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Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Training for Mental Health Professionals

SP Trainings are designed for legally authorized mental health professionals to integrate and apply Sensorimotor Psychotherapy theory and techniques into clinical practice.

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.

Traditional psychotherapy addresses the cognitive and emotional elements of trauma and early attachment issues but lacks techniques that work directly with the physiological elements. Research shows that trauma and early attachment profoundly affects the body and that many symptoms of afflicted individuals are somatically driven.

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.

Didactic

Lecture
  • Theoretical underpinnings of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy℠
  • Relevant neuroscience and attachment research
  • Descriptions of techniques and rationale
Discussion
  • Both large and small group discussion offer opportunities to explore topics in depth and ask didactic and technical questions.
Supplementary Reading
  • 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
Supplementary Exercises
  • Practice exercises, maps, and worksheets may be provided to facilitate clinical understanding and application of course content.

Experiential

Demonstration & Clinical Analysis
  • Trainers demonstrate and analyze concepts and skills through role-play, demonstrations with assistants or students, and clinical video sessions.
Experiential Exercises
  • 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.
Feedback
  • 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

Specialty Trainings

Online Programs

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy blends theory and technique from cognitive and dynamic therapy with straightforward somatic awareness and movement interventions… that promote empowerment and competency.
Dr. Daniel Siegel

Executive Director, Mindsight Institute

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