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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 21, 2019

Join Dr. Bonnie Goldstein, 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. Describe the use of psycho-education interventions with caregivers, regarding how trauma impacts children's bodies and nervous systems.

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

  6. Describe the application of therapeutic tools to enhance mindfulness skills for children and adolescents.

Credit Hours: 6

Continuing Education

This program is co-sponsored by Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute and The Institute for Continuing Education. The program offers 6.00 contact hours, with full attendance required. There is no additional fee to receive continuing education credit.

Attendees who wish to receive continuing education MUST complete and submit the CE materials that will be available on site; sign in/out at designated locations; and complete an evaluation of the program. CE verification is mailed to applicants following the event. If you have questions regarding continuing education, the program, faculty, grievance issues, or learning objectives, please contact The Institute at: 800-557-1950; e-mail: instconted@aol.com.

Psychology: The Institute for Continuing Education is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Institute for Continuing Education maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Counseling: For counselors seeking continuing education credit, The Institute for Continuing Education will submit a co-sponsorship application to NBCC for this program.

Social Work: For social workers seeking continuing education credit, The Institute for Continuing Education will submit an application to NASW for this program.

Marriage / Family Therapy: The Institute for Continuing Education, Provider 56590, is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs. The Institute for Continuing Education maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This Course meets the qualifications for 6.00 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCC, as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

Skill Level: This program is appropriate for mental health professionals of all skill levels ( beginning, intermediate, advanced). Participants are urged to review the workshop description for appropriateness for professional and personal development.

Instruction Methodology: May include lecture, audio-visual, demonstration, case vignettes, experiential practice of techniques, large and small group discussion

ADA: For accommodations on the basis of disability please contact: SPI Admissions, 303-447-3290

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Times: 9:00am-4:00pm (two 15 min. breaks, 1 hour lunch)
Location: Beverly Hills Women's Club, 1700 Chevy Chase Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90210. Map
Instructor: Bonnie Goldstein, Ph.D
Tuition: 225 USD. 5% early registration discount if payment received by 07/27/2019. Refund Policy
Contact: SPI Admissions, 3034473290, admissions@sensorimotor.org.
Local Contact: Mason A. Sommers, Ph.D, 310-274-1464, m.sommers@sensorimotor.org.