Our BraveHearted Retreats are open to anyone looking to gain a greater insight into their life. Our BraveHearted Retreats for Helping Professionals and our BraveHearted Learning workshops are available for anyone in a helping profession (mental health, faith-based, medical, legal, social services, etc). Our clinical team will review each application to ensure all participants can attend the workshop that is best for them.
Insurance does not cover our retreats as we do not diagnose in our program. We treat the person rather than assigning labels.
Participants will have limited access to electronics during our BraveHearted Retreats based on clinical approval. We find that unplugging during the retreats leads to more connection to self and others during the process.
Participants on residential retreats will have a single or double occupancy room in a home in Southern California. Address given closer to retreat for confidentiality.
For our residential BraveHeart Retreats we request all participants remain at the program during the retreat and not use their vehicles aside from coming and going.
Absolutely. We encourage contact with loved ones via mail during the retreat.
BraveHeart Residential Retreats are smoke, chewing tobacco, and vape free. We encourage bringing nicotine gum and patches if you need them, though gum is not allowed during group.
Our residential retreats include housing and food on top of the life-changing retreat. It does not include travel to and from the retreat center.
You can register by clicking here and a member of our admissions team will contact you. After completion of paperwork, our team will determine clinical approval. Upon receipt of clinical approval, you will be officially registered once we have payment. Any questions can be addressed by our admissions team.
We provide balanced, nourishing meals and snacks throughout our residential retreats. We can accommodate most dietary restrictions. Please discuss any dietary restrictions with our admissions team.
Facilities and programs are accessible to persons with disabilities. If you have a special need and plan to attend the workshop, please contact us at (310) 744-5257 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please allow as much advanced notice as is possible to ensure we have ample opportunity to meet your needs.
Transfers are permitted, for a nominal fee, for all our retreats, workshops, and trainings. We require at least 15 days advanced notice to transfer, and you must register for a new program within 90 days. This is pending availability and does not apply to ongoing training groups.
Attending one of our workshops can stir up big feelings and it’s important to have your own, safe space to explore what emerges. For that reason, we strongly encourage you not to have family or close friends attend the same program, unless attending a couples program or family intensive.
Travel arrangements should only be made when we contact you to confirm that your registration has been approved. At that time, we will be happy to assist you with questions about your travel.
We offer continuing education units for California MFT, LCSW, LPCC, and LEP, as well as California Addiction Counselors (CCAPP), Certified Experiential Therapy (CET) and Psychodrama Certification.
In order to earn continuing education credit, participants must attend a course in full (signing in and out each day), and complete an evaluation form online (instructions are sent after each course). Once the form is completed in full, a CE certificate will be awarded.
For distance learning courses, participants must complete the course in full online, answer post-test questions (with a 70% passing score online), complete an online evaluation form and will then be emailed a CE certificate.
Introduced in 1921 by its creator, Jacob L Moreno, psychodrama is a 3-phase action method (warm up, action, and sharing) that is used to explore our inner and outer worlds and bring change where needed. Participants gain insight through action by exploring old patterns of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that are no longer working for them, and experiment with new, more effective responses to people and situations in their lives.
Many modalities fall under this category, but at its core, experiential therapy utilizes action, rather than just words, to explore one’s inner and outer self. Through exploration using drama, art, movement, or music, insights can come emotionally, spiritually, or somatically that will allow for inner and outer shifts, with a goal of achieving a greater sense of peace.
Our retreats and trainings are led by clinicians who are highly trained in psychodrama and experiential therapy, the majority of whom are master’s or doctoral level.
Please wear appropriate, comfortable, and casual clothing (jeans, t-shirts, sweats, etc).
We will work with you to develop a plan for how to maintain your momentum after you leave our program. This may include referrals for local therapists, bodyworkers, support meetings, etc.
We also request that all workshops and trainings be scent-free (other than pure essential oils). Many people have allergies to such substances and we appreciate your abstaining from wearing any perfumes or colognes while participating.
Our registration process addresses questions around medication. There is no alcohol or illicit drug use allowed at our workshops or retreats. We request that all participants abstain from any unnecessary mood or mind-altering substances during the course of our workshops or retreats, even if you are not in recovery. This allows participants to stay focused on their mental, emotional, and spiritual work. Please discuss any questions or concerns with our admissions team.