The Field of Body Psychotherapy continues to grow.
Consistent with the conference theme of 2012 (Pioneers of the Past - The Wave of the Future), we want to be more inclusive in honoring the pioneers who laid the foundations for the past and future construction of our body of knowledge and skill.
So, in addition to the regular Lifetime Achievement Award that was awarded in 2012, we honored a few selected people with a “Pioneer Award”. Together with present and past Lifetime Achievement Award recipients, the recipients of the “Pioneer Award” are featured here as the “Pioneers of Body Psychotherapy.”
Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen is a movement artist, researcher, educator, and therapist who has been working with movement, touch, and the body-mind relationship for over 50 years. She is an innovator and leader in developing the Body-Mind Centering® approach, which has influenced many body-mind disciplines such as bodywork, movement, dance, yoga, body psychotherapy, and childhood education. Bonnie founded The School for Body-Mind Centering® in 1973 and has taught workshops throughout the world. She has an extensive background in movement, including various dance styles, dance therapy, bodywork, martial arts, yoga, and voice. Her focus has been with infants and young children, particularly those with neurological challenges and children/teenagers developing scoliosis. Bonnie is currently turning more of her attention to writing and producing videos of her work.
Pioneer Award, 2018
DR. STEPHEN PRORGES research intersects psychology, neuroscience, and evolutionary biology. Through his development of the Polyvagal Theory, Porges is discovering how the autonomic nervous system controls the reactions and behaviors of individuals affected by a wide-range of traumatic experiences, including sexual assault and partner violence, bullying, and the trauma associated with diagnoses and treatment of the reproductive system. Currently, Porges is developing the Kinsey Institute Sexual Trauma Research Consortium to address the life-changing affects and treatments around trauma. He is creating a team of collaborative researchers and clinicians at the Kinsey Institute, Indiana University, and other partner institutions to document both the effects of trauma on people’s ability to form intimate relationships and the development of novel treatments to reverse its effects.
Pioneer Award, 2012
AKHTER AHSEN, PH.D. holds a seminal place in the development of Somatic Psychology. Since the early 1950’s Dr. Ahsen has published, practiced, and trained individuals to work in images rather than words. Standing apart from other theorists in psychology, he has never separated mind from body. According to Ahsen, the image holds spirit, mind, and body. Developed through biology, philosophy, mythology, and quantum science, his system is built on the structure of consciousness itself, a method of physical and spiritual consciousness. With an Image as entry point (I), the body is automatically engaged through a Somatic response to the image (S) and the Meaning (M) which emerges as a result of the flow of consciousness. This ISM structure keeps body and mind together, a living, psychosomatic system. The ability to work with the body without leaving the mind is Akhter Ahsen’s most significant contribution to the field of Body Psychotherapy.
Pioneer Award, 2012
EUGENE GENDLIN is internationally recognized as a major American philosopher and psychologist. He taught at the University of Chicago from 1963 to 1995. The applications of this “Philosophy of the Implicit” have been important in many fields. Gendlin has been honored four times by the American Psychological Association for his development of Experiential Psychotherapy. He received the first “Distinguished Professional Psychologist of the Year” award from the Clinical Division, an award from the Philosophical Psychology Division, and he and The Focusing Institute received an award from the Humanistic Division in August of 2000. Division 24 gave him (2010) their highest award for Distinguished Theoretical and Philosophical Contributions to Psychology. In 2008 he was awarded the Viktor Frankl prize by the city of Vienna and the Viktor Frankl Family Foundation. His book, Focusing is translated into 17 languages. His other books include, Let Your Body Interpret Your Dreams, and Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy.
Pioneer Award, 2012
ARNY MINDELL, PH.D. is in private practice in Portland, Oregon. He is known for his development of the “dreambody” and “process work” (process oriented psychology). He is the author of 19 books in 21 languages, including Dreambody, The Shaman’s Body, Quantum Mind, and Quantum Mind and Healing. Arny has an M.S. from M.I.T., was a Jungian training analyst, and has a Ph.D. in psychology. He is also known in the area of conflict management for his Sitting in the Fire and for his integration of psychology and physics, work on dreams, bodywork, relationships, and for interventions in near death situations. To listen to the March 2009 Somatic Perspective interview click here.
Pioneer Award, 2012
Membership has its privileges
USABP Pioneer AWARD
Since its inception in 1998, the USABP has made it a priority to honor the people who have made somatic psychology, body psychotherapy, and body/mind practices what they are today: acknowledging our history is extremely important in our identity as an organization.
USABP lifetime achievement award
At each USABP conference a body psychotherapist has been recognized for their lifetime achievements specifically in the field of body psychotherapy by impacting the field, contributing to the body of knowledge, expanding the audience, mobilizing the community, and support of the field at large.
Click here to view Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients
Alice K. Ladas Research award
For Outstanding Research Advancing the Profession of Body Psychotherapy and Outstanding Research Advancing the Profession of Body Psychotherapy by a Student the USABP offers two research awards at each conference. Submissions are open and on-going.