The level of training, credentials and areas of expertise are meant to assist you in finding a therapist or a short list of therapists that might be appropriate for you and/or your client. Once you have selected a therapist, make sure to discuss any needs and concerns you might have to ensure that he or she has the necessary skills to assist in meeting your need(s). Ultimately, only you can determine if you feel comfortable with a particular therapist.
What are the different levels of SP Training?
Level I: Training in Affect Dysregulation, Survival Defenses, and Traumatic Memory – 80 contact hours
Level I of The Sensorimotor Psychotherapy® Training Program in Affect Regulation, Attachment, and Trauma equips therapists to better understand the symptoms and issues of these challenging client populations and to work with them in a more effective way.
The Level I Training presents simple, body-oriented interventions for tracking, naming, and safely exploring trauma-related, somatic activation, creating new competencies and restoring a somatic sense of self. Students will learn effective, accessible interventions for identifying and working with disruptive somatic patterns, disturbed cognitive and emotional processing, and the fragmented sense of self experienced by so many traumatized individuals. Techniques are taught within a phase-oriented treatment approach, focusing first on stabilization and symptom reduction. Sensorimotor Psychotherapy® can be easily and effectively integrated into psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and EMDR-focused treatments.
Level II: Emotional Processing, Meaning Making, and Attachment Repair – 180 contact hours
Level II of The Sensorimotor Psychotherapy® Training Program in Affect Regulation, Attachment, and Trauma illustrates how traumatic, attachment, and developmental issues influence one another and how to provide effective treatment given their inevitable intertwining. In this Training, research from the attachment and neuroscience fields provides the theoretical foundation for Sensorimotor Psychotherapy® interventions and practices that address the effects of suboptimal and/or traumatic early attachment.
Level III: Advanced Skills/Certification – 144 contact hours
The Sensorimotor Psychotherapy® Level III: Advanced Skills/Certification Training provides a supportive group environment in which Level II graduates are able to refine skills (under close supervision from SPI Trainers) at each stage of the therapy process for both trauma and development/attachment sessions that are required for Certification in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy®.
Rigorous evaluation and assessment are integral parts of the Level III Training. Students perform self-evaluation, peer evaluation, and receive ongoing feedback from trainers
Each Level III module includes exercises, practice, video assessment and transcript analysis, review of homework assignments, demonstrations, and individual feedback from Trainer to student. Certification in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy® is awarded by SPI Trainers to competent graduates who successfully complete the Level III Training and who have demonstrated a high level of proficiency in SP concepts and skills. Those who achieve this high level of proficiency are awarded “Certification” and the right to use the qualification "Certified in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy®", and the title "Certified Sensorimotor Psychotherapist®".
Although completion of the Level III Training indicates that a student has completed 144 hours of advanced skills training, it does not necessarily guarantee Certification in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy®. Certification is an individualized process for each student and attainment of all the necessary skills may require work beyond the scheduled hours of the Level III Training.
SPI Continuing Education Participant: Graduates who continue their SP education after graduation by participating in consultation with SP trainers to learn about new developments in SP, augment their SP skills, and integrate SP interventions in their clinical work. SPI recommends that our graduates participate in our continuing education program to integrate these skills into existing clinical practice.
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SPI has listed Level I, Level II and SP Certified graduates of the SPI Professional Training as a resource to you. Our graduates are required to be licensed in their professional discipline or to be students in accredited graduate programs prior to taking our trainings. They are professionals from the areas of medicine, psychology, psychiatry, social work, marriage and family therapy, nursing, and counseling. A listing on this referral service does not constitute an endorsement of any particular therapist. It reflects their completion of a training program in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. Therefore, the Institute cannot be held responsible for the actions and abilities of any mental health professional listed here.
For SPI Graduates
If you are a graduate of any SPI training program, and you did not hear from us, we may not have your current contact information. If you would like to be added to this referral list, please email the following information to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Licensure: What discipline? Psychology? Social work? LMHC? LMFT? Psychiatry?
Level of SPI Training: Level I; Level II, or Level III Certified Advanced Practitioners