According to Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Founder Pat Ogden, “The body’s intelligence is largely an untapped resource in psychotherapy, yet the story told by the ‘somatic narrative’– gesture, posture, prosody, facial expressions, eye gaze, and movement — is arguably more significant than the story told by the words.” Working with trauma requires a tool kit that goes beyond responding to the verbal narrative. An attuned, body based approach to trauma treatment recognizes the importance of observing and working with sensory information that can uniquely inform and guide the therapeutic process. Body- focused therapies help clients with grounding and affect regulation skills, and can also provide an incredible window into the implicit world of traumatic memory that may reside deep within in the nervous system, beyond the reach of words.
This workshop will provide participants with tools and techniques incorporating body- based interventions for working with traumatized clients. We will review the neuroscience of trauma and sensorimotor processes, practice listening and responding to non-verbal cues, and explore ways to harness the body’s instinctual responses in working through stuck points in trauma processing.
Through a blend of didactic presentation, experiential activities, and case illustration, participants will be exposed to a range of body based tools and techniques that can be adapted in clinical practice. Focusing on the embodied experience of our clients, and of ourselves, we will also address somatic countertransference and therapist self-care.
8:45 – 10:30
10:45 – 12:00
12:00 – 1:00 LUNCH
1:00 – 2:30
2:30 – 2:40 BREAK
2:40 – 4:00