Pat Ogden PhD
When Words Are Not Enough:
How to Engage the Body to Disrupt Entrenched Patterns
Two-day workshops in:
Melbourne, Brisbane & Sydney: November 2019
Pat Ogden PhD
Pat is a pioneer in somatic psychology and both Founder and Education Director of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute®, an internationally recognized school specializing in somatic–cognitive approaches for the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder and attachment disturbances.
She is co-founder of the Hakomi Institute, a clinician, consultant, international lecturer and trainer, and first author of Trauma and the Body: A Sensorimotor Approach to Psychotherapy.
Her second book, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Interventions for Trauma and Attachment (2015) is a practical guide to integrate Sensorimotor Psychotherapy® into the treatment of trauma and attachment issues. Dr. Ogden is currently developing Sensorimotor Psychotherapy® for children, adolescents and families with colleagues.
When Words Are Not Enough
Join Pat Ogden in this two-day workshop as we explore the body as a target of therapeutic action and provide clients with a vital avenue of self-knowledge and change.
You will learn practical, easy to implement interventions from Sensorimotor Psychotherapy designed to catalyze change in “resistant” and otherwise “difficult” clients with chronic entrenched patterns.
This training offers a practical approach learning about the wisdom of the body, understanding your own somatic patterns, and integrating body-oriented interventions into your clinical practice.
The workshop will be delivered via a combination of lecture, power point slides, video illustration, brief experiential exercises and discussion.
Traumatic events and attachment failures can become the central defining experiences that form the identities, shape the relationships and largely determine the lives of many survivors. Established early on for those with complex trauma, patterns of thinking, feeling, and acting designed to navigate an unsafe, threatening world are solidified with repetitive use, and become harder and harder to modify as time goes on.
Often described as “intractable,” “resistant,” “hard-to-treat,” “stuck,” and even “impossible,” these clients feel powerless, often become victims again and again, tend to blame themselves or what happened to them for their misery, and sink further into hopeless despair when therapy fails to help.
These maladaptive patterns are held in place by automatic, non-conscious physical and physiological habits and working directly with the body can loosen their grip. But therapists are often concerned that their clients are too destabilized, dissociative, body phobic, low functioning, or otherwise challenged to benefit from body psychotherapy. Therapists themselves might feel ill at ease asking clients to be aware of their bodies, change their posture, or explore movement. And so-called “difficult” or “impossible” clients may and may find somatic interventions triggering, anxiety provoking, shameful, unappealing, or a waste of time. However, these clients may be exactly the ones who stand to gain the most from a somatic approach.
A major advantage of a body-oriented approach, in addition to bypassing explanations and rationalizations, lies in the fact that physiological, movement and postural patterns are tangible and can be directly and objectively observed, addressed, and changed in clinical practice.
In this workshop, participants will learn practical, easy to implement interventions from Sensorimotor Psychotherapy designed to catalyze change in “resistant” and otherwise “difficult” clients with chronic entrenched patterns, including those with dissociative disorders, addictions, self-harm, repeated hospitalizations, alexithymia, chronic shame, prolonged grief, feelings of self-loathing and worthlessness, and emotional stuckness.
This workshop is not limited to stabilization, but includes working with traumatic memory and destructive relational patterns rooted in the adversity of the past. Sensorimotor Psychotherapy will be illustrated through video excerpts of consultation sessions and brief experiential exercises.
Participants will walk away with a new perspective on how simple techniques that target the body can throw open the door to change even for the most entrenched clients.
DAY ONE PROGRAM
|Time||Day One Topics|
|08:00am – 09:00am||Day One sign-in|
|09:00am – 10:30am||
Befriending the Body
The challenges, risks and rewards of working somatically with clients who suffer complex trauma; how to win the client’s confidence in the body as a viable target of intervention; introduce body psychotherapy to the naïve client; the importance of body-oriented psychoeducation; strategies to create optimism and hope; develop clients’ confidence in their own body, how a therapist can use their own bodies to demonstrate possibilities; gain the cooperation of various internal parts; phobia of the body; tips to help clients befriend the body, mitigate numbness, disregard for, hatred or neglect of the body, and introduce non-threatening somatic interventions.
|10:30am – 11:00am||Morning Break|
|11:00am – 12:30pm||
Positive Affect, Movement and Self-Touch
Since the body is the seat of distressing symptoms, and emotions are often out of control, awareness of emotion and body sensation may be triggering. How to work with triggering positive experiences, clients’ own self-touch, and being dysregulated by the sensations and movement of their own bodies; work with the inherent risks and benefits of exploring positive affect and self-touch for clients with complex trauma; demonstrate how working with both can be used to change procedural tendencies and integrate parts of the self. New adaptive actions, like new words, can be experienced as threatening or adversarial to certain parts of the self. How to use action to integrate parts of the self and how to recognize and capitalize on small changes.
|12:30pm – 1:30pm||Lunch|
|1:30pm – 3:00pm||
Stuck in a Rut: Patterned and Overwhelming Emotions
Intractable emotional biases are reflected and sustained in posture and movement habits, and overwhelming emotion often pertain to a dysregulated nervous system; explore when to express emotions, when to contain them, and when to work with trauma-related emotions through body oriented interventions rather than through emotional expression; clarify Janet’s concept of “vehement emotions” that are the legacy of unresolved trauma and contrast with Bowlby’s “intense emotions” that arise in the context of attachment. how working somatically can be a resource to change patterned emotions; using new actions that were abandoned or never learned to support the sense of self.
|3:00pm – 3:30pm||Afternoon Break|
The Relational Nature of Shame
The early roots of shame, its impact on the body and nervous system and on patterns of emotions, thoughts and beliefs; the various manifestations of shame, and how shame is disguised and veiled, sometimes even to clients themselves; defenses against and manifestations of shame; avoidance of shame by clients and therapists; shame as a survival resource; the relational nature of shame and the importance of the therapeutic relationship in resolving shame; implicit and explicit communication about shame; interventions that directly address the manifestations of shame in movement, posture, and gesture of the body, as well as in a dysregulated nervous system.
|4:30pm||Day One Close|
DAY TWO PROGRAM
|Time||Day Two Topics|
|08:00am – 09:00am||Day Two sign-in|
|9:00am – 10:30am||
Dissociation and Body Interventions
Discuss the three major influences on Sensorimotor Psychotherapy’s approach to dissociation and parts work; the challenges of using a somatic approach with dissociative clients; the risks of overriding parts of the self when working with posture and movement, how to prevent overriding parts; how to adjust body interventions for those with complex trauma; mindfulness interventions that draw upon the body directly to promote integration; mindfulness interventions to work at the regulatory boundaries of the window of tolerance; the risks and liabilities of going “too far” and not going “far enough;” the risk of triggering when using mindfulness interventions to increase awareness of internal experience; the use of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy’s “directed mindfulness” to mitigate triggering.
|10:30 – 11:00am||Morning Break|
|11:00am – 12:30pm||
Parts of the Self
Clarify the use of “parts” terminology; introduce mindful mapping of internal parts; explore the theory of structural dissociation; daily life parts of the self as well as those stuck in trauma; dysregulation and overactive animal defenses; ways to encourage internal communication among parts; how to facilitate cooperation among them; worksheets to be used with clients, designed to support mapping the physical tendencies of dissociative parts, encourage mindful awareness of them, and identify their resources; working with child parts in a way that supports internal integration rather than dependency on the therapist.
|12:30pm – 1:30pm||Lunch|
|1:30pm – 3:00pm||
Body-to-Body Conversations: Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for Couples
Trauma and attachment failures compromise relational safety, impede one’s ability to form and sustain intimacy, and foster a detrimental patterns of communication; the implicit memories that promote a threat-based body-to-body conversation between two people; resolving the lack of safety and other relationship challenges; maintaining a sense of self in relationship; he somatic dialogue—the wordless story told through the exchange of non-conscious bodily signals; embedded relational mindfulness applied to couples to help change their own somatic narratives and the non-verbal dialogue between them; new ways to view relationship challenges, develop body based self-regulation capacity for the couple, increase their communication skills, create new interpersonal competencies and foster relational resilience.
|3:00pm – 3:30pm||Afternoon Break|
|3:30pm—4:30pm||Questions & Answers & Discussion with Pat Ogden|
|4:30pm||Day Two Close|
Pat Ogden's Biography
Pat Ogden, PhD, is a pioneer in somatic psychology and the Founder and Education Director of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, an internationally recognized school specializing in somatic–cognitive approaches for the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder and attachment disturbances.
Her Institute, based in Broomfield Colorado, has 19 certified trainers who conduct Sensorimotor Psychotherapy trainings of over 400 hours for mental health professionals throughout the US, Canada, Europe, and Australia. The Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute has certified hundreds of psychotherapists throughout the world in this method.
She is co-founder of the Hakomi Institute, past faculty of Naropa University (1985-2005), a clinician, consultant, and sought after international lecturer.
Dr. Ogden is the first author of two groundbreaking books in somatic psychology: Trauma and the Body: A Sensorimotor Approach to Psychotherapy and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Interventions for Trauma and Attachment (2015) both published in the Interpersonal Neurobiology Series of W. W. Norton. She is currently working on a third book Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for Children, Adolescents and Families with colleagues.
Her current interests include developing training programs in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for children adolescents and families with colleagues, Embedded Relational Mindfulness, culture and diversity, couple therapy, working with challenging clients, the relational nature of shame, presence, consciousness and the philosophical/spiritual principles that guide Sensorimotor Psychotherapy.
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The language of the body communicates implicit meanings and reveals the legacy of trauma and of early or forgotten dynamics with attachment figures. To omit the body as a target of therapeutic action is an unfortunate oversight that deprives clients of a vital avenue of self-knowledge and change.Pat Ogden PhD
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Interventions for Trauma and Attachment
by Pat Ogden PhD
“Sensorimotor Psychotherapy is a landmark book in the history of body psychotherapy and effectively provides the bridge between traditional psychotherapy and body-oriented therapies. In this discipline-changing volume, Pat Ogden brilliantly decodes the crucial role that the body plays in regulating physiological, behavioral, and mental states.”Stephen Porges
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