Integral Somatic Psychotherapy
All human experiences (thinking, feeling, remembering, imagining, expressing oneself verbally and non-verbally, and acting) arise from our three bodies (physical, subtle, and absolute) and their interactions with each other. As important and valuable it has been, the singular focus on the brain as the beginning and end of all of our experiences has severely limited psychology’s comprehension of the larger arena in which human experiences originate and play themselves out; and as a consequence has limited its ability to help those in need. The more we understand how these three levels of our being contribute to all of our experiences, and how they interact and regulate each other or shut down and get dysregulated and unbalanced during difficult experiences (and how to make them more open, available, regulated, and balanced), the better we can help ourselves and our clients with their cognitive, emotional, behavioral, as well as somatic and spiritual difficulties, irrespective of the specific psychotherapy training and approach we use in our practice.
Integral Somatic Psychotherapy (ISP), an integrative model that seeks to embrace all models as special cases, offers clinicians with diverse backgrounds a meta model for considerably increasing efficiency in treatment outcomes through a greater understanding and incorporation of all three levels of our psyche in their practice. Based on Western and Eastern psychology, the value of ISP will be demonstrated especially through topics of current clinical interest, attachment, affect regulation, stress, and trauma. It is an advanced professional training for experienced clinicians who want to further deepen into the three dimensions of body, energy, and consciousness to enrich their work. In lieu of an introduction, participants can take the first training module and then decide whether to take the remaining two modules of the training. The prerequisites for enrollment are an active professional practice in psychotherapy, bodywork, energywork, or education with individuals or groups, a practice that also involves psychological processingand an adequate somatic background such as completion of the advanced level of the Somatic Experiencing (SE™) professional training or equivalent training and personal knowledge of the body (determined on an individual basis).
Of late, there have been several successful attempts in psychology to increase treatment efficiency by incorporating the long-overlooked dimensions of the body, energy, and consciousness (awareness). Integral Somatic Psychotherapy (ISP) offers an integrated and advanced approach to utilizing all three dimensions simultaneously in any therapeutic work that involves psychological processing. ISP provides understanding of the role of the physical body (defined here as nervous system as well as non-nervous-system physiology), the subtle body (of energy), and the absolute body (of consciousness) in generating as well as defending against psychological experience, and interventions to work directly with the body, energy, and consciousness in diverse clinical settings.
Because ISP is presented in terms of general principles derived from a variety of disciplines and validated over time in a number of clinical settings, it offers all those who work psychologically a sophisticated body of knowledge to increase the embodiment of the body, energy, and awareness dimensions in their practice without having to change their prior clinical orientations or having to adopt interventions that are outside the norms of their professional practice. The role of the body, energy, and awareness in generating or disrupting psychological experiences on the one hand and facilitating or hampering self and interactive regulation on the other is taught through applications in areas of widespread current clinical interest such as affect regulation, attachment, stress, and trauma. And it offers considerable flexibility in the tools that can be used to work with the body, energy, and awareness; tools such as awareness, movement, breath, inter-personal resonance, self touch, and touch from another, as appropriate to the clinical setting.
Both professionals who have had prior training in body, energy, and awareness dimensions and clinicians with limited training in these areas have found ISP to significantly increase their treatment efficiency, and to support embodiment of these dimensions in themselves and their clients. However, because ISP is conceived as an advanced professional training, the prerequisites for enrollment are an active professional practice in psychotherapy, bodywork, energywork, or education with individuals or groups, a practice that also involves psychological processing and an adequate somatic background such as completion of the Somatic Experiencing (SE™) professional training or equivalent training and personal knowledge of the body (determined on an individual basis). ISP will prove to be of considerable value to you, as a clinician, whether you are trained in a mainstream psychoanalytic or psychotherapy approach, a body-oriented psychotherapy approach (such as Bioenergetics, Somatic Experiencing, or Sensori-Motor Psychotherapy), or a bodywork modality or an energy school that also deals with psychological experience.
Level One ISP professional training is taught in three four-day modules over a period of eighteen months. The training format consists of lectures, demonstrations, practice with fellow participants, questions & answers, directed readings, and optional therapy and supervision. The first module of the level one ISP training is open so that those interested, but unsure, can decide after module one whether to commit to the two remaining modules. The optional Level Two ISP training also consists of three four-day modules spread out over a period of eighteen months. At the end of each training level, participants will receive a Level One (or Level Two) ISP Therapist certificate of completion.
The course is open for Dutch and other EU psychotherapy professionals (preferably with a minimal of 5 years experience).
Duration: 3 workshops of 4 days each
Date: June 15-18 2016, November 19-22 2016, May 4-7 2017.
Location: Conferentiecentrum De Poort, Groesbeek (near Nijmegen).
Costs: € 650 per module, excl. food and lodging (€ 165 day-accomodation, € 285 day-accomodation and lodging (double room) per module. Discount of 5% when you pay three modules at onc
Trainer: Rajah Selvam.