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Benefits of Integration Groups


  • Learn new methods to improve your work


  • Get to know more practitioners in your field


  • Learn skills to help you integrate the different methods you're using more effectively


  • Bring new methods, research, and information back to your human change and growth communities


  • Contribute to improving the effectiveness of the methods we integrate


  • Contribute to establishing universal K-12 and adult self-awareness education (by helping to create a method that a broad consortium of practitioners can endorse to public educators)

Potential Methods to Integrate


This list is based on two criteria:

a) methods our group facilitators feel knowledgeable enough to integrate, and

b) methods with enough common ground to make integration a do-able task.  


  • Action and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

  • Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Therapy (AEDP)

  • Big Mind

  • Coherence Therapy

  • Conscious Body

  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

  • Emotional Intelligence

  • Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)

  • Family Constellations

  • Focusing

  • Gendlin's Philosophy of the Implicit

  • Gestalt Therapy

  • Hakomi Therapy

  • Hakomi Assisted Self-Discovery

  • Hypnosis

  • Inner Relationship Focusing (IRF)

  • Inner Empathy

  • Intentional Presence

  • Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS)

  • Leela Therapy

  • Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP)

  • Non-Violent Communication (NVC)

  • Psychosynthesis

  • Schema Therapy

  • Somatic Experiencing

  • Voice Dialogue 


We're open to expanding future integration efforts as talented and capable facilitators from other human change and growth disciplines show up (e.g., talk therapy, energy psychology, physically-oriented methods for psychological change, experiential methods not listed above, character typing methods, etc.) Contact us if you feel qualified to facilitate or participate in an integration group for methods not listed above.


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Join an Integration Group



Integration groups provide practitioners in the field of human change and growth with the rare opportunity to engage in cross-disciplinary learning and collaboration. While learning, you'll also work together to integrate small pieces of different human change and growth methods into a cohesive whole. 


In these groups, you'll not only engage in learning, but you'll contribute to important goals. Our short-term goal is to improve the theories and practices of intentional presence and other "source methods" that integration groups work to integrate. Our long-term goal is to create an integrated method for human change and growth that:


  • Gets more consistent results

       (by integrating promising and little-known research methods, and practices)


  • Wins the hearts and respect of the general public
    (because it's useful, understandable, inspiring, and it works)


  • Includes hands-on self-awareness and communication skills that can be incorporated into universally available self-awareness education programs
    (for K-12, parent, adult, and helping professionals) 


For more on the inspiration behind integration groups, read about our beginnings 

and our dream.




Class Details

Format: 6 3-hour working/learning sessions (via conference call)


Frequency: 2 working/learning sessions a month for 3 months 


Participants: 6-12 colleagues carefully picked for compatibility and skill


Group leader: Sessions led by a facilitator trained in methods for encouraging open-minded, learning-focused, integrative dialogue and familiar with basic methods for integrating human change and growth methods


Cost: Full participant: $250 (US Dollars) Class auditor: $100 (US Dollars) 

Auditors listen to sessions without participating and can submit live or written comments and suggestions, questions, and comments to the group leader after each work session.


Payment: Payable via check or Paypal (see our contact page for payment details)


Prerequisites: Integration groups are open to anyone from the human change or growth community with one or more of the following qualifications:


  • Two or more years of experience as a student or practitioner in an mindfulness-based or presence-centered experiential or skill-based method for human change and growth (see "Potential Methods to Integrate" text box on this page for examples of these sorts of methods)


  • Interest and/or experience in integrating complex theories and practices​


  • Ability to take notes and create summaries that capture and organize complex technical information ​


Approach: To keep things manageable and practical, each integration group will:


  • Work with no more than 3-5 methods at a time

  • Work with methods that share clear common ground and potential synergies

  • Commit to one concrete and do-able integration task (e.g., study, compare, and integrate the change theories for Focusing, Hakomi, and Internal Family Systems Therapy)



Integration Groups You Can Join



Study, compare and integrate the change theories for Coherence Therapy, Gendlin's Philosophy of the Implicit, Hakomi, and Internal Family Systems Therapy.



Study, compare and integrate the change theories for ACT, AEDP, EMDR, Gestalt Therapy, and Somatic Experiencing.



Study, compare and integrate the methods for activating and studying subconscious material from Coherence Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Hakomi, Internal Family Systems Therapy, and Voice Dialogue.



Study, compare and integrate the overarching goals of Coherence Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Emotional Intelligence, Hakomi, and Non-Violent Communication. Answer the question: What would the composite goals of an approach combining all of these methods look like?



Study, compare and integrate methods for changing limiting beliefs from Coherence Therapy, Hakomi, Hypnosis, NLP, and Voice Dialogue.



Join an Integration Group

To join a wait list for one of the integration groups above, email us. Please include a bit about your background and which group(s) you'd like to join. If you choose to audit, you don't need to share your background and skills; no prior experience or knowledge is required.



Propose Your Own Integration Group

If you know colleagues who might enjoy working together to integrate a group of related methods, feel free to write us to propose your own ideas for an integration group. We'll do our best to implement your idea by finding a colleague skilled and knowledgeable enough to facilitate your group.



Questions, Ideas or Suggestions?

If you've got questions, ideas or suggestions about integration groups, feel free to email Rhonda Mattern or call her at 510-525-4585. We realize that many people in the field of human change and growth have never had the opportunity to study and collaborate together in an ongoing way, and there are bound to be questions about this exciting new possibility.  


There are many aspects of integration groups that space here doesn't allow us to share, notably how their contributions will be compiled, used and shared within the broader human change and growth community. If you join an integration group, you'll receive a briefing sheet with further information about how these groups will function and steps we plan to take to maximize their impact and contribution.



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