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USABP Spotlight: A Somatic Paradigm Shift for Transformative Touch

  • 25 Jan 2024
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Zoom


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This Spotlight Series Event is brought to you in partnership with The Somatic Therapy Center.

    This event will include our special Overtime! 
    Overtime allows attendees to continue to ask questions and invite conversation on the event material, other related inquiries, or cases after the formal event ends. 

    Presented by Joe Weldon

    Co-founder of the Somatic Therapy Center

    This event will be recorded and available for members and non-members who register for this event.

    This course will not include CEs.


    How often, in your personal experience, have you said these words or have had these thoughts, “I should let go,” “I’ve been trying for years, and I can’t let go,” “If I could just let go, life would be better, I would be better”?

    How often have you heard a client express the same in your professional life? How often have you strategized and collaborated with your clients, over and over again, using various creative ways to help them let go, only to discover, to your frustration and theirs, that they just can’t?

    As Transformative Touchers, these are the moments and this is the verbal that guides us to touch and listen to the body. When we do, we discover that this verbal belies the actual knowledge of the body. The body begins to show us and tell us that something, someone, or some event actually has a hold on them. The body shares this information through how it tones its muscles. The muscles of a body that are being held are organized differently than the muscles of the body that are holding on. It is essential that our treatment strategies match the knowledge and clarity of the body.

    When this clarity is present, the somatic treatment strategy makes sense. If a client is holding on, you safely help them to let go. If, however, a client is being held onto, the strategy has to naturally shift from telling them to let go to helping free them. Freedom is paramount in healing a traumatized soma.

    This workshop will use didactic and experiential exercises with attendees (and volunteers) to elucidate the body’s ability to discern holding on from being held onto.

    The Main Points of this Workshop

    • Use the body’s ‘knowings’ for the appropriate treatment
    • The body clearly discerns being held from holding.
    • The body organizes differently when it’s holding than when it is being held. 
    • Freedom is paramount to healing.

    Participants will Learn
    • To recognize verbal and somatic cues of a body that is holding on
    • To recognize verbal and somatic cues of a body that is being held onto
    • To discern a body that is holding on from one that is being held onto 
    • To strategize appropriate somatic treatment plans according to the body's organization

      General Agenda

        • Welcoming and introduction ( 5 minutes)
        • Presenting the idea through talk and case examples (30 minutes)
        • Personal experience exercise
          - Participants will be directed to note a time they were holding on. Write down what you notice about your body. Share with the group. Now note a time when you were being held onto. Write down what you notice about your body. Share with the group. Highlight the differences. (20 minutes)
        • Short demo with one member of the group (10 minutes)
        • Professional experience exercise.
          -Ask each participant to think of a client. Go through the same process as above. (20 minutes)
          -Short supervision with one participant (10 minutes)
        • Sharing treatment strategies (10 minutes)
        • Questions (10 minutes)
        • Closing (5 minutes)
        • Overtime questions (10—20 minutes)

        Presenter Information

        Joe Weldon:
        Joe Weldon, Co-founder of the Somatic Therapy Center, is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Master Somatic Therapist with over 40 years of teaching people worldwide to become somatic practitioners. Having given over 70,000 individual sessions, he is an experienced guide in the art of Transformative Touch. Joe has taught at the School of Social Work at the University of Pennsylvania and Villanova University. Joe presented at the first USABP conference in Beverly, MA, and continues to support the USABP mission strongly. He truly believes in the innate wisdom of the whole being and the healing power of humor.

        We at The Somatic Therapy Center hold the conviction that the BODY is the Keeper of Truth, the Holder of Wisdom and the Way-shower to Wholeness and Health. For over 30 years, the founders Joe Weldon and Noël Wight, have been touching people and transforming lives. Their work, Transformative Touch, is the touch of gentle, gracious guidance. It is an approach that combines touching with their hands, touching with their hearts, and touching with their words. Transformative Touch is a conversation that fosters and forges a healing dialogue in which the client fully participates- body, mind, heart and soul. READ MORE


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