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Dissociation and the Body: Led by Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Creator Pat Ogden, PhD

  • 21 Jan 2021
  • Zoom

In this webinar, Dr. Ogden will elucidate the challenges, risks, and rewards of working somatically with dissociative clients. We will explore the theory of structural dissociation, emphasizing how the body reflects and sustains 'daily life' parts of the self as well as those stuck in 'trauma time,' and how the body can be an asset in helping these parts communicate and cooperate.

Cost: $32 plus

This event is co-sponsored with Commonwealth Seminars and is pending approval for 2 CEs.

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In this webinar, Dr. Ogden will elucidate the challenges, risks, and rewards of working somatically with dissociative clients. The three major influences on Sensorimotor Psychotherapy’s approach to dissociation and parts work will be discussed. Practical, easy to implement somatic interventions designed to initiate change in entrenched patterns will be shared.

We will explore the theory of structural dissociation, emphasizing how the body reflects and sustains 'daily life' parts of the self as well as those stuck in 'trauma time,' and how the body can be an asset in helping these parts communicate and cooperate.

Additional topics covered include:

-risks and challenges of using body oriented interventions for dissociative clients

-tips to introduce body psychotherapy to the naïve client

-the importance of body-oriented psychoeducation

-the risks and liabilities of going “too far” and not going “far enough”

-titration strategies to work at the regulatory boundaries of the window of tolerance

-the use of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy’s “directed mindfulness” to mitigate triggering when working with the body, capitalize on neuroplasticity, and develop new neural pathways

-Recognizing that new actions, like new words, can be experienced as threatening or adversarial to certain parts of the self, we will look at how to prevent overriding internal parts when

-working with posture and movement, and how to draw on the body to integrate a client’s dissociative parts.

Mindful mapping of internal parts will be introduced along with worksheets to be used with clients that are designed to support mapping the physical tendencies of dissociative parts, encourage mindful awareness of them, and identify their resources.

Participants will walk away with a new perspective on how simple techniques that target the body can begin to open the door to change even for the most dissociative clients.

Presenter Bio:

Pat Ogden, PhD,is a pioneer in somatic psychology, the creator of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy method, and founder of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute.Dr. Ogden is trained in a wide variety of somatic and psychotherapeutic approaches, and has over 45 years of experience working with individuals and groups. She is co-founder of the Hakomi Institute, past faculty of Naropa University (1985-2005), a clinician, consultant, and sought after international lecturer. Dr. Ogden is the first author of two groundbreaking books in somatic psychology: Trauma and the Body: A Sensorimotor Approach to Psychotherapy and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Interventions for Trauma and Attachment (2015) both published in the Interpersonal Neurobiology Series of W. W. Norton. Her third book in this series, The Pocket Guide to Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Essays and Articles, will be published in 2020, and she is working on Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for Children, Adolescents and Families and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for Groups with Dr. Bonnie Goldstein. Her current interests include groups, couples, children, adolescents, and families; complex trauma; Embedded Relational Mindfulness; implicit bias, intersectionality and culture; the relational nature of shame; presence, consciousness, and the philosophical/spiritual principles that underlie Sensorimotor Psychotherapy.

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