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Application Requirements 

Level I Training

Candidates who wish to participate in the Training Program in the United States and Canada must complete an online application, which consists of a questionnaire and the requirement to upload a resume or curriculum vitae (CV), as well as provide proof of one of the following:

  • Licensure in a mental health profession
  • Legal authorization to practice as a mental health professional in state/province, or country of residence
  • Enrollment in a graduate level mental health program at an accredited college or university; or Post-graduate degree and engagement in the process of qualifying as a mental health professional legally authorized to practice

A nominal, nonrefundable fee is assessed to all Level I applications.

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Advanced Trainings

To apply to participate in Level II, Level III, or the Training in Complex Trauma and Dissociation in the United States and Canada, eligible candidates must complete an online application consisting of a questionnaire.

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Partner Organization Trainings

Candidates for Trainings organized jointly by SPI and its partner organizations may be required to apply via other means. Candidates should carefully read the application instructions for a particular Training in order to properly apply to attend.

Review Process

Applications are carefully reviewed for admission according to the following factors:

  • Prerequisites
  • Educational background
  • Clinical and professional experience
  • Reasons for attending
  • Group dynamic
  • Enrollment availability

Additional requirements or information may be requested from applicants, including an interview with a Trainer, references, legal documentation of licensure, or documentation of educational background or professional experience.

Assistant Program

Assisting a training is a great way to practice your skills, mentor new practitioners and develop relationships. Assistants help the Training Faculty in facilitating logistical and administrative aspects of the training, such as arranging the training space and helping with sign-in sheets. Assistants also work with triads during practice exercises by offering support and guidance.

Assistants are a valuable part of the training experience, as they not only work to reinforce theories and concepts learned during the lecture portion of the training, but also serve as peer mentors to those just beginning their experience with Sensorimotor Psychotherapy.

Assistants benefit themselves by “refreshing” their skills during the training, and enhancing relationships with faculty and developing relationships with participants. To be eligible to apply as an Assistant, one must have successfully completed the level of the training they are applying to Assist.

Continuing Education

Continuing education for Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Trainings and select workshops in the United States is co-sponsored by Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute (SPI) and either the Institute for Continuing Education (ICE) or Commonwealth Educational Seminars. Please see individual event listing pages for details about co-sponsorship.

Financial Information

Tuition for Trainings may vary by region, currency, type, iteration, and organizing body. Candidates and participants of Trainings in which tuition is paid directly to SPI can refer to Course Details Pages for information regarding tuition and related financial policies. Candidates and participants of Trainings in which tuition is not paid directly to SPI must refer to the official partner organization for information pertaining to tuition and relevant financial policies.

What’s included in Tuition?

  • 50-180 contact hours (varies depending on Training level) learning Sensorimotor Psychotherapy® with Certified SPI Trainers who have been mentored by SPI founder Dr. Pat Ogden
  • Continuing education credits for trainings in the United States are available for full attendance via The Institute for Continuing Education.
    • Note: Continuing Education or Continuing Professional Development credit may be available for participants of trainings taking place in countries other than the United States; contact studentservices@sensorimotor.org for more information.
  • A hardbound copy of the Level I, II, or III Training Manual/Workbook
  • Online access to lecture handouts and worksheets, teaching videos with Dr. Pat Ogden, and client session videos of Dr. Ogden demonstrating the SP method with clients
  • Opportunity to join the SPI Professional Organization upon completion of Training, maintain access to online resources and contact with fellow SPI Alumni
  • Ability to post a profile on the SPI online Referral Page
  • Snacks/refreshments provided for the duration of each Training day

Application Fee

Candidates for the Training Program must submit a nominal fee along with a completed online questionnaire and résumé or curriculum vitae (CV) in order to formally apply for enrollment. Fee can be paid with a debit or credit card on the last page of the online application. Application fee amount is listed on each course details page.

Minimum Deposit

Candidates are conditionally enrolled in a Training when an application to attend has been officially accepted by SPI. Conditional enrollees must submit a minimum monetary deposit towards (not in addition to) full course tuition no less than 30 days prior to the scheduled start of the Training and secure a payment plan for the remaining balance of tuition, or pay in full, in order to officially secure their seat.

Enrollees have the option to submit a deposit in excess of the minimum required amount or pay their tuition in full prior to the start of the Training if they so choose. Minimum required deposit amounts are listed on each course details page.

Payment Plans

In addition to the minimum deposit requirement, enrollees who choose not to pay their tuition in full no less than 30 days to the start of the Training must secure an interest-free monthly payment plan for their remaining tuition balance. All payment plans and full tuition payments must be submitted to SPI no less than 30 days prior to the start of the Training.

Fee

A one-time, non-refundable fee will be assessed to all monthly payment plans, regardless of plan length. Fee amount may vary depending on advertised transactional currency; refer to tuition details for exact fee amount.

Structure

Monthly payment plans for tuition are calculated after the minimum deposit has been secured and applicable discounts and financial aid opportunities have been assessed, along with any additional payments made to date. The remaining tuition balance is divided equally into a number of monthly payments.

Enrollees who wish to secure a monthly payment plan for their tuition balance may do so via their secure account on the SPI website. A valid credit or debit card will be required to secure a payment plan, and enrollees can choose from a number of monthly plan options offered by the Bursar.

After an enrollee has selected a payment plan and linked their credit or debit card to their account, SPI will automatically deduct the monthly payment amount each month, for the duration of the payment plan, starting on the 15th day of the first month in which the Training begins and continuing thereafter until the tuition balance is paid in full.

All payment plans begin on the 15th day of the month in which the Training is scheduled to commence, regardless of whether Training start is scheduled before, on, or after the 15th. All payments will be debited from the card on file on the 15th of every month unless prior arrangements have been made. In special cases the SPI Bursar may be able to customize payment plans to change the date to fit an enrollee’s needs.

If the monthly payment is declined or rejected after 2 attempts a $25.00 fee will be charged.

How to set up a Payment Plan

Enrollees can select an interest-free monthly payment plan from several options of varying length by accessing their online account. Payment plans are secured via a debit or credit card and can also be set up via the Office of the Bursar

What if a payment card is declined?

In the event a payment is declined, an automated email will be sent from the Office of the Bursar to the enrollee/participant e-mail address on file. Enrollee/participant will be required to log on to their online account to update credit card information or notify the Office of the Bursar so a payment can be scheduled.

Enrollee/participant is responsible for ensuring all payments are received and paying any overdue amounts immediately upon notification.

Bank wiring fees

In the event an enrollee/participant makes tuition payments via bank wire transfer or receives a tuition refund (full or partial) via bank wire transfer as a result of cancelling or withdrawing their enrollment, enrollee/participant will be exclusively liable for paying any fees related to the transaction(s).

SPI offers the following discount incentives in order for its students to reduce tuition for sponsored courses. Discounts are assessed as a percentage of total tuition or a specific amount deduction.

Standard Discount Incentives

Early Application (5%)

Candidates must submit their online application to attend by the indicated deadline on the Session Details Page. Discount automatically awarded once online application is submitted.

Discount applicable to Level I – Trauma Treatment (not Level I – SP for Trauma Themes), Level II, & Advanced Training for Complex Trauma only.

Current Graduate Student (5%)

Candidates must be currently enrolled in a graduate level (Master’s) student at an accredited college/university. Can be combined with all other discount incentives and work study awards, but cannot be combined with scholarships.

Candidates must provide proof of current graduate student status to financialservices@sensorimotor.org.  Forms constituting proof include at least one of the following: invoice for tuition paid, transcript, or course schedule.

Unaffiliated Group of 3-5 (5%)

A group of 3-5 candidates. Discount can be combined with all other discount incentives and work study awards, but cannot be combined with scholarships.

Discount applicable to Level I only.

Unaffiliated Group of 6 or more (10%)

A group 6 or more candidates. Discount can be combined with all other discount incentives and work study awards, but cannot be combined with scholarships.

Discount applicable to Level I only.

Affiliated Group of 10 or more (20%)

A group of 10 or more candidates each employed by the same organization. Discount can be combined with all other discount incentives and work study awards, but cannot be combined with scholarships.

Discount applicable to Level I only.

How to secure group discounts

Each group member must apply and be accepted to the Training individually. After applying, group members must submit the names of each group member to financialservices@sensorimotor.org no later than 30 days prior to start of Training. Discount will be applied once each member has been accepted to the Training.

Groups attempting to secure the affiliated group discount must supply Student Services with proof of employment to the same organization.

Prior Workshop (5%)

Candidate must have attended a prior workshop with an SPI faculty member. Only applicable to Level I Training. Discount applicable to Level I only.

Prior Learning Experience (5%)

Candidate must provide proof of graduate status from Somatic Experiencing Training to financialservices@sensorimotor.org

Repeat Training Participant (45%)

Participants can reattend trainings they have previously completed for a significant discount. Discount can only be combined with early application discount; cannot be combined with any other discount incentives, scholarships, or work study awards.

Training candidates in need of financial assistance are encouraged to explore the following financial aid options available.  Funding for financial aid is limited and SPI reserves the right to determine potential students who are eligible to receive aid.

The Office of Financial Aid manage all aspects of Training Scholarships, including eligibility, approval, restrictions, and finances. Questions/concerns about scholarships or financial aid should be directed to financialaid@sensorimotor.org.

Scholarship Review Process

The Office of Financial Aid reviews scholarship applications to determine candidate eligibility. Please allow up to two weeks after submission of application to receive confirmation of approval or denial. If candidate’s eligibility is approved, the scholarship will be awarded to candidate’s student account only after candidate has successfully applied and been accepted to attend the Training. Candidate may forfeit award if candidate does not apply to the Training by the indicated application deadline on the SPI website.

Obligations

Training participants who are awarded the scholarship must keep their student financial accounts in good standing by staying up to date on tuition deposits, any associated fees, and payment plans (if applicable). Non-adherence to a payment plan or missed/incomplete payments may result in loss of award and participant may be assessed additional fees.

Withdrawal

In the event a Training participant who has received a scholarship withdrawals from the Training, Trainee must notify SPI in a timely fashion prior to the next scheduled training module. Delays in submitting notice may result in a reduced refund, if any refund might be due (see SPI Refund Policy). Withdrawal from Training will result in proration of the scholarship award and the Refund Policy will apply.

Minimum Enrollment

A minimum enrollment threshold for paying participants is set for each individual course by the Director of Training. In order to ensure both financial viability and adequate class size for the best possible learning experience, a course will commence as scheduled only if the minimum threshold is met or exceeded no less than 30 days prior to the scheduled start, or as otherwise approved by SPI.

The minimum enrollment threshold for SPI Workshops and Trainings is typically 22 paying participants, however this number is subject to change under the discretion of The Office of The Registrar.

The Office of the Registrar may still not officially confirm course commencement until the 30 day deadline, even if student enrollment exceeds the minimum threshold prior to that date.  Course participants must refer to the applicable details page on the SPI website for the course in which they are enrolled, to ascertain actual deadline when notice will be given.

Course dates, times, locations, and Trainers are subject to change only if absolutely necessary, and participants will be contacted in due time if any changes are made.  The Office of the Registrar will disseminate status of course commencement to all officially enrolled participants no less than 30 days prior to the scheduled start. Participants are instructed not make any travel arrangements until official notice from SPI regarding course commencement is received.

Course participants should contact studentservices@sensorimotor.org before making travel arrangements to attend the first scheduled course date.

Course Postponement

In the event the minimum enrollment threshold for a course is not exceeded by the 30 day deadline, SPI reserves the right to postpone or cancel said course.  All officially enrolled participants will be notified in due time via e-mail if the course in which they are enrolled is postponed or cancelled.

In the event a course is postponed SPI may attempt to reschedule course dates to allow more time to increase enrollment and exceed the minimum threshold.  Some of the originally scheduled course dates may remain intact, new dates may also be added, and all officially enrolled participants may remain on course roster if they so choose.  Participants may transfer their enrollment to another course equivalent so long as enrollment for that course is officially open.

Participants enrolled in a course that has been postponed are eligible to receive a full refund of any tuition payments (excluding the nonrefundable application fee).  Participants who transfer their enrollment to another course will abide by the terms and conditions of that course.  The Office of the Bursar will award any refunds that may be due.

Course Cancellation

In the unlikely event an SPI course is cancelled outright, all scheduled dates will be eliminated. Participants enrolled in a course that has been cancelled have the option of transferring their enrollment to another course equivalent so long as enrollment for that course is officially open. Participants who choose not to transfer their enrollment will be removed from the official course

roster. A future course may be available in the region, but details will depend on a myriad of factors determined by SPI.

Participants enrolled in a course that has been cancelled are eligible to receive a full refund of any tuition payments (excluding the nonrefundable application fee). Participants who transfer their enrollment to another course will abide by the terms and conditions of that course. The Office of the Bursar will award any refunds that may be due.

SPI makes every effort to deliver the training as scheduled but in the event am individual training module is cancelled or rescheduled due to an Act of God or other situation outside of the control of SPI including: inclement weather, illness of trainer or travel issues, SPI willnot be responsible for any travel expenses incurred by the student. SPI will try to notify students at least 24 hours in advance of the cancellation if possible. It is recommended to obtain travel insurance or refundable or transferable tickets if travelling.

The Office of the Registrar manages all aspects of the Postponement & Cancellation Policies: registration@sensorimotor.org.

Please note; trainer assignments are subject to change at any given moment at any time for any reason.

Workshop Refund Policy

Workshop participants who cancel their registration may be eligible for a refund of tuition paid or credit towards a future Workshop provided they submit official notice to The Office of The Registrar prior to the scheduled workshop date, however the amount of potential refund will vary depending on when notice of cancellation is received:

30 or more days prior to first scheduled Workshop date: Participant will receive a full refund of Workshop registration fees paid to date

15-29 days prior to first scheduled Workshop date: Participant will receive a credit equal to the amount of Workshop registration fees paid to date towards a future SPI Workshop or Training

14 days or less prior to scheduled Workshop date: Participant is not eligible for a refund

Workshop refunds will be paid within thirty days of receipt of written notice of cancellation by SPI.

Training Refund Policy

SPI is committed to providing a high-quality learning experience for all Training participants. Learning materials, training space, food and beverage, instructor travel, and a myriad of other related expenses are secured based on the number of enrollees in order to ensure that quality standards are met. The Training Refund Policy reflects the costs and effort involved both in anticipation of and during each Training.

Enrolling in an SPI Training is a commitment on several levels, one of which is financial. Participants are expected to attend for the duration of the Training for which they are enrolled and to make tuition payments on time, although certain factors may necessitate a cancellation or withdrawal. Partial refunds may be available to participants who cancel their registration or withdraw their enrollment from a Training, provided they adhere to this Refund Policy and the applicable Refund Table (see section on Refund Tables below).
Training participants should contact the Office of the Registrar as soon as possible if considering cancelling or withdrawing their enrollment. The Office of the Registrar or the Office of Financial Aid may be able to assist with the cancellation/withdrawal process and offer possible alternatives if they are available.

Training participants who cancel or withdrawal their enrollment may be eligible for a refund provided they submit official written notice to The Office of The Registrar according to the indicated deadlines on the applicable Refund Table (see section on Refund Tables below). A participant’s withdrawal or cancellation from a Training is only considered official if and when participant submits official notice.   If notice is not received by the The Office of the Registrar in a timely fashion, participant risks reduction or forfeit of any refund that they might otherwise be due.

30 or more days prior to first scheduled Training date: Participant will receive a full refund of Training registration fees paid to date (with the exception of the application fee which is non-refundable).

1-29 days prior to first scheduled Training date: Participant will receive a full refund of training fees with the exception of the Deposit and application fee.

Once the training begins: Refer to the Refund Table below.

Absences, Notice of Cancellation or Withdrawal

In the event a participant incurs expected or unexpected absence(s) during a Training, he/she will adhere to the absence/make-up work policy as outlined in the course syllabus (not applicable to Workshops or Conferences).  Participants who wish to graduate to a subsequent Training Level must complete make-up work according to the make-up work policy and maintain their payment plan.

A participant’s absence from one or more days of a course does not necessarily equate an intent to cancel or withdrawal their enrollment.  A cancellation or withdrawal is deemed official only when a participant communicates their intent to The Office of The Registrar.

Notice of cancellation or withdrawal from a course must be sent by participant to The Office of the Registrar in order to process any potential refund that might be available.  If proper notice of cancellation or withdrawal is not received by The Office of The Registrar, participant will remain liable for paying their tuition balance in full, per any previously arranged payment plan or otherwise.

Refund Calculation

Refunds for Training tuition paid are calculated based on a percentage of tuition less any applicable discounts or financial aid that may have been awarded to participant and less the minimum deposit after the 30 day deadline prior to the start of the course if minimum deposit has been paid.  The percentage of tuition eligible for refund is determined by the applicable Refund Table for the module format of the Training in which participant is enrolled.  Refunds are determined based on the date SPI receives official notice from participant of their intent to cancel or withdraw their enrollment.

Net refund for Training tuition will vary depending on the following factors:

  • Module format of the Training in which participant is enrolled
  • Date of receipt of participant’s official notice of intent to cancel or withdraw their enrollment
  • Participant’s minimum deposit status
  • Participant’s tuition balance at time of cancellation or withdrawal
  • Participant’s payment plan status
  • Discounts or financial aid awarded to participant (if applicable)

Each Training module format has a matching Refund Table. Only the Refund Table that matches the Training module format in which the participant is cancelling or withdrawing their enrollment is applicable for determining whether or not a refund is due.

Refunds for Training tuition are assessed by identifying the date official notice of cancellation or withdrawal is received by SPI in relation to the applicable cancellation or withdrawal deadline as indicated in the first column of the applicable Refund Table.  The corresponding cell in the second column of the applicable Refund Table indicates the percentage of full tuition and minimum deposit (less applicable discounts and financial aid) eligible for refund.  Deadlines indicated by module number denote first scheduled day of that module.

Refund Tables

Two Module Training

 

Cancellation or Withdrawal Deadline
Tuition Eligible for Refund

30 days or more prior to start

100% less discounts

1 – 29 days prior to  start

100% less minimum deposit and discounts

Module 1

50% less minimum deposit and discounts

Module 2

0%

Three Module Training

 

Cancellation or Withdrawal Deadline
Tuition Eligible for Refund

30 days or more prior to start

100% less discounts

1 – 29 days prior to  start

100% less minimum deposit and discounts

Module 1

67% less minimum deposit and discounts

Module 2

33% less minimum deposit and discounts

Module 3

0%

Four Module Training

 

Cancellation or Withdrawal Deadline
Tuition Eligible for Refund

30 days or more prior to start

100% less discounts

1 – 29 days prior to  start

100% less minimum deposit and discounts

Module 1

75% less minimum deposit and discounts

Module 2

50% less minimum deposit and discounts

Module 3

25% less minimum deposit and discounts

Module 4

0%

Six Module Training

 

Cancellation or Withdrawal Deadline
Tuition Eligible for Refund

30 days or more prior to start

100% less discounts

1 – 29 days prior to  start

100% less minimum deposit and discounts

Module 1

80% less minimum deposit and discounts

Module 2

60% less minimum deposit and discounts

Module 3

40% less minimum deposit and discounts

Module 4

20% less minimum deposit and discounts

Module 5 & 6

0%

Seven Module Training

 

Cancellation or Withdrawal Deadline
Tuition Eligible for Refund

30 days or more prior to start

100% less discounts

1 – 29 days prior to start

100% less minimum deposit and discounts

Module 1

83% less minimum deposit and discounts

Module 2

67% less minimum deposit and discounts

Module 3

50% less minimum deposit and discounts

Module 4

33% less minimum deposit and discounts

Module 5

17% less minimum deposit and discounts

Modules 6 & 7

0%

Eight Module Training

 

Cancellation or Withdrawal Deadline
Tuition Eligible for Refund

30 days or more prior to start

100% less discounts

1 – 29 days prior to  start

100% less minimum deposit and discounts

Module 1

83% less minimum deposit and discounts

Module 2

67% less minimum deposit and discounts

Module 3

50% less minimum deposit and discounts

Module 4

33% less minimum deposit and discounts

Module 5

17% less minimum deposit and discounts

Module 6-8

0%

Ten Module Training

 

Cancellation or Withdrawal Deadline
Tuition Eligible for Refund

30 days or more prior to start

100% less discounts

1 – 29 days prior to  start

100% less minimum deposit and discounts

Module 1

88% less minimum deposit and discounts

Module 2

75% less minimum deposit and discounts

Module 3

63% less minimum deposit and discounts

Module 4

50% less minimum deposit and discounts

Module 5

38% less minimum deposit and discounts

Module 6

25% less minimum deposit and discounts

Module 7

13% less minimum deposit and discounts

Module 8-10

0%

Thirteen Module Training

 

Cancellation or Withdrawal Deadline
Tuition Eligible for Refund

30 days or more prior to start

100% less discounts

1 – 29 days prior to start

100% less minimum deposit and discounts

Module 1

90% less minimum deposit and discounts

Module 2

80% less minimum deposit and discounts

Module 3

70% less minimum deposit and discounts

Module 4

60% less minimum deposit and discounts

Module 5

50% less minimum deposit and discounts

Module 6

40% less minimum deposit and discounts

Module 7

30% less minimum deposit and discounts

Module 8

20% less minimum deposit and discounts

Module 9

10% less minimum deposit and discounts

Module 10-13

0%

The Office of the Bursar manages all aspects of the Workshop and Training Refund Policies.  Inquiries pertaining to these policies should be directed to financialservices@sensorimotor.org.

Enrollees should review available discount incentives and financial aid opportunities before selecting payment plans or paying their tuition in full, in order to ensure that all available opportunities have been secured.  It is the enrollee’s sole responsibility to request any particular discount incentive or financial aid award from the Office of Financial Aid.

All requests for discounts or financial aid must be made prior to the scheduled start of a Training.  Requests submitted after the start of a Training will not be honored.  Specific deadlines may apply (see below), however discounts and financial aid cannot be applied after the Training begins.

The receiving of discounts and/or awarding of financial aid awards does not guarantee acceptance into a Training, nor does it reserve a seat.  Each Training has its own application process which separate from the application process to secure any discounts or financial aid.

The early application discount will automatically be awarded to an applicant’s account provided the online application to attend is submitted prior to the indicated deadline on the course details page.  Application need not be accepted by the deadline in order to secure the discount.  All other discounts must be preapproved by the Office of Financial Aid (such as group discounts).

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute® (SPI) financial policies are applicable only to courses wherein participants pay tuition and fees directly to SPI or Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute® Europe Ltd. (SPEU).  Courses listed on SPI’s official website organized in collaboration with one of its worldwide partner organizations may be subject to different registration and financial policies administered by said organization.  Official organizing bodies for each course are indicated on the appropriate Session Details Page on SPI’s website.

Accurate and up to date information pertaining to courses organized by SPI’s official partners may exist in places other than SPI website.  Prospective participants should contact the local organizing body for clarification of any such tuition, registration, or other relevant information pertaining to said course before applying or registering to attend.

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