Boulder Psychotherapy Institute

Advanced Training in Applied Existential Psychotherapy (AEP)

An Experiential Psychodynamic Gestalt Approach   •   Boulder, Colorado

Affect Regulation, Attachment and Trauma: A Sensorimotor Approach

Pat Ogden


The Workshop: This workshop is co-sponsored by the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute and the Boulder Psychotherapy Institute. It is designed for psychotherapists, social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, and allied professionals who want to learn about somatic approaches to trauma treatment. It serves as an introduction to the Level One: Training for the Treatment of Trauma starting in March ( for details). Sensorimotor Psychotherapy™ integrates cognitive and somatic interventions in the treatment of trauma, emphasizing body awareness, practicing new actions and building somatic resources.

In recent years, psychotherapy has begun to shift its emphasis from models of cognitive development to the significance of “affect” in an inter-subjective context. Psychotherapy is redefined as the “affect communicating cure” rather than the “talking cure” (Schore 2005). Mother-infant studies highlight the importance of body-based, inter-subjective communication that shapes procedural memory and affect regulation capacities. This communication serves as a template for future relational interaction. Many recent interdisciplinary studies have emphasized the importance of affect regulation in the formation and healing of psychopathology.

Dr. Ogden will explore the nature of procedural learning, trauma and attachment-related issues, and interface between affect regulation, emotions, and the body. She will introduce and clarify non-verbal interventions that promote adaptive intimacy and affect regulation and allow traumatized patients to address past events without becoming dysregulated.

The Workshop Leader: Pat Ogden, Ph.D. is a pioneer in somatic psychology having trained in a wide variety of somatic and psychotherapeutic approaches. She has 34 years experience working with individuals and groups in diverse populations, including prison inmates, psychiatric inpatients, and survivors of trauma. She is first author of the groundbreaking book, Trauma and the Body: A Sensorimotor Approach to Psychotherapy. Dr. Ogden is both founder and director of the Sensorimotor Psycho-therapy Institute, an internationally recognized school specializing in somatic–cognitive approaches for the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder and attachment failure. She is a clinician, consultant, international lecturer and trainer, co-founder of the Hakomi Institute, and on faculty at Naropa University. Currently she is working on her second book, The Body as Resource: Sensorimotor Interventions for the Treatment of Trauma.

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