Embodying Emotions: A Science-Backed, Body-Based Approach for Improving Treatment Outcomes

This webinar led by Raja Selvam, PhD was originally broadcast live on Wednesday, June 14, and Thursday, June 15, 2023.

This is a 6-hour On-Demand Webinar. Access information, handouts/resources, and CE credits information will be available immediately after successful registration. All registrants receive unlimited access to the recording for 365 days.

Join us for an immersive webinar that introduces the transformative practice of embodying emotions from Integral Somatic Psychology (ISP). This cutting-edge approach, backed by scientific research, revolutionizes therapeutic outcomes across various domains, including physical, energetic, cognitive, emotional, behavioural, relational, and spiritual realms.

Led by renowned expert Dr. Raja Selvam, PhD, this course offers a unique opportunity to delve into the science, methods, and practical application of embodying emotions.

Dr. Selvam will provide a comprehensive overview of the embodying emotions approach, presenting its scientific foundations and sharing two step-by-step methods for immediate implementation in any therapeutic setting. Engaging videos of clinical demonstration sessions will bring the concepts to life, offering valuable insights and inspiration.

By the end of this workshop, participants will not only understand the theory and evidence behind embodying emotions, but also be equipped with practical skills to enhance their clinical practice. Attendees will gain proficiency in implementing the 4-step process of embodying emotions to address diverse clinical goals. Additionally, they will learn a simple yet powerful 7-step protocol that is particularly effective in working with clients grappling with complex traumas and psychosomatic symptoms.

Don’t miss this opportunity to elevate your therapeutic approach and expand your toolkit with the state-of-the-art practice of embodying emotions. Discover its eight diverse clinical benefits, explore the evidence base, and unlock new possibilities for profound healing and transformation.

Join us and embark on a journey toward enhancing somatic, energetic, cognitive, emotional, behavioural, relational, and spiritual outcomes in all therapeutic modalities, including existing body psychotherapy systems.

  • Describe the approach of embodying emotions and list its eight diverse clinical benefits
  • Investigate the evidence base of embodying emotions
  • Implement the four steps of embodying emotions in clinical practice to meet diverse clinical goals
  • Implement the practice of embodying emotions in a simple seven-step protocol, of particular value in working with clients with complex traumas and psychophysiological (psychosomatic) symptoms
  • Identify the three important determinants of affect tolerance in clients
  • List the three categories of emotions with examples from each category
  • Implement the three strategies for working with the face-and-throat physiology in the practice of embodying emotions
  • Implement somatic strategies for working with existential themes (existential terror, fragmentation, rage, and shame) often encountered in working with severe traumatic experiences

Raja SelvamRaja Selvam, PhD, a licensed clinical psychologist and the developer of Integral Somatic Psychology™ (ISP™), an innovative somatic therapy that helps clients fully embody their emotions to achieve optimal mental health. With over 25 years of teaching experience in more than 20 countries, Dr. Selvam is a renowned senior trainer at Dr. Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing® International and an Honorary Member of the Board of Directors of the Bodynamic Institute.

Dr. Selvam’s work draws from multiple Western and Eastern psychological, somatic, energetic, and spiritual approaches. This includes body psychotherapy systems such as Reichian Therapy, Bioenergetic Analysis, Bodynamic Analysis, and Somatic Experiencing, as well as bodywork systems such as Postural Integration and Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy. He also incorporates Jungian and archetypal psychologies, Kleinian and intersubjective schools of psychoanalysis, affective neuroscience, quantum physics, yoga, Polarity Therapy, and Advaita Vedanta, a spiritual psychology from India.

His book, The Practice of Embodying Emotions: A Guide for Improving Cognitive, Emotional, and Behavioral Outcomes, is being translated into multiple languages, and his therapeutic approach has been shown to shorten therapy treatment times internationally. Dr. Selvam’s work is ideal for therapists in all modalities who seek innovative, research-backed ways to help patients self-regulate and enjoy a wider range of emotional experiences.

Dr. Selvam’s trauma outreach work in India in 2005-2006 with survivors of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, and his work in Sri Lanka in 2012-2014 with survivors of war, violence, loss, and displacement, along with mental health professionals engaged in treating them, inform his practice. With his unique blend of experience, expertise, and innovation, Dr. Raja Selvam is a leading voice in the field of somatic psychology.

View his website here.

Part 1 (There will be a 15 minute break)

Time Topic Covered
Hour 1
  • Module 1: The scientific basis of the practice of embodying emotions
Hour 2
  • Module 2: The four stages of the practice of embodying emotions
Hour 3
  • Module 3: The physiology of emotion

Part 2 (There will be a 15 minute break)

Time Topic Covered
Hour 1
  • Module 4: The gentle seven-step protocol for embodying emotions when affect tolerance is low or dysregulation is high
Hour 2
  • Module 5: Working with the experience of shame with different types of emotions
Hour 3
  • Module 6: Working with existential themes in therapy

This training offers 6 hours of direct contact (not counting breaks or lunch). It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards/regulatory body to verify CE requirements for their license to practice.

For Attendees of the On-Demand Recorded Version

You will need to complete a Post-Webinar Quiz with a pass of at least 80% in order to verify your attendance.


For US Participants

Instructions on how to obtain your Certificate of Attendance will be distributed after you pass the Post-Webinar Quiz following the On-Demand recorded version of the webinar.

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For Canadian and Non-US International Participants

Upon fulfillment of the above requirements, Canadian and non-US international participants will be issued a Certificate of Participation that includes:

  • Name of participant
  • Title of training
  • Name of presenter plus their credentials
  • Number of hours of training
  • Date of training
  • Confirmation that you have passed a quiz with at least an 80% grade to verify your attendance

Please check carefully with your regulatory body/organization that this certificate is sufficient proof for you to claim CE credits.

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Who Should Attend

  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Clinical and Counselling Psychologists
  • Psychiatric Social Workers
  • Pastoral Counsellors
  • Psychotherapists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Physicians
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Counsellors
  • Graduate Students in accredited programs in the above fields
  • Case Managers
  • Licensed Professional Counsellors
  • All other professionals who would like to develop, update or expand their skills and knowledge in mental health practices