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Embodied Research Methods – Call for Proposals

Embodied phenomena have been explored in research in many fields of study such as psychology, expressive therapies, social sciences, anthropology, medicine, and education but to date there has not yet existed a collection of work that describes the specific ways in which embodied data collection and analysis can contribute to traditional styles of inquiry. Embodiment is an essential element of human experience, yet often missing in research data. This book will serve as an edited textbook that emphasizes embodied data in research methods. We are seeking chapter contributions that describe innovative research methods in both qualitative and quantitative approaches to embodied experience in research. Continue reading

“All the Rage (Saved by Sarno)” – Frances Sommer Anderson

has been held over after a successful screening that began June 23. It was the highest grossing per screen indie film to open this weekend with a box office of 9700. It will run for at least 2 weeks.

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Mending Boundary Ruptures A Somatic Healing Intensive Training for Practitioners

Location: The Hope and Healing Center. – Houston, TX – 2 Day Event During this intensive workshop Jeanna will utilize her experience in using Pia Mellody’s Post Induction Treat‐ment (PIT) model and Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing, a body oriented approach, to work through the col‐lapse, shame, rage and feelings of helplessness that exist as a result of boundary ruptures. As well as allow for our natural defenses and protective barrier to heal and mend. Continue reading

SHIFT – Focusing Resources with Ann Weiser Cornell

Do you want to be able to practice emotional aikido with anything life throws at you? Wouldn’t it be great to navigate even your most potent emotional triggers with more ease? SHIFT can help! With SHIFT you can: Discover how to stop overwhelm in its tracks before it hijacks your day. Continue reading

UNCERTAIN GROUND: The Body as Resource in the Face of Modern Life

This one day workshop will be blend of didactic and experiential sessions for members of the helping professions. We will explore how we can access our body and its inner resources so that we may develop greater confidence in living with both “knowing” and “not knowing,” and trusting in our capacity to deal with the unpredictable, as it will inevitably arise. We’ll explore how we might work with others to develop this capacity for themselves. Continue reading

International Body Psychotherapy Journal – Volume 15, #1 Spring 2017 Available now

The issue is dedicated to hope, and the Journal’s Editorial team hopes the papers might inspire and ignite curiosity and hope in the readers. Papers include: a discussion about when the war ends—dialogues between reality and fantasy, healing and psychotherapy; ways to end therapy; embodied conflict resolution (combining body psychotherapy, Gestalt equine psychotherapy and Aikido); and the development of the LIFE Questionnaire, a body responsiveness questionnaire validated on a European sample looking at the mediation between body awareness and affect, and connection with mindfulness, body, and physical activity. Continue reading

” Keeping Our Bodies in the Room: The Relevance of Bodily Experience in Psychotherapy Training and Practice”

This conference brings together two dynamic clinician-authors at the heart of the contemporary discourse on the place of the body and somatic experience in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. The program will combine conceptual elements with discourse, clinical and supervisory examples, demonstrations of training and supervision techniques, and a good deal of experiential work drawn from the speakers many decades as clinicians and trainers. This diversely formatted program will appeal to psychodynamic and analytic clinicians, those involved in the training and supervision of psychotherapists, and somatic psychotherapists who want to experience the clinical and training styles of these internationally known body psychotherapy innovators. William Cornell MA is a body psychotherapist, author and international trainer integrating relational psychoanalysis and somatic psychotherapy paradigms. Continue reading

Basic Principles, Experiential Learning, and Clinical Applications with Stephen Porges, Ph.D. – September 23 & 24, 2017 Berkeley CA

In this exciting two-day conference, Dr. Porges will present a basic outline of his Polyvagal Theory, lead attendees in experiential learning, and dialogue with professionals presenting cases from diverse practice arenas. Since 1994, when Dr. Porges announced the basic concepts, Polyvagal Theory has been adopted and used productively in a wide array of psychological and somatic clinical practices. The theory is bringing alive the profound significance of our evolutionary neural organization in daily psychological and relational processes.

Participants will learn about the evolutionary emergence of a set of nerves in the brain that control the heart and face. This connection provided the structures for the Social Engagement System, which links our bodily feelings and thought processes with facial expression, vocal intonation, and gesture. Workshop participants will learn about the relationship between neural regulation of the Social Engagement system and emergent properties, including the development of many forms of mental and physical illness. Additionally, Dr. Porges will speak to developing clinical strategies to rehabilitate the Social Engagement System as an important part of any treatment.

Please join us in this exciting and informative professional education experience. Stephen is an engaging, open, and vital thinker grounded in daily living and with a wide range of experiences and interests beyond the laboratory. Continue reading

With Deepest Sympathy – Eugene Gendlin

Eugene T. Gendlin, the American philosopher and psychologist who developed the mind-body connection practice called “Focusing,” died on May 1 at the age of 90 in Spring Valley, New York. His death was announced by the International Focusing Institute (www.focusing.org), which was founded in 1985 by Dr. Gendlin to promote the practice of Focusing and the philosophy behind it, which he called the “Philosophy of the Implicit.” Focusing is an experiential, body-oriented method for generating insights and emotional healing. Gendlin’s philosophy falls under the branch of philosophy called phenomenology. Significant influences on his philosophical work included Edmund Husserl, Jean-Paul Sartre and Maurice Merleau-Ponty. A nearly exhaustive library of his work is maintained by the Institute in the Gendlin Online Library. Continue reading

INTEGRATING YOGA INTO MENTAL HEALTH CARE

National Conference June 30-July 2, 2017. — Misericordia University, Dallas, Pa. CEUs available.– This groundbreaking event is the first major conference in the U.S. focusing on the topic of yoga and mental health care. It is designed for mental health and rehabilitative health professionals as well as yoga teachers and therapists. Topics include using therapeutic yogic interventions to reduce or heal dissociation; subtle breathing pattern dysregulations; autonomic nervous system dysregulation; anxiety; substance use disorders. CEUs available. Continue reading

Grief’s Reach: Avoiding its Lure Back into Early Developmental Shame – March 2017

When we help clients neurobiologically separate out early shame from grief, we bring them to the awareness of how present day experiences are actually a confusing entanglement of calling cards from the past. As the responses separate and integrate with support into the client’s present day self, a felt sense of choice and autonomy emerge. Continue reading

Attachment-Based Yoga & Meditation for Trauma Recovery – Deirdre Fay

In this book, Deirdre introduces a unique exploration of attachment-based approaches, integrating yogic psychology to bring relief and ease in treating trauma. Continue reading

USING MINDFULNESS & THE BODY TO GENTLY SUPPORT CHANGE

This workshop introduces participants to the basic principles and skills of the Hakomi Method to support personal and professional development. The goal of Hakomi is to uncover and alter unconscious motivations, beliefs and outdated frames of reference that negatively affect mood and relationships with self and others. The method uses experiments conducted in mindfulness and body awareness to gather information about unconscious processes. These techniques, coupled with the attuned presence of the therapist, access implicit memories and gently reorganize entrenched neural patterns. Continue reading

Somatic Psychotherapy Today: Winter 2017, volume 7, number 1

Erik Jarlnaes shares an in-depth view of his rebirthing process while Sharon King talks about her Matrix Birth Reimprinting and the need for a new paradigm. Kate White and Ray Castellino write about the Womb Surround Process and Alex Lobba discusses Leadership: The Art of Relationships. We have book reviews and author interviews/reflections with Stella Acquarone, Terry Marks-Tarlow, and co-authors Joann O’Leary and Jane Warland. Continue reading

Coming to NC in the Fall! Embodied Recovery is a Somatically Integrative Treatment for Eating Disorders

This pioneering somato-psycho-social approach highlights the body as a “re-source” in the recovery process rather than a source of distress to be managed. Our core principles address the intersection between somatic organization, the subjective experience of self, and our basic human need for attachment/bonding and protective defenses. The science behind the training is supported by the contributions of pioneers such as Peter Levine, Dan Seigel, Stephen Porges, Pat Ogden, Bonnie Bainbridge, and Allan Schore. Continue reading

Down-to-earth mindfulness: Mindful eating

Active Pause is about the simple, down-to-earth ways in which we step out of “automatic pilot” to be more actively involved in what we do. In other words, we see “mindful” as “engaged” – – the opposite of being disengaged, of doing a task mindlessly. In this spirit, Linda Ciotola is sharing the approach to mindful eating that she practices and teaches. Continue reading

Request for Proposals for Second National Conference on Bringing Yoga into Mental Health Care

The Second National Conference on Integrating Yoga into Mental Health Care is scheduled for June 30-July 2, 2017, at Misericordia University, Dallas, Pa. It is co-sponsored by the Misericordia University Social Work Department and The Wellfleet Collective. CEUs for various mental health disciplines are pending. You are invited you to submit a proposal to present a 90 minute workshop. Continue reading

Process Group for Adults with Aspergers

We will use Core Energetics’ techniques to help connect with the self and with others in an aligned way, while strengthening self awareness, and body consciousness. Using movement, breath work and interactive therapy we will explore the energetic blocks in the body that hinder self development. Core Energetics’ is founded in Bioenergetics body work and adds a spiritual component. It has been successful in healing depression, anxiety, and trauma. Body work with consciousness creates a rich experience unique to the individual. Core Energetics’ is a pathway to the True Self. Continue reading

THE BRAIN & TRAUMA: WHAT WORKS FOR HEALING

Participants will learn to use the Body Double (BD) intervention to work with the energetic body and the ‘rhythmic rupture’ it suffers, along with the physical body and the brain, due to traumatic events. This workshop expands the repertoire of students and practitioners of EMDR, EFT, sensory motor integration, as well as drama therapy and psychodrama. Continue reading

Dramatic Transformations

THIS WORKSHOP OFFERS a framework for avoiding compassion fatigue, boosting resilience and promoting wellness. The core skills of Awareness, Balance, Connection (Saavkitne & Pearlman, 1996) and Self-Compassion (Neff, 2013) are explored in theory and in action. In addition to full psychodramas, brief action structures and theoretical processing, this workshop offers optional yoga, yoga nidra and massage so participants can practice selfcare during the four-day experience. Continue reading

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