Full Course Description
Pat Ogden’s Complex Trauma Master Class: Sensorimotor Psychotherapy in Action
- Analyze the characteristics of situations that can result in complex trauma.
- Assess the symptoms of complex trauma.
- Apply therapeutic experiments to work with internal parts of the self in session.
- Explain the role of movement to facilitate communication between internal parts of the self.
- Quantify the value of body-based homework to support therapeutic gains.
- Identify the risks and reward of using posture as an intervention for clients with complex trauma.
- Evaluate the efficacy of using self-touch as a resource.
- Assess the risk and reward of targeting body sensation with trauma survivors.
- Apply two interventions to help clients sense the body to improve clinical outcomes.
Module 1: Decoding Complex Trauma by Interpreting Body Language
The path to helping your clients overcome complex trauma starts here. Join Pat Ogden as she presents the foundations of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for complex trauma. Meet “May” and watch as Pat expertly decodes her body language to uncover trauma and begin the process of healing. You will also discover:
Module 2: Posture and Self-Touch: Tools for Healing Trauma
- What makes complex trauma different from other traumas and exactly what questions you need to ask to accurately diagnose it
- Why the body is the most overlooked component of trauma treatment and how you can integrate it into your practice
- The key to decoding body language and exactly how to use it to uncover trauma in the body
- The step-by-step process of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy that will have your clients moving beyond their trauma faster and more completely than you ever imagined
Go deeper into the sensorimotor techniques that fast-track healing. Here, we meet “Anita,” an individual with low self-esteem resulting from a severe history of trauma. Watch as Pat demonstrates exactly how she uses posture, mindfulness and self-touch to improve self-esteem and release trauma from the body. Discover:
Module 3: Overcoming Body Phobia: Releasing Fear and Hatred of the Body
- What your client’s posture is telling you and how Pat uses it to unlock trauma in the body
- Why self-touch is one of the most powerful skills in trauma treatment and how to teach your clients to use it to take charge of their healing
- Exactly what to do if your client becomes dysregulated or dissociated in session and how to restore safety in the therapy space
Complete the journey of releasing trauma from the body. Watch as Pat uses body sensation and movement to help “Sonia,” an individual with a history of childhood trauma and negative relationship with her body. In this final section, you will uncover:
- Why dissociation is the key to identifying body phobia and how to work with body sensation to help clients safely reconnect to their body
- The role of discrimination and racial trauma in the development of body phobia and how to integrate cultural considerations into Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
- The most important techniques you need to be using ensure your clients build resilience and self-confidence
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Body Oriented Therapy Techniques for Trauma and Attachment
The body’s intelligence is largely an untapped resource in psychotherapy. Few educational programs in psychology or counseling emphasize how to draw on the wisdom of the body to support therapeutic change, leaving therapists mostly dependent on a client’s verbal narrative. Yet the story told by the “somatic narrative”—gesture, posture, prosody, facial expressions, eye gaze, and movement—is arguably more significant than the story told by the words. This talk will elucidate the wisdom of the body and how to tap the body itself to support therapeutic goals.
The Wisdom of the Body
Legacies of Trauma and Attachment
- Why the movement and posture is important target of intervention
- How to use mindfulness to tap the wisdom of the body (embedded relational mindfulness)
- Discovering resources of the body to stabilize arousal
- Use of movement to process traumatic memory
- Use of movement to support adaptive relationships
- Choose three somatic resources to regulate arousal
- Determine “bottom up processing” to resolve traumatic memory
- Distinguish proximity-seeking actions and how they relate to the client experience
- Integrate embedded relational mindfulness within treatment planning for client sessions
How are Women Socialized Differently, How Does this Show Up in Our Bodies
The socialization of girls and women leaves a profound imprint on our bodies and minds. The legacy of gender socialization strongly influences what we considered to be gender-appropriate beliefs, norms, attitudes and behaviors, leading not only to a higher rate of traumatic stress and other difficulties for girls and women, but also to particular resources and competencies. Drawing on research, cultural differences, client material and personal experience, this presentation will elucidate the complexity of gender socialization for girls and women and offer body-oriented interventions to address it.
- Determine possible beliefs and physical habits that may result from the socialization of girls and women.
- Apply body-oriented treatment interventions that target the legacy of socialization of girls and women.
- Analyze how gender socialization might affect the movement and posture of men and women differently.
- The Wisdom of the Body
- Socialization and Gender Roles Impact the Somatic Narrative
- Cultural Expectations and the Implications for Women
- Socialization and Gender Roles Impact Boundaries