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Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Level 1

November 21, 2021 @ 8:00 am - June 13, 2022 @ 5:00 pm

PLEASE NOTE: AS of Mid-August, all slots have been filled. We are currently only accepting Waitlist applications. 

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for the Treatment of Trauma: a 12-day Comprehensive Course

Presented by: Janina Fisher, PhD & Lana Epstein M., Ed., LCSW

DATES and TIME:          

Level I: Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for the Treatment of Trauma consists of approximately 80 contact hours divided into 6 multi-day modules, for a total of 12 days. Modules are spaced 4-6 weeks apart; training will complete within 7 months. 

This will be an online training;  All 6 modules will take place in an online format.

  1. November 21-22, 2021 9:00 am – 4:30 pm EST  with Lana Epstein
  2. January 30-31, 2022  9:00 am – 4:30 pm EST  with Lana Epstein
  3. February 27-28, 2022  11:00 am – 6:00 pm EST with Janina Fisher
  4. March 27-28, 2022 11:00 am – 6:00 pm EDT  with Janina Fisher
  5. May 1-2, 2022 9:00 am – 4:30 pm EDT with Lana Epstein
  6. June 12-13, 2022 9:00–4:30 pm EDT with Lana Epstein

In addition to the lead trainers, assistant guides will be involved in this training. There will be a 3:1 ratio of assistant guides to registrants. They will assist in all the experiential components.

Each training includes 2 15-minute breaks as well as an hour lunch break.

FEE:               $3200 . Please contact us regarding special group and student rates.

Includes full technical support, handouts, and CE credits.

Please scroll to the bottom of this page for registration information.

Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis

About this Training:

A high percentage of clients in outpatient treatment and a higher percentage of inpatients report histories of neglect, trauma, and/or attachment failure. In addition to being diagnosed with PTSD, this client population often presents as affectively dysregulated, chronically depressed, exhibiting symptoms of bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, and borderline or other personality disorders. Level I of The Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Training Program in Affect Regulation, Attachment, and Trauma equips therapists to better understand the symptoms and issues of these challenging client populations and to work with them in a more effective way. With a better understanding of the presenting problems of these clients and equipped with interventions that speak directly to how their issues are driven by the body and the nervous system, students will be able to directly impact the direction of treatment not only for these client populations but also in their practice settings.

The Level I Training presents simple, body-oriented interventions for tracking, naming, and safely exploring trauma-related, somatic activation, creating new competencies and restoring a somatic sense of self. Students will learn effective, accessible interventions for identifying and working with disruptive somatic patterns, disturbed cognitive and emotional processing, and the fragmented sense of self experienced by so many traumatized individuals. Techniques are taught within a phase-oriented treatment approach, focusing first on stabilization and symptom reduction. Sensorimotor Psychotherapy can be easily and effectively integrated into psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and EMDR-focused treatments.

The program will be recorded, with the exception of breakout practices. Participants may have access to the recorded workshop for a period of 90 days.


Introduction to Sensorimotor Psychotherapy℠

  • Foundational theoretical principles
  • The importance of the body in trauma and attachment treatment
  • Beginning skills of tracking the body, describing what is observed, and naming present moment bodily experience in the form of a contact statement

Introduction to Working with the Body

  • The role of the body in perpetuating symptoms of trauma and early attachment failures
  • How to work with physical action to harness the wisdom of the body in resolving symptoms

The Role of the Body in Procedural Learning

  • Survival resources and responses
  • Implicit and explicit memory
  • Sensitivity to trigger

Embedded Relational Mindfulness™

  • Working in the present moment
  • The use of mindfulness within the therapeutic alliance
  • Directed mindfulness intervention

Core Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Skills

  • Tracking
  • Contact statements
  • Framing present moment experience
  • Mindfulness questions and directives
  • Mindful experiments

Hierarchical Information Processing

  • Cognitive
  • Emotional
  • Sensorimotor top-down & bottom-u

Introduction to Phase Oriented Treatment

  • Stabilization and symptom reduction (developing resources)
  • Working with memory

The Five Stages of the Process

  • Container
  • Accessing
  • Processing
  • Transformation
  • Integration

Somatic Resources for Stabilization

  • The role of the body in addressing Phase One goals of stabilization and symptom reduction
  • Analysis of survival and creative resources to identify existing and missing somatic resources and employ interventions to help clients develop new resources
    Orienting and Defensive Responses
  • Interventions to reinstate adaptive, innate orienting and animal defensive responses truncated in the wake of trauma
  • The therapeutic use of touch and its pitfalls


  • How trauma and attachment affect boundary styles and techniques to restore adaptive, flexible somatic and psychological boundaries

Trauma-related Dissociation

  • Introduction to structural dissociation
  • The role of the body in maintaining dissociative parts and promoting integration

Memory Processing

  • Interventions to process and integrate implicit and explicit memories
  • Overcoming the fear of traumatic memory
  • Fnding peritraumatic resources
  • Restoring empowering actions

Sensorimotor Sequencing

  • Recalibrating the nervous system through somatic approaches for working with involuntary movement and dysregulated arousal at the regulatory boundaries of the window of tolerance

Integration and Resolution

  • Introduction to the legacy of attachment and loss
  • Primary and secondary emotions
  • The cognitive effects of trauma
  • Phase three themes of self-development, adaption to normal life, and relationships


Teaching Methods:



  • Theoretical underpinnings of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy℠
  • Relevant neuroscience
  • Descriptions of techniques and rationale

Clinical Examples

  • Case studies
  • Recorded clinical sessions


  • Both large and small group discussion offer opportunities to explore topics in depth and ask didactic and technical questions



  • Demonstration of concepts and skills

Experiential Exercises

  • Movement and visualization activities
  • Vignettes and exercises to practice Sensorimotor Psychotherapy skills in small and large groups

Case Consultation

  • Opportunities to present clinical cases for feedback on the integration of SP during class discussion


  • Facilitating staff provides feedback to support the development of skills during class exercises


  • Practice exercises, maps, and worksheets may be provided to facilitate clinical understanding and application of course content
  • Peer partnerships and study groups to practice elements of SP method

Supplementary Reading

  • The following two books are suggested to accompany the learning in the training:
    • “Trauma and the Body: A Sensorimotor Approach to Psychotherapy” by Pat Ogden, Kekuni Minton, and Clare Pain
    • “Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Interventions for Trauma and Attachment,” by Pat Ogden and Janina Fisher


Meet the Instructors:

Janina Fisher, PhD









Janina Fisher, PhD is a licensed Clinical Psychologist (MA; LCP 6468) with 38 years in practice, as well as assistant educational director at SPI and a former instructor at the Trauma Center, an outpatient clinic and research center founded by Bessel van der Kolk. Known for her expertise on the treatment of trauma and dissociation, she is also an EMDRIA-Approved EMDR Consultant and former Instructor at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Fisher has been an invited speaker at the Cape Cod Institute, Harvard Medical School Conference Series, Psychotherapy Networker, Annual Conference of the EMDR International Association, and many other conferences. She is co-author with Pat Ogden of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Interventions for Trauma and Attachment (2015) and the author of Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors: Overcoming Self-Alienation (2017). Dr. Fisher lectures and teaches internationally on the integration of research and treatment and how to introduce newer trauma treatment paradigms into traditional therapeutic approaches. For more information, visit www.janinafisher.com



Lana Epstein, MSW, MA, LCSW








Lana Epstein, MSW, MA, LICSW, (1020709) is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in MA; an LCSW in NY an EMDRIA-Approved Consultant in EMDR, a former ASCH-approved consultant in Hypnosis. Lana has maintained a private practice in Lexington, MA since 1984, and currently has office hours in NYC. Her focus has been individual, couple, and group psychotherapies specializing in the treatment of clients who have survived traumatic childhoods. She is a past supervisor at the Trauma Center and was a member of the NESTTD board for 6 years. Integrating a number of therapeutic models, Lana presents internationally and is interested in the integration of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and EMDR.


Application Deadline

October 1, 2021 or until all training spaces are filled, whichever comes first.

 Notification of Acceptance

 Applicants will be notified, via email, of acceptance when registration is complete and payment is received.

Refund/Cancellation Policy 

Tuition/registration payments are refundable (minus $50) until September 1,  2021. Cancellations after this date are non-refundable. In this situation, we will attempt to find someone to take your slot (based on our waiting list).


 Conference is via webinar. For live options, there will be handicap accessibility.

CE Information:

Continuing Education Credit  is pending through Commonwealth Educational Seminars for the following professions:  Psychologists, Social workers, Mental Health Counselors, and LMFTs. It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards to verify CE requirements for their state.


Commonwealth Educational Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Commonwealth Educational Seminars maintains responsibility for these programs and their content.

Neuhoff Psychological Consulting PLLC is recognized by the New York
State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an
approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists

Social Workers:

Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Social Workers. Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for Social Workers. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Commonwealth Educational Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers. #SW-0444.

Licensed Mental Health Counselors

Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Licensed Mental Health Counselors.  Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for LMHCs. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

For further information please contact Commonwealth Educational Seminars, 1 (800) 376-3345, CommonwealthSeminars@gmail.com.

Neuhoff Psychological Consulting PLLC is entitled to award continuing education credit for Licensed Mental Health Counselors in the state of New York.




For more information regarding this training, please visit website of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute https://sensorimotorpsychotherapy.org/curriculum/trauma-level-i/


Application for Level I Training

Candidates who wish to participate in the Training Program must complete an application, which consists of the following 3 parts:

A) the questionnaire below (six application questions):

B) the requirement to send a resume or curriculum vitae (CV);

C) provide proof of one of the following:

  • Licensure in a mental health profession
  • Legal authorization to practice as a mental health professional in state/province, or country of residence
  • Enrollment in a graduate level mental health program at an accredited college or university; or Post-graduate degree and engagement in the process of qualifying as a mental health professional legally authorized to practice

Please email the information above as well as the responses to the questions below to  nachasconsulting@gmail.com. Feel free to reach out to us for any comments, questions, or concerns.

Application Question #1:      

  Please provide basic demographic information including name, address, and preferred contact information (phone number as well as email).

Application Question #2:      

 How did you hear about the SPI Training Program in Affect Regulation, Attachment, and Trauma?

Application Question #3:             

Why do you want to participate in the SPI Training Program?  More specifically, why do you want to attend Level I: SP for the Treatment of Trauma?

Application Question #4:             

Please describe whatever might be important for SPI to know about you (such as personal information or history, learning style, group participation style, etc.) that is pertinent to your participation in an experiential, body-oriented training.

Application Question #5:             

Please describe the type of psychotherapy practice and clientele you work with, methods used, degree of satisfaction and/or success you receive from your current work.

Application Question #6:             

Do you have any additional needs that may affect your ability to participate in this training?  If so, please describe.





November 21 @ 8:00 am
June 13, 2022 @ 5:00 pm


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