Advanced Integrative Training in SP

This training is for SP graduates of the L1/Trauma training and L2/Developmental training. The Advanced Integrative Training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy consists of three components:

  1. Skills Consolidation: Trauma (SCT) – Online
  2. Skills Consolidation: Developmental (SCD) – Online
  3. Advanced Integrative Training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy – In Person

Both the Skills Consolidation parts of the course are online, self-directed, self-paced components which support the consolidation of knowledge and skills introduced in the two basic SP courses for trauma and developmental work to prepare the learner for certification in SP. The SCT consists of 13 basic skills units, and SCD consists of 16 basic skills units, that guide the learner from SP Foundations through Essential Skills to the Five Stages of the Process. Building on the basic information and initial practice of skills application from the L1- Trauma and L2-Developmental trainings, the student will see new presentations from Pat Ogden and other SPI Faculty, review clinical application video content, participate in small group discussions, and complete self-directed learning activities using interactive media and provided worksheets to consolidate past learning and refine existing skills for Certification in SP.

The Advanced Integrative Training (AIT) course is presented in a hybrid learning format (in-person with online support), with 108 credit hours provided face to face. Students are provided with short preparation modules via SPI’s online learning system to maximize the opportunities for live practice, feedback and integration of SP Foundations during the corresponding face to face meeting modules. The AIT’s 6 module format deepens practical application and expands the student’s awareness of the following topics:

  1. Arousal Modulation and the Body as a Resource (Somatic Resourcing)
  2. Orienting and Defensive Responses
  3. Current Issue
  4. Developmental Memory
  5. Expanding Practice
  6. Completion

Each of the two online learning modules has approximately 20 hours of required work, and 40 hours of supplemental materials. The in-person modules consist of approximately 108 contact hours divided between 6, 3-day modules.


  • The Advanced Integrative Training in SP is an evaluative course


The following types of support are available to help students navigate the challenges of the evaluative nature of the Level III Training.

  • Certification Coaches: Students may elect to work with an SPI Certification Coach, or Certification Coach in Training, for a paid hourly rate. Certification Coaches are trained to help students demonstrate a clear understanding of specific skills and are able to provide valuable feedback on assignments. Contact information for Certification Coaches is provided upon request.
  • Individual Feedback: Each student receives individualized attention from the training staff toward the acquisition of skills and embodiment of principles.
  • Educational Sessions with Assistants or Trainers: Assistants or Trainers (as available) may provide up to three educational sessions during the course of the training.
  • Progress Conferences: At any time during the training, students or trainers can request a trainer-student conference to discuss progress and adjust learning plans.
  1. Arousal Modulation and the Body as a Resource (Somatic Resourcing)
  2. Orienting and Defensive Responses
  3. Current Issue
  4. Developmental Memory
  5. Expanding Practice
  6. Completion

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Candidates must fulfill each of the following criteria to be considered for enrollment:

  • Successful completion of Trauma and Developmental Trainings
  • Recommendation from trainers of Trauma and Developmental Trainings
  • Completion of Training Application & Questionnaire
  • Interview with Certification Training Lead (after submitting application)

“Transformation occurs within the holding space of other clinicians in a learning and therefore more vulnerable, humble, open, compassionate and accepting space. My personal transformation was significant in helping me open my heart to my clients, my family, my world and MYSELF. I am able to call forth my compassion for all mine and others struggles and vulnerabilities more easily and quickly.”

– Ellen Odza, Certified Sensorimotor Psychotherapist


“SPI’s Level III: Advanced Skills/Certification Training has met and far exceeded my expectations and is, by far, the hardest and the best clinical training I have ever taken since beginning my study of clinical psychology. The teachings I learned through the training revolutionized my work with clients and have provided a trusted road-map and practical tools that I draw upon in literally every client session. While the Level III is incredibly challenging and demanding, I am grateful for the precision of the skills that called upon me to rise to a level of proficiency that has, over the months, integrated into increasing clinical mastery.”

– Marilynne Chöphel, MFT, Certified Sensorimotor Psychotherapist

Only one therapy I know of reaches as deeply into the body as it does into the mind, and by reaching for both, touches the soul.

Ron Kurtz

Founder of the Hakomi Method

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