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WEBINAR. Using Intention and Touch Techniques in Online Therapy Sessions: And the Benefits of Touch

  • 7 May 2020
  • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Zoom


  • Members don't pay

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A USABP Spotlight Webinar Series in Association with The International Association of Rubenfeld Synergist is Presented by Joan Brooks

Available as a recording to watch after the live event too!

As mental health and holistic practitioners, we want our clients to receive maximum benefit from their time in sessions with us. We want to know that the work we’re doing together is actually making a difference in their lives – traumas are healing, challenges are softening, and life is becoming easier. However, that might seem more challenging as we’re not able to work with our clients in the confines of our offices.

One of the most effective ways to help our clients get the relief and healing they seek is to introduce touch into our sessions. In this day and age of social distancing and being isolated, the experience of respectful, listening touch is more important than ever.

Although we are not currently seeing our clients in person, we can still reap the benefits of touch. Even if you don’t normally use touch in your sessions, integrating touch in your online sessions will help deepen the work and bring soothing and comfort to you clients.

In this workshop, learn how to effectively and safely integrate touch into your online Zoom or Skype sessions. You’ll deepen your ability to stay present, even when you’re not in the same room with your client.

You will have an opportunity to experience and reinforce the material in hands-on, experiential processes, and watch a live demo to get a better idea of how this could work for YOU.

Stay to the very end and you’ll be rewarded with the opportunity to download a FREE booklet entitled, Activate Your Clients’ Innate Healing Wisdom! 3 Steps to Integrating Touch into Your Online Sessions. In the booklet you’ll learn how to experience a free 20-minute Get in Touch with Touch practice session with Joan.

Training Session Agenda

1.Intention and presence
2.Touch Technique Instruction
3.Adding dialogue
5.Demo Teaching Points
6.Benefits of Touch
> Q&A interspersed through out

Main Points Discussed:

- A brief history of Ilana Rubenfeld’s creation, the Rubenfeld Synergy Method (RSM)

- Three (3) intentions for touch

- The power of presence, even when you’re on the phone or computer

- Two (2) 2 online touch techniques that you can use with clients right away

- Dialogue techniques

- Benefits of touch in the therapeutic relationship

Participants will learn:

- List and describe the 3 intentions for touch used in RSM

- Increase conscious use of intention when using touch, or other times in sessions

- Use your presence to deepen the session

- Integrate touch into their online sessions

- Use dialogue to enhance the experience of touch

- List the benefits of using touch in the therapeutic relationship

Learn More about The Rubenfeld Method


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Joan Brooks BIO

At the end of a day-long workshop with Ilana Rubenfeld in 1997, Joan knew that not only would this be the work she’d do for the rest of her life, she also knew in her bones that she would one day teach this work to others. At that time, she committed to do whatever it takes to be the best Synergist she could be… and she has. After completing a 4-year certification training, she quickly became a Teaching Intern, then Faculty, and now the Training Director.

As a lifeline learner, Joan has continued to hone and deepen her skills as both Synergist and teacher.

She has devoted her life to helping others heal from the wounds and trauma of life. Today, in her private practice, she primarily helps women who have experienced sexual trauma heal so they can step into their full power and take their rightful place in the world.

As the Training Director for the Rubenfeld Synergy Method, Joan trains others so they can become a healing force in the world.


Bowlby, J. (1988). A secure base: Parent-child attachment and healthy human development. U.S.A.: Basic Books.

Caldwell, C. (1997). Getting in touch: The guide to new body-centered therapies. Wheaton, IL: Quest Books

LaPierre, A. (n.d.). PowerPoint Presentation: Psychology of touch. Used in classroom lecture on March 28, 2009, Santa Barbara Graduate Institute. Retrieved May 27, 2009 from Santa Barbara Graduate Institute website.

Menakem, R. (2017). My grandmother’s hands: Racialized trauma and the pathway to mending our hearts and bodies. Las Vegas, NV: Central Recovery Press.

Montagu, A. (1978) Touching. New York: Perennial Library.

Rubenfeld, I. (2000). The listening hand: Self-healing through the Rubenfeld Synergy method of touch and talk. New York: Bantam Books.

van der Kolk, B. (2015) The body keeps the score: Brain, mind, and body in the healing of trauma. New York: Penguin Books.

Zur, O. (2007). Touch in therapy and the standard of care in psychotherapy and counseling: Bringing clarity to illusive relationships. The USA Body Psychotherapy Journal 6(2), 61-93.

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