The Three Stages of the Certification Program

Stage One

This stage is suitable for enthusiasts or as the first stage of the certification process.

Stage One includes:

Official Havening Techniques® Educational Pack accessed via

Online pre or post-course material such as videos, audio, and other information

Two-day training course

Working with a great team of assistants, we use experiential learning methods, such as demonstrations, Havening and being Havened, use of Neurosky to explore brainwaves and heart-rate variables, using technology to illustrate electrical field, drawing, video, powerpoint, diagrams, metaphors, drama, quizzes, unpacking sessions, and looking at the material in different ways to make learning easy. I am particularly interested in sharing key principles, explaining 'tools' and their 'uses and likely outcomes' to form a solid foundation. This training enables creativity,  confidence and higher success rates.

Join us, a small group, in a special place, for a weekend of participant-centered learning. Discover for yourself both the changes that are experienced, the scientific and biological theories of how these innovative processes work, and how to best use Havening Touch® and the many different Havening Techniques to help either yourself or others.

Dr. Ronald Ruden, who created Havening, describes the effect of using these techniques as providing ‘a better way of living through neuroscience’. People who have experienced the techniques say that they are 'effective' and 'easy and pleasant to use'. A study at King’s College London showed that after just one session of Havening nearly all of the participants were able to concentrate better, let go of disturbing thoughts and eliminate worry, and were able to boost their self-esteem. The results also showed that most of the participants were still benefiting from those changes two months after the single session of Havening (see Testimonials).

Dr Ronald Ruden and his twin brother Steven have a deep interest in neuroscience, and from this viewpoint they set out to research Energy Psychology (EP) some decades ago. The root of EP is traditional Chinese medical procedures which employ touching acupoints on the meridian channels to heal both physical and emotional problems. EP claims to resolve a wide variety of conditions including phobias, somatisation responses, post-traumatic stress, chronic pain, as well as a whole host of emotional states such as pathological fear, guilt, anger, jealousy and grief. The Rudens’ research enabled them to propose a new system grounded in neuroscience and clinical observation. They called this system Havening, meaning 'to put one in a safe place', a safe haven. Havening produces some of its effect by synaptic (receptor) depotentiation (removal). This process disrupts the pathway laid down during the encoding of a traumatic event (illustration below). This type of Havening can also be described with a more technical term which defines the neurobiological mechanism, Amygdala Depotentiation Technique (ADT). Literally receptors on part of the brain called the amygdala are removed (illustration below). This means that when a person is responding to stimuli with a fight, flight, or freeze response, and the Havening process is applied, a physiological change can occur. The result of this physiological change is that when the stimuli are encountered in the future the response will be calmer, objective or positive. This begins a series of ongoing changes to the person's 'landscape' (electro-chemical system), and in turn to their perceptions and behaviours. Other types of Havening facilitate change in the landscape and how this works is explained on the training.

As well as learning about the biology and neuroscience you will also get the opportunity to experience being Havened and learn and practice these different techniques:

  • Event Havening

  • Transpirational Havening

  • Outcome Havening

  • Role Havening

  • Hopeful Havening

  • Ifformational Havening

  • Affirmational Havening


As we learn we will also be building key skills such as:

  • accessing the history and finding the ‘seed events’

  • sensory acuity

  • observation and calibration

  • internal processing

  • relating and building trust

  • listening to voice and language usage

  • understanding high-speed change

  • how to explain Havening simply

  • creative and confident Havening

  • how Havening relates to other modalities (such as NLP, TFT and hypnosis)


Imagine the difference when you:

  • have learned about the scientific basis

  • have discovered how simple they are to use

  • experience how they can generate fast and effective change

  • can share the methods with your clients to empower them to help themselves

  • discover how beautifully Havening enhances what you already do well

  • have experienced how a memory that causes a stress response when triggered can be altered so that when the memory is triggered after Havening the response is calm or objective

  • experience how this electro-chemical change alters the landscape of the brain and how this changes behaviour for the good

  • see, hear and grasp how these methods work

  • have gained a solid understanding about the neurological process of encoding in the amygdalae, how people's behaviours are shaped by the electro-chemical response to triggers, how the havening processes cause depotentiation (delinking) to take place, and how these neurological changes alter the electro-chemical responses to triggers and the landscape of the mind; and how the person is then enabled to shape their behaviour in a way that is helpful to them

  • learn why delinking the ‘seed’ that is at the base of the problem is key 

  • hear and experience how to find that key 'seed'

  • hear about how Havening has been used with anxiety, panic attacks, abandonment issues, fears, phobias, distressing memories, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anger, grief, guilt, cravings, compulsions, emotional eating, depression, stress, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), confidence issues, chronic pain, and more.

  • can use all the tools and techniques confidently and creatively

  • have gained your Diploma of Certification and are practising as a Certified Havening Techniques® Practitioner and are represented on the originators' website.

Stage Two

Once you begin Stage Two, all the documents you will need can be downloaded from the education portal at

Any questions can be discussed with Carol via email, phone or video call. Usually it is ideal to have around three support sessions on video call during Stage Two. These are often at the outset, in the middle and towards the end but some people have used them when they have felt they would like to discuss a case or a subject. You can also take part and contribute on the Havening Techniques 'closed Facebook forum'. This is a useful platform to ask the creators, developers, trainers and other practitioners if they would share their ideas about a subject. The forum can also be used as a resource as many questions have been explored already and these are archived.

In brief the elements of stage two are:


Download, print out, fill in the practitioner application forms and mail then to the New York HQ.

Case Studies: Document thirty case studies which demonstrate The Havening Techniques®

Science Review: 44 questions in multiple-choice type format

Make two videos of yourself using The Havening Techniques® with two different people. These digital/video films must be a minimum length of 15 minutes and a maximum length of 60 minutes.

Write a professional profile for your profile on the Havening website

Stage Two (add to any two-day training to take certification track)

Stage Two (add to any two-day training to take certification track)

Case Studies

Working with a range of clients to explore and become confident with the application of the concepts of Havening and the use and results gained using each of the different kinds of Havening. Document (on the forms provided) and submit a range of cases and 30 Havenings. For example, the presenting issues, actions made and the debriefing of each session is recorded on a simple intake sheet (the client gives permission but is annoymous on the sheet, represented only by a letter, for example, Client A), and each type of Havening used is described on an separate sheet. For example if in session one, four Havenings were carried out, these would be documented on a sheet for each, i.e. Event Havening, Transpirational Havening, Ifformational Havening and Affirmational Havening may have been used. Full details are given in the online support material.


Practioners have said that recording their case studies helped them consider their and their clients experiences of Havening and encouraged them to use and learn about each of the different Havening Techniques with a range of clients, as well as documenting personal experiences of being Havened or using self-Havening. The information you provide about how you are using Havening also helps us continually improve our educational program.


Science Review

Practitioners have described this as 'a useful aid as you learn about the scientific concepts at the base of Havening'. They have also said that it has given them confidence that they have grasped the ideas and can express them. The information you provide about your understanding of the scientific concepts at the foundation of the Havening Techniques also helps us continually improve our educational program.



Make two videos of yourself using The Havening Techniques® with two different people. These digital/video films must be a minimum length of 15 minutes and a maximum length of 60 minutes.


Practitioners have described how making these videos helped them see how they were working, in some cases study how they were working, make changes to improve their technique and celebrate their skills.


Write a professional profile 

This profile is for your listing on the website. After successfully completing all three stages, certification as  Havening Practitioner is granted from New York HQ. The new practitioner is listed and can upload a profile on the website. After the first year, practitioners pay $99 annually to remain a practitioner and to be listed on the website.

Certification process and evaluation​

Once everything is completed, send it to me in one clearly labeled package (USB stick or via Dropbox). If you prefer, send me ten case studies as a starting point and we can have a video meeting to answer any queries you may have.

I will look at the case studies, written material and videos very carefully and will email you to let you know the results of your science review and make any helpful points I can. If all is well and I am content that you have demonstrated a level of competency in The Havening Techniques®, this training is complete. If you are practicing in the USA  you can continue to a final stage with Midge Murphy see for more information. 


Information from HQ

'If after viewing the case studies and videos the program director, in his/her sole discretion, determines the applicant has not demonstrated a level of competency in The Havening Techniques® to continue in the program, then the applicant will be notified. In such event, the program director may ask the applicant to submit additional videos. The exact number of which to be determined solely by the program director or the program director may make recommendations to the applicant to bring the applicant up to speed. In either event, it's possible that the applicant will be disqualified from our program.'


Benefits of Certification

Diploma of certification

Listing on the website as a certified practitioner

Reduced fees to webinars and online conferences (50%)

Access to master classes.

Access to liability insurance if needed.

Being a facilitator at conferences.

Updated new science as it becomes available.

Access to Power Point presentation by Dr. Ruden

Material Support

Quarterly Newsletter


Certification in the Havening Techniques®

When you have passed Stage Two, let me know and I will inform Feliciana Tello at Havening HQ, in New York. Feliciana will manage the review of all your paperwork and ensure that the Practitioner Agreement is notarized and returned to you with your certificate which will be signed by the Rudens. Feliciana will also liase with you regarding your listing as a certified Havening Techniques® Practitioner on the official website. Please note; after the first year, practitioners pay $99 annually to remain a practitioner and to be listed on the website. A listing on will make you part of the official approved referral network and you may also link your business site to ours. The annual fee will apply upon each anniversary to maintain updates to your listing as well as annual renewal to search engines, etc.

Carol Robertson PhD is a certified trainer and practitioner of Havening Techniques.

Havening Techniques is a registered trade mark of Ronald Ruden, 15 East 91st Street, New York.

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Havening Techniques is a registered trade mark of Ronald Ruden, 15 East 91st Street, New York.