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Keeping Our Bodies in the Room: The Relevance of Bodily Experience in Psychotherapy Practice and Training


Sponsored by Somatic Psychology Events

November 11 & 12, 2017 in Berkeley, CA

This conference brings together two dynamic clinician-authors at the heart of the contemporary discourse on the place of the body and somatic experience in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis: William Cornell, author of Somatic Experience in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (2015) and Jon Sletvold, author of The Embodied Analyst: From Freud and Reich to Relationality (2014).

The program will combine conceptual elements with discourse, clinical and supervisory examples, demonstrations of training and supervision techniques, and a good deal of experiential work drawn from the speakers’ many decades as clinicians and trainers. This diversely formatted program will appeal to psychodynamic and analytic clinicians, those involved in the training and supervision of psychotherapists, and somatic psychotherapists who want to experience the clinical and training styles of these internationally-known body psychotherapy innovators.

Ticket Information Sales Begin on August 10th 
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Ticket Type and Cost Details
General Admission $275
Early Bird $240 Before August 10, 2017
Registered Intern $195
Student of co-sponsoring institutions $140 Current student ID required
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Onsite $295

NOTE: No single day tickets will be offered.

REFUND POLICY: Full refunds less $25.00 administration fee available until October 20, 2017. No refunds will be issued after that date.

Conference Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop participants will be able to:
1. Identify markers of the therapist’s own bodily responses in clinical practice
2. Discriminate therapist body experience from the impact of the patient on the therapist’s body responses
3. Utilize verbal reports of the therapist’s embodied experience to help clients explore what is going on in the therapeutic encounters
4. Utilize clinical information obtained from imitating the body posture and movement of the patient
5. Incorporate patient-therapist interaction, starting with non-verbal interaction and then adding words
6. Describe an embodied approach to supervision
7. Explain how to use rehearsal techniques in supervision
8. Describe how the mind can be understood as rooted in the body
9. Incorporate an embodied sense of ego / self into psychotherapy
10. Utilize empathy as an embodied simulation or subconscious imitative process
11. Describe three historical developments in the role of the body in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis
12. Identify Stern’s concept of vitality and its application to understanding the change process in psychotherapy

Professional CEUs Available.

A Certificate of attendance will be available to all attendees.

About Our Presenters

William Cornell, MA, is a body psychotherapist, author and international trainer integrating relational psychoanalysis and somatic psychotherapy paradigms. His most recent book Somatic Experience in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (2015) is among the latest volumes in the Relational Perspective Book Series. He is the author of Handbook of Body Psychotherapy and Somatic Psychology chapters on “Entering the Erotic Field: Sexuality in Body-Centered Psychotherapy” and “Entering the Relational Field in Body Psychotherapy.” Bill has been a central figure in the ongoing dialogue between psychodynamic relational perspectives, two-body models of therapy, and the body psychotherapy community.

Jon Sletvold, Psy.D, is the author of The Embodied Analyst: From Freud and Reich to Relationality (2014), winner of the 2015 Gradiva Award from the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis. Jon is the founding Board Director, Faculty, Training and Supervising analyst at the Norwegian Character Analytic Institute, and former chair of the Psychotherapy Specialty Board of the Norwegian Psychological Association. He has published articles particularly on the role of the body in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. He is co-editor of two books: Den terapeutiske dansen [The therapeutic dance] and Karakteranalytiske dialoger [Character analytic dialogues] and the editor of Tage Philipson – Kjærlighet og identifisering [Tage Philipson – Love and Identification].




Co-sponsoring Institutions & Programs

California Institute of Integral Studies, Somatic Psychology Program

John F. Kennedy University, Somatic Psychology Program


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