Precision, Presence, and Change in
the Therapeutic Encounter
Foundation Level Training
“Bodynamic Somatic Developmental Psychology is probably the most body-oriented and comprehensive developmental psychology and character structure model there is. Therefore, I highly recommend the Bodynamic foundation level training as a must to all those who are serious about being a body-oriented therapist.”
Raja Selvam, PhD, Senior Trainer, Somatic Experiencing
Bodynamics is a body centered developmental psychotherapy. It is based on twenty years of empirical research on the developmental origins of client’s current problems. The model of Seven Developmental Stages is a detailed description of how developmental experience is encoded in both mind and body. It includes the characteristics, themes, muscles, and therapy issues for each stage. This gives access to great specificity in therapeutic interventions.
You will learn the interpersonal and developmental origins of current problems, allowing you to pinpoint the context of therapeutic issues and how they are held in the body. Then, by inviting your client to use specific muscles, you can create a more defined container in which their process is more likely to move towards completion. This precision in your interventions will enable change to happen more quickly for your clients.
Since attachment states of mind are predominantly formed in the first three developmental stages, using the Bodynamics model will sensitize you to the themes around which both relationships and psychological development take place. Working with our Affirmative Relational Messages, and some muscles of these stages to develop new resources, will greatly facilitate your ability to deepen working relationships with your clients. This will foster the healing of attachment disruptions.
“The Bodynamic model of Seven Developmental Stages is the most sensible, comprehensive, easily applicable, and accessible personality theory that I have ever encountered. I draw from this incredibly valuable framework every day. In my opinion, it would be hard to find a better training in developmental psychology anywhere.”
Babette Rothschild, MSW, LCSW, Author, The Body Remembers:
The Psychophysiology of Trauma and Trauma Treatment.
In this dynamic, interactive training you will learn:
• the Seven Developmental Stages, from in utero to age 12.
• characteristics, themes, and specific muscles to use for each stage.
• to build a relationship around the specific theme being worked on.
• somatic techniques to address developmental disruptions.
• the advantage of creating a defined container in which to follow process.
• to affirm healthy development and build needed resources.
• body-reading for each stage.
• the differences between developmental disruptions and trauma.
Training Format: Learning formats will include demonstration sessions and supervised practice sessions, lectures, experiential exercises, and discussions for each developmental stage. We have designed this training to enable you to integrate the key principles and basic tools of Bodynamics into your own practice.
Resourcing - A New Vision of Therapy:
The discovery that overwhelming emotional stress leads to emotional and muscular resignation has created a paradigm shift in somatic therapy. It allows us to build resources by using specific muscles to teach or awaken skills related to the issues being worked on verbally. Resourcing is a sophisticated and powerful way to help your clients build structure. It is particularly helpful for those clients whom you feel are missing basic skills at work, in relationships, or in manifesting life goals.