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Sensorimotor and Body Psychotherapy: a 12-day Evidence Based Comprehensive Course 2024-2025

General Information

Title: 2024-2025 Evidence-Based Sensorimotor and Body Psychotherapy for the Treatment of Trauma: a 12-day Comprehensive Course

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

Dates: November, 2024-May, 2025. See schedule tab for specific training days and schedule

Fee: $3400. Special $150 discount for first 15 registrants. Current fee $3250. Includes full technical support, handouts, 72 CE credits, and full access to recordings.

Venue: Online Webinar

CE Credits: 1.5

Level I: Evidence-Based Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for the Treatment of Trauma consists of 72 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 6 months. 

Sensorimotor and Body Psychotherapy: a 12-day Evidence Based Comprehensive Course 2024-2025

Description

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.

Instructors

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.

 

Janina Fisher, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and a former instructor, Harvard Medical School.  An international expert on the treatment of trauma, she is an Advisory Board member of the Trauma Research Foundation and the author of Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors: Overcoming Self-Alienation (2017), Transforming the Living Legacy of Trauma: a Workbook for Survivors and Therapists (2021), and The Living Legacy Instructional Flip Chart (2022).  She is best known for her work on integrating mindfulness-based and somatic interventions into trauma treatment.  More information can be found on her website: www.janinafisher.com.

Sensorimotor and Body Psychotherapy: a 12-day Evidence Based Comprehensive Course 2024-2025

Objectives

1. Describe Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and what sets it apart from traditional talk therapy

2. Explain the immediate and long term sensorimotor, emotional, and cognitive symptoms of trauma

3. Discuss the role of the body in perpetuating symptoms of trauma

4. Identify the three parts of the triune brain and define the function of each part

5. Describe effects of trauma on autonomic arousal and on the body

6. Describe the importance of the body in trauma treatment

7. Explain the link between procedural learning and implicit memories in triggering survival responses

8. Describe attributes and differences of bottom-up processing top-down processing

9. Describe how to work with the modulation model to expand the Window of Tolerance and increase integrative capacity

10. Identify the core organizers of experience and the role they play in the treatment of trauma

11. Describe attributes and differences of bottom-up processing top-down processing

12. Describe attributes and differences of bottom-up processing top-down processing

Application Deadline: October 25, 2024 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, 2024. 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).
Course level: Introductory
Level of clinician: Introductory
Accessibility: Conference is handicap accessible. If you require ADA accommodations, please contact our office 30 days or more before the event. We cannot ensure accommodations without adequate prior notification

Our Grievance Policy for trainings is available HERE.  Please Note: Licensing Boards change regulations often, and while we attempt to stay abreast of their most recent changes, if you have questions or concerns about this course meeting your specific board’s approval, we recommend you contact your board directly to obtain a ruling.

CE Information

72 Continuing Education Credit is granted through Neuhoff Psychological Consulting, PLLC for the following professions: Psychologists, Social workers, Mental Health Counselors, LMFTs, and LCATs. It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards to verify CE requirements for their state.

Please Note: Licensing Boards change regulations often, and while we attempt to stay abreast of their most recent changes, if you have questions or concerns about this course meeting your specific board’s approval, we recommend you contact your board directly to obtain a ruling. 

 

NBCC 

Neuhoff Psychological Consulting PLLC has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7503. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Neuhoff Psychological Consulting, LLC is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. 

 

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Satisfactory Completion:

Participants must have paid the tuition fee, logged in and out each day, attended the entire webinar, and completed an evaluation to receive a certificate (for pre-recorded program, a post-test with a passing grade of 80% is required.) Failure to log in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available. Certificates are available electronically after satisfactory course completion. A link will be provided for those who have completed the training.

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Sensorimotor and Body Psychotherapy: a 12-day Evidence Based Comprehensive Course 2024-2025

Schedule

Module 1: November 3-4, 2024 9:00 am – 4:30 pm EST with Lana Epstein  
Module 1 Day 1 Sunday 11/3

9:00 AM Introductions - Trainer and Assistant introductions -  - Overview of the Course - Facilities Orientation - Student introductions

9:45 AM The Neuroscience of Trauma - Trauma and the Autonomic Nervous System - Hierarchical Information Processing

10:00 AM Hopes and Fears Exercise - Exploring movements or gestures that accompany emotions of hope and fear. - Small group debrief - Large group debrief

10:30 PM Procedural Learning - Top down & Bottom up processing

10:45 AM Break

11:00 AM Video Analysis - Video example of bottom up processing - Large group debrief

12:00 The Modulation Model

12:30 PM Lunch

2:00 PM Physical Experiment: Implicit Memories of Positive Experience - What happens in the body as a positive experience is remembered? - Debrief

2:30 PM The Organization of Experience & the Core Organizers

2:45 PM Physical Experiment: A Stressful Event and the Core Organizers - How does the memory of a stressful event stimulate core organizers: thoughts, feelings, sense perceptions, movement impulses, visceral sensations. - Debrief

3:15 PM Break

3:30 PM Acts of Triumph, Trauma & Developmental Injuries - Immobilizing and mobilizing defenses - Attributes of trauma and attachment defenses and signs in the body

3:45 PM Physical Experiment: Impact of thoughts and belief on body - How does a negative cognition affect the body? - Debrief

4:15 PM SP Skill: Tracking

4:30 PM Video Analysis: Tracking - Video client session with sound off to track the body - Debrief

5:00 PM Closing - Debrief of day - Pull for feedback - Closing Mindfulness (of present moment experience in all core organizers)

Module 1 Day 2 Monday 11/4

9:00 AM Check-In & Review

9:15 AM Morning Mindfulness - Mindfulness of present moment and responses in all core organizers

9:30 AM Tracking Exercise - Practice tracking the body for indicators of trauma - Debrief

10:15 AM Break

10:30 AM SP Skill: Making Contact

10:45 AM Demo: Tracking and Making Contact - Trainer demonstrates with a volunteer skills of tracking and making contact - Debrief

11:15 AM Contact Exercise - Practice tracking and making contact statements

12:00 PM SP Skill: Framing

12:30 PM Lunch

2:00 PM Demo: Framing - Trainer demonstrates with a volunteer skills of tracking, making contact, and framing - Debrief

2:30 PM Framing Exercise - Practice framing an access route with a focus on the body - Debrief

3:15 PM Break

3:30 PM Mindfulness Questions - General and directed mindfulness questions

3:45 PM Act of Triumph Exercise - Integrate tracking, making contact, framing, and mindfulness to find an Act of Triumph - Debrief

4:15 PM SP Foundational Principles

5:00 PM Closing - Debrief of day - Pull for feedback - Closing Mindfulness

Module 2: December 15-16, 2024  9:00 am – 4:30 pm EST  with Lana Epstein  
Module 2 Day 1 Sunday 12/15

9:00 AM Check-In & Review

9:15 AM Morning Mindfulness - Mindfulness of present moment and responses in all core organizers

9:30 AM Tracking Exercise - Practice tracking the body for indicators of trauma - Debrief

10:15 AM Break

10:30 AM SP Skill: Making Contact

10:45 AM Demo: Tracking and Making Contact - Trainer demonstrates with a volunteer skills of tracking and making contact - Debrief

11:15 AM Contact Exercise - Practice tracking and making contact statements

12:00 PM SP Skill: Framing

12:30 PM Lunch

2:00 PM Demo: Framing - Trainer demonstrates with a volunteer skills of tracking, making contact, and framing - Debrief

2:30 PM Framing Exercise - Practice framing an access route with a focus on the body - Debrief

3:15 PM Break

3:30 PM Mindfulness Questions - General and directed mindfulness questions

3:45 PM Act of Triumph Exercise - Integrate tracking, making contact, framing, and mindfulness to find an Act of Triumph - Debrief

4:15 PM SP Foundational Principles

5:00 PM Closing - Debrief of day - Pull for feedback - Closing Mindfulness

 

Module 2 Day 2 Monday 12/16

9:00 AM Check-In & Review

9:15 AM Morning Mindfulness - Mindfulness of present moment and responses in all core organizers

9:30 AM Stages of the Process, continued - Obtaining Mindful Reports - Linking Core Organizers - Unlinking core organizers - 4 Step Cycle

10:30 AM Video Analysis: Integrating Tracking, Contact, Framing, and Mindfulness

11:00 AM Exercise: Work with a resource to integrate tracking, contact, framing and mindfulness - Debrief

12:30 PM Lunch

2:00 PM SP Skill: Experiments

2:30 PM Physical Experiment: Mindfully Exploring Boundaries - Explore experiments working with boundaries, integrating tracking, contact, framing, mindfulness, and experiments - Debrief

3:30 PM Break

3:45 PM Study Group Exercise Review - time to check in with study groups

4:00 PM Helping clients Sense the body

4:30 PM Sensing Body Exercise

5:00 PM Closing - Debrief of day - Pull for feedback - Closing Mindfulness

Module 3: February 2-3, 2025 11:00 am – 6:00 pm EST  with Janina Fisher  
Module 3 Day 1 Sunday 2/2

9:00 AM Check-In & Review

9:15 AM Morning Mindfulness - Mindfulness of present moment and focus on somatic resourcing

9:30 AM Stages of the Process in Phase 1 Treatment

10:30 AM Break 10:45 AM Developing Resources for Stabilization - Survival and Creative Resources - Categories of Creative Resources - Missing and Existing Resources

11:45 AM Physical Experiment: Resources Before, During, and After a Traumatic Event - Identify resources before, during and after a traumatic event - Debrief

12:30 PM Lunch

2:00 PM Embodying Resources

2:30 PM Demo: Developing a Resource - Trainer demonstrates developing a resource through the five stages of the process with a volunteer - Debrief

3:15 PM Break

3:30 PM Exercise: Developing a Resource - Develop a resource through the five stages of the process. - Debrief 4:30 PM Case Consultation - Trainer provides case consultation with focus on developing resources

5:00 PM Closing - Debrief of day - Pull for feedback - Closing Mindfulness

 

Module 3 Day 2 Monday 2/4

9:00 AM Check-In & Review

9:15 AM Morning Mindfulness - Mindfulness of present moment and focus on somatic resourcing

9:30 AM Phase One Work: Somatic Resources - Somatic resources to regulate arousal - Indicators in the body of somatic resources to be developed

10:30 AM Break

10:45 AM Phase One Work: Somatic Resources, continued - Assessment of resources, and approaches to developing resources

11:00 AM Exercise: Developing a Somatic Resources - Develop a somatic resource through the five stages of the process. - Debrief

12:30 PM Lunch

2:00 PM Video Analysis: Somatic Resources - Debrief

2:45 PM

9:30 AM Review Study Group Exercises - Study group check-in

10:00 AM Transformation and Integration - Physical and mental denotations of transformation - Therapist’s job in transformation & integration - Integration techniques

10:45 AM Break

2:00 PM Integration with the Body - Changing procedural tendencies - Integration through movement

3:15 PM Exercise: Encouraging Integration with the Body - Practice a working with developing a resource through the five stages of the process, with a focus on integration with the body. - Debrief

5:00 PM Closing - Debrief of day - Pull for feedback - Closing Mindfulness

Module 4: March 2-3, 2025 11:00 am – 6:00 pm EST  with Janina Fisher  
Module 4 Day 1 Schedule

9:00 AM Check-In & Review

9:15 AM Morning Mindfulness - Mindfulness of present moment and focus on stimuli and orienting

9:30 AM Orienting and Defensive Response

10:00 AM Break

10:15 AM Exercise: Orienting - Practice working with an orienting response to something upsetting, then practice employing a somatic resource and see how the orienting response if affected. - Debrief

11:00 AM Orienting and Alterations of Consciousness - Levels and Fields of Consciousness

11:30 AM Working with Fields and Levels of Consciousness - Influencing levels of consciousness in therapy - Using directed mindfulness to influence Levels and Fields of Consciousness

12:30 PM Lunch

2:00 PM Exercise: Field of Consciousness - Work with orienting and fields and levels of consciousness through the five stages of the process. - Debrief

3:00 PM Neuroception of Danger - Animal defenses - Stage 8 of Orienting Response - Polyvagal Theory - Safety, Danger, and Life Threat

3:45 PM Break

4:00 PM Mobilizing Defenses, Immobilizing Defenses - Working with habitual defenses

5:00 PM Closing - Debrief of day - Pull for feedback - Closing Mindfulness

 

Module 4 Day 2 Schedule

9:00 AM Check-In & Review

9:15 AM Morning Mindfulness - Mindfulness of present moment and focus on stimuli and orienting

9:30 AM Review of Working with Defensive Response

10:00 AM Video Analysis: Reorganizing defensive response - Debrief

10:30 AM Break

10:45 AM Physical Experiment: Pushing to Actively Reorganize Defenses - Debrief

11:30 AM Preparatory Movements - Indicators of orienting and defensive impulses

12:30 PM Lunch

2:00 PM Video Analysis: working with mobilizing defensive response - Debrief

2:30 PM Exercise: Framing Indicators and Completing Defensive Action - Frame an indicator of a defensive response, and practice executing the movement.

3:45 PM Break

4:00 PM Boundaries - The function of boundaries - Types of boundary styles - Boundary experiments

5:00 PM Closing - Debrief of day - Pull for feedback - Closing Mindfulness

 

Module 5: April 6-7, 2025 9:00 am – 4:30 pm EST  with Lana Epstein  
Module 5 Day 1 Schedule

 9:00 AM Check-In & Review

9:15 AM Morning Mindfulness - Mindfulness of present moment and focus on somatic resourcing

9:30 AM Structural Dissociation of the Personality - Models for structural dissociation - Trauma and structural dissociation

10:30 AM Break

10:45 AM Video Analysis: Working with Structural Dissociation - Debrief

11:00 AM Somatic Organization of Dissociative Parts - Somatic indicators of parts - Somatic resources for parts 11:30 Working with Traumatic Memory - Resourcing trauma vs. processing trauma - State specific processing - Sensorimotor sequencing

12:30 PM Lunch

2:00 PM Video Analysis: Sequencing One Arousal Cycle at a time - Debrief

2:30 PM Sensorimotor Sequencing Techniques

2:45 PM Break

3:00 PM Demo: Sensorimotor Sequencing - Trainer demonstrates sensorimotor sequencing of a sliver of memory, one arousal cycle at a time.

3:30 Exercise: Evoke a Sliver of Memory - Evoke a sliver of memory that reaches the upper edge of the window of tolerance, and practice sensorimotor sequencing of arousal. - Debrief

5:00 Closing - Debrief of module - Review homework - Pull for feedback - Closing Mindfulness

 

Module 5 Day 2 Schedule

9:00 AM Check-In & Review

9:15 AM Morning Mindfulness - Mindfulness of present moment and focus on indicators or impulses of movement

9:30 AM Sensorimotor Sequencing of Movement; Orienting and Defensive Responses -voluntary and involuntary movement

10:00 AM Video Analysis: Demonstration of Sequencing of Orienting and Defensive Responses - Debrief

10:30 AM Break

10:45 AM Physical Experiment: Involuntary & Voluntary Micromovements - Debrief

11:15 AM Preparatory Movements Indicators of Orienting and Defensive Response

11:45 AM Sensorimotor Sequencing Techniques - Framing emotion and cognition - Accessing physical impulses - Savoring completion of a movement - What to do when a movement does not complete

12:30 PM Lunch

2:00 PM Exercise: Sensorimotor Sequencing - Work with a sliver of memory through sensorimotor sequencing focusing on voluntary and involuntary movement - Debrief

3:30 PM Working with Traumatic Memory

3:45 PM Break

4:00 PM Tips for working with involuntary movement

4:15 AM Completing Actions

4:30 PM Video Analysis: Sensorimotor Sequencing - Debrief

5:00 PM Closing - Debrief of day - Pull for feedback - Closing Mindfulness

Module 6: May 18-19, 2025 9:00 am – 4:30 pm EST  with Lana Epstein  
Module 6 Day 1 Schedule

9:00 AM Check-In & Review

9:15 AM Morning Mindfulness - Mindfulness of present moment and focus on indicators or impulses of movement

9:30 AM Integration of Maps, Context, Lenses, and Techniques

10:00 AM Resourcing Hyper and Hypoarousal

10:30 PM Video Analysis: Working with Hypo and Hyperarousal - Debrief

11:00 AM Exercise: Working at the Edges of the Window of Tolerance - Employ techniques for working with hyper/Hypoarousal - Debrief

12:30 PM Lunch

2:00 PM Emotions - Emotional processing - Trauma related emotions

3:00 PM Video Analysis: Examples of Authentic and Patterned Emotions

3:30 PM Break

3:45 PM Working with Cognition - Three options for working with beliefs

4:00 PM Exercise: Working with Cognition and the Body - Work with a limiting belief through the five stages of the process.

5:00 PM Closing - Debrief of day - Pull for feedback - Closing Mindfulness

 

Module 6 Day 2 Schedule

9:00 AM Check-In & Review

9:15 AM Morning Mindfulness - Mindfulness of present moment and focus on indicators or impulses of movement

9:30 AM Phase III Treatment - Integration and Resolution

10:30 AM Break

10:45 AM Physical Experiment: the Impact of Attachment Figures - Explore what happens in the core organizers when imagining walking with an attachment figure. - Debrief

12:00 PM Overview of Attachment Patterns

12:30 PM Lunch

2:00 PM Physical Experiment: Proximity Seeking Actions - Explore what happens in the core organizers when making a proximity seeking action to another.

2:30 PM Character Theory Overview

2:45 PM Break

3:00 PM Exercise: Character Theory

3:30 PM Increasing Pleasure & Positive Affect Tolerance - Cultivating pleasure

4:00 PM Physical Experiment: Finding Pleasure in Movement - Explore a movement that brings pleasure and what happens in the core organizers. - Debrief

4:30 PM Closing Ceremony - Closing Training Visualization - Debrief of Training - Pull for feedback - Certificates of Completion

Sensorimotor and Body Psychotherapy: a 12-day Evidence Based Comprehensive Course 2024-2025

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