Like a Pro:
The Wheel of Consent for Professionals

In-person or online


Save the dates! New online course starts September 14.
In-person course in Seattle, October 20-24.
Applications open July 1.



Our signature course for practitioners is called “Like a Pro: The Wheel of Consent for Professionals”. We have taught it for 15 years, and of course took a break from in-person trainings during 2020 and created an online version.

Like a Pro brings the transformative model of the Wheel of Consent to professionals working with topics of consent, boundaries, relational intimacy, body sovereignty, trauma recovery, sexuality, communication, and touch. Originally developed for touch practitioners, we have gradually expanded - by popular request - to include non-touch professionals as well. We welcome massage therapists, psychotherapists, physicians, tantra practitioners, sexuality guides, escorts, counselors, bodyworkers of all stripes, teachers, coaches, and just about anybody working with people.

Partial scholarships available for those who are part of or are working with marginalized communities.


 
Learn:
  • The single most important skill a practitioner can have and how to develop it.
  • What Giving and Receiving really are and why knowing the difference is crucial for getting profound results for you clients and students.
  • Assessment - finding out what your client is ready for and - more importantly - what they are not. This must be done with guided somatic experience, not just with conversation.
  • Containment - how to create a strong container for your clients that has enough safety for them to get into the real work they are coming to you for.
  • Quadrants - how the Quadrants of the Wheel of Consent fit into your sessions and how they don't.
Teach your clients and students:
  • To notice, value, trust and communicate their needs and desires
  • To notice and be responsible for their boundaries
  • A simple touch practice/game to take home
  • To identify the tendency to go along with what is being done and how to reverse it
  • To gain confidence and clarity in their ability to touch
  • To  notice they have a choice about how they are being touched and how to choose how they want to be touched.
Support our Scholarship Fund!

We offer some scholarships to students from marginalized populations - mainly Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, and LGBTQ folks.

Read more and donate here!

Two Parts

Like a Pro is offered in 2 parts.

Part 1: Foundations

In Foundations, we take you through experiences in which you gain a feel for each of the quadrants of the Wheel of Consent. The somatic experiences are the most important part of the training. The rest of it makes little sense without them.

Part 2: Working with Clients or Groups

After Foundations, we can then build the professional skills for working with clients and students.

Online: You have the choice of 2 tracks. You may choose either. (You can choose both for an additional fee.)

  • Track 1: Working with Clients: How to apply the Wheel in your client sessions, including assessment tools, session structure, and understanding the different needs of Treatment versus Coaching/Education environments.
  • Track 2: Working with Groups: Group facilitation tools for live, online and touch-based events and how to apply the principles of the Wheel to group situations

In-person: The 5 day training includes Foundations and Working with Clients. Working with Groups can be taken later, online.

Like a Pro Online

Completing Like a Pro online means completing Foundations plus at least one of the Tracks.

Part 1: Foundations

Includes experiences, theory, discussion, and home-study practices, video and written resources, and journaling.

Six live Zoom calls of 3 hours each, plus home study (28 hours total). Closed captioning included. All calls recorded for your review.

Part 2:

Track 1: Working with Clients

Includes practices, case studies, and discussion relating to your own work, and home study including video and written resources.

Four live Zoom calls of 3 hours each, plus home study (16 hours total). Closed captioning included. All calls recorded for your review.

This course can also be taken as a review for Like a Pro graduates from previous years.

Track 2: Working with Groups

This course can be included in the online Like a Pro series, or taken separately after completing either online or in-person Like a Pro.

Learn how to apply the principles of the Wheel to group situations and to whatever you are already teaching or would like to teach. Present your ideas to receive feedback and insights.

Four live Zoom calls of 3 hours each, plus home study, including video and written resources (16 hours total). Closed captioning included. All calls recorded for your review.

This course is a prerequisite for our Certified Facilitator training. More here.

Like a Pro in-person

The in-person format is the original Like a Pro. It's 5 full days, 10 am - 6 pm each day. Includes practice, theory, and discussion.


This class is vaxxed-only. We realize this will not suit everyone, and it is the best way we know currently to ensure the relative safety of all attending. However - not to worry! There is still the Online Like a Pro, and we will offer other in-person trainings in other locations as the pandemic continues to slow down. This is not your last chance!


 Part 1: Foundations

The first three days, we take you through a series of somatic experiences in which you experience each of the four quadrants of the Wheel of Consent. The focus is on you. (The Foundations part of the online course is based on these first three days.)

Part 2, Track 1: Working with Clients

Then over the next two days we build on that experience and show you how to apply the principles to your client sessions, including how to offer it as a practice for your clients to take home. (Also expect it to affect your personal life).

Part 2, Track 2: Working with Groups

Not included in the in-person Like a Pro, but can be taken later, separately.

 


Fall Schedule 2021
In-person

Seattle WA, October 20-24, 10 am - 6 pm each day

Online

Part 1: Foundations

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays, September 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30

Part 2, Track 1: Working with Clients

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays, October 5, 7, 12, 14

Part 2, Track 2: Working with Groups

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays, October 19, 21, 26, 28

We have two class times  - choose one:

  • Morning cohort: 9 am - 12 pm, PST (Seattle time) (Suitable for North America and Europe)
  • Afternoon cohort: 3 pm - 6 pm, PST (Seattle time) (Suitable for North America, Asia, Australia)
Faculty

For the online courses, Robyn Dalzen, who has been teaching Like A Pro in person and developed the online course, will be the lead teacher for parts of the course, and Betty Martin, who developed the Wheel of Consent and the original Like a Pro course, will teach other segments. Parts of the course are co-facilitated by Michael Dresser, Katie Spataro, Rupert Alison, Helena De Felice, and Jojo Rodrigo, and assisted by Certified Wheel of Consent Facilitators.

For the in-person courses, it's Robyn or Betty and their co-facilitators, assisted by Certified Wheel of Consent Facilitators and other local experienced practitioners.

Cost
In-person:
  • $2000 ($2145 if you pay in installments)
  • Returning students (already taken Like a Pro): $1000 - returning students spots are full for this training. Register here for the wait list.
  • Work-study (Helping with set up and clean up. You won't miss any class time.) $1800
Online:
  • Part 1 and either track: $2000 ($2145 if you pay in installments)
  • Part 1 and both tracks: $2200 ($2349 if you pay in installments)
  • Returning students (already taken Like a Pro): $1000, includes 1 track (room for 3 per course)
  • Returning students may also take either track without Part 1
    • Track 1: Working with Clients: $450
    • Track 2: Working with Groups: $450

Partial scholarships available for those who are part of or are working with marginalized communities. Make a note on your application.

Purchase of Betty's book, The Art of Receiving and Giving: The Wheel of Consent, is required for the course. $24 US to be purchased on your own.

Life happens! Cancellation policy here.

Apply

New students:

1) Fill out an application.

2) Have a conversation with us to make sure we are a good fit.

3) If we are a good fit, you're in and we'll give you the link to make your payment.

APPLY HERE.

Returning students:

As a returning student, you might want to:

  • Take Like a Pro over again - many people enjoy this and say they get more out of it the second or third time around. There's a lot you can pick up more easily now that you have been playing with it a while. Many students have taken Like a Pro a second time, a third time, or more.
  • Take just Part 2, Track 1: Working with Clients - this serves as a nice review of working with clients. Likewise, you pick up things you weren't ready for before.
  • Take just Part 2, Track 2: Working with Groups - this covers material which was not covered previously in Like a Pro (when you took it). This course was previously called Teaching the Wheel in Groups and was offered to Like a Pro graduates only.

No application needed.

The Seattle course is full for returning students. Register for the waitlist here.

To take the entire online course, register here.

To take Track 1 (Working with Clients) only, register here.

To take Track 2 (Working with Groups) only, register here.

Introducing Robyn

(2019)

 

An interview about Like a Pro, with Carole Verbeeck:

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