Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Theory and Practice
A digital seminar by SP creator and SPI founder Pat Ogden, PhD

Approved for 3.5 CEs for the following professions:

Social Workers, Nurses, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists, Licensed Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors

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This program is for Beginner Level

Presenter Bio:

Pat Ogden, PhD, is a pioneer in somatic psychology, the creator of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy method, and founder of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute. Dr. Ogden is trained in a wide variety of somatic and psychotherapeutic approaches, and has over 45 years of experience working with individuals and groups. She is co-founder of the Hakomi Institute, past faculty of Naropa University (1985-2005), a clinician, consultant, and sought after international lecturer. Dr. Ogden is the first author of two groundbreaking books in somatic psychology: Trauma and the Body: A Sensorimotor Approach to Psychotherapy and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Interventions for Trauma and Attachment (2015) both published in the Interpersonal Neurobiology Series of W. W. Norton. Her third book in this series, The Pocket Guide to Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Essays and Articles, was published in 2021, and she is working on Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for Children, Adolescents and Families and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for Groups with Dr. Bonnie Goldstein. Her current interests include groups, couples, children, adolescents, and families; complex trauma; Embedded Relational Mindfulness; implicit bias, intersectionality and culture; the relational nature of shame; presence, consciousness, and the philosophical/spiritual principles that underlie Sensorimotor Psychotherapy.

Webinar Description:

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy integrates cognitive and somatic interventions in the treatment of trauma and relational strife, emphasizing body awareness, practicing new actions and building somatic resources. In this webinar, the intelligence of the body is be explored and key components of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy’s approach to both the legacy of trauma and of attachment and relationships are addressed.   Topics related to trauma include the nature of trauma, somatic resources to regulate arousal, the role of mindfulness, processing traumatic memories, the five instinctive defensive responses, dissociative parts of the self, and the role of the body in integration.  The legacy of attachment, relationships, and sociocultural elements, including oppression, including the effect of this legacy on the body are addressed.  Proximity seeking actions, such as reaching out, is explained and illustrated, and the role of expanding movement vocabulary to create hope for the future is also be clarified.  The six philosophical/ spiritual principles of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy that guide practice and create a therapeutic context within which the possibility for healing and growth is optimized are described as well. A special feature of this webinar is the illustration of the method through the use of videotapes of actors portraying clients suffering from the effects of trauma and attachment wounds, in which the presenter is the therapist.  The videotapes show how to help clients discover and describe the effects of past traumatic and relational experiences on their current bodily experience, actions, emotions and beliefs. Sensorimotor Psychotherapy interventions are demonstrated that help to change the meaning of traumatic event(s), regulate arousal, process memory, and work to resolve current relational issues and past attachment failures.

Program Outline:

Offered as on-demand digital seminar to be completed on student’s own schedule.

TopicInstructional Minutes
Introduction to the Body’s Intelligence18
Trauma and Somatic Resources17
Regulating Arousal/ Case Illustration13
Paradigm Shift: From conversation to mindfulness15
Resourcing to Processing36
Instinctive Defensive Responses15
Immobilizing Defenses (and case illustration)15
Dissociative Parts and the Body13
Attachment, Relationship and Sociocultural Considerations24
Attachment and Proximity Seeking Actions12
Hope and Movement Vocabulary19
Principles that Guide Practice  26

Total Instructional Hours (rounded to nearest whole or half-hour increment): 3.5

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the “somatic narrative”
  • Describe four (4) somatic resources to promote regulating dysregulated arousal
  • Discuss why reaching out can be helpful to explore when clients have relationship problems
  • Describe three (3) skills the therapist uses to help clients become mindful

Program Fees:

Recorded Digital Seminar

  • $198 USD

All registrations include one free CE Certificate.

If for some reason are not satisfied with the online workshop, you have 30 days from the date of purchase to request a cancellation and a refund. Please refer to the policy section for details on how to cancel.


Grievance Policy

Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) seeks to ensure equitable treatment of every person and to make every attempt to resolve grievances in a fair manner. Please submit a written grievance to: Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, Grievances would receive, to the best of our ability, corrective action in order to prevent further problems. 

Accommodations for the Differently Abled

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute online training facilities are accessible. Individuals needing special accommodations, please contact:

Cancellation Policy

There is a 30-day refund policy. Please contact if you wish to cancel your purchase. After 30 days, you will no longer be eligible for a refund.

Specific CE Information:

Continuing Education Credit is provided by Commonwealth Educational Seminars for the following professions:

Please note: It is the participant's responsibility to check with their individual state boards to verify CE requirements for their state. 

Licensed Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors:

Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Licensed Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors. Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for LPCs/LMHCs. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 

Social Workers:

Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Social Workers. Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for Social Workers. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 

If applicable: Social Workers – New York State

Commonwealth Educational Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers. #SW-0444.

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists:

Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists. Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for LMFTs. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 


As an American Psychological Association (APA) approved provider, CES programs are accepted by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). These courses can be utilized by nurses to renew their certification and will be accepted by the ANCC. Every state Board of Nursing accepts ANCC approved programs except California and Iowa, however CES is also an approved Continuing Education provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing (Provider # CEP15567) which is also accepted by the Iowa Board of Nursing.

There is no known commercial support nor conflict of interest for this program. 

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