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Friday, November 30th 2012 - Saturday, December 1st 2012

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Level 1: Training for the Treatment of Trauma

Anne Westcott, LICSW and Linda J. Cooke, LCSW, BCD
presented by SOS Workshops

Date: Spring 2012

Six Modules:
March 30-April 1
April 27-28
June 1-2
Septmember 21-22nd
October 5-6th
November 30-Dec 1

Fridays 9:30 am-6:00 pm
Saturdays 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Sundays 9:30 am - 4:00 pm (April 1st)

Location: Downtown Yoga Holistic Centre
236 Dundas St
London, ON

Tuition: $2,750 USD
$500 deposit
(no-interest payment plans available)

80 CEU’s available ($50)

Discounts: 5% if application is received by 2/03/2012 and/or payment in full by 3/29/2012
and/or groups of 3 or more.
10% for graduate students and Hakomi Graduates
$100 for attending a prior SPI workshop
Discounts may be combined for a maximum of 15% off

Financial Aid: Limited Scholarships for full time non-profit (501(c)3) employees, work study opportunities, and travel discounts are available. Contact the Bursar at (303)447-3290 (ext. 1) for more information.

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute (founded by Pat Ogden) is an educational organization dedicated to the study and teaching of a somatic approach to clinical psychotherapy practice. Sensorimotor Psychotherapy is a body-oriented talking therapy that integrates verbal techniques with body-centered interventions in the treatment of trauma, attachment, and developmental issues. SPI offers trainings and workshops for psychotherapists and allied professionals in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and courses for body therapists on somatic resources. The courses taught by SPI are based on principles of mindfulness and mind/body/spirit holism and informed by contemporary research in neuroscience, attachment theory, trauma, and related fields.

Anne Westcott, LICSWAnne Westcott, LICSW, is a psychotherapist with over 20 years experience working with children and families. Her commitment to children and caregivers impacted by trauma as led her to explore new body oriented approaches to enhance arousal regulation in traumatized family systems. Anne provides education and consultation on trauma, dissociation, attachment, and arousal regulation and is a supervisor at the Trauma Center in Boston MA. Anne received her Masters Degree in Social Work from Columbia University in 1987.

Linda J. Cooke, LCSW, BCDLinda J. Cooke, LCSW, BCD, is a psychotherapist in private practice in Kennebunk, ME. She has over twenty years of clinical, supervisory, and consultation experience in working with adolescents, adults, families, and couples. Linda has extensive experience in medical social work, including oncology and hospice care, and specializes in Eating Disorders, Complex Trauma and Dissociation, and chronic illness. She has been a lecturer at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, MA, and a presenter for EMDRIA.

About This Training

Traditional psychotherapy addresses the cognitive and emotional elements of trauma but lacks techniques that work directly with the physiological elements, despite the fact that trauma profoundly affects the body and that so many symptoms of traumatized individuals are somatically driven, inaccessible in a talking therapy context.

The Sensorimotor Psychotherapy™ Training for the Treatment of Trauma 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.

Course Objectives

Level I: Training for The Treatment of Trauma

Curriculum | 80 to 90 contact hours

Including the Body in Psychotherapy Practice
How to track and name somatic experience and
work with physical action.

Trauma and the Body
The role of the body in perpetuating PTSD

Developmental and Attachment Issues
The effects of trauma, attachment failure, and
developmental arrests on mind and body.

Hierarchical Information Processing
Somatic interventions that expand the capacity to
integrate traumatic experience.

The Use of Mindfulness
The role of mindfulness in the treatment of trauma
and how to teach mindfulness to clients.

How to stabilize traumatic activation and restore
autonomic equilibrium.

Somatic Resources
Identification of missing somatic resources and
interventions to help clients develop new resources.

How trauma affects boundary styles and techniques
to restore healthy somatic and psychological

Orienting and Defensive Responses
Interventions to reinstate effective orienting and
defensive responses truncated in the wake of trauma.

Treatment of Traumatic Memory
Somatic approaches to overcoming the fear of
traumatic memory and interventions to process and
integrate memories.

Dissociation Interventions
To work with alterations of consciousness and
structural dissociation of the personality.


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