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Vancouver, BC

Level I: Affect Dysregulation, Survival Defenses, and Traumatic Memory

SEPTEMBER 22, 2017 - MARCH 4, 2018

A high percentage of clients in outpatient treatment and a higher percentage of inpatients report histories of neglect, trauma, and/or attachment failure. In addition to being diagnosed with PTSD, this client population often presents as affectively dysregulated, chronically depressed, exhibiting symptoms of bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, and borderline or other personality disorders. 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. With a better understanding of the presenting problems of these clients and equipped with interventions that speak directly to how their issues are driven by the body and the nervous system, students will be able to directly impact the direction of treatment not only for these client populations but also in their practice settings.

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.

This Training consists of approximately 80 contact hours.

Click here for more information on the SPI Training Program including Level I curriculum.

Training Dates:

  1. September 22-24, 2017
  2. November 3-5, 2017
  3. January 19-21, 2018
  4. March 2-4, 2018
Times: Fridays/Saturdays: 8:30am-5:30pm (two 15 min. breaks, 1.5 hr lunch)
Sundays: 8:30am-4:00pm (two 15 min. breaks, 1 hr lunch)
Location: see below, Vancouver, BC. Map

Module 1 only Holiday Inn Vancouver Centre, 711 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC V5Z 3Y2

Modules 2 - 4 Liu Institute for Global Issues, The University of British Columbia, 6476 NW Marine Drive, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2

Trainers: Rochelle Sharpe Lohrasbe PhD, RCC, Kekuni Minton, PhD
Tuition: 3,000 USD. 5% Group of 3 or more (Tiered; 5%-15%) discount. A non-refundable registration fee of $25.00. A deposit of $500.00 is due to provisionally secure a place in the training - deposit is not due at time of application. Refund Policy
Contact: SPI Admissions, 3034473290,
Local Contact: Eva DeHaas, (778) 378-7372,