Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (SP) is a body-oriented, talk therapy that blends verbal dialogue, cognitive and emotional approaches, with physical interventions that directly address the implicit memories and neurobiological effects of trauma.
Level I of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute’s Training Program equips therapists to better understand the symptoms and issues of clients who suffer from past and ongoing trauma, neglect, and relational failures and to work with them in a more effective way. As a participant in our Level 1 SP for Trauma Themes course, you will learn effective, accessible interventions for working with dysregulated arousal, disruptive behavioral patterns, disturbed cognitive and emotional processing, and the fragmented sense of self experienced by so many traumatized individuals.
By using bodily experience as a primary entry point in trauma therapy, rather than the events or the "story," SP attends to how the body holds the effects of trauma and interfaces with emotions and cognitive meaning making. As you learn interventions that speak directly to how client issues are driven by the body and the nervous system, you will be able to directly impact the direction of treatment for client populations suffering from the effects of trauma.
By the end of the course, you will be able to apply SP skills with clients who are distressed or traumatized and adapt SP skills for more complex clinical situations.
The training is 80 credited hours divided into
• 72 live online hours
• 8 self-paced online hours
Additional Course Requirements
Alongside the course, you will also complete 3 hours of Group Consultation with a Trainer or SP Approved Consultant to help integrate the theory and skills. Consultation is fully paid through SPI and will not result in any additional costs to students.
This course includes elements that are live and interactive. To participate, you will need a computer with internet connection.
This course is held in SPI Learning Online (SPILO, a platform for online courses) using Zoom (a web-based video meeting tool), and is accessible from a laptop, desktop computer, tablet, or phone.