"When we are called to our life’s purpose we are called not as we are but to become who we can be."

"The body is 'our primary text and starting point for knowledge'." Rountree, 2006

"Restoring energetic boundaries and innate defensive and protective strategies that have been thwarted and immobilized."

BRINGING THE BODY INTO PRACTICE: SOMATIC ATTACHMENT PSYCHOTHERAPY 2 YEAR TRAINING

FEBRUARY TRAINING 2020 FULL

SECOND TRAINING ADDED: MARCH 2020 – 5 SPOTS LEFT 

Early relational experiences forge a neurophysiological and psychological template of self, often creating insecure attachment which distorts the development of self and impacts relational functioning throughout the lifespan. Corresponding affect management strategies and attachment patterns, accompanied by dysregulation of the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS), impact one’s self perceptions, world and identity. This legacy of trauma deeply impacts the integrity of the self, creating a split between psyche, body and spirit. Therapists are called to facilitate shifting of affect management strategies, attachment patterning, and support the maturation and development of complex right brain functioning to heal relational/complex trauma, including insecure attachment, PTSD, and chronic shame, rather than merely working with symptom reduction. This training responds to this call and offers an immersive educational experience to deepen embodiment and capacity as therapist.

Throughout the 6, 4 day clinics we delve into the theoretical and conceptual understandings of: the interconnected realms of embodied and imaginal somatic and interpersonal/relational psychotherapeutic principles and practices; clinical understandings and application of attachment research, specifically from the Adult Attachment Interview; emergent neuroscience research; trauma studies; embodiment studies and practices, and; earth-based wisdoms. Materials are presented using interactive lecture, discussions, demonstrations, experiential exercises, and coached practice sessions where participants will have opportunities to put the material into practice in a supported learning environment. A group consult to further integrate the material into clinical practice is another component of each clinic and a web consult is offered between clinics to further deepen practice, understanding and integration.

This training requires a graduate degree in a mental health discipline. It is rigorous in both academic and experiential learning and is limited to twenty-one spaces to maximize depth and richness.

DETAILS

MARCH TRAINING ADDED: March 5 – 8; June 11 – 14; September 10 – 13, 2020: 2021 dates TBA

FEBRUARY CLASS FULL: Feb 6 – 9, 2020, May 28 – 31, 2020, Sept 24 – 27, 2020: 2021 dates TBA

Registration $995 per clinic

 Victoria, BC

OVERVIEW OF CURRICULUM

Year One:

  • Increase embodiment and deepen personal and therapeutic ways of knowing
  • Understand and embody the relational importance of empathy, attunement, resonance, and connection
  • Create a living understanding that weaves together: attachment and attachment repair, trauma research, interpersonal neurobiology, affect regulation, relational practice, embodiment, and eco-consciousness.
  • Understand the intersection of the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS), brain, attachment and trauma
  • Utilise The Polyvagal Theory, neuroception, and window of arousal to recognise and apply in clinical practice
  • Recognize the physiological underpinnings of psychological presentations
  • Recognize and utilise somatic skills to address traumatic material
  • Work to restore energetic boundaries and innate defensive and protective strategies that have been thwarted and immobilized by relational and incident trauma
  • Explore and apply right hemispheric processing (sensation, sensory motor, emotion, image/imagination, symbolic/archetypal) to work with organisation, regulation and resolution of traumatic material
  • Identify and understand different attachment patterning and life-span development
  • Explore therapist attachment patterning and implications for practice
  • Explore the sentient world for attachment regulation, resource, and repair

Year Two:

  • Deepen understanding of attachment and attachment repair through therapeutic relationships
  • Understand and work toward reparation of insecure attachment and internal working models
  • Explore vicarious saturation, traumatization and somatic countertransference
  • Work with therapist self-disclosure in the context of attachment repair
  • Recognize and work with patterns of dissociation, dissociative gaps, and survival self-care systems
  • Increase and expand understanding of shame, chronic shame, and how to shift shame dynamics
  • Explore collusion, relational ruptures, breaches, enactments, and their repair
  • Understand addictions and mental health issues through a somatic, affect regulation and trauma lens
  • Work with sexualized assaults/violence in childhood and adulthood
  • Contextualise and work with intergenerational trauma, wisdom & teachings
  • Understand and work with medical trauma and motor vehicle accidents
  • Integrate select Adult Attachment Interview questions for clinical practice application
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