense that he could move forward. Obviously, he has a long road ahead of him, but I think the work eased the weight of it substantially and kept him from spiraling in the moment.

Logan Mahan, L.M.S.W.

INVESTMENT: 

$595 or two payments of $325.

Refer or bring a friend, both receive a $50 discount.

WHEN: 

January 31     9:00 am to 5:00 PM

February 1      9:00 am to 5:00 PM

February 2      9:00 am to 5:00 PM

LOCATION:     

Rolling Meadows Community Center

3705 Pheasant Drive

Rolling Meadows, IL 60008

Facilitated by Bobby McNamara, L.C.S.W.

Not sure? Have questions? Give me a call, message me 865-384-4104 or drop me an email. Don’t be shy. We all have questions and when it comes to how we invest our precious time, it’s worth having a conversation.

Additional locations

AAIT Foundations will also be held in Louisiana April 17, 18, and 19 facilitated by Melanie McGhee L.C.S.W. If you are interested, please email info@aait.solutions.

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