Somatic Institute presents
An Introduction to Somatic Experiencing® with Dr. Peter Levine
In an Unspoken Voice
How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness:
Mind, Brain and Body in the Transformation of Trauma
Sunday and Monday, December 15 and 16th, 2019
Los Angeles, CA
Traditionally, therapies have attempted to change perceptions of the world by means of reason and insight, with conditioning and behavior modification, or with drugs and medications. However, perceptions remain fundamentally unchanged until the internal experience of the body changes. Even after the death of a loved one, physical injury, a rape or assault, survivors can learn to have new bodily experiences, can heal, can accept what has happened and then create new lives and new communities.
The trauma response is a set of defensive bodily reactions that people initially mobilize in order to protect themselves, both from threat, and then later, against feeling the crushing totality of their horror, helplessness and pain. However, as time goes on, this avoidance keeps them frozen and stuck in the past, unable to be fully present, in the here and now, and unable to go forward in life.
Fixed in the defensive trauma response, the shame, defeat and humiliation, associated with the original event replays itself over and over again in the body; detached from history, but intruding into the present. Together, we will explore the implications of Body-oriented psychotherapy and recent findings in the neurosciences, on how the brain and body deals with emotional information, while also providing an understanding of effective therapeutic action.
This lecture is geared for psychotherapists of all types, as well as for physicians, nurses, physiotherapists, bodyworkers, educators, and those curious about their own healing process.
1) Learn how to differentiate between top-down and bottom-up processing.
2) Learn how trauma-based perceptions remain fundamentally unchanged until the internal experience of the body changes.
3) Understand the implications that trauma response is a set of defensive bodily reactions.
4) Learn how shame, defeat and humiliation, associated with the original traumatic event, replays itself over and over again in the body.
5) Understand how we can trigger and reactivate each other’s traumas causing corrosive and destructive emotions and behaviors in our relationships with others. We then often attribute these emotions to the other, when it’s our own traumas and dysregulation that have been reactivated.
6) Learn how given our traumas, with guidance, we can learn to help each other co-regulate and come into better connections with our self and with others.
7) Learn insights from Body-oriented psychotherapy and recent findings in the neurosciences, on how the brain and body deal with emotional information, and how that provides a foundation for effective therapeutic action.
8) Learn how the information and tools presented in the workshop can be applied to various therapy practices, including psychodynamic, analytic, EMDR and behavioral/cognitive.
9) Understand how feedback, and support for interrupted defensive responses, can assist therapists to create empowered, patient-focused intervention strategies.
10) Utilize various grounding, centering breath and body-posture techniques to aid with soothing and self-regulation.
Continuing Education Credits Information
This program qualifies for 11 CE credits for psychologists, therapists, and social workers.
Peter A Levine, PhD, is the developer of Somatic Experiencing®, a naturalistic and neurobiological approach to healing trauma and author of several best-selling books on trauma, including Waking the Tiger. Dr. Levine holds doctorates in both Biophysics and Psychology and continues to teach trauma healing workshops internationally.
Hosted by Catalina Ureta, founder of the Somatic Institute™. A certified Kinesiologist and Craniosacral practitioner, she moved to the United States from Chile in 1975 to continue her spiritual and healing work. She has worked closely with Peter Levine and has been a Somatic Experiencing® practitioner and supervisor for over 20 years. She teaches The Points Holding Process™