SP Trainings are 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, SP trainings provide 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, SP Trainings are 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
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, including affect intolerance, autonomic reactivity, vegetative depressive symptoms, impulsivity, and anxiety. All of these clinical issues are inaccessible or difficult to treat in a talking therapy context without a way to include the bodily symptoms in treatment.
There are 3 Levels that can subsequently be completed,
Level I: training in affect dysregulation, survival defenses and traumatic memory (80 contact hours)
Level II: emotional processing, meaning making and attachment repair (126 contact hours)
Level III: advanced skills/certification (144 contact hours)
Specialty trainng in complex trauma and dissociation (50 contact hours)
more info: www.sensorimotor.org