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What skills are useful

This graph shows the CASEs an individual would use in the perfect use of each of the Havening Techniques. Note that the times shown are related to percentages. For example, Event Havening may take 5 minutes, and Outcome Havening may take 30 minutes.


Looking at this graph can help us consider what skills are useful for Havening.

Clients tend to present with unhealthy and unhelpful CASEs, which they seek relief from, or they are experiencing some sort of block that is preventing them from living as they wish to. The graph shows us that for ideal Havening, the individual is going to be using healthy, helpful CASEs. The practitioner, therefore, needs to be excellent at cueing these CASEs and supporting the client in sustaining them.

We see this for Event Havening, and in this instance, the practitioner needs to be able to either describe how to do working memory activities or be able to cue such activity for sustained periods (5 to 10 mins).

For Outcome Havening, story construction skills can help the client as they build a new outcome. The principles of EMLI are very important here as the new story will change the 'Inescapability' and the 'Meaning' (loss or abandonment) that were active in the previous story.

Role Havening requires similar skills and acting skills. Reading stories and fables and going to improvisation class is ideal for developing these skills.

Making art is useful for Havening because we have to be so good at being creative that we can enable our clients to use their own creativity to build new Outcomes, new Roles, and new ideas explored in all sensory ways, which we do in Hopeful and Ifformational Havening. Art making can be generating music, visuals, sculpture, writing, filmmaking, Brain Art, inventing, interior and garden design, flower arranging, and all sorts of creative activities can help us develop these skills, especially collaborative art making, as this is what we are doing in Havening. Consider the difference between reading someone a trance script, as is done by many hypnotists, or using a protocol compared to the client building a new outcome themselves, fully aware of changing I and M of EMLI.

Developing our listening skills is important, too. So we can detect when someone is enjoying working memory activities or their survival response is being cued into action, or their new story is congruent to them. Can we pick up that change in tone, tempo or rhythm after using a Havening Technique, which indicates neural changes have taken place?

Strengthening our foundation in language use is vital as it changes how we use cues and which cues we choose. It enables us to notice what the client is affirming when they arrive for the session and what they are now affirming after the session. It helps us pick up the word usage changing, the grammar changing, or the metaphor use changing after using Havening Techniques. When we can pick up those subtle changes, we can help the client notice the shifts themselves and build on these changes to make them more accessible and used more frequently.

Learning how to work content-free is also helpful.

Creating structures that avoid using dramatic arcs makes a huge difference to the session and to the clients experience of using the Havening Techniques.

Being able to hold space and encourage a client to express or reflect during Transpirational Havening or Affirmational Havening.

Being able to find out enough about what really makes a client tick and fills them with joy so that they can confidently use this for OH, RH, HH, RH, AH  and for TH opposites.

Skill Sets for Havening


Changes often occur very quickly when the Havening Techniques like Event Havening are used,  so being agile is important.



By observing changes to CASE in response to cues and questions, we can be agile and keep up with the client as they progress.

Able to Use a Biology Basis

Working from a biology-basis can help us perceive clearly.

Honest, Welcoming, Thoughtful and Open

It's good to be thoughtful sometimes you may say to the client that you want to think about how they can best use Havening

Curious and Brave

Being very curious and open helps us in asking questions which  sometimes seem brave.


Being flexible helps us be able to empower the individual to use their creativity when they use Outcome, Role, Hopeful, Ifformational, and Affirmational Havening Techniques. And to be able to work with their creative material.

Being flexible helps us observe accurately and to be agile when things we didn't predict happen.



Able to go first and maintain helpful CASEs (because brains follow brains). And be rock-like and steady. In Havening this steadiness is really important when using Transpirational Havening when the client is expressing or reflecting.

Solution Finding

In Havening we are fortunate to have wonderful checklists that we can use to help the individual find solutions. And we can share CASE, EMLI, ELFS and  QOCTU  with clients.

Collaborative Creativity

In Havening, the client can generate their own creativity. Their style and ideas will be very different from ours, but we can collaborate and use their material. This is true in Outcome, Role, Hopeful, Ifformational, Affirmational, and working memory activities in the distraction element of Event Havening.

We can develop our skills through making collaborative art, improvisation and acting training. This Collaborative Creativity could be described as 'getting out of the way of yourself and working with the ideas of others using their creative structures.' We take the role of facilitator rather than healer or teaching in this way of engaging. 

Creating Privacy to Access

We can create space and privacy for individuals by sharing with them that they can access without having to provide us with a narrative translation of the information they access. We can do this by teaching them how to use checklists (CASE, ELFS, EMLI,  Content, Complex Content, Context and Format) as they activate receptors and observe what they access. This enables the person to activate the key receptors that relate to the specific moment of the experience rather than use receptors that have made about the experience so they can explain it to others. 

We can also share how they can use these skills to note how well the Havening Techniques are working for them and what changes have taken place or are taking place in an ongoing manner.


Calibrating, Tracking and Utilising

In Havening, we are fortunate to have wonderful checklists that we can use to recognise what is helpful and what is working for an individual. We can aim for balance and map using the different V Scales

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Presenting Aims/Issues

Scale for Mapping Responses to Cues.

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Scale for Measuring Changes In Responses (CASEs) to Cues

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After Using the Havening Techniques 

Scale for Mapping Optimism

What did you discover?

I hope this inspires you to explore skill sets. I would love to know what you discovered. Let's connect in our Messenger group and share.

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