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Sociocultural Perspectives: Sensorimotor Psychotherapy in Context

  • 18 Nov 2020
  • Online


Dr. Pat Ogden and a diverse group of SPI faculty and colleagues are teaming up to offer an important webinar for all clinicians. The webinar will introduce the impact of Western perspectives on psychotherapy, and bring awareness to the influence of culture, racism, and biases toward those we perceive to be unlike ourselves. Learn practical strategies to support your work with clients from diverse sociocultural backgrounds.

Presented by: Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute




The impact of mainstream values and white supremacist and heteropatriarchal ideologies on psychology remains relatively under-examined both clinically and theoretically.

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy theory and practice, like the majority of contemporary psychotherapeutic methodologies, implicitly contains the values and bias of white culture.

This webinar will introduce the impact of Western perspectives on psychotherapy, and bring awareness to the influence of culture, racism, and biases toward those we perceive to be unlike ourselves.

We will also explore the impact of social locations on how we experience and interpret other people’s movements and postures, addressing the implications for somatic psychotherapists.

Foundational attitudes and actions for the socioculturally-attuned sensorimotor psychotherapist will be outlined.

We will examine our own implicit and explicit bias and microaggressions, and their impact in the psychotherapeutic process, as well as discuss common pitfalls that therapists might encounter when working with clients from diverse sociocultural backgrounds.

Different therapeutic options and strategies will be considered that can support culturally sensitive interventions.

Presenter Bio:

Pat Ogden, PhD, is a pioneer in somatic psychology, the creator of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy method, and founder of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute. Dr. Ogden is trained in a wide variety of somatic and psychotherapeutic approaches, and has over 45 years of experience working with individuals and groups.

She is co-founder of the Hakomi Institute, past faculty of Naropa University (1985-2005), a clinician, consultant, and sought after international lecturer. Dr. Ogden is the first author of two groundbreaking books in somatic psychology: Trauma and the Body: A Sensorimotor Approach to Psychotherapy and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Interventions for Trauma and Attachment (2015) both published in the Interpersonal Neurobiology Series of W. W. Norton. Her third book in this series, The Pocket Guide to Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Essays and Articles, will be published in 2020, and she is working on Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for Children, Adolescents and Families and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for Groups with Dr. Bonnie Goldstein.

Her current interests include groups, couples, children, adolescents, and families; complex trauma; Embedded Relational Mindfulness; implicit bias, intersectionality and culture; the relational nature of shame; presence, consciousness, and the philosophical/spiritual principles that underlie Sensorimotor Psychotherapy.


COST: $25.00

REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS: Register by Nov. 17 and benefit from 'Choose What You Pay' pricing.


CEU INFORMATION: Pending approval for 3 CEs

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