Somatic Therapy emphasizes body awareness as an essential part of psychotherapy. This is especially beneficial in the treatment of PTSD when symptoms involve physiological distress, affect dysregulation, or dissociation. Traditional approaches to therapy attend to the cognitive and emotional aspects of clients’ lives, while the somatic experience is often left out of the room. Our bodies need to process stressful and traumatic events through breath and movement. Unfortunately, we are often taught to sit still and override movement impulses. As a result, the biological effects of stressful or traumatic events tend to persist long after events have passed. “Talk therapy” can perpetuate this culture of stillness unless the therapist has the training and skills to integrate the body into psychotherapy. Interventions to enhance embodiment in trauma treatment expand the therapeutic experience beyond where words can take a client.

In this engaging and informative e-learning course by Dr. Arielle Schwartz, we learn the science of embodiment and why somatic psychology is essential for helping clients work with dysregulated affect and arousal states that accompany PTSD. We discuss the key principles of modern day somatic psychology modalities including the value of working mindfully, relationally, and experientially. We will discuss the difference between “top-down” and “bottom-up” interventions and how they can be used to strengthen clients’ “window of tolerance.” We will also explore how somatic processing of traumatic events can be combined with other trauma treatment modalities (e.g. EMDR Therapy, Trauma Focused CBT, Narrative Exposure Therapy).

The e-learning course will be especially useful for psychotherapists, psychologists and counsellors who are interested in learning how to integrate somatic psychology interventions into their work with clients. Specifically, we will consider:

  • The theoretical and scientific bases of somatic psychology
  • The cognitive, emotional, and physiological impact of stress, trauma, and PTSD
  • Why working in the “Window of Tolerance” is essential to successful trauma treatment
  • Examples of “top-down” and “bottom up” interventions in trauma treatment
  • The importance of mutual regulation as a precursor to the development of self-regulation of affect and arousal
  • Specific interventions to enhance embodiment in trauma treatment
  • How somatic processing of traumatic events can be combined with other trauma treatment modalities (e.g. EMDR Therapy, Trauma Focused CBT, Narrative Exposure Therapy)

Specifically, this e-learning course covers:

 1: The Science of Embodiment

  •   The theoretical and scientific bases of somatic psychology

  • A unified approach to somatic psychology
  • Sensory systems and embodiment

  • The cognitive, emotional, and physiological impact of stress, trauma, and PTSD

  • Beyond Fight and Flight
  • Mobilization and Immobilization
  • Dysregulation and Dissociation

  • Why working in the “Window of Tolerance” is essential to successful trauma treatment

  • “Top-Down” and “Bottom-Up” interventions in trauma treatment.

2: Somatic Interventions and Applications

  • Affect and arousal regulation in trauma treatment

  •   The role of mutual regulation as a precursor to the development of self-regulation

  • Interventions to enhance embodiment in trauma treatment

  • Awareness Interventions
  • Resourcing Interventions
  • Trauma Processing Interventions
  •   Integrating Interventions
  • Combining Somatic Psychology with other trauma treatment modalities

  • EMDR Therapy, Trauma Focused CBT, Narrative Exposure Therapy

CPD Hours: 3

Ticket prices:

Individual ticket for 2 year access: £60
(note: if you face any problems booking online, please call us at 020 7096 1722)