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Los Angeles, CA

Working with our Younger Clients and their families: A Sensorimotor PsychotherapySM Approach to Child, Adolescent, Family and Group Treatment

SEPTEMBER 15, 2017

Join Dr. Bonnie Goldstein, and discussion moderator Dr. Mason A Sommers, for this integrative workshop that revisits the development of identity, sense of self, affect regulation, verbal and non-verbal communication and the ability to form and sustain relationships in our younger clients. Using a mind-body-brain lens informed by Sensorimotor PsychotherapySM, Interpersonal Neurobiology, and psychodynamic psychotherapy, a wide range of treatment modalities are explored through clinical vignettes, case studies, brief experiential exercises, and videotaped excerpts of sessions.

This workshop will elucidate the significance of the "somatic narrative" in the treatment of children, adolescents-transitioning-to-adults, and family therapy, exploring therapeutic challenges, transformational moments, and use of the principles of Embedded Relational MindfulnessTM & collaboration to foster curiosity about Present-Moment Experiences. The ongoing process of body-based, implicit, nonverbal behavior, and the complex interplay between psychological experience, procedural learning, and sensory processing, are illuminated through an exploration of movement patterns, gestures, stance, postures, prosody, and other non-verbal cues. Techniques taught by the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute(R), developed by Dr. Pat Ogden, founder and pioneer in the field of somatic psychology, will be illuminated as participants learn new ways to enhance self-regulation and relationship skills, foster resilience, and create new competencies, all conducted in an atmosphere of curiosity, play and discovery.

At the conclusion of the workshop, attendees will be able to:

  1. Identify the effects of trauma and attachment dynamics in younger clients.

  2. Utilize psycho-education interventions with caregivers, regarding how trauma impacts children's bodies and nervous systems.

  3. Apply a Sensorimotor PsychotherapySM approach using the wisdom of the body to get beneath the words and tap into the somatic narrative with children and adolescents.

  4. Identify the nonverbal cues of the somatic narrative in younger clients' movement patterns, gestures, stance, postures, prosody, and other non-verbal cues.

  5. Apply Sensorimotor PsychotherapySM techniques in therapy with younger clients enhance self-regulation and relationship skills, foster resilience, and create new competencies.

  6. Apply therapeutic tools to enhance mindfulness skills for children and adolescents.

Credit Hours: 6

Lunch included in cost of tuition.

SPI Alumni or currently enrolled student? Share the work, keep the wealth! Bring 2 friends who have never attended an SPI course and you will attend for free. Please contact Financialaid@sensorimotor.org for more details prior to enrollment.


Times: 9:00am-4:30pm (two 15 min. breaks, 1 hour lunch)
Location: Mulholland Tennis Club, 2555 Crest View Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90046. Map
Instructor: Bonnie Goldstein, Ph.D
Tuition: 200 USD. 40% Alumni discount. Refund Policy
Contact: SPI Admissions, 3034473290, admissions@sensorimotor.org.
Local Contact: Bonnie Goldstein, Ph.D, drbonniegoldstein@gmail.com.