Power/Subjugation Dynamics and the Role of the Body in Healing Collective Trauma

This is a 2 hour On Demand Webinar. Access information, resources and CEU information will be available shortly after registration and registrants will be given unlimited access to the recording for a full year.

This webinar was broadcasted live on October 21, 2022 as part of the Collective Trauma Conference

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White supremacist values and heteropatriarchal ideologies still prevail today. Their impact on psychology and how they reflect both obvious and insidious power/subjugation dynamics that perpetuate collective trauma need to be examined, both clinically and theoretically.

In this presentation, Pat will share the impact of these perspectives on psychotherapy. She will explore the influence of history, culture, racism, and biases toward those we perceive to be unlike ourselves. She will also examine the importance of contextualizing treatment within an historical perspective (recent and distant, individual, and societal). In addition, Pat will address the current political culture and ongoing systemic trauma.

Collective trauma leaves a profound imprint on the body. It also leaves a profound imprint on the behaviors within and between groups of people with different social locations and identities. The role of posture and body movement are essential to interrupting power/subjugation dynamics and the transmission of transgenerational trauma. They are also integral to encouraging resilience and healing.

At the conclusion of this workshop, attendees will be better able to—

  • Evaluate western perspectives in contemporary psychology that contribute to collective trauma
  • Analyze power/subjugation dynamics in terms of the posture and movement of the body
  • Assess the role contextualization in psychotherapy practice


Pat Ogden, PhDPat Ogden, is a pioneer in somatic psychology and creator of the method underlying Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. She is also founder of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute.

Dr. Ogden is a clinician, consultant, international lecturer, and first author of two groundbreaking books on somatic psychology: Trauma and the Body: A Sensorimotor Approach to Psychotherapy and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Interventions for Trauma and Attachment (2015). Her third book, The Pocket Guide to Sensorimotor Psychotherapy in Context, advocates an anti-racist perspective in the practice of psychotherapy.

Pat Ogden’s current interests include couples therapy, child and family therapy, social justice, diversity, inclusion, mindfulness, and the philosophical/spiritual principles that underlie her work.

Time Topic Covered
1st hour
  • Evaluate western perspectives in contemporary psychology that contribute to collective trauma
  • Analyze power/subjugation dynamics in terms of the posture and movement of the body
2nd hour
  • Assess the role contextualization in psychotherapy practice

This training offers 2 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.

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This training is aimed at all mental health professionals, including:

  • 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

This course is an intermediate-advanced level.

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