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Ethical Framework

HEN Ethics is an invitation to deepen our Hakomi Principles, to explore ethics in a Hakomi way; embodied and experiential.


To support this invitation, we offer three pillars:

  • The Ethical Framework

  • Embodied Ethical Personhood Core Training

  • Courageous Conversations


The HEN Ethical Framework was developed between 2016-2020 and was adopted by the HEN Leadership Team in July 2020. This Framework represents the desire for the Hakomi community to create and nurture a supportive and safe environment to promote effective therapy and training.

We want to acknowledge the richness and mystery of human relationships and because of this, we wanted to create a framework, that like Hakomi, seeks to be a response to complex human motivations and the power of the non-conscious.

Ethical Framework

Click on an image below to download a copy of the HEN Ethical Framework in your preferred language

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Embodied Ethical Personhood Core Training

The Ethics work group has developed two workshops called the Embodied Ethical Personhood Core Training based on skills from the Right Use of Power and Non-Violent Communication.

  • We will begin these trainings with Trainers & HEN volunteers, then Teachers & Practitioners.

  • The EEP Core Training begins in late 2021 and consists of two 2-day workshops, 4.5 hours each day (30 min break)

  • The groups will be 8 -12 participants.


The HEN Embodied Ethical Personhood (EEP) Core Training is an invitation for the HEN Community to:

  • Actively engage in the application of the HEN Ethical principles

  • Embody a deepening of our Hakomi principles (making explicit what we have learned implicitly)

  • Be aware of, and skilled in, how we stand in relation to power

  • Ask for, offer and use feedback wisely as a way to support each other

  • Develop skills to welcome courageous conversations and opening to conflict as an opportunity for growth

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Courageous Converations

The HEN Ethical Framework is an invitation to be in relationship with the Hakomi Principles and our own engagement with ethical behaviour. As well the framework outlines an informal process to support conflict, and a formal process to manage ethical dilemmas.

The Informal Process is called Courageous Conversations and is facilitated by trained volunteers who are Hakomi members. Courageous Conversations are offered to HEN members (become a HEN member


The processes can be reviewed in the Ethical Framework, starting on page 7 (link here). Here is an overview:


  1. The first step in managing conflict with another participant in a training/workshop is to discuss the conflict with them.  If it is not easily resolved, speak with your Trainer who will, if possible, support a conversation between the two people.

  2. If the conflict is with a Certified Hakomi Practitioner, Teacher or Trainer (CHP/T/T), let that CHP/T/T know that there is an issue and ask for a good time to discuss in private.  The CHP/T/T is expected to listen deeply and validate the participant’s perspective in the issue (see Ethical Framework…link). This may be enough to resolve the issue.

  3. If this first step does not create resolution or at least management of the conflict, then a party/ies may be directed to the HEN Ethics email (link here) to give brief details of the conflict.

  4. They will thereby be assigned, from a pool of trained volunteers, facilitators to act as neutral witnesses to the Courageous Conversation between the two parties (detailed process on page 7 of the EF link)


Courageous Conversations are supported by volunteers who generously offer their valuable time. Please only begin this process if you have exhausted the other suggested avenues detailed in the Ethical Framework or if you feel unsafe to do so.


Thank you for honouring your own needs and the needs of the process.