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Join us for our USABP 2018 Conference 

The Science of Connection:
Honoring Our Somatic Intelligence

at Pacifica Graduate Institute
November 2-4, 2018

The conference features over 80 speakers highlighting the science and practice of embodied relational psychotherapy and discussing new developments in trauma therapy, social justice, sex therapy, dance, and yoga therapies.


Conference Learning Objectives

Abstract 

Facilitated by leading authors and practitioners in the field of Body Psychotherapy, this experiential conference will operationalize the neurobiology and embodied experience of relational connection through a wide variety of didactic and experiential workshops.

Attendees will broaden their understanding of the current new developments underway in the field of Body Psychotherapy. Fishbowl demonstrations and experiential activities that can be readily integrated within any clinical model will help attendees incorporate somatic interventions in their clinical work to more effectively bring coherence to client suffering in these divisive times. 

Attendees will be able to:

1)   Define relational connection and interpersonal resonance, its risks and protective factors;

2)   Incorporate updated interpersonal neurobiology research to enhance relational therapeutic proficiency;

3)   Utilize a variety of body-based interventions and verbal and nonverbal approaches to increase interoceptive awareness and somatic regulation; 

4)   Integrate bidirectional psychobiological bottom up and top down resources for the therapeutic resolution of emotional suffering; 

5)   Identify personal needs for nourishing connection, healthy boundaries, and biopsychosocial self-care.


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our purpose

We believe that integration of the body and mind is essential to effective psychotherapeutic health. To that end, we develop and advance the art, science, and practice of body psychotherapy and somatic psychology in a professional, ethical, and caring manner in order to support our membership as they promote the health and welfare of their clients.

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membership has its advantages

 The United States Association for Body Psychotherapy was founded in 1996 as an umbrella organization for the emerging profession of body psychotherapy. Our dual mission is to advance the field of somatic psychology and to assist our members in getting their work out into the world. Thus we represent not just individual members like you but also various institutional organizations as we advocate for our field on a national stage. And we nurture promising students through their education, training and licensing .

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USABP has five types of individual membership: Clinical, Practitioner, Associate, Student, and Affiliate

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Institutional membership classification is granted to institutions, such as schools, training centers, organizations, or clinics, that are related to the field of body psychotherapy and support the mission and goals of the USABP. We have two membership types.

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Student Membership is for those who are enrolled full-time in a degree-granting or certification program (minimum of three years in length) in somatic psychology or related to somatic psychology. Student membership is limited to no more than 4 years. 

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What is Body Psychotherapy and Somatic Psychology?

Body-oriented or body-centered psychotherapy is an expansive, emerging, multi-faceted field that affirms the inseparability of mind, body, and spirit. It draws from somatic psychology which sees the mind revealed not only in relational styles, dreams, and cognitions, but in neurophysiology, posture, gestures, movement, bodily tensions and more. It explores the therapeutic possibilities of somatic roads to the unconscious and healing while honoring the wisdom of general psychology and psychotherapy through expanding and contributing to it. 

Body psychotherapy and somatic psychology are currently taught in a number of modality training programs and academic settings. Some of the ones you might recognize are: Somatic Experiencing (Peter Levine) California Institute of Integral Studies; Hakomi (Ron Kurtz) Pacifica Graduate Institute; Focusing (Eugene Gendlin) Naropa University; Bioenergetic Analysis (Alexander Lowen) Prescott College.

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