Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Training for Mental Health Professionals
Theoretically grounded in neuroscience and attachment research, SP trainings provide professionals with the foundational skills and principles necessary to include the body in psychotherapy as both a source of information and target for intervention. Participants are taught a mindfulness-based approach to treating emotional and cognitive experience that facilitates access to deeper authentic experience.
Having an active clinical practice or position is helpful in integrating Sensorimotor Psychotherapy learning, however, SP Trainings are also appropriate for mental health professionals in transition who do not have an active practice. Graduate and post-graduate professionals working toward building an active practice are also appropriate for the program.
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy℠ builds upon traditional psychotherapeutic techniques and principles but approaches the body as central in the therapeutic field of awareness, and includes observational skills, theories, and interventions not usually practiced in psychodynamic psychotherapy. Theoretical principles and treatment approaches from both the mental health and body psychotherapy traditions are integrated in this approach.
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy℠ draws from body-oriented psychotherapy methodology pioneered by Ron Kurtz (Kurtz, 1990) as a foundation for therapeutic skills and incorporates theory and technique from psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, neuroscience, and the theories of attachment and dissociation.
- Theoretical underpinnings of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy℠
- Relevant neuroscience and attachment research
- Descriptions of techniques and rationale
- Both large and small group discussion offer opportunities to explore topics in depth and ask didactic and technical questions.
- The following two books are suggested to accompany the learning in the training:
- “Trauma and the Body: A Sensorimotor Approach to Psychotherapy” by Pat Ogden, Kekuni Minton, and Clare Pain,
- “Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Interventions for Trauma and Attachment,” by Pat Ogden and Janina Fisher
- Practice exercises, maps, and worksheets may be provided to facilitate clinical understanding and application of course content.
Demonstration & Clinical Analysis
- Trainers demonstrate and analyze concepts and skills through role-play, demonstrations with assistants or students, and clinical video sessions.
- Visualizations, and practice vignettes and exercises are designed to give students the opportunity to practice specific Sensorimotor Psychotherapy℠ approaches and skills.
Clinical Examples and Consultation
- Trainers provide clinical examples to support the integration of the method, and students have opportunities to present clinical cases for feedback on the integration of SP during class discussion.
- Trainers observe, give feedback, and support the development of SPI student skills during class exercises.
Peer Partner and Study Group Support
- Students form dyads and groups to practice elements of the SP method.
SP for the Treatment of Trauma
Trauma - Level I
SP for Developmental Injury
Development - Level II
Advanced, Integrative Training in SP – Certification
Certification - Level III