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Institute Types

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.

University (College) Memberships – Accredited University program offering somatic psychology degree. Graduates of this level qualify for clinical membership of USABP after acquiring a license.and are eligible to be part of the on-line directory.

Independent Body-Centered Training Institute Level 1 & 2 – a founding institute of an established or recognized somatic-based practice, or psychotherapy. Must have been in operation for at least 20 years and at minimum, 400-hour training program. Level 2: In operation at least 5 years; may be eligible sooner if program provides CEUS. Graduates qualify for practitioner/clinical membership of USABP and are eligible to be part of the on-line directory. ($500.00)

Non-Clinical Body-Based Training Programs – Open to organizations that offer at minimum, 400-hour training program, where founders have completed a training or degree program from at least one established free-standing Institute. These training’s are geared to capacitate graduates to work within non-clinical settings and organizations.

Institutional Benefits:

  1. Website presence: Under our Education and Training button, your institution will be listed with a link, logo, and contact information included – Full Page Description
  2. You will be invited to post your institutional training events on the Home page of our new website.
  3. You will benefit from participating in a larger association representing the field of Somatic Psychology by way of our association’s advocacy and outreach efforts including with our sister organization, the European Association for Body Psychotherapy (EABP).
  4. You will receive 2 ad placements and article space in our year end USABP Year in Review online publication.
  5. You will get a discount on a booth at our upcoming conferences, and special mention in our conference programs.
  6. You will receive a hearty welcome on the Facebook page
  7. Our Social Media Facebook page will also list your upcoming events and articles.
  8. Be a speaker on one of our monthly webinars.
  9. You will have your own area, in the members-only home page. You may post articles, video clips, pdfs of book chapters, and interesting information about our field.
  10. You become a part of a global community committed to the preservation and advancement of somatic psychotherapy.

University-based program, Independent Body-Centered Training Institute Level 1, Non-Clinical Body-Based Training Programs – Membership cost: $750.00/year – that’s only $62.50/a month for A LOT of advertising.

Independent Body-Centered Training Institute Level 2 – Membership cost: $ 500.00/year

membership benefits

The Field of Body Psychotherapy continues to grow. Discovering new ways to bring healing and transformation to clients and society.

Our Award events honor the many positive contributing milestones in our history. And from time to time it is in special order that we take time to honor a few individuals in particular.

We are pleased each year to present Award Recipients to honor them and all that they represent in our industry. Join us at our next Award Ceremony.


Since its inception in 1998, the USABP has made it a priority to honor the people who have made somatic psychology, body psychotherapy, and body/mind practices what they are today: acknowledging our history is extremely important in our identity as an organization.

USABP lifetime achiement award

At each USABP conference a body psychotherapist has been recognized for their lifetime achievements specifically in the field of body psychotherapy by impacting the field, contributing to the body of knowledge, expanding the audience, mobilizing the community, and support of the field at large. 

Click here to view Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients 

Alice K. Ladas Reearch award 

For Outstanding Research Advancing the Profession of Body Psychotherapy and Outstanding Research Advancing the Profession of Body Psychotherapy by a Student the USABP offers two research awards at each conference. Click here to view the Alice K. Ladas Research Award

Click here to view recipients of the  Alice K. Lada Research Award.


Learn from distinguished Institutes that meet USABP standards.

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