Boulder Psychotherapy Institute

Advanced Training in Applied Existential Psychotherapy (AEP)

An Experiential Psychodynamic Gestalt Approach   •   Boulder, Colorado

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The Role of Rhythm and Action in Brain Development, Attachment, and Trauma

Pat Ogden



Place: Omni Interlocken Resort, 500 Interlocken Boulevard, Broomfield, CO 80021

Date: January 21, 2011

Times: 9:00am - 5:00pm

Tuition: $150 USD

Discounts: Group Discounts Still Available

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or contact the Bursar: 303-447-3290 (ext. 1) to register over the phone.

Co-Sponsored by Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute and Boulder Psychotherapy Institute

The Workshop: Current research is showing major breakthroughs in what happens in the brain following trauma, indicating that insight and understanding may have a limited influence on the operation of subcortical processes and the resolution of trauma. In the wake of this emerging understanding, the Trauma Center in Boston, Massachusetts in collaboration with the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute in Boulder, Colorado, is studying the use of collaborative movement, action and rhythm in the treatment of PTSD in children and adults. This includes a variety of group and individual approaches, including theater groups, rhythmic and action-oriented interventions, yoga groups, and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy.

This workshop will explore how the central nervous system matures in the context of interpersonal rhythms of intention and sympathy of experience, how rhythms inspire human beings to move and experience their world, their bodies, and one another, and how reparation of the damage resulting from disruptions of attachment and trauma can utilize rhythms and action. Through brief experiential exercises and video illustration of individual and group therapy with and adults, the presenters will illustrate the nature of rhythmical and somatic interaction in helping overcome traumatic repetitions, re-establish a secure sense of self, and enhance recognition of and connection with others.

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. She is first author of the groundbreaking book, Trauma and the Body: A Sensorimotor Approach to Psychotherapy and is both founder and director of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute. She is a clinician, consultant, international lecturer and trainer, co-founder of the Hakomi Institute, and on faculty at Naropa University. Currently Dr. Ogden is working on her second book, The Body as Resource: Sensorimotor Interventions for the Treatment of Trauma.

Dr. Bessel van der Kolk is past President of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies,Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University Medical School, and Medical Director of the Trauma Center at HRI Hospital in Brookline, Massachusetts. He has taught at universities and hospitals across the United States and around the world, including Europe, Africa, Russia, Australia, Israel, and China. His latest book, co-edited with Alexander McFarlane and Lars Weisaeth, explores what we have learned in the past twenty years of the re-discovery of the role of trauma in psychiatric illness. Traumatic Stress: The Effects of Overwhelming Experience on Mind, Body, and Society was published by Guilford Press in May, 1996.

This workshop is now open in a new larger venue. There is room for everyone on the wait list and others!

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