Like a Pro:
The Wheel of Consent for Professionals

In-person or online

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 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.

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.

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).

Like a Pro Online

Like a Pro online is - surprisingly effective! After teaching the in-person course for 15 years, like many others, we developed an on-line version over the last couple of years. We have been pleasantly surprised at how much our students can learn about touch and consent while working online.

The course includes thorough video and written resources, theory, discussion, and home-study practices. Then we add live Zoom calls for somatic experiences and lively discussion.

Twelve live Zoom calls of 3 hours each (36 hours), plus home study. Closed captioning included. All calls recorded for your review.

COVID update

We recognize that the pandemic situation varies by locale and rapidly changes. We will be tracking and following recommended health guidelines for each location. Proof of vaccination is not required. We will rely on testing to minimize our exposure risk. Our intention is to not require masks during the workshop, based on everyone having a negative test. Participants are always welcome to wear masks based on their comfort level.

We require:

1) A rapid test taken on-site the first day of class.

2) When you are outside of the space and in other public spaces, please wear a mask. We recommend that you do not eat in restaurants during the workshop, but rather get takeout and eat outside or back in our workshop space.

3) Agreement to be in contact with your instructors if you develop COVID symptoms during or shortly after the class. This information will be shared with other participants so they can make appropriate decisions for themselves.

4) Should a participant come down with COVID (or anything else) during the course, we will ask them to step out of the class and join by Zoom, and we will do our best to help them feel included and get the full content of the class.

Participants who develop COVID symptoms or test positive for COVID before the start of the class will be offered a full refund (minus the standard $200 registration fee) or rescheduled to a future class.

Also remember that if you are crossing international borders to attend, you may have some requirements to tend to for that.

 

 
Faculty

For the in-person courses, it's Betty Martin, creator of the Wheel of Consent, or Robyn Dalzen, who has trained directly with Betty and has been teaching the Wheel since 2017, and their co-facilitators, assisted by Certified Wheel of Consent Facilitators and other local experienced practitioners.

For the online course in 2022, it will be taught by Robyn Dalzen, Michael Dresser, and Max Pearl, and assisted by Certified Wheel of Consent Facilitators.

 2023 Schedule

Australia and New Zealand

February 1-5: Darlinghurst, Sydney/Gadigal, with Betty Martin and Michael Dresser

February 15-19: Paddington, Brisbane/Meanjin, with Betty Martin and Michael Dresser 

March 1-5: Collingwood, Melbourne/Naarm, with Betty Martin and Stella Topaz - This course is FULL. You may apply to be on the waitlist.

March 15-19: Helensville, Auckland/Tāmaki Makaurau in Aotearoa, with Betty Martin and Stella Topaz

Applications are now open for all Australia and New Zealand locations.

 

North America

March 8-12: Salt Lake City, Utah, with Robyn Dalzen (applications now open)

April 5-9: Bay Area, California, BIPOC-only, with Betty Martin and Jojo Bear (applications now open)

June 2-7: Easton Mountain, upstate New York, with Betty Martin and Jojo Bear (applications open Mar 1)

October TBD: Seattle, with Betty Martin and Katie Spataro (applications open July 1)

 

Europe

April 19-23: UK, with Robyn Dalzen and Michael Dresser (applications open Jan 1)

May 17-21: Netherlands, LGBTQ-centric, with Robyn Dalzen and Puma Hoflich (applications open Feb 1)

August 23-27: Portugal, with Robyn Dalzen and Michael Dresser (applications open May 1)

November 16-20: Germany, with Robyn Dalzen and Puma Hoflich (applications open Aug 1)

Cost
  • $1800 USD
  • $1700 USD in Australia and New Zealand, due to exchange rates
  • Returning students (already taken Like a Pro): $900.
  • Work-study (Helping with set up and clean up. You won't miss any class time.) $1600 ($1500 Aust. / NZ)
  • 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 online course (and highly recommended for the in-person course). $24 US to be purchased on your own.
  • Life happens! Cancellation policy here.
Apply

New students:

1) Read the group guidelines for the workshop space.

2) Fill out an application.

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

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

5) If we are full, you'll be added to a wait list.

APPLY HERE.

 

Returning students:

We have room for 3 half-cost returning students in each class.

However some courses are full for this discount. Please ask! [email protected]

Introducing Robyn

(2019)

 

An interview about Like a Pro, with Carole Verbeeck:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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