SP for Trauma Themes—Online

Learn skills to notice and process the residues of traumatic experience that are held in your clients’ bodies. Sensorimotor Psychotherapy helps you to work with your clients beyond words, with the often implicit somatic patterns related to traumatic experience to help inspire lasting change from the inside, out.

Now you can learn Sensorimotor Psychotherapy from your own home or office, or even from your phone, on the go! This blended online learning course is designed to make the most of your time with course facilitators and colleagues and provide you the flexibility to work through the conceptual course materials at your own pace.

In this six-module course, you will learn the foundations of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for working with traumatic experience, develop new skills that you will be able to apply immediately with your clients who are distressed or traumatized, and explore adaptations of SP skills for more complex clinical situations.

This Level I SP course is 96 credited hours divided into:

  • Three self-paced online learning modules (20 hours each, self-paced during a 7-9 week period)
  • Three 2-day live-online modules (Two 6-hour days, hosted by course facilitators in real-time)
  • A live-online Orientation (2.5 hours, hosted by course facilitators in real-time)
  • A live-online Closing (2.5 hours, hosted by course facilitators in real-time)

Alongside the course*, you will also need to complete the following:

  • 6 hours of Individual / Group Consultation with a Trainer or SP Approved Consultant to help integrate the theory and skills
    • at least 2 hours must be Individual Consultation
  • 3 hours of Individual SP Sessions with a Certified SP Practitioner (including Trainers) to experience the method for yourself

*Fees for required consultation and session hours are paid independently outside of course tuition.

Successful completion of this course qualifies graduates to continue on to Level 2: Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for Developmental Injury

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Foundations

What is Sensorimotor Psychotherapy?

  • Working with the Organization of Experience
  • Stages of the Process
  • Phases of Treatment

Considerations for Telehealth (and other environmental factors)

Well-being & Trauma

  • The Dissociative Continuum
  • Procedural Learning
  • Types of Trauma
  • The Trauma of Oppression

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Skills

  • Tracking
  • Contact
  • Framing
  • Steps to Mindfulness

Somatic Experiments

Modulating ANS activation

  • Somatic and Embodied Resourcing

Somatic Skill for Transformation and Integration

Somatic Processing of Traumatic Experience

  • Sensorimotor Sequencing
  • Reinstating Active Defense

Meaning Making & Trauma

  • Affect, emotions, and belief systems

The Therapeutic Relationship

  • Potential for healing
  • Enactments (including microagressions)

Introduction to Relational and Developmental Processing (the focus of SP for Developmental Themes)

Case Conceptualization

  • Assessments
  • Professional Development

View Continuing Education/Continuing Professional Development Documents

This course is conducted through SPI’s online learning platform. It is an interactive and accessible gathering space where you will find all your course materials, all of the links to your live-online modules, and ways to connect with your colleagues and facilitators.

The course is provided through a blended online format so that students enjoy the benefits of two styles of learning…


online learning on your schedule


live online group learning at set times

In the self-paced online learning modules, you will work through a variety of course materials:

  • Readings
  • Videos
    • Lecture videos
    • Demonstration videos
  • Interactive assignments
    • Forum posts
    • Knowledge checks
    • Skills practice

You will have the opportunity to get to know your colleagues by engaging in forums and other collaborative opportunities, and will get direct feedback on your work from course facilitators.

In the live-online learning modules, you will connect with your course facilitators and colleagues in real-time for in-depth discussions and small group practice. Live online modules feature:

  • Review and in-depth discussion of the asynchronous material; the opportunity to share, ask questions, and explore Sensorimotor Psychotherapy in different applications
  • Movement & visualization exercises to experience the somatic elements of the course
  • Live demonstrations for analysis, application of skills, and to support practices
  • Case studies and recorded clinical sessions for analysis and skills application
  • Live small group practice of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Skills
  • Feedback to support the development of skills during class exercises


Readings and Lecture Videos

  • Theoretical underpinnings of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
  • Relevant neuroscience
  • Descriptions of techniques and rationale

Clinical Examples

  • Case studies
  • Recorded clinical sessions


  • Course forums offer opportunities to explore topics in depth and ask didactic and technical questions



  • Demonstration videos of concepts and skills

Experiential Exercises

  • Movement and visualization activities
  • Vignettes and exercises to practice Sensorimotor Psychotherapy skills
  • Virtual peer partnerships and study groups to practice skills

Case Consultation

  • 6-hours of required (but separate) Case Consultation to assist the integration of SP into clinical practice


  • Knowledge checks help support development of skills


  • Practice exercises, maps, and worksheets may be provided to facilitate clinical understanding and application of course content
  • Helpful links to articles and videos for deeper exploration on relevant topics in the field

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

Training Program candidates must meet one or more of the following prerequisites:

  • Legally authorized in local state/province, or country to practice as a mental health professional
  • Graduate-level student currently enrolled in a mental health discipline at an accredited college or university
  • Post-graduate student actively engaged in the process of qualifying as a mental health professional legally authorized to practice

System Requirements

This course is held in Open LMS (a platform for online courses) using Collaborate (a web-based video meeting tool).

This course is accessible from a laptop or desktop computer, tablet, or phone. Note: not all of the course materials are available through the mobile app. For the best experience, accessing the course through a computer or tablet is best.

Meeting live-online in a large group, especially when sharing video feed, is a great demand on your computer system. Strong and reliable internet connectivity is necessary to participate in this course—and plugging into an internet source is best.

For the best experience in the course:

  • Ensure your computer’s operating system is up-to-date, as well as your internet browser.
  • Locate a quiet space for live-online practices that has strong and reliable internet.
  • Close any unnecessary programs running on your device prior to live-online modules.
  • If you are able to, consider using a wired-ethernet connection (note: newer MACs may need an adaptor to do this), rather than relying on wireless internet.
  • Consider using Google Chrome as your browser to access the course, as the Open LMS and Collaborate function best in Google Chrome.
  • Consider using a headset with microphone for participation in live-online modules.

Tuition for SP for Trauma Themes is listed by training in our course calendar >

Fees for required consultation and session hours are paid independently outside of course tuition.

Application requires a non-refundable fee of $25.00. Once accepted, a deposit of $500.00 is due to provisionally secure a place in the training (deposit is not due at time of application).

Learn more about tuition, discounts, financial aid and refund policies on our Admissions webpage

“I utilize SP as a stand-alone approach as well as incorporating it into my existing repertoire of therapeutic modalities. It has transformed my clients. Not only have they made progress, they have maintained their gains. They typically experience a sense of awe, as they become aware that they already possess the tools to heal. A client with complex trauma summed up the benefits of the SP approach, “There is more correspondence between my body and my brain!”


-Level I Alumni, Roseann Lynch, LLC

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy is a conceptually elegant, powerfully effective body therapy that involves a broad repertoire of somatic interventions specifically designed to help clients tap into the wisdom of their bodies. The SPI Training Program offers ingeniously taught intensive courses for clinicians seeking to deepen their understanding of the body.

Martha Stark, MD

Author of Working with Resistance and Modes of Therapeutic Action

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