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Where did the body go? The Post-Pandemic Reunion of Body and Soul

  • 22 Apr 2022
  • 24 Apr 2022


FRIDAY, APRIL 22, 2022 

7 – 9:30PM


10AM – 5PM


14 Possible Continuing Education Credits Approved for MD, PhD, PsyD, MFT, LCSW, LPCC, LEP & RN

TUITION: $300 (includes CEUs)


"You know in the head, but you don't know it in the heart." (Jung, 1996, p. 35) Knowing in the heart can be achieved by feeling with the body.

How can we reintegrate the body in our clinical practice in the post-pandemic era? C. G. Jung knew of the inseparable unity of soma-psyche, and how losing one could mean losing the other.  This course takes you through an experiential journey and  

a theoretical understanding of the somatic connections of emotions, feelings and cognitive processes, based on the recent fMRI discoveries of cognitive neuroscience.


 ANITA RIBEIRO BLANCHARD, LMHC, USABP member, has practiced as a Jungian psychotherapist for 36 years, specializing in diversity and migration adjustment, and trauma work. She applies a neuroscientific understanding to Jung’s psychology and somatic psychotherapy. Since 2002 she has facilitated training abroad on Pethö Sándor’s integrated Jungian and somatic approach. She has been a meditator for over two decades.

LEDA SEIXAS, PhD, clinical psychologist, specializes in Jungian and somatic psychotherapy, and has had a private practice for adolescents and adults for forty years. She worked closely with Pethö Sándor, creator of the Jungian-somatic method Calatonia, and wrote about Calatonia in the treatment of schizophrenia. She has taught at post-graduate level and has supervised trainees in psychology for thirty years.

ANA MARIA RIOS, PhD, clinical psychologist, specializes in Jungian psychology, child development and somatic techniques. For forty years, she has treated children, adolescents and adults in psychotherapy, using a blend of Jungian and somatic perspectives, which she learned with Pethö Sándor, creator of the Calatonia method. She has taught in many post-graduate level courses for over ten years.


Date: Apr 22, 2022 07:00 PM - Apr 24, 2022 05:00 PM



CE Hours


Registration closes on Apr 24, 2022 01:00 AM

In this workshop, participants will learn and experience the calatonia technique by applying it to each other, along with other exercises and soft touch techniques. 

Calatonia arose out of necessity during WWII, and it was probably the first somatic therapy developed from, and initially for, those suffering from war trauma.  By strengthening new neural connectivity linked to well-being and to interpersonal regulation, Calatonia helped to reinstate trust in others and self, and allowed patients of the post-war to lead more adaptive lives after trauma.

After the war, Calatonia became a psychotherapy method, ahead of its time in relation to the recent findings from interpersonal neurobiology and social-affective neuroscience as even back in the 1950s, it proposed that patients could experience regulated states in dyadic regulation with the therapist, within a safe, empathic and attuned relationship, using subtle touch (C-tactile stimulation and Merkel cell complex). 

This novelty touch triggers an Orienting Reflex (, which can reorient motivational states, out of unhealthy states of awareness. It also facilitates Resting-State Whole-Brain Functional Connectivity, in which mind wandering events may occur - an important component of a healthy psychological life. 

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