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Princeton, NJ

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

SEPTEMBER 12, 2020 - MARCH 21, 2021

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.

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Continuing Education Credit:

New Jersey Social Work This course, Level I: Training in Affect Dysregulation, Survival Defenses, and Traumatic Memory, Approval #191012-208, provided by Princeton House Behavioral Health, is approved for continuing education by the New Jersey Social Work Continuing Education Approval Collaborative, which is administered by NASW-NJ. CE Approval Collaborative Approval Period: March 1, 2020 through August 31, 2022. New Jersey social workers will receive 82 Clinical CE credits for participating in this course. Other professionals who attend will also receive a certificate of completion, which you may submit for consideration to your certification board. Important: for NASW-NJ Credit, you must sign in and attend EACH day of the course. Partial credit for NASW-NJ cannot be given.

Psychology, Counseling, Marriage / Family Therapy This training is also co-sponsored by The Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute and The Institute for Continuing Education. The training offers a total of 72.00 contact hours (12.00 contact hours per Module). Credit is awarded on a Module-by-Module basis, with full attendance required for the Modules you attend. There is no additional fee to receive continuing education credit.

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Training Application

Training Dates:

  1. September 12-13, 2020
  2. October 24-25, 2020
  3. November 21-22, 2020
  4. December 5-6, 2020
  5. January 30-31, 2021
  6. March 20-21, 2021
Times: TBA
Location: Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center - Education Center, 1 Plainsboro Road, Plainsboro, NJ 08536. Map
Trainers: Raymond Rodriguez, MSW, LCSW-R, Amy Gladstone, LCSW, Ph.D.
Tuition: 3,000 USD. 5% discount if application is received by 06/20/2020. 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,
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