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USABP Presents: Inviting Self-Touch with Clients.

  • 19 May 2021
  • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Zoom


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The International Association of Rubenfeld Synergists, in a USABP Spotlight Series Event, present an evening to explore self touch when working with clients.

Explore the how-to’s for deepening sessions using the body as a powerful and present tool. Be guided in using your own body as a “touch point” in sessions. 

This webinar offers you real-time experience and exploration using the body and its somatic language in sessions. Get inside the experience! Learn both sides/feel both sides of the experience in this session. 

This event will be recorded and available for members and non-members who register for this event. This course will not include CEs.

Workshop Description

In this experiential webinar, practitioners will be invited to explore the use of self-touch in sessions. We will begin with the practitioner’s presence and how our own presence creates more space and congruency for exploration. Each step of this webinar will invite self-exploration, presence, and real-time awareness. As we move through the information, you will be able to experience what you will then be able to share in sessions with clients.

Whether you have incorporated self-touch in your practice with clients already, or are newly exploring this addition to therapy, you will gain new skills and awareness. You will be given powerful and implementable techniques to take back to your own practice or use within your personal meditative practice.

Main Points of Workshop

1. The science behind touch in sessions

2. Enhancing the feedback loop

3. Establishing the practitioner’s presence

4. The power of the palm

5. Exploring through use of Self

6. Deepening the session through verbal explorations

7. Exploring through somatic metaphors

Learning Objectives
Participants will learn to:

● Deepen their bodymind connection as a resource in sessions

● Introduce clients to the power in their own palm

● Use self-touch with clients in session

● Deepen the session somatically through self-touch

● Enhance bodymind connection of both client & practitioner


- Welcome, USABP Messaging, Etc. (5 min)

- Introduce Topic and Speakers (2 min)

- Short Interview with Presenters - talking about our inspiration to share this immersive work with other practitioners now. (8 min)

- The Presentation (90 min)

- Q&A (10 min)

- Wrap up - upcoming trainings, resources (5 min)

- USABP Closing (2 min)

Presenter Information

Mary Petschen is a Rubenfeld Synergist in Wayzata, Minnesota.

She has a thriving practice focusing on the bodymind connection’s power to deepen self-awareness and healing. She studied for three years at the Rubenfeld Synergy Institute.

Mary has presented at international conferences on the ethics of touch and presence, assisted in certification trainings, and has served as an advisor to both students and therapists. 

She has presented on the importance of bodymind techniques to trauma-focused specialists and taught workshops focusing on the power-of and the how-to’s of bodymind connection for eight years in the Twin Cities.

Mary is currently the Director of the Minnesota Rubenfeld Synergy Training Institute and creates daily content as a social media influencer dedicated to normalizing and simplifying bodymind connection for everyone @InSearch.of.Self


- The Listening Hand, Ilana Rubenfeld

- The Handbook of Body Psychotherapy & Somatic Psychology, Marlock & Weiss

- Getting In Touch, Christine Caldwell

- Touching, Ashley Montagu


Get International Association of Rubenfeld Synergists Training and Resource Info.

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These exclusive webinars are  brought to you by the USABP and its proud educational and training institute member organizations.

These live webinars are for Psychologists, Social Workers, MFTs. Counselors, Somatic Practitioners, Body Worker and other Health Professionals.

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About Our Events

Our events often include demonstrations, video and slide presentations, experiential exercises, Q & A discussions, insights from attendees, presenter shares about their personal journey and inspirations,  and much more.

These courses content levels serve introductory or beginning level; intermediate level; or advanced level.

Please cancel prior to 24 hours before the course starts. For questions or concerns, phone 202-466-1619.

There is no conflict of interest or commercial support for this program.

Satisfactory Completion
When CE credits apply to a course they are made available upon course completion by emailing to request it.

Participants must have paid tuition fee, logged in and out each day, attended the entire webinar, and completed an evaluation to receive a certificate. Failure to log in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available. Certificates will be available following course completion.

Disability Access - If you require ADA accommodations please contact our office 30 days or more before the event. We cannot ensure accommodations without adequate prior notification.

Please Note: Licensing Boards change regulations often and while we attempt to stay abreast of their most recent changes, if you have questions or concerns about this course meeting your specific board’s approval, we recommend you contact your board directly to obtain a ruling.

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1) Register first on the USABP website (click the register button on this page), and then

2) Register at Zoom too. Use the Zoom link that we will email to you after you register with USABP (click the register button on this page to begin registration).

3) Once you register with Zoom.  Zoom will send you your login link.

We look forward to seeing you at this premiere event.

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