Social Health is the Key to
Mental Health

Listening Training for Professionals:
A Weekend Intensive Opportunity

Take your Clinical Expertise to the next level

Listening Training Pro fills a gap in our mental health system. Social health is critical to overall mental wellness, and yet most education does not address the core skills to supporting clients’ social health.

With greater presence, openness, authenticity, and integrity in your practice; you can improve client social health as well as their capacity for engagement with the therapeutic process. Through this course, participants learn how to facilitate shared experiences of healing human connection to those recovering from obsessive thinking, trauma, destabilization and addiction through the power of community.

Deep listening creates connection, which generates:

  • Openness beyond one’s preconceptions
  • A quality of being heard and seen
  • Individuals being valued deeply
  • Trust and permission to create new possibilities
  • Further clarity about what’s going on beneath the surface
  • Ability to overcome friction and work through any tension

Listening Training Pro is for Clinical Professionals who work in a variety of settings including, but not limited to:

  • Private practice
  • Community non-profits
  • Government agencies
  • Schools and other education oriented settings
  • Residential and outpatient services
  • Hospitals and clinics

Reduce Burn Out and Learn to Resource Yourself and Your Clients More Effectively Through Presence

  • Teaches skills for boosting mental health fitness through creating more balance between our brain, heart, and intuition
  • Helps us to understand the value of interpersonal relationships and how through co-regulation, we can reduce stress
  • Supports us to learn how to identify our wants and needs and role models how to get these met across our healthcare organizations through tools to navigate conflict
  • Boundary-setting techniques for avoiding transference and maximizing radically authentic relationships with clients
  • Navigating safe, legal and appropriate self-disclosure in order to facilitate more authentic experiences of connection with clients



Led by SeekHealing co-founder Jennifer Nicolaisen and Board President Jennifer Garrett, Listening Training Pro is conducted entirely in-person and guides participants through an intensive and deeply immersive program. This course combines teachings, mentorship, self-study, group explorations, and accountability structures that together create an emergent leadership pathway that produces profound transformation for participants and their clients.

Our Collective Health Depends on Your Ability to Listen

Become The Medicine:

Learn to Hold Space in a Way That Fosters Deeper Healing for Your Clients

This training focuses on developing your deeper listening capacities as well as exploring the fundamental principles behind the SeekHealing model. You'll practice sharing power dynamically and holding space in real time, in a way that breaks down some of the implicit assumptions in clinician-patient relationships.

We will explore this in a way that maintains integrity with licensure and compliance standards while opening the doors to transformational connection with clients, as well as the greater network of relationships in your life.


A One-of-a-Kind Curriculum

As a leader and innovator in the growing field of Social Health, SeekHealing designed Listening Training Pro to provide the first education of this kind to clinical professionals working in mental health and substance use. Through information sharing and experiential learning, Listening Training Pro will prepare you to create healing spaces of authentic human connection in the world.

SeekHealing’s approach is tailored to our current cultural moment incorporating diversity, inclusion and equity as a foundation. We also drawn upon many aspects of various therapeutic modalities including, but not limited to: Gestalt Therapy, Transpersonal Psychology, Somatic Experiencing, Harm Reduction, and Trauma-Informed Care.

Start Listening More Deeply Today

  • Learn to hold a open healing space, one to one and in groups
  • Learn Authentic Relating Games, Listening Exercises, and additional tools to be more present with your clients and in your communities 
  • Gain skill to learn how to co-regulate with clients more effectively
  • Artfully manage projections and judgments while maintaining compassion
  • Learn to weave connection and deep listening practices into all of the roles you show up in within the world
  • Learn how to set the context for a meeting or interaction in a way that is relational, engaging, and moves forward the experience of all involved
  •  Explore the nuances of setting compassionate boundaries
  •  Learn the difference between holding non-judgmental space and implementing therapeutic tools, and how to use consent to maximize the benefits of both
  • Understand the safety & legality of self-disclosure principles and when it’s ok to self-disclose in a way that promotes authentic connection with a client
  • Unique methods for supporting clients with Substance Use Disorder (SUD) including “Personal Harm Reduction”

What Sets Seekhealing Apart?

SeekHealing offers a unique and revolutionary model of Social Health as a means of achieving personal and collective healing from trauma, addiction, and other mental/emotional wellness challenges.

Because relationships are so important to all aspects of health–mental, emotional, and even physical–we promote social wellness as a key strategy for an overall healthy life.

Seeking Healing is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to fostering social health and reducing instances of overdose and deaths of despair. We are committed to changing the face of the mental health field to reflect a truly compassionate approach and transcend shaming and labeling.
Jennifer Nicolaisen
Jennifer Nicolaisen is the co-founder and Executive Director of SeekHealing, an Asheville-based non-profit pioneering a novel “social health” protocol for addressing addiction and preventing deaths of despair. SeekHealing offers a program based on the importance of healthy communication and human social connection in trauma & addiction recovery. The program provides non-abstinence-based support meetings, creative experiences of human connection & community, public training in authentic communication and pro-social skills, as well as providing access to holistic wellness services; all free of charge.


She graduated with a BA in Linguistics from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2012. Nicolaisen is also a ceremony guide, minister, and relationship coach. She spends her free time connecting with her partners and friends, practicing yoga, and exploring the trails in Pisgah National Forest.
Jennifer Garrett
Jennifer Garrett is currently a therapist and the clinical director for Resilient Mind Counseling in Asheville, NC. She graduated with a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling in 2007 and graduated with a double major in the field of education and Bible in 1996. She has a background in programming and outreach within the YMCA of Middle Tennessee as well as teaching at a high school in Houston, TX for neurodivergent kids struggling in the traditional public school setting. She has 15 years experience as a professional counselor, first working with kids, families, and foster parents then working in the addiction counseling field, and now in a group practice setting. She is dually licensed as a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist, Licenced Clinical Mental Health Counselor and Supervisor, and Certified Clinical Supervisor ( LCAS, LCMHCS, and CCS) in the state of North Carolina with experience in Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT), Harm Reduction, and Trauma. In her down time she likes to road bike, work with stained glass, listen to mythology podcasts, and trail run.
If you have questions about this training:
Contact our Director of Training Ionsul Ferrin at training@seekhealing.org.