Boulder Psychotherapy Institute

Advanced Training in Applied Existential Psychotherapy (AEP)

An Experiential Psychodynamic Gestalt Approach   •   Boulder, Colorado

Trainings and Distinguished Guest Workshops

Workshops in individual, group or couples therapy may be taken separately or as part of our 300-hour program leading to Advanced Certification in Applied Existential Psychotherapy (AEP). Each workshop offers a Certificate of Completion for that class. Some distinguished guest workshops are open to the general public as well as to mental health professionals and graduate students.

Brain to Brain, Body to Body: The Relational Nature of Shame

Fri, Aug 2 - Sat, Aug 3

Pat Ogden, BPI - 303 494 0393

This workshop explores the early roots of shame, its impact on the body and nervous system and on patterns of emotions, thoughts and beliefs. We will address the various manifestations of shame, and how shame is so often disguised and veiled, sometimes even to our clients themselves. Since the first shameful encounters occur between the infant or young child and attachment figure primarily through non-verbal communication, such as prosody, eye contact, and touch, we will explore the role of these in the therapy hour in terms of healing shame. Foundational principles that create a therapeutic container, or atmosphere, that maximize the possibility of working through shame will be illustrated and operationalized in clinical practice. With an emphasize on the relational nature of shame, special attention will be given to the importance of the therapeutic relationship, including both implicit and explicit communication between therapist and client, to resolve shame. Videotapes will illustrate interventions drawn from Sensorimotor Psychotherapy work with clients. Ten hours of CE credits are available.

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AEP Group Training: Module III

Sat, Sep 14 - Sat, Apr 11 2020

Robyn Chauvin, BPI - 303 494 0393

Working with groups is both an art and a science. This workshop combines techniques drawn from Gestalt, existential, psychodynamic, body-oriented and systems approaches to group. Group members observe and experience groups and practice leading the group in a safe learning environment.

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Ongoing Groups

In addition to Training Groups and and Distinguished Guest Workshops, Boulder Psychotherapy Institute offers a set of small groups as part of our Advanced Certification Program in Applied Existential Psychotherapy (AEP).

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Future Trainings and Workshops — Dates TBA

AEP Approach to the Body, Character Strategy and Trauma: Module VI

Date TBA

Betty Cannon and Robyn Chauvin, BPI - 303 494 0393

**The Workshop:** AEP works with the lived body to explore ways in which meaning shows up in body stance, movement, gesture, facial expression and voice. We will explore Reichean/bioenergetic approaches to character strategy--looking at the ways in which our ways of living our lives show up in and help fashion our bodies. We will explore various modalities for working with trauma, adding to these an existential perspective on trauma as loss of meaning. We will also focus on integrating work with the body and trauma within a broader therapeutic perspective. We will pay particular attention to choosing appropriate levels of intervention (body, emotion, meaning) in working with clients with different character structures. We will also consider the question of when cathartic work is appropriate and when it is not - a question that students studying trauma approaches frequently ask.

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AEP Dream Training: Module V

Date TBA

Robyn Chauvin, BPI - 303 494 0393

This training provides practitioners with hands-on experience working with their personal dreams and facilitating others. We will demonstrate dream work and review the AEP dream process as well as coach participants in facilitating one another's dreams. Professional issues in dream work are discussed alongside the existential, personal and transpersonal scope of the dream. We will explore various creative approaches in working with dreams. Prior experience with AEP or Gestalt is recommended.

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AEP Relational Training: Module II

Date TBA

Betty Cannon and Reed Lindberg, BPI - 303 494 0393

Research shows that couples and relationship counseling is the least effective form of therapy. 
We offer an approach, based in a profound philosophy, that avoids the pitfalls of other therapies. Applied Existential Psychotherapy supports and elaborates the conclusion that John Gottman came to through longitudinal research with couples: Facilitation and support for individual and mutual meaning-creation is (or ought to be) at the heart of relational therapy. Using Jean-Paul Sartre's existential phenomenology, we teach you to invite clients to explore the twin poles of human existence: freedom and facticity (the circumstances of our lives) as these impact our relationships and ourselves.

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AEP Theory: Roots, Philosophy, and Clinical Theory: Module IV

Date TBA

Betty Cannon, BPI - 303 494 0393

This training meets once a month on Friday afternoons, 4 to 8:15, November to October (no class in January or July). Applied Existential Psychotherapy (AEP) interlaces the insights of contemporary existential and psychoanalytic approaches with techniques inspired by Gestalt and other experiential therapies. We will explore the theoretical background of AEP - including roots, philosophy and clinical theory. Sources will include Betty's book on Sartre and Psychoanalysis along with many articles and book chapters on existential philosophy, psychoanalysis and Gestalt. New material will include chapters in progress from the book Betty is writing with Reed Lindberg, In the Spirit of Play: Applied Existential Psychotherapy (AEP). Videotapes and experiential exercises will demonstrate didactic material.

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AEP is an experiential therapy that interlaces the insights of contemporary existential and psychoanalytic/psychodynamic approaches with techniques inspired by Gestalt therapy and other experiential approaches. Many psychoanalytic approaches ignore the body, while many experiential approaches fail to take into account defenses, transference and countertransference issues. AEP takes into account the full spectrum of human experience - body, meaning, emotion, the impact of the past, and the choices that need to be made to create a different future. Module I offers intensive experiential training in AEP individual therapy.

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