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  • 27 Jun 2021 2:05 PM | Cynthia Price

    The non-profit Center for Mindful Body Awareness offers trainings to therapists who want to learn how to teach clients fundamental strategies to access and sustain mindful interoceptive attention to enhance client embodiment, self-awareness, and emotion regulation. Based on strategies from evidence-based approach Mindful Awareness in Body-oriented Therapy (MABT), this training is focused on fundamental skills that develop and increase client capacity for interoceptive awareness. The MABT approach is particularly helpful for clients who are disconnected from their bodies due to high stress or patterns of experiential avoidance, chronic pain, or trauma. The Liberated Body podcast interview is a great way to learn about the MABT approach and research.

    The next professional training is September 12-18, 2021 at the Whidbey Institute in WA State

    Two educational scholarships are available to therapists working in community settings with underserved populations; applications will be accepted until July 18th.

  • 12 Aug 2020 7:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The United States Association for Body Psychotherapy Board is pleased to announce it has granted its inaugural Scholarship in the amount of $7,500 to Mystique Hargrove from North Carolina for the 2020-2021 academic year!

    Mystique is a first year doctoral student at Capella University.

    Mystique is currently working on her dissertation topic for approval in hopes to focus her research on race based trauma among Black LGBTQ+ individuals.

    Outside of her doctoral studies, Mystique is a single parent to a very energetic and loving 5 year old, who she homeschools as well. Mystique is also a community birth worker who is certified as a full spectrum doula as well as a community lactation professional who services Black bodies and other bodies of color in Greensboro, NC and surrounding areas.

    Mystique says she is working "to improve accessibility in offering more inclusive services and support for Black bodies and other bodies of color, especially in the LGBTQ+ community.”

    Her vision is to provide the needed research as well as mental health and wellness services centered around identifying, assessing and treating minority stress and race based trauma within these communities.

    On behalf of all of us at USABP, congratulations Mystique!

  • 12 Aug 2020 6:42 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Kinsey Institute Receives $290,000 Gift to Further Trauma Research

    The United States Association for Body Psychotherapy (USABP) in partnership with the Dillon Fund has awarded a $290,000 gift to the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University. The gift will provide funding for trauma recovery research being conducted at the Kinsey Institute Traumatic Stress Research Consortium (KI-TSRC). “We are excited about the promising research the KI-TSRC is producing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and are happy to continue our shared support of this valuable and unique mission,” said Dr. Christopher Walling, President, USABP.

    Led by Distinguished University Scientist Dr. Stephen Porges, the KI-TSRC’s mission is to explore the science of human connection and the role that stress and trauma experiences play in disrupting a person’s ability to feel safe and to socially engage. KI-TSRC research emphasizes that social engagement is essential to health and wellbeing across the lifespan. With the collaboration of over 700 therapists specializing in trauma, the KI-TSRC is collecting data on the therapeutic needs of trauma survivors and the clinical practices of their therapists in order to advance research, develop innovative tools and methodologies, and further clinical care.

    Dr. Jacek Kolacz of the KI-TSRC is currently leading a study that seeks to learn about coping behaviors and mental and physical health during the COVID-19 pandemic and how they are impacted by prior trauma history. “In times when funds are scarce, philanthropists can make a difference and partner in the healing process by funding KI-TSRC research to uncover the diverse needs of our fellow humans today and offer accurate, effective support for trauma recovery tomorrow,” said Katherine A. Wolovsky, MA, Co-Director, The Dillon Fund.

    In addition to this impactful gift of $290,000, the USABP and The Dillon Fund previously gave $260,000 in 2019 to support the KI-TSRC’s trauma research and archival preservation. “We are incredibly grateful for the ongoing support of the USABP and The Dillon Fund. The continued confidence and generosity of our donors and Advisory Council members allows our research faculty to stay at the forefront of important and timely scientific research, including the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on health and wellbeing,” said Dr. Justin Garcia, Executive Director of the Kinsey Institute.


    About the USABP

    The United States Association for Body Psychotherapy was founded in 1999 to help 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 their members as they promote the health and welfare of their clients.

    About the Kinsey Institute

    For over 70 years, the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University has been the premier research institute on human sexuality and relationships and a trusted source for evidence-based information on critical issues in sexuality, gender, and reproduction. The Kinsey Institute's research program integrates scholarly fields including neuroscience, psychology, anthropology, history, and gender studies. The Kinsey Institute Library and Special Collections encompass over 500,000 items spanning 2,000 years of human sexual behavior and are a destination research collection for scholars and students. Kinsey Institute outreach includes traveling art exhibitions, public scholarship, research lectures, and a continuing education program.

    For more information about the work of KI-TSRCplease visit or contact


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  • 7 Aug 2020 1:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are pleased to announce that USABP Member Carl H. Shubs, Ph. D. is deeply honored and appreciative of having been given the Award for Outstanding Practice 2020 by The American Psychological Association (Division 56 – Trauma  Psychology) “to celebrate you and your fantastic work for Trauma Psychology [and] your amazing contributions to the field.

  • 3 Jul 2020 4:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are thrilled to announce that Stella Resnick, PhD has been contacted by the Kinsey Institute Library and Special Collections Director to say that they would be honored to have her collection of books, papers, and memoranda to be a part of the Special Collections of the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University. IU is her alma mater where she graduated with a PhD in Clinical Psychology at the age of 26. 

    In fact, the Kinsey Institute with its Special Collections will be moving to Lindley Hall, where she spent an intense five years of her early twenties, with all the insecurities and self-doubts of a young woman embarking on a highly competitive venture.  And now my life’s work in the field of sexual education and body-based sex therapy, will be housed in a place of honor in this same building. 

    The prior director of the Kinsey Institute is Dr. Sue Carter, Biology Professor at IU and author of the brilliant article, Love as Emotional Medicine in the IBPJ, Spring/Summer 2019 and wife of Dr. Stephen Porges, our own Research Director of USABP. 

    Stella Resnick, PhD is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Beverly Hills, CA, specializing in relationship and sexual enrichment. Her latest book is Body-to-Body Intimacy: Transformation Through Love, Sex, and Neurobiology. Her previous two books are, The Heart of Desire: Keys to the Pleasures of Love and The Pleasure Zone: Why We Resist Good Feelings has been translated into nine different languages, and is considered a classic.

    A prominent speaker and seminar leader, Dr. Resnick is a regular presenter at professional conferences, including the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS), the American Association for Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT), and the Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy (AAGT).

  • 17 Jun 2020 3:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Attention Somatic Practitioners and Body Psychotherapists! Join our Global Research Initiative. Learn what is involved below. Click the link to get started. Don't wait. Time is running short on getting survey's in. 

    Please take the questionnaire for clinicians and trauma workers, a collaboration between the Traumatic Stress Research Consortium (TSRC), the United States Association for Body Psychotherapy (USABP) and the European Body Psychotherapy Association Science and Research Committee (EABP SRC). To protect confidentiality, you will not be able to save your responses to return later. 

    Please make sure to set aside about 45 minutes for the questionnaire. It will take about 15 minutes to complete the first part of the questionnaire (socio-demographics and data on your profession) and another 30 minutes to complete scales on your personal experience relevant to your clients.

     You are eligible for this study if: 

     1. You are a body psychotherapist or member of a body psychotherapist association

     2. You are 18 years or older 

     3. You are fluent in English  

    If you are eligible and wish to continue, please click the red arrow button below.

    Take Me To The Survey

  • 4 Jun 2020 4:23 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    With this award, the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists is acknowledging her decades of writing about, developing, and practicing a holistic sex therapy, utilizing a somatic-experiential Gestalt approach, enhanced by breath work, and informed by the latest research and advancements in sexual health, interpersonal neurobiology, child and adolescent sexual development, and the science and psychology of pleasure, especially sexual pleasure. 

    This work is the basis for the Embodied Relational Sex Therapy (ERST) training. 

    We are delighted to receive the news that Stella Resnick, PhD  been chosen to receive the 2020 AASECT Award for Integrative Approaches to Sex Therapy

    Stella Resnick, PhD is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Beverly Hills, CA, specializing in relationship and sexual enrichment. Her latest book is Body-to-Body Intimacy: Transformation Through Love, Sex, and Neurobiology. Her previous two books are, The Heart of Desire: Keys to the Pleasures of Love and The Pleasure Zone: Why We Resist Good Feelings has been translated into nine different languages, and is considered a classic.

    A prominent speaker and seminar leader, Dr. Resnick is a regular presenter at professional conferences, including the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS), the American Association for Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT), and the Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy (AAGT).

    For more info ERST Training and more visit,

  • 4 Jun 2020 3:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear USABP Colleagues,

    We are horrified and saddened by the tragic loss of life and the ongoing, multi-generational perpetuation of white supremacy in the United States and elsewhere. This is the outcome of generations of betrayed human connection, abuse, denial of human rights, loss, and unending grief and rage. Beyond social justice, it reveals the shadow of a larger dark force rising. The United States seems to be at a critical point, awakening to the fact that freedom requires consciousness and engagement. The choice for democracy or dictatorship is upon us all.

    Peaceful protests and riots have emerged simultaneously. Statements of solidarity are co-opted by violence and looting. This fits what trauma recovery teaches us: when we come out of freeze, or out of denial, we escalate from protest to indignation, and from anger to rage — a heightening of sympathetic responses, a call to action to counteract the hopelessness that threatens to plunge us into collapse or the overwhelming pain that can send us back into denial. When we have endured centuries' worth of pain, it is not surprising that we are ill-prepared to face the sympathetic charge underneath. The indignation and rage are in proportion to the suffering caused by white supremacy, greed, sadistic abuse, and the obliteration of the unimaginable suffering that follows in their wake.

    As somatic practitioners, how do we move forward in a political climate that thrives on hatred, division, and dread? 

    How do we support the distinction between powerless freeze, uncontrolled anger, and the skillful navigation of dangerous times? 

    Our community has watched with heavy hearts over the last weeks and months as racialized violence has unfolded at a terrifying rate, although we recognize, of course, that this is nothing new. And we are aware of the tragically disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on people of color.

    We mourn the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breanna Taylor, Toni McDade, and the countless others who have died or otherwise suffered at the hands of police brutality. We recognize that many of us can only imagine the distress and trauma caused by these injustices, knowing that others in our community are directly impacted by them. 

    We stand in solidarity with the black community against all forms of racism, systemic violence, and blatant injustice in the United States and throughout the world.

    We hold the knowing power of our profession and put the restorative tools we have at our disposal in service of those who need us now.

    The United States Association for Body Psychotherapy 

    Dr. Chris Walling, President

    Dr. Aline LaPierre, Vice President

    Dr. Karen Roller, Secretary

    Mahshid Hager, MFT, Treasurer  

    Additional Resources/Links Can Be Found Here:

  • 30 May 2019 1:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    FOR IMMEDIATELY RELEASE:  Today the United States Association for Body Psychotherapy (USABP) announced it has granted a $30,000 research grant to Dr. Stephen Porges at the Kinsey Institute Traumatic Stress Research Consortium (TSRC).  USABP President Dr. Christopher Walling joined Dr. Porges in addressing the USABP members regarding this award, the largest research grant in USABP history.  Dr. Walling stated in the address, “It was clear after my visit to Kinsey Institute and surveying Dr. Porges’ lab that the future of body psychotherapy in the United States would be secured by the vision of this research.” 

    The TSRC at Kinsey Institute is located at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.  The Consortium is designed to create an interdisciplinary and international community of clinicians and clinical researchers to improve the outcomes of survivors of trauma.  It will study the impact of trauma and abuse on mental health, physical health, relationships and sexuality and examine the neurophysiological, psychological, developmental, and social processes through which trauma disrupts and compromises the human experience. The TSRC at Kinsey will also create an international consortium of trauma therapists comprised of many therapists from both the United States Association for Body Psychotherapy, the European Association for Body Psychotherapy (EABP) and beyond.  Consortium therapists will provide information about their practice including issues related to treatment and outcome.

    Dr. Walling discussed how this partnership which also names Dr. Porges, the 2018 USABP Pioneer Award recipient, as its honorary Director of Research.  In that role Dr. Porges will help mentor various researchers at USABP and EABP alike in advancing the findings of the TSRC as they apply to body psychotherapy education and clinical advancements.  Dr. Porges noted, “On behalf of my entire research team at Kinsey Institute, we are extremely grateful for this generous gift, and are eager to make good use of these funds to help us achieve the mission of TSRC and USABP to help advance the science and practice of polyvagal-informed psychotherapies like those practiced by USABP members.”

    Watch Dr. Porges and Dr. Walling discuss the research plans and the impact it will have in. View it here at the Members Services Webinars and Events section .

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  • 15 Apr 2019 12:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Wilhelm Reich Infant Trust
    Summer Conference at the Wilhelm Reich Museum
    July 8-12 2019, Orgonon, Rangeley, Maine


    Between the years 1938 and 1945, Wilhelm Reich wrote six important texts on work democracy:

    1939: The Natural Organization of Work in Work Democracy
    1941: Further Problems of Work Democracy
    1942: “The Biological Miscalculation in the Human Struggle for Freedom”
    1943: “Give Responsibility to Vitally Necessary Work!” and “Work Democracy versus Politics: The Natural Forces for the Mastery of the Emotional Pest.”
    1944: “Work Democracy in Action”

    Attendees are encouraged to read these ahead of time. When you register prior to the conference, three will be sent to you. The others are included as the final three chapters of The Mass Psychology of FascismWe will explore the development of Reich’s ideas but also how we can put them to use in our own lives, to get practical benefit and to help others.

    CONFERENCE SCHEDULE (subject to change):

    Monday 8 July
    9:00 am -10:30 am - Welcome, introduction to the topic: James Strick, PhD
    10:45 am – 1:00 pm - Reich’s articles on work democracy, part 1: Philip Bennett, PhD
    2:30 pm – 4:00 pm - Sit in closed Orgone Room for visual observations (weather permitting—we will do it on the first sunny, low humidity day)
    7:00 pm – 9:00 pm - Lakeside Theatre, Rangeley, screening of “Love, Work and Knowledge: the Life and Trials of Wilhelm Reich”

    Tuesday 9 July
    9:00 am – 1:00 pm - Reich’s writings on work democracy, part 2: Philip Bennett, PhD
    7:00 pm – 9:00 pm - Lakeside Theatre, Rangeley, screening of “Love, Work and Knowledge...”

    Wednesday 10 July
    9:00 am – 1:00 pm - Reich writings on work democracy, part 3: David Brahinsky, PhD
    7:00 pm – 9:00 pm - International panel discussion from a variety of different perspectives about Reich’s ideas on work democracy (various participants from the US, Mexico, Germany, Norway) 

    Thursday 11 July
    9:00 am – 10:30 am - Patricia Estrada, MA, Using Reich’s Principles in a Current Organization
    10:45 am - 12 noon - Thomas Riepenhausen, MA, Work Democracy in Practice Today
    12 noon - 1:00 pm - Open discussion
    2:30 pm – 4:30 pm - Hike to Cascade Gorge (bring a bathing suit if you want to swim)
    7:00 pm – 9:00 pm - 2009 video interview with Mary Boyd Higgins, 
    Trustee of WRITF 1959-2019

    Friday 12 July
    9:00 am – 10:30 am - Audio tape from the Reich archives on Reich’s use of work democratic ideas in his own organizations
    10:45 am - 12 noon - Discussion of tape
    12 noon – 1:00 pm - Panel discussion with all speakers

    Spanish translation will be provided.

    Saturday 13 July (optional)
    For those who can stay through Saturday night, a concert of standards from the great American songbook will be performed by renowned jazz pianist Andy Kahn on Saturday evening July 13th. 
    (see info at


    EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION FEE (good though 20 May 2019)  - $275.00
    After 20 May, fee will be $325.00
    Includes tuition, information packet, daily homemade breakfast and refreshments.  A 25% discount is available for full-time college students who can document their status and for those traveling from outside the US and Canada. Registration may be made using  check Mastercard, Visa, or American Express.  Call (207) 864-3443, send check to Orgonon, PO Box 687, Rangeley, Maine 04970 USA, or e-mail

    Conference Building at Orgonon (Wilhelm Reich Museum) located on Dodge Pond Road in Rangeley, Maine

    IRS regulations permit an income tax deduction for educational expenses to maintain or improve professional skills.

    Hotels, motels, bed & breakfasts, lakefront cottages and other rentals, and campgrounds are available in and around Rangeley.   We encourage you to make reservations early as this is the busy season. Try or AirBNB, or for information, contact the Rangeley Chamber of Commerce: Tel. 1-800-685-2537o r email:

    To apply for the Mary Boyd Higgins and Chester M. Raphael Scholarships, please contact us at:
    All applications must be received by May 15, 2019.

    Call us at (207) 864-3443, or e-mail:

    Passages from selected articles by Wilhelm Reich:

    • Work democracy implies the triumph of rational thinking, work, knowledge, and natural love over mysticism, serfdom, political chicanery, pornography, deception, disenfranchisement, and exploitation of the masses.

    • Whoever tells the people, “I can’t promise you anything, I can’t help you, you and you alone must bear the responsibility for your lives”–this is the one who doesn’t release them from their responsibility but rather enlightens them and charges them with it; this is the one who will have understood the true meaning of work democracy.

    • Work democracy is not an ideological system. Nor is it a “political” system, which could be imposed upon human society by the propaganda of a party, individual politicians, or any group sharing a common ideology. Natural work democracy is the sum total of all functions of life governed by the rational interpersonal relations that have come into being, grown and developed in a natural and organic way. What is new in work democracy is that for the first time in the history of sociology, a possible future regulation of human society is derived not from ideologies or conditions that must be created, but from natural processes that have been present and have been developing from the very beginning.

    • Work democracy consciously develops formal democracy, which is expressed in the mere election of political representatives and does not entail any further responsibility on the part of the electorate, into a genuine, factual, and practical democracy on an international scale. This democracy is borne by the functions of love, work and knowledge and is developed organically. It fights mysticism and the idea of the totalitarian state not through political attitudes but through practical functions of life, which obey their own laws. In short, natural work democracy is a newly discovered bio-sociologic, natural and basic function of society.

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