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Sampler Series in Somatic Psychology Schedule

Sunday Evening Opening Session

The Power of Presence
Beth L. Haessig
The way we inhabit our bodies reflects the way we inhabit our lives. Using the techniques of various somatic modalities, Beth L. Haessig opens the conference by exploring the experience of presence.

Monday

Meeting the Self in the Body: An Introduction to Modern Bioenergetics
Scott Baum
Working with the body invigorates psychotherapeutic work and challenges both patient and therapist. The therapeutic environment can foster self-discovery by facilitating contact with sensations—the internal movements that make up the most basic element of the self.

This workshop provides a systematic method for developing a therapist’s capacity to experience and understand somatic process in psychotherapy. You learn how to

  • Identify somatic processes and their relationship to psychological and emotional processes
  • Recognize somatic elements in relationship to self and others
  • View transference relationships from the viewpoint of body-psychotherapy
  • Consider the somatic nature of countertransference.

Using an experiential format, Scott Baum also explores how relationships to self and others are founded on sensations, perceptions, and experiences, including body states and processes.

Recommended reading Scott Baum, Modern Bioenergetics (New York Society for Bioenergetic Analysis; available from the author).

Note Wear clothing comfortable for movement and self-expression.

Tuesday

In an Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness
Peter A. Levine and Dave Berger
Trauma is not a disease or a disorder, but rather an injury caused by fright, helplessness, and loss. By enlisting the wisdom of the living, sensing body, and engaging our innate capacity to self-regulate high states of arousal and intense emotions, trauma can be transformed. Drawing on more than 40 years as a body-oriented clinician, and a parallel study of stress, biology, and recent developments in the neurosciences, Peter A. Levine shows that it ’s possible to live life with pleasure and creativity, even in the face of pain. When we listen to the unspoken voice of the body, we gain an understanding of the source of trauma and learn how we can heal and grow stronger.

Tuesday Evening
Workshop with Dave Berger
This workshop focuses on body-based techniques for self-regulation using the concepts of Somatic Experiencing. In particular, we look at acute experiences (“SE first-aid”) and times when past experiences trigger present-day anxiety.

Wednesday

Where the Rubber Meets the Road: Embodied Spirituality with Core Energetics
Lisa Loustaunau
Claiming our wholeness is the ultimate therapeutic task, and can also be our spiritual mission in life. When spirituality ignores repressed negativity, we develop masks that betray our emotional integrity and distort the energy in our bodies. Living authentically means knowing both our light and our darkness. How do we make conscious the negativities that lie beneath our masks, anchored in energetic blocks? Can we access the vast reservoir of creative and healing energy trapped within those blocks?

In this experiential workshop, we

  • Explore the energetic difference between the three levels of personality in Core Energetics: mask, lower self, and higher self
  • Learn a powerful technique to become conscious of hidden dynamics in the areas of life where we struggle
  • Zero in on blocked energy so that suppressed feelings can be integrated and grounded.

Discover how Core Energetics integrates body-psychotherapy and character theory with a spiritual and evolutionary vision of human development.

Wednesday Evening
Workshop with Lisa Loustaunau
This session is a Core Energetic process group that allows participants to experience the psychology—thoughts, emotions, and sensations—alive in their bodies.

Thursday

Getting to the Heart of Matter: Yoga, Mindfulness, Neuroscience, and the Body
Bo Forbes
The body constantly changes in unpredictable ways, much like our emotional lives. Interoception—attention to momentary bodily sensation—plays a key role in both mindfulness and emotional balance. How can we use the body and interoception as valuable sources of input in our clinical work? And how can we cultivate embodied awareness in our clients as a gateway to emotional well-being?

Drawing from emerging research in affective neuroscience and tools from the yoga and mindfulness traditions, Bo Forbes explores ways to develop the art and practice of embodied awareness. She maps out several powerful, evidence-based practices and embodied experiences that create a learning laboratory for change.

This workshop teaches

  • Self-compassion to alleviate anxiety and depression
  • Interoception to build mindfulness
  • Empathic regulation that enables us to set healthy boundaries in our work.

Through this session, we learn how to be more at home in the changing wilderness of the body, creating a visceral resilience that nurtures and empowers emotional well-being.

Friday Morning

Integration and Grounding
Beth L. Haessig and Scott Baum
Process all that you ’ve learned throughout the conference. We break into groups for integration and self-inquiry, preparing you to return home grounded in the power of presence and the power of the body.