The Use of Touch in Psychotherapeutic Praxis Across Traditions

 Join international experts as they discuss the various principles involved in touch in psychotherapy practice.  Kathy Kain and Aline LaPierre and will be our guests while USABP’s new President, Dr. Chris Walling moderates the panelists in what promises to be an in depth discussion of the various approaches and applications of touch in therapeutic praxis.

Kathy Kain, M.A. & Aline LaPierre, PsyD

Moderated by: 

Dr. Chris Walling, PsyD, MBA

September 27th  @ 4:00 pm Pacific; 6:00 pm Central & 7:00 pm Eastern


NON-MEMBERS:  $ 30.00


Kathy Kain, M.A., has been practicing and teaching bodywork and trauma recovery skills for over 35 years. She was a senior trainer for 12 years in the Somatic Psychotherapy training program based in Sydney, Australia, which helped develop her expertise in the integration of touch into the practice of psychotherapy and trauma recovery, as well as in somatic approaches to working with developmental and complex trauma. She offers training in those areas of specialty in her Touch Skills Training for Trauma Therapists, and Somatic Resilience and Regulation: Early Trauma programs.

She teaches in Europe, Australia, Canada, and throughout the U.S. Her new book, Nurturing Resilience, co-authored with Stephen J. Terrell, PsyD will be released in early 2018.



Dr. Aline LaPierre is the coauthor of Healing Developmental Trauma: How Early Trauma Affects Self-Regulation, Self-Image, and the Capacity for Relationship. She is the creator of NeuroAffective Touch™ and Director of The NeuroAffective Touch Institute.

Dr. LaPierre was on the faculty of the Somatic Doctoral Program at Santa Barbara Graduate Institute for 10 years. She has been actively involved in the field of somatic psychology and body psychotherapy for over 30 years and specializes in the integration of relational body-inclusive psychodynamic psychotherapy and energy approaches.

A graduate of Pacifica Graduate Institute, she also trained as a psychoanalyst at the New Center for Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles. Her knowledge of the body is grounded in years of study with Emilie Conrad at Continuum as well as in Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen’s BodyMInd Centering and numerous hands-on bodywork modalities. She was a member of the Allan Schore Affective Neuroscience study group for several years, maintains a private practice in Brentwood, and is currently Vice-President of the United States Association of Body Psychotherapy (USABP).


Dr. Chris Walling, PsyD, MBA, SEP, C-IAYT, an award winning researcher and licensed clinical psychologist, has been an active leader in healthcare for nearly two decades. His work integrates the developmental, biological, and somatic aspects of the lifespan. His work in academic medicine has included the administration of multidisciplinary leadership teams in hematology-oncology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and geriatric psychiatry.

Dr. Walling is the President of the United States Association of Body Psychotherapy, the hub of somatic psychology. His clinical focus in the behavioral sciences has examined the intersections of neuropsychotherapy, affect regulation, and body psychology. Dr. Walling is the Clinical Director of Soma Psychological Services in Los Angeles, California where he specializes in stress related disorders, trauma, couples work, and addiction recovery.













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