Somatic Experiencing is a body-oriented approach to the healing of trauma and other stress disorders. In this workshop, Peter Levine, who developed the Somatic Experiencing approach, demonstrates how his method addresses trauma, seeing it as the consequence of trapped survival energy. Somatic Experiencing gently facilitates the release of thwarted survival energy bound in the body, thus addressing the root cause of trauma symptoms.
This experiential workshop offers a rare opportunity to learn Somatic Experiencing from Dr. Levine. Through a combination of theoretical explanation, demonstrations, and body-oriented exercises, participants begin to develop a deep and intrinsic body awareness that helps to draw them into the vibrant experience of life-energy, flow, contact with the eternal now, and wholeness.
The trauma response is a set of defensive bodily reactions that people initially mobilize in order to protect themselves, first from threat, and then later, against feeling the crushing totality of their horror, helplessness, and pain. However, as time goes on, this avoidance keeps them frozen and stuck in the past, unable to be fully present, in the here and now, and unable to go forward in life.
Fixed in the defensive trauma response, the shame, defeat, and humiliation associated with the original event replays itself over and over again in the body—detached from history and intruding into the present. Even after the death of a loved one, physical injury, a rape or assault, survivors can learn to have new bodily experiences, heal, and accept what has happened in order to move forward and create new lives and new communities.
Join Dr. Levine for an exploration of the implications of body-oriented psychotherapy, recent findings in the neurosciences, as well as how the brain and body deal with emotional information, while also providing an understanding of effective therapeutic action. This workshop is appropriate for the general public as well as health care professionals.
Continuing Education Credits (available for an additional $50): 11 CEs Available
• CE credits for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Resource Center (SCRC) which is co-sponsoring this program. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
• The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFT license renewal for programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.
• SCRC is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP16887) for licensed nurses in California.
• For questions about receiving your Certificate of Attendance, contact CIIS Public Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions about CE, visit www.spiritualcompetency.com
or contact David Lukoff, PhD at CE@spiritualcompetency.com.
• LCSWs and MFTs from states other than California need to check with their state licensing board for approval.
Peter Levine, PhD is the developer of Somatic Experiencing, a naturalistic and neurobiological approach to healing trauma which he has developed during the past 45 years. This work has been taught to 30,000 therapists in 43 countries.
Dr. Levine has received the Lifetime Achievement award from the US Association for Body-Oriented Psychotherapy, and an honorary award as the Reiss-Davis Chair in Los Angeles for his lifetime contribution to infant and child psychiatry. In addition, he has recently also received the life time achievement (from the Association for Training on Trauma and Attachment in Children) for “his lifelong commitment to healing children through research, education, and outreach.”
Dr. Levine has doctorates, both in Biological and Medical Physics (Biophysics) from UC Berkeley and a doctorate in Psychology from International University. He has taught at the University of California, Berkeley; Mills College; Antioch University; the California Institute of Integral Studies and the Santa Barbara Graduate Institute. He served as a Stress consultant for NASA in the early space shuttle development and has served on the American Psychological Association task force for responding to the trauma of large scale disasters and ethno-political warfare. Dr. Levine is currently a Senior Fellow and consultant at The Meadows Addiction and Trauma Treatment Center in Wickenburg, Arizona.
Peter Levine is the author of several best-selling books on trauma, including Waking the Tiger, Healing Trauma (published in 28 languages), In an Unspoken Voice, How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness, as well as Trauma and Memory; Brain and Body in a Search for the Living Past.