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Training Program in Affect Regulation, Attachment, and Trauma

"Sensorimotor Psychotherapy is a conceptually elegant, powerfully effective body therapy that involves a broad repertoire of somatic interventions specifically designed to help clients tap into the wisdom of their bodies. The SPI Training Program offers ingeniously taught intensive courses for clinicians seeking to deepen their understanding of the body."

— Martha Stark, MD, Author of Working with Resistance and Modes of Therapeutic Action

About the Program

The Training Program is designed for legally authorized mental health professionals to integrate and apply Sensorimotor Psychotherapy theory and techniques into clinical practice.

Theoretically grounded in neuroscience and attachment research, the Training Program provides professionals with the foundational skills and principles necessary to include the body in psychotherapy as both a source of information and target for intervention. Participants are taught a mindfulness-based approach to treating emotional and cognitive experience that facilitates access to deeper authentic experience.

Having an active clinical practice or position is helpful in integrating Sensorimotor Psychotherapy learning, however the Training Program is also appropriate for mental health professionals in transition who do not have an active practice. Graduate and post-graduate professionals working toward building an active practice are also appropriate for the program.

Professionals with clinical experience in the following disciplines are encouraged to apply:

  • Psychotherapy
  • Psychiatry
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Licensed Professional Counseling
  • Nursing
  • Pastoral Counseling
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Drug and Alcohol Counseling
  • Crisis Intervention Counseling
  • Rape Crisis Counseling
  • Guidance Counseling
  • Dance Therapy

Don’t see your profession listed? Contact admissions@sensorimotor.org to find out more about eligibility.

Underpinning Theory

"Pat Ogden is a brilliant and compassionate clinician who brings deep knowledge and wisdom to her unique contributions to caring for others and helping them in the journey to heal. What a gift to the world she is, and to anyone fortunate to be able to study with her."

— Daniel J. Siegel, MD, clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and faculty of the Center for Culture, Brain, and Development

Traditional psychotherapy addresses the cognitive and emotional elements of trauma and early attachment issues but lacks techniques that work directly with the physiological elements. Research shows that trauma and early attachment profoundly affects the body and that many symptoms of afflicted individuals are somatically driven.

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy℠ builds upon traditional psychotherapeutic techniques and principles, but approaches the body as central in the therapeutic field of awareness, and includes observational skills, theories, and interventions not usually practiced in psychodynamic psychotherapy. Theoretical principles and treatment approaches from both the mental health and body psychotherapy traditions are integrated in this approach.

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy℠ draws from body-oriented psychotherapy methodology pioneered by Ron Kurtz (Kurtz, 1990) as a foundation for therapeutic skills and incorporates theory and technique from psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, neuroscience, and the theories of attachment and dissociation.

Trainings in the SP Program

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

Presents simple, body-based interventions for tracking, naming, and safely exploring trauma-related, somatic activation, creating new competencies and restoring a somatic sense of self.

For complete details on Level I curriculum and structure, click here.

Level II: Emotional Processing, Meaning Making, and Attachment Repair

Illustrates how traumatic, attachment, and developmental issues influence one another and how to provide effective treatment given their inevitable intertwining.

For complete details on Level II curriculum and structure, click here.

Level III: Advanced Skills/Certification

Level II graduates refine their skills toward the goal of attaining Certification in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy℠

For complete details on Level III curriculum and structure, click here.

Supplemental Training

Complex Trauma and Dissociation

Supplemental offering designed for SPI graduates that illustrates ways in which SP can be adapted for clients with complex symptoms or disorders.

For complete details on Complex Trauma Training curriculum and structure, click here.

Additional supplemental offerings may be forthcoming. Contact admissions@sensorimotor.org for more information.

Training Sessions

Trainings are regularly offered throughout the world. Visit the following pages for oppportunties to attend a session near you:

Don’t see a Training Session listed near you?  Contact admissions@sensorimotor.org for assistance locating the nearest upcoming session.