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Chicago, IL

Level II: Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for the Treatment of Developmental Injury: Meaning Making, Emotional Processing, and Relational Memory

OCTOBER 4, 2019 - MAY 31, 2020

Research reveals the powerful impact that early childhood adversity, attachment disruption, and chronic stress play in our clients' current lives. Early attachment experiences and the environment shape biology, brain development, somatic structures, perception, meaning making, and patterns of relating. This learning sits deep within the brain and body of our clients, in implicit and procedural memory. Difficulty managing relationships, depression, anxiety, somatic complaints, and addiction have roots in these early experiences and the resulting adaptations. The second training in the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Training for Mental Health Professionals, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for the Treatment of Developmental Injury: Meaning Making, Emotional Processing, and Relational Memory, equips therapists with the skills, maps, and foundational principles needed to understand and address these challenging issues to engage the wisdom of the body for healing and growth, and utilize effective somatic interventions in a neurobiologically consistent manner.

SP for the Treatment of Developmental Injury illustrates how traumatic, attachment, and developmental issues intersect and how to provide effective treatment given their inevitable intertwining. In this training, research from 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. Students are introduced to the essential skills for working with clients' states of consciousness, implicit and procedural memory, and strong primary affect change. Students learn to recognize, understand and apply interventions to the somatic and relational maladaptive patterns and core injuries that their clients' present. Specific techniques are taught to evoke early childhood core memory that contribute to emotional hijacking and chronic relational dysregulation.

Course Structure

The Level II Training consists of approximately 120 contact hours divided into more multi-day modules, for a total of 21 days.

Training Application

Training Dates:

  1. October 4-6, 2019
  2. November 15-17, 2019
  3. December 13-15, 2019
  4. January 24-26, 2020
  5. March 6-8, 2020
  6. April 24-26, 2020
  7. May 29-31, 2020

Dates and times may be subject to change; see Cancellation Policy


Tuition Policy


Financial Aid

Continuing Education Credit: Continuing education credit for this Training is co-sponsored by Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute (SPI) and The Institute for Continuing Education (ICE). The opportunity to secure credit is included with tuition; materials to secure credit will be provided for participants onsite.

Click here for more information about securing CE credit

Times: TBA
Location: Cathedral Counseling Center, 50 E Washington St., Chicago, IL 60602. Map
Trainers: Anne Westcott, MA, LICSW, Rebeca Farca, MA, AMFT
Tuition: 4,950 USD. 5% discount if application is received by 08/09/2019. 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

Completion of Level I Training

Contact: SPI Admissions, 3034473290,
Local Contact: Maggie Speltz,