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Digital Seminar

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy in Action

harness the wisdom of the body to treat trauma and relational wounds

Pat Ogden, PhD
5 Hours 55 Minutes
Audio and Video
Aug 31, 2023
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Traumatic events, relational wounds, and systemic oppression (historical and current) can become the central defining experiences that powerfully influence the quality of our live.  Established early on, patterns of thinking, feeling, and acting designed to navigate an unfriendly, unsafe or oppressive world are solidified with repetitive use, and become harder to modify as time goes on.  The physical patterns that are the legacy of trauma and relational wounds prevent clients from moving beyond the imprints of the  past.   

Most modes of therapy rely on the content and verbal narrative, but Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (SP) is not conversation or “talk therapy.”  Instead of working with content, we work with the body and how experience is organized internally, which directly changes chronic patterns that fuel clients’ distress.   

SP’s simple body-oriented interventions are effective in treating trauma because trauma first and foremost leave its debilitating legacy on the body.   In this webinar you will learn somatic techniques to regulate the nervous systems and resolve trauma’s impact on the body. SP’s interventions also facilitate access to the strong emotions and limiting beliefs associated with relational wounds.  You will learn how SP can shift the enduring imprints that attachment, relational strife and societal oppression leave on the movement and posture of the body, as well as emotions and beliefs.  

Changing deep seated patterns of organization requires a special kind of relational mindfulness, not conversation, and not meditation.  This presentation will teach you SP’s relational mindfulness skills to help your clients discover and change how they organize their experience, so that they can stop trying to resolve their past by talking about it over and over.   

This seminar explores the impact of trauma, relational wounds, and systemic oppression (current and historical) and elucidates body-oriented interventions to increase resilience throughout life.  The approach and techniques addressed in this seminar will show you how to draw upon the wisdom of the body to guide your clients through their journey and can be easily incorporated into whatever approach you use.   You will learn how working with self-touch and movement can be used to support therapeutic growth and the integration of parts of the self.   We will also introduce the philosophical/spiritual principles of  SP that create the conditions in which growth is optimized, allowing clients to take their next step in their own evolution.  SP will be illustrated by short experiential exercises and video excerpts of sessions with clients.   



PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This program is worth 6.0 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.



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Pat Ogden, PhD, (she/her), Is a pioneer in somatic psychology, the creator of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy method, and founder of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute. Dr. Ogden is a clinician, consultant, international lecturer, and 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). Her third book, The Pocket Guide to Sensorimotor Psychotherapy in Context, advocates for an anti-racist perspective in psychotherapy practice. Her current interests include couple therapy, child and family therapy, social justice, diversity, inclusion, consciousness, and the philosophical/spiritual principles that underlie her work.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Pat Ogden maintains a private practice and has an employment relationship with Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute. She receives compensation as a consultant. Pat Ogden receives a speaking honorarium and recording, and book royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Pat Ogden is on the advisory board for the Lifespan Learning Institute, Trauma Studies Center of the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, G.A.I.N.S. (Global Association of Interpersonal Neurobiology Studies), and The Dukar Center for Human Rights and Mental Health.


  • Analyze the significance of targeting the body in treatment put to practical use in-session.
  • Evaluate two examples of sociocultural influences that impact body movement and posture and their treatment implications. 
  • Apply embedded relational mindfulness interventions in session.
  • Demonstrate somatic resources for stabilization and arousal regulation to improve clinical outcome.
  • Appraise three interventions that use posture, movement and self-touch to integrate parts of the self and reduce symptoms.


Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Origins, Principles, and Theoretical Framework  

  • The crucial role of the body in healing 
  • 6 Non-pathologizing principles to guide practice 
  • Beyond “Talk Therapy:” The Paradigm Shift from conversation to the organization of experience 
  • From judgment to curiosity: 6 relational mindfulness Interventions 
  • 5 Stages of a Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Session  

Trauma: The Body as Resource 

  • Assessment and Psychoeducation for Body-oriented Treatment  
  • 5 step model to stabilize and regulate arousal  
  • Using Memory Content to Resolve  Unmetabolized Responses 
  • A Step-by-Step Approach to Memory 
  • Sensorimotor Sequencing Technique 
  • Instinctive Defenses  
  • Video Illustration  

Dissociation and Internal Parts of the Self 

  • Origins of SP Theory of Dissociation and Parts Work 
  • How parts of the self are revealed in movement and posture 
  • Risks and challenges of somatic Interventions with dissociative clients 
  • Movement and self-touch to integrate parts of the self 
  • Video Illustration 

Attachment, Relationships and the Body 

  • SP Model of Three Categories of Injury 
  • The Impact of Attachment and Relationships on the Body, Beliefs, and Emotions 
  • Attachment-related Emotions and How to Work with Them 
  • How to Draw on the Body to Discover Unconscious Beliefs  
  • The Importance of Proximity-Seeking Actions 
  • Video Illustration 

Target Audience

  • Counselors 
  • Social Workers 
  • Psychologists 
  • Psychiatrists 
  • Marriage & Family Therapists 
  • Addiction Counselors 
  • Physicians 
  • Nurses 
  • Occupational Therapists 
  • Other mental health professionals

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