Self-Meaning Based Therapy (SMB-T)

Self-Meaning Based Therapy (SMB-T) Certification

The Wellness Institute has partnered with AATBS to provide this training. AATBS has supported the Continuing Education needs of more than 500,000 mental health professionals since 1976. Approved and certified by boards including the APA, ASWB, and NBCC to provide the highest quality courses and the flexibility to fit CE requirements into your schedule.

Why Become SMB-T Certified?

This is an opportunity to build on, or recreate, your therapy practice with an approach to therapy that has been called “groundbreaking,” “transformative,” “innovative,” and “pioneering with great integrative reach!”

At the heart of Self-Meaning Based Therapy (SMB-T) is the uncovering and discovery of our Self-Meaning, which lies at the core of our unconscious. One’s self-meaning is developed in relationship with early primary caregivers and remains outside of our conscious awareness where it powerfully and pervasively influences our relationship with ourselves as well as our interpersonal relationships. Because our self-meaning is unconscious, it is inaccessible through, and unamendable to, regular talk-therapy approaches.

Being trained in SMB-T will teach you how to help your patients discover their unconsciously held self-meaning, enabling them to embark on an emancipatory project toward a newly realized psychological freedom and reconnection with their inherent creativity and natural design. Rather than simply teaching patients how to manage the unconscious negative effects of their self-meaning, SMB-T enables therapists to help patients permanently dismantle it, enabling them to experience their True Self. SBM-T’s approach is an integrated model, grounded in psychoanalytic, humanistic, and internal family systems theory and incorporates the effectiveness of bilateral stimulation.

Meet Our Instructors

Dr. Lawrie Ignacio has been a licensed Clinical Psychologist in private practice in Honolulu, Hawaii for the past 25 years. In addition to her private practice, Dr. Ignacio has taught Clinical Psychology courses to graduate students at Argosy University, Honolulu Campus and California Institute of Integral Studies in California as an Adjunct Professor.

Dr. Graham Taylor has been a licensed Clinical Psychologist in private practice in Honolulu, Hawaii for the past 28 years. In addition to his private practice, he is the Chief Learning Officer at Triad, the leading provider of education, community, and career resources for behavioral and mental health professionals and organizations. He is also the host of Triad’s weekly podcast, “Behavioral Health Today,” in which he interviews leaders and innovators in their respective mental health fields.

Dr. Ignacio and Dr. Taylor, along with colleagues Jodie Gerson and Ray Folen, envisioned and created the Hawaii Pro Bono COVID 19 Project. This Project led to the newly created Hawaii Pro-Bono Mental Health Center, a virtual, referral-based center designed for Hawaii’s un-and underinsured. Through Ikeikalokahi, their overarching entity, Dr. Ignacio and Dr. Taylor created a co-therapy treatment model called Intensive Psychodynamic Couple Therapy (IPCT) as well as an integrative clinical model called Self-Meaning Based Therapy (SMB-T). Both models inform their professional consultations and trainings, and individual and couple intensive retreats.

Upcoming Course Schedule

During the two-day live online training, participants will:

  • Discover their own core Self-Meaning (SM), how it developed, and learn about its impactful influence in their lives;
  • Learn how to work with the SM and related components in therapy with patients;
  • Learn how to use SMB-T to heal attachment injuries and trauma; and
  • Learn how to integrate SMB-T with other therapeutic frames and models
  • 16 CE Hours

Spring 2024 Course

Part I - Live Online:

Saturday, May 18, 2024
from 8:00 AM — 5:00 PM HT
( 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM PT)

Part II - Live Online:

Sunday May 19, 2024
8:00 AM — 5:00PM HT
( 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM PT)

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