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Institute Types

Institutional membership classification is granted to institutions, such as schools, training centers, organizations, or clinics, that are related to the field of body psychotherapy and support the mission and goals of the USABP.

University (College) Memberships – Accredited University program offering somatic psychology degree. Graduates of this level qualify for clinical membership of USABP after acquiring a license and are eligible to be part of the on-line directory.

Independent Body-Centered Training Institute Level 1 & 2 – a founding institute of an established or recognized somatic-based practice, or psychotherapy. Must have been in operation for at least 20 years and at minimum, 400-hour training program. Level 2: In operation at least 5 years; may be eligible sooner if program provides CEUS. Graduates qualify for practitioner/clinical membership of USABP and are eligible to be part of the on-line directory.

Non-Clinical Body-Based Training Programs – Open to organizations that offer at minimum, 400-hour training program, where founders have completed a training or degree program from at least one established free-standing Institute. These training’s are geared to capacitate graduates to work within non-clinical settings and organizations.

Institutional Benefits:

  1. Website presence: Under our Education and Training button, your institution will be listed with logo, summary descriptor, and further detail/registration and contact information link included. Additionally you get a dedicated Full Page for Description and Recruitment.
  2. You will be able to post your institutional training events in our Events section.
  3. You will benefit from participating in a larger association representing the field of Somatic Psychology by way of our association’s advocacy and outreach efforts including with our sister organization, the European Association for Body Psychotherapy (EABP).
  4. You will receive traffic links from over 17 pages on our site to the Education and Training page for recruitment to participate in your program.
  5. You will get a discount on a booth at our upcoming conferences, and special mention in our conference programs.
  6. Your education and training opportunities within our Our Member Organizations will receive mention in USABP communications to our members and subscribers. 
  7. Our social media presence and communication will drive new audiences to the Events and Education and Training section of (where you are positioned to be found).
  8. Receive invitation to be a speaker on one of our monthly extended education events.
  9. You will have access to the members-only section. You may post articles, video clips, pdfs of book chapters, and interesting information about our field.
  10. You will be able to participate in our Viewpoints Section that helps bring you access to the general public.
  11. Receive link backs to your designated websites for SEO strength.
  12. You become a part of a global community committed to the preservation and advancement of somatic psychology and body psychotherapy.
  13. Have priority access to advertise in our peer-reviewed printed journal and email newsletter.


University-based program, Independent Body-Centered Training Institute Level 1, Non-Clinical Body-Based Training Programs – Membership cost: $900.00/year – that’s only $75.00/a month for A LOT of advertising.

Independent Body-Centered Training Institute Level 2 – Membership cost: $ 500.00/year 

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membership INCLUDEs SPecial recognition

The Field of Body Psychotherapy continues to grow. Discovering new ways to bring healing and transformation to clients and society.

Our Award events honor the many positive contributing milestones in our history. And from time to time it is in special order that we take time to honor a few individuals in particular.

We are pleased each year to present Award Recipients to honor them and all that they represent in our industry. Join us at our next Award Ceremony.


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 achiement 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 Reearch 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. Click here to view the Alice K. Ladas Research Award

Click here to view recipients of the  Alice K. Lada Research Award.


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