Sacred Attention Therapy Online Training Level 1

Sacred Attention Therapy Online Training Level 1
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Sacred Attention Therapy (SAT) Online Training - LEVEL 1
The Sacred Attention Therapy (SAT) Online Training Course is a psycho-spiritual psychotherapy training that is progressive, radical, and innovative. Applications from prospective students are invited from:

• therapists – psychotherapists, counselors, and other healing practitioners
• people who want to train to become SAT therapists
• seekers who wish to practice SAT for their own personal growth and spiritual development

The SAT training consists of two levels of teaching. Each of Levels 1 and 2 consist of twelve modules and the recommended time for completing each level of the training is between six months and two years.

If you are wondering if SAT Online Training is for you, we invite you to explore this page

SAT Online Training Level 1 includes working with the stages of inner work on personality and character or the First Stage of Awakening, described in Richard Harvey's book Your Essential Self (YES) as the Process of Self-Discovery (see YES pp.19-114). SAT Online Level 1 training includes twelve modules consisting of 38 audiovisual lectures, each approximately 10-45 minutes in duration. Each module includes a supporting document containing the course contents and summary, notes and references, contemplative questions, a section on working with clients, exercises -- both written and experiential -- an extended case study covering the Seven Core Elements of Sacred Attention Therapy, and a bibliography with notes and guidance to enable you to go deeper into the subject matter of each module.

A summary of each module is as follows:

Module 1:    Introduction to Sacred Attention Therapy
Module 2:    The Whole Person
Module 3:    Family Beliefs
Module 4:    Life Statements
Module 5:    Emotional-Behavioral Patterns
Module 6:    Emotional Suppression
Module 7:    Sub-Personalities
Module 8:    Character Strategies
Module 9:    Central Character Dynamic
Module 10:  Setting Up A SAT Practice - Part 1
Module 11:   Setting Up A SAT Practice - Part 2
Module 12:  Elements of Inner Work Practice

See a detailed outline, audiovisual overview, and trailer of each module at the bottom of this page.

Who is the SAT Online Training Course For?

The course is open to psychotherapists, counselors, complementary-alternative medicine practitioners, healers, mentors, and guides, as well as to people who are serious about their own personal and spiritual growth and development. 

You may take the training in order to become a SAT therapist with formal certification or to add SAT to your existing skills and knowledge base if you are already a practicing therapist or counselor. Finally, you may take the course to further your own self-development and awareness.​


          Richard Harvey

Individual Therapy:

All students are encouraged to be in individual therapy for the duration of the course. The therapist does not have to be a SAT practitioner. However, if they are not we suggest that the therapist is acquainted and sympathetic to the SAT approach, so they can support you wisely in the issues that are likely to be stimulated by the course work. Follow this link for a list of SAT practitioners, therapists, and counselors who incorporate SAT principles in their work. 

Suggested Reading:

All students are invited and encouraged to read Richard Harvey's book Your Essential Self (YES) before enroling in SAT Online Training, Level 1. If you choose to enrol without reading YES, you will be invited to read YES as a part of your study.

Time and Duration:

The recommended time to take for completing level 1 training is one year. However, you may take it at your own pace and with the right frequency and intensity of study it may be possible to complete it in six months (less time is not advised). Each module is presented in three or four sections offering a convenient and efficient way to learn in approximately 30 minute teaching sessions. You are encouraged to view each presentation a minimum of three times and read and study the accompanying document and suggested literature and sources closely, as well as carry out the exercises. Level 1 training must be completed within 2 years of starting, in order to qualify for the certification process (see below).

Tuition Fees:

Full registration:         € 3,500.00
Concessionary rate:   € 2,800.00 (for those who cannot afford the full registration rate)

Payment plans are available.

Please note there is an extra fee for processing formal certification or the certificate of course completion (see below for details).

No refunds will be issued after payment is made. We have intended to provide a clear and thorough description of this course offering, including a detailed course outline at the bottom of this page. If you are unsure about the curriculum, course requirements, or any other aspect of Level 1 training, we invite you to follow up with us to clarify any/all matters before enroling. You can contact the Registrar by email

Application Process:

Please follow this link to the application form for enrolment in the SAT Online Level 1 training, or click on the button to the right.

Prospective students may be invited to participate in an interview as part of their application process.

Technology Requirements:

SAT Online Training is accessible from a PC desktop or laptop running Microsoft Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox; or from a MacIntosh desktop or laptop running Safari, Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE), Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox. The training is also accessible from Android and Apple smart phones. SAT Online Training will not function optimally when accessed with an iPAD.

Certification and Diploma

On completion of Level 1 of SAT Online Training students will have the option of submitting written material, including a major essay, and participating in a video conference experiential assessment to be evaluated for formal Certification. Alternatively, students may apply for a certificate of course completion or simply enjoy the training without either. See below for instructions on how to apply for Certification or certificate of course completion.

All exercises and written work associated with application for certification or certificate of course completion must be submitted within 2 years of enrolling in SAT Online Training, Level 1.

Students who go on to complete all four levels of the training can apply to be awarded the Diploma in Sacred Attention Therapy (Dip SAT). 

How To Apply For Formal Certification in SAT Training Level One:

Students who take the course with the intention of practicing as SAT therapists should apply for formal certification. To apply for certification in the SAT Online Training Course: Level One please follow these guidelines:

1. Questions and Exercises: Complete the requirements as described in "Conditions for Certification" in the accompanying document for each of the twelve modules of the course.

2. Major Essay: Send your proposed title and a brief summary of the subject matter of your major essay for approval to [email protected].

3. Therapist-Client Enactment: Your experiential assessment takes place via a Skype "session" lasting approximately 40 minutes. You will be presented with a profile and some background on your "client" a week to ten days beforehand.

4. Collect your work -- questions and exercises, and your major essay -- into a single Word document. Use Times New Roman 12 automatic font. Make sure your module titles, paragraphing, and grammar are consistent and clear. Please have these checked by someone who knows about grammar and presentation, if you are not sure. Work which is not presented clearly with good grammar and layout will be returned for you to amend. 

5. Send your fee (€ 350 Euros) via the payment form.

6. Your work is reviewed by a minimum of two members of the SAT teaching faculty. Comments and evaluation are made independently without collaboration to ensure impartiality. If your work falls short of the level expected for awarding certification, you will be asked to submit all or part of it again. This process may be repeated for a third submission only. If the work is still not of sufficient standard, you may apply to start the entire process a second time but a second payment is required.

Please note certification is given for the complete course, not for individual modules.

How To Apply For A Certificate of Course Completion:

Students who take the course purely for their own personal development and who don't wish to practice as SAT therapists may wish to apply for a Certificate in Course Completion. The requirements are less stringent than for the formal certification in SAT Training.

1. Complete a single sheet of A4 in Times New Roman font 12 (no more than 550 words) for each of the twelve modules. The sheets should be clearly headed and presented in good English. Each sheet should summarize your understanding of the content of the module. Please try to use your own word as much as possible. 

2. Make your payment for € 100 Euros here.  

3. Send your written submission as a Word doc to [email protected].

4. Providing your written work shows a reasonable understanding of the training content, a Certificate of Course Completion will be sent to you by email.

The Sacred Attention Therapy Collaborative Project for Therapists and Counselors

The SAT Collaborative Project for Therapists and Counselors was initiated in 2013. Psychotherapists, counselors, and practitioners from all around the world are currently collaborating on the first of a series of SAT publications entitled The Labyrinth of Self.

You may apply to join the project if you have an interest in writing and SAT principles. Theses that are submitted as part of the formal certification procedure may also be considered for publication.

Detailed Course Outline:

Module 1: Introduction to Sacred Attention Therapy


1. Being in Sacred Attention Therapy
2. Setting Your own Material Aside
3. Attention and Validation
4. The Question of Existence
5. Expectations of Perfection 
6. The Therapist’s Own Journey
7. Personal Therapy can be Completed
8. The Unconscious Reason for Coming to Therapy
9. Idealization and Awareness
10. The Central Issue of Being 
11. Resonating v Identifying
12. Why do You Want to be a Therapist?
13. An Ancient Alchemy


14. What do Human Beings Crave?
15. Reintroducing a Human Being to Themselves
16. Forget about Progress and Embrace Paradox
17. Why are Emotions so Important?
18. The Great Act of Forgiveness


19. A Critical Lesson for Humanity 
20. A Dilemma of Love
21. When Your Cup of Attention Runs Over
22. The Need for a New Word for Therapy
23. Three Questions
24. Problems or Opportunities?
25. The Fire of Liberation
26. The End is in the Beginning
27. The Sacred Attention Therapy Training Course

Module 2:  The Whole Person


1. Innate Wholeness 
2. An Inner Revolution
3. Reality, Soul, and Spirit
4. The Predominant Split
5. A Definition of Wholeness
6. Internal Division and Wounding
7. Soul and Form
8. Reactions: Secondary Symptoms
9. Conditioning Compounds Concealment 
10. Healing With Therapy -- Healing Without Therapy
11. Wholeness Regained or Wholeness Evolved?


12. The Whole Person Example 1: Lorna
13. A Miscellany of Conditions
       Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)
       Couples, Violence, and Abuse
       Hysteric-Oral Boundarylessness
       "Spiritual" Clients
14. The Whole Person Example 2: Dean


15. Dealing with the Pain of the Wounded Self
16. The Whole Person Example 3: Marija
17. Trust, Love, and Faith 
18. Unconscious Communication
19. Trust the Process
20. Bodywork
21. Dialogue and Cushion Work
22. Meet the Client in his Whole State
23. The Seven Core Elements 
24. No Formula

Module 3: Family Beliefs


1. What are Family Beliefs?
2. Pronouncements about the Fabric of Life 
3. Power of Childhood Examples
4. Origins of Family Beliefs
5. How Family Beliefs are Communicated
6. Father: the Sleep of Family Loyalty
7. Mother: Setting the Distance on Love


8. Men and Women
9. Character and Personality
10. People
11. The World
12. Family Dynamics
13. Parents
14. Work 
15. Base Chakra Fear
16. Getting Ahead of the Game on Fear
17. Family Beliefs Example 1: Rachel and Michelle
18. Leisure and Recreation
19. Time
20. Money
21. Love
22. Family Beliefs Example 2: Michael
23. Effort
24. Dysfunction


25. Family Diagram
26. Variations on the Family Diagram
27.Family Cake
28. Family Themes
29. Family History
30. Shedding Family Beliefs
31. Questions to Ask
32. The New Family Paradigm
33. Family Beliefs --Simplicity and Complexity

Module 4: Life Statements


1. What are Life Statements?
2. How are Life Statements Communicated?
3. How Life Statements Develop
4. The Life Statements Tree 
5. Core Life Statements
6. “I am Unlovable”
7. Major and Tributary Life Statements
8. Life Statements and the Unconscious 
9. Generalization in Life Statements
10. Life Statements Example 1: Brad
11. Life Statements Example 2: Janek


12. Categories of Life Statements
13. A Grouped List of Life Statements
14. Simple and Compound Life Statements
15. Natal Life Statements


16. Responding to Life Statements
17. Reversed Justification
18. How to Work on Life Statements with a Client
19. Spontaneity in SAT
20. Healing Presence
21. Deepening Awareness
22. Life Statements Example 3: Double Core Life Statement 
23. Life Statements Example 4: Astrid
24. Experience over Theory: a Definition of Life Statements

Module 5: Emotional-Behavioral Patterns


1. Introduction: Everything tends toward Pattern
2. The Ego-Complex is a Hollow Edifice 
3. The Prison of Egoic Contraction
4. What are Emotional-Behavioral Patterns?
5. The Pattern as Automaton
6. “Pay no Attention to that Man behind the Curtain!” 
7. How do you make a Fish Aware of Water? 
8. Magic in the Patterns


9. Emotional-Behavioral Patterns Example 1: Andrew
10. Emotional-Behavioral Patterns Example 2: Louise
11. Generic Models
12. Emotional-Behavioral Patterns Example 3 and 4: Peter and Deidre
13. Transcending the Pattern 
14. Emotional-Behavioral Patterns Example 5: Tammy
15. Emotional-Behavioral Patterns Example 6: Maureen
16. Emotional-Behavioral Patterns Example 7: Sheila


17. How to Work with Emotional-Behavioral Patterns
18. The Primary Colors of Emotion
19. All Behavior is Manipulative within First-Stage Awakening
20. Axes of Emotional-Behavioral Patterns
21. Observe everything!
22. Microcosm and Macrocosm
23. Who is Feeling What?
24. Leaving Patterns Behind

Module 6: Emotional Suppression


1. Introduction to Emotional Suppression
2. Emotional Suppression and Illness
3. Addiction to Unhappiness
4. Emotional Suppression Example 1: Patrick
5. Why are we Emotionally Suppressed?
6. Deeper Reasons
7. Suppress or Repress?
8. The Nature of Feelings


9. Ways in which We Suppress Emotions: Physical, Mental, Emotional
10. A List of Modes of Emotional Suppression


11. The Integrity of the Organism
12. Bodywork for Emotional Release
13. A Word of Caution
14. Bodywork does not necessarily Involve Touch
15. Childhood Models
16. Emotional Suppression Example 2: Sophie
17. Safe to Feel
18. Facilitating Catharsis
19. Shame and Guilt… and Society
20. Emotional Suppression Example 3: Megan and the 
       Political Defense
21. Ending Emotional Suppression in Everyday Life
22. Character Types
23. Shared Reflection
24. The Authenticity of Emotions

Module 7: Sub-Personalities


1. Introduction to Sub-Personalities
2. Who are we Really?
3. A Note on Personality and Character
4. The Composition of the Personality
5. Like Unruly Children
6. Taking in
7. Creating an Ego-Self
8. Internal Dialogue


9. Sub-Personalities Examples 1 and 2: Christopher and Allie 
10. Sub-Personalities Example 3: Brian
11. Sub-Personalities Example 4: Lena
12. Sub-Personalities Example 5: Meg


13. Working with Sub-Personalities
14. Start with the Mandala
15. Experiencing the Sub-Personalities
16. Sub-Groupings of Sub-Personalities
17. Sub-Personalities in Group Work
18. Becoming Aware of Sub-Personalities in Everyday Life
19. How do your Sub-Personalities Impact on your Life?
20. Sub-Personalities Example 6: Gavin
21. Rearranging the Mandala
22. The North Star: Who is in charge here?
23. Becoming Whole
24. The Spiritual Self
25. The Thin End of the Wedge
26. Insanity and Madness
27. Sub-Personalities Example 7: Mark
28. The Split Client
29. A Great Welcome

Module 8: Character Strategies


1. Character Strategies: a Developmental Model 
2. A Preliminary Example
3. Schizoid Strategy: a Unique Case


4. The Oral Stage
5. The Psychopathic Stage
6. The Masochistic Stage
7. The Phallic Stage
8. Five Stages of Character Development
9. Strategy v. Authenticity


10. The Schizoid Strategy
11. The Oral Strategy
12. The Psychopathic Strategy
13. The Masochistic Strategy
14. The Phallic Strategy
15. Layering
16. Character Strategies Example 1: Martin
17. Character Strategies Example 2: Edna (and Robin)
18. Two More Character Strategies: Compensated Oral and Hysteric


19. “Seeing” Emotions
20. Standing and Walking
21. Hands-on Bodywork
22. Modes of Touch
23. The Drama of Life

Module 9: Central Character Dynamic


1. Definition
2. How the CCD was Discovered
3. Possibilities after Discovering the CCD
4. The CCD and Second-Stage Awakening
5. Why the CCD hasn't been Discovered Before



6. Background Information
7. Description of the Presenting Problem
8. My Assessment of Amelia's Condition 
9. My Therapy Strategy
10. The Therapy Process
11. Her Life History
12. Relationship with her Father
13. Relationship with her Mother
14. Sexual History
15. The Breakthrough
16. Amelia's Central Character Dynamic
17. Why didn't She Cross the Threshold?


18. Background Information
19. Description of the Presenting Problem
20. My Assessment of Cillian's Condition 
21. My Therapy Strategy
22. Some of Cillian's Life Statements
23. Relationship with Parents
24. The Breakthrough
25. Cillian's Central Character Dynamic
26. Transforming the CCD
27. Before Crossing the Threshold Of Transformation
28. At the Void


29. Working with the CCD
30. Therapy and the Client's Work: the Naturalness of Our Authentic Being 

Module 10: Setting Up A SAT Practice - Part 1


1. An Invocation to Healing
2. The Possible Dangers
3. Positive Qualities of the SAT Therapist
4. Practicing Awareness and Authenticity
5. Cultivating Mindfulness or Awareness
6. Exercise: the Consciousness Exercise
7. Practicing the Consciousness Exercise


8. Overwhelming Heart Feeling
9. Unrelenting Acceptance
10. The Importance of Boundaries
11. Setting Up a SAT Practice Example 1: Jim
12. Setting Up a SAT Practice Example 2: Maureen
13. Time, Transitions, and Proportion
14. The Feeling of Completion
15. Silence and Connectedness


16. How Clients find their Way to Us
17. Setting Up a SAT Practice Example 3: Grace
18. Entering the Stream
19. Case Histories -- or Not? 
20. Setting Up a SAT Practice Example 4: Robert the "Solicitor"
21. Setting Up a SAT Practice Example 5: Rebecca
22. What is included in a Case History?
23. Supervision -- or Not? 
24. Setting Up a SAT Practice Example 6: Dave and Max
25. The Fire of Conscious Light

Module 11: Setting Up A SAT Practice - Part 2


1. Confidentiality
2. Accreditation, Professionalization, and Disempowerment
3. Working in a Collective -- or Not?
4. "Let me State my Prejudice" 
5. Part-time or Full-time?
6. Exercise: Contacting Essence
7. Payment
8. What does the Client Pay For?
9. What is more Valuable than Liberation?
10. Enough
11. Setting Up a SAT Practice Example 7: Kimberley


12. The Kaleidoscopic Nature of "Reality"
13. Setting Up a SAT Practice Example 8: Lewis
14. A Spiritual Gateway
15. Starting: the Initial Approach
16. The Third Party Approach
17. The First Meeting
18. Setting Up a SAT Practice Example 9: Akmed
19. Refining a Policy for Emergency Sessions
20. Concessionary Rates
21. Scheduling and Availability
22. Modes of Practice


23. The Therapy Room: the Place of Miracles
24. "Get Rid of that Gas Fire!"
25. Principles of Sacred Space
26. The Ending Session
27. Endings and Attachments
28. Incomplete Endings in Therapy
29. Responsibilities

Module 12: Elements of Inner Work Practice


1. Meeting in Delusion or Authenticity
2. The Myth of Present Time
3. The One who Knows You Better than You Know Yourself
4. Why is the Client Coming?
5. Elements of Inner Work Practice Example 1: Nick


6. Thinking or Feeling?
7. Listening to What we are Saying
8. Asking the Right Question
9. Language and Experience
10. Awareness and Verbal Clarity


11. Doing It on Our Own: Ego and Self-Therapy
12. Elements of Inner Work Practice Example 2: James
13. Therapy -- a Rare Relationship 
14. The Himalayan Trek
15. Trust and the Therapist
16. Image and the Therapist
17. Elements of Inner Work Practice Example 3: Audrey
18. Indoctrination and the Therapist


19. Pathology and SAT
20. Projection and Transference
21. Elements of Inner Work Practice Example 5: Paci
22. Counter-transference
23. Meeting, Colluding, and Engaging
24. The Frog's Eye
25. Elements of Inner Work Practice Example 6: Adrian
26. The Therapist's (Inner) Life 
27. The Three Stages of Awakening and SAT

Sacred Attention Therapy Online Training
Module 6: Emotional Suppression TRAILER
Module 4: Life Statements TRAILER
Module 6: Emotional Suppression OVERVIEW
Module 4: Life Statements OVERVIEW
Module 3: Family Beliefs OVERVIEW
Module 3: Family Beliefs TRAILER
Module 10: Setting Up A SAT Practice - Part 1
Module 10: Setting Up A SAT Practice - Part 1 OVERVIEW
Module 5: Emotional-Behavioral Patterns TRAILER
Module 5: Emotional-Behavioral Patterns OVERVIEW
Module 7: Sub-Personalities TRAILER
Module 7: Sub-Personalities OVERVIEW
Module 2: The Whole Person OVERVIEW
Module 2: The Whole Person TRAILER
Module 8: Character Strategies TRAILER
Module 8: Character Strategies OVERVIEW
Module 9: Central Character Dynamic TRAILER
Module 9: Central Character Dynamic OVERVIEW
Module 1: Introduction to SAT OVERVIEW
Module 1: Introduction to SAT TRAILER
Module 11: Setting Up A SAT Practice - Part 2
Module 11: Setting Up A SAT Practice - Part 2 OVERVIEW
Module 12: Elements of Inner Work Practice TRAILER
Module 12: Elements of Inner Work Practice OVERVIEW
What people are saying about the main text for SAT Online Training Level 1:

"Richard, I have been following your work for the last two years and always feel that it resonates with me! You simply speak truth. I have been studying your book Your Essential Self and it has been exactly what I needed. Not only is it like having my own therapist, but it has been a practical resource that enables me to delve deeper into who I am, not only as a human but as a spiritual being. Thank you!"
Haris Tzortzis, Founder and Personal Growth Coach, Happy Light Coaching Ltd, Primary School Teacher

"A wonderful book that combines eastern and western wisdom: I love authenticity, something that Richard Harvey's book "Your Essential Self" promises in its title and actualizes in its content. Too many people look to others and outward to find themselves, a perfect teacher, a perfect religion, or a perfect, imaginary future. This book invites self-exploration while gently guiding the reader along, with both psychological and spiritual wisdom. It's a beautiful book and I recommend it to all seekers of truth."
Dr. Andrea Polard, author of "A Unified Theory of Happiness" and Founder of the Los Angeles Center for Zen Psychology

"Your Essential Self is one of the most empowering and helpful books on personal and spiritual transformation I have ever read. Every page resonates with such deep understanding and compassion that you feel you are in the presence of a wise and trusted mentor. The questionnaires and exercises at the end of each chapter complement your inner work as you progress through the book at your own pace. Harvey guides you every step of the way with respect and realism, making it a joy to take this rewarding journey. I highly recommend this book."
Miriam Walker, author of A Cautious Man and The Holiday Retreat & Other Stories

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What people are saying about SAT Online Training Level 1:

"​So often teaching therapy stops short of the connection with the spiritual, or perhaps is just not recognised by the therapist when they have entered into that sacred, and often forgotten place. The awareness of the spiritual dimension seems to require the heart chakra to first break, release the hidden pains into the field of compassion; which, in my experience, has a mysterious element to it; and then transformation occurs. There is no blue print to our development, but wholehearted honesty in every living connection seems to be a vital key to disclosing the works of love. The very best to you for your work with the Sacred Attention Therapy Online Training. The world needs the seeds to be planted!"
Marion Duff, Counsellor, FE/HE Tutor, and Supervisor, BACP, Cert Ed.

"Richard, you have an insight that resonates on so many levels. You are able to articulate an awareness that would otherwise just remain an innate acknowledgement. I have a broad professional background but always searched for an understanding that never quite emerged through theory and postgraduate education; your work and insight seems to make sense of that missing link for me and feeds my yearning to escape the statutory demands that don't fit with my passion for offering psychospiritual compassion and support. Thank you for your wisdom -- it's a privilege to know you and learn from you."
Kirsty Hodgson, Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Hypnotherapist, and Supervisor; Advisor on Mental Health Strategy to the House of Commons and the Scottish Parliament.

"Richard’s writings and my personal experience of working with Richard to the Sacred Attention Therapy (SAT) model have provided me with an invaluable deepening and broadening of my inner work. Personally, professionally, spiritually and psychologically Richard’s work has helped bring together and add to all of my prior therapeutic, theological and healing training into a heart-based therapy that is both thorough and honouring. Richard’s original idea of the Central Character Dynamic (CCD) and the process of clarifying its structure is truly ground-breaking and has been one of the most frustrating, annoying (to my ego at any rate) and rewarding experiences to date. I have felt the benefits of SAT personally and have been privileged to witness them with clients."
Oliver Baum BA (Hons), M.Theol, MBACP.
Lead Therapist and Practice Director,
The Owl Practice, Guildford, Surrey, UK

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