Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Theory, Practice and Adaptations to Online Therapy

This On Demand Webinar is 3 hours.
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Implicit predictions and expectations of ourselves, others, and the world are reflected in the autonomic arousal, movement, and posture of the body. This webinar will help you unlock the algorithm of trauma and the traces it leaves on the physical presence of your clients.

Somatic psychology pioneer and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute founder Pat Ogden will examine how the body’s patterns can forecast the future and the role of the body in the treatment of trauma and attachment disturbances. Clinicians will learn how to identify and assess these patterns and develop body-based interventions to address the physiology of trauma and attachment disturbance.

This webinar will explore trauma, attachment, and relational strife and the impact of each on the body. Body-oriented approaches that mitigate trauma-related dysregulation will be differentiated from those that help resolve the strong emotions, cognitive distortions, and intimacy issues associated with relational strife so that you may prescribe appropriate approaches for your clients.   Additionally, the role of the body in fostering resilience in the face of current trauma, such as the pandemic and systemic oppression, will be explored.  This approach will be illustrated through lectures, cases examples, and experiential exercises that can also be used with clients.

Adapting Sensorimotor Psychotherapy to an online format presents specific challenges and opportunities. The second part of this workshop will look at the challenges of body therapy in an online format, addressing office set-up, use of props, tips to maintain an emotional connection, and special considerations in working with posture and movement in a telehealth format.

By the end of this training, attendees will be better able to —

  • Describe why addressing the body is important in therapy
  • Explain one intervention to regulate arousal and enhance resilience
  • Discuss how the posture of the body can be helpful in working with implicit memory
  • Discuss office set up and props to support working somatically via telehealth format
  • Describe the role of the body in fostering resilience
  • Describe two challenges of working with the body via telehealth and how to address them

Pat OgdenPat Ogden, PhD, is a pioneer in somatic psychology and the founder of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, an internationally recognized school specializing in somatic–cognitive approaches for the treatment of PTSD and attachment failure.  She is a clinician, consultant, international lecturer and trainer.   Dr. Ogden is the first author of two groundbreaking books, with a third, The Pocket Guide to Sensorimotor Psychotherapy in Context, in press.  Her current interests include racialized trauma, systemic oppression and diversity, children, couple therapy, challenging clients and the relational nature of shame.

Time Topic Covered
1st Hour
  • The importance of the body in psychotherapy
  • Working with the effects of trauma, past and current, triggers and ongoing threat
2nd Hour
  • Working with attachment and relational issues
  • The role of the body in increasing resilience
15 Minute Break
3rd Hour
  • Identifying the challenges of online therapy
  • Office set-up, use of props and adaptations to different settings
  • Tips for working with the body via telehealth

This training offers 3 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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  • 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 80% grade to verify your attendance

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This training is aimed at all mental health professionals including:

  • social workers
  • counsellors
  • psychologists
  • psychiatrists
  • medical professionals supporting mental health patients
  • psychotherapists
  • mental health counsellors
  • marriage and family therapists and counsellors
  • occupational therapists
  • vocational rehabilitation therapists
  • addiction counsellors
  • religious counsellors
  • therapists
  • case managers
  • art therapists
  • licensed professional counsellors
  • all other professionals who would like to develop, update or expand their skills and knowledge in mental health practices
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