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Keeping Our Bodies in the Room: The Relevance of Bodily Experience in Psychotherapy Practice and Training
David Brower Center, Goldman Theater
Berkeley, CA
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Keeping Our Bodies in the Room: The Relevance of Bodily Experience in Psychotherapy Practice and Training
November 11 & 12, 2017, 9AM-4PM

LOCATION: David Brower Center, Goldman Theater, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA

This conference brings together two dynamic clinician-authors at the heart of the contemporary discourse on the place of the body and somatic experience in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. The program will combine conceptual elements with discourse, clinical and supervisory examples, demonstrations of training and supervision techniques, and a good deal of experiential work drawn from the speakers' many decades as clinicians and trainers. This diversely formatted program will appeal to psychodynamic and analytic clinicians, those involved in the training and supervision of psychotherapists, and somatic psychotherapists who want to experience the clinical and training styles of these internationally-known body psychotherapy innovators.

William Cornell, MA, is a body psychotherapist, author, and international trainer integrating relational psychoanalysis and somatic psychotherapy paradigms. His most recent book Somatic Experience in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (2015) is among the latest volumes in the Relational Perspective Book Series. He is the author of Handbook of Body Psychotherapy and Somatic Psychology chapters on Entering the Erotic Field: Sexuality in Body-Centered Psychotherapy and Entering the Relational Field in Body Psychotherapy. Bill has been a central figure in the ongoing dialogue between psychodynamic relational perspectives, two-body models of therapy, and the body psychotherapy community.

Jon Sletvold, Psy.D, is the author of The Embodied Analyst: From Freud and Reich to Relationality (2014), winner of the 2015 Gradiva Award from the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis. Jon is the founding Board Director, Faculty, Training and Supervising analyst at the Norwegian Character Analytic Institute, and former chair of the Psychotherapy Specialty Board of the Norwegian Psychological Association. He has published articles particularly on the role of the body in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. He is co-editor of two books: Den terapeutiske dansen [The therapeutic dance] and Karakteranalytiske dialoger [Character analytic dialogues] and the editor of Tage Philipson  Kj√¶rlighet og identifisering [Tage Philipson Love and Identification].

Continuing education credit for this event is co-sponsored by Somatic Psychology Associates and The Institute for Continuing Education. The program offers 6.00 contact hours per day, with full attendance required. The CE processing fee is $25.00 per person and is payable to The Institute for Continuing Education with completed CE paperwork. CE applications will be available onsite. CE verification will be mailed to workshop participants following the training. To receive continuing education credit, participants must complete CE paperwork, sign in/out daily, and complete an evaluation of the training. If you have questions regarding this training, continuing education, learning objectives, or grievance issues, contact The Institute at: e-mail:

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.

SOCIAL WORK: The Institute for Continuing Education, Provider 1007, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB),, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. The Institute for Continuing Education maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 04-13-2015  04-13-2018. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits.

COUNSELING / MARRIAGE-FAMILY THERAPY: The California Board Behavioral Sciences accepts programs sponsored by approved providers of the American Psychological Association (APA), and the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB).

Skill Level: Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced

Teaching Methodology may include: didactic, audio-visuals, demonstrations, role play, experiential exercises, large and small group discussions.

ADA: If you have special needs, please contact: or 510-387-5845

Upon completion of this workshop participants will be able to:
1. Identify markers of the therapist's own bodily responses in clinical practice
2. Discriminate therapist body experience from the impact of the patient on the therapist's body responses
3. Utilize verbal reports of the therapist's embodied experience to help clients explore what is going on in the therapeutic encounters
4. Utilize clinical information obtained from imitating the body posture and movement of the patient
5. Incorporate patient-therapist interaction, starting with non-verbal interaction and then adding words
6. Describe an embodied approach to supervision
7. Explain how to use rehearsal techniques in supervision
8. Describe how the mind can be understood as rooted in the body
9. Incorporate an embodied sense of ego / self into psychotherapy
10. Utilize empathy as an embodied simulation or subconscious imitative process
11. Describe three historical developments in the role of the body in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis
12. Identify Stern's concept of vitality and its application to understanding the change process in psychotherapy

A certificate of attendance will be available to all attendees.

REFUND POLICY: Full refunds less $25.00 administration fee available until October 20, 2017. No refunds will be issued after that date. Refunds issued by conference organizers.

California Institute of Integral Studies, Somatic Psychology Program
John F. Kennedy University, Somatic Psychology Program

The David Brower Center is conveniently located in downtown Berkeley, CA:
2150 Allston Way

The Downtown Berkeley BART station is at the corner of Shattuck and Center.
The David Brower Center is one block south and one block east.

- Allston St. Garage, 2061 Allston Way: $15 weekend all-day rate.
- Oxford Garage, 2165 Kittredge St: $17 all-day rate.
- Street parking in Berkeley is free on Sundays.



David Brower Center, Goldman Theater (View)
2150 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
United States

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Owner: Somatic Psychology Events
On BPT Since: Mar 02, 2017
Mark Ludwig

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