"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: Advanced Practices in Somatic Psychotherapy: Attachment, Trauma & the Soul

We come from lineages that weave us into this world with patterns of survival and coping. These patterns, for better and for worse, are transmitted through attachment experiences and epigenetics and sculpt the ways in which we live in our bodies, relate to self and others, and in connection to the earth. Often there is an interruption or rupture in the connectivity of the lineage, due to trauma, resulting in dislocation and inability to access the full wisdom and support of the family knowledge, strength and support. Harvesting the resources of our ancestors through the imaginal and archetypal and the body offer potent avenues for reconnection, regulation, healing and self-expansion.

Over eight days, two clinics, we will enter into this hybrid of professional and personal development and work with the material that emerges in oneself through small group practice and group process, demonstrations, and discussion of application to clinical practice. There will be small amounts of new content woven through the clinics in the form of lecture. In preparation for the clinics there will be assignments that invite you to explore your familial lineages in specific ways as well as some readings. A web based group meeting between clinics will be offered to further integrate the material into clinical practice and work to maintain cohesion of the group.

This group is open to those who have completed BBP 2 yr or BBP Advanced trainings.

April 12 – 15 & October 25 – 28, 2018 Victoria, BC; 945 per clinic (includes gst)

 

PREVIOUS ADVANCED PRACTICES TRAINING 2017

Trauma deeply impacts the integrity of the self, creating a split between psyche, body and spirit. This disembodiment, at the heart of insecure attachment, disrupts healthy development and forges a neurophysiological template that endures throughout the lifespan and across generations. Corresponding affect management strategies and attachment patterns, accompanied by dysregulation of the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS), impacts one’s internal working model, perception and identity.

The legacy of trauma wounds the neurophysiological body and causes the soul to descend deep into the underworld. As therapists, we are called to not only to jointly descend into the underworld to accompany, witness and support the return to life, but to facilitate regulation of the ANS and offer reparative relational experiences to shift attachment patterning and aid in the maturation and development of the right brain. In addressing both the psyche’s response and the bodily based impact of trauma, an expansion of somatic processing calls for embodied therapists to deepen their capacity and reach for the archetypal and imaginal realms of the sentient world for the restoration of what some define as ‘soul sickness’ – the split of body, mind and spirit.

This training weaves the interconnected realms of embodied and imaginal somatic and relational psychotherapeutic principles and practices; clinical understandings and application of attachment research, specifically from the Adult Attachment Interview; and research and application of trauma studies.

Over nine days (three clinics) we will delve into the theoretical and conceptual understandings of this diverse interdisciplinary knowledge and develop an embodied understanding for clinical practice through didactic presentation, demonstrations, experiential exercises, and facilitated practice sessions where participants will have opportunities to put the material into practice in a supported learning environment.  Each consecutive clinic has process questions to increase one’s reflexivity and critical awareness of self as embodied, relational therapist. A web based group consult between clinics further integrates the material into clinical practice.

This advanced practices training is rigorous in both academic and experiential learning and is limited to nine spaces to maximize the depth and richness of experience and learning.A graduate degree in a mental health field is required as well as the completion of a two year somatic based training programme for consideration into this small group advanced practices training opportunity.

 

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