Certificate in Somatic Psychotherapy
Specialized training and continuing education program for experienced practitioners offering 30 CEs (CEUs)
The demand is soaring for practitioners qualified in somatic therapeutic approaches that acknowledge the powerful body-mind connection for effective healing. In just three weekend residencies, earn 30 CEs (CEUs) and enhance your therapeutic skill set with Antioch University’s Somatic Psychotherapy Certification. AUSB offers a rare opportunity for experienced practitioners to integrate this leading-edge knowledge into your current practice, learning from renowned somatic experts.
This certificate is offered by AU Santa Barbara.
Why Somatic Therapy?
Somatic psychotherapy is a unique therapeutic approach which embraces the interconnection between the body, emotions, cognition, and sense of self. It is applied in the treatment of psychological and physical responses to trauma and post-traumatic stress disorders, as well as in responding to a vast range of life issues including depression, anxiety, and attachment disorders. Somatic approaches draw from scientific evidence that feeling, sensation, expression, movement, and emotions are embodied through the course of development, in patterns impacting how we function including how we relate to ourselves and others. AUSB’s highly experiential learning environment offers specialized training in addressing trauma-related symptoms, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
The Certificate in Somatic Psychotherapy includes four (4) essential courses offered over two (2) month, totaling 30 Continuing Education units for LMFTs, LCSWs, and LPCCs. Classes meet Fridays from 5-9 pm, and Saturdays from 9am-4pm, totaling 10 hours per weekend. There is opportunity for consultation & learning between residencies.
Fall 2020 Certificate Residency Dates:
- Residency I: September 11-12, 2020
- Residency II: October 16-17, 2020
- Residency III: November 13-14, 2020
Winter/Spring 2021 Certificate Residency Dates
- Residency I: February 5-6, 2021
- Residency II: March 5-6, 2021
- Residency III: April 9-10, 2021
Attend all three (3) residency weekends as an active participant, and participate in the between-residency online interactions as per course expectations.
Introduction to Theories and Techniques of Somatic Psychotherapy and Trauma Treatment
In this course, students will critically examine seminal historical theories of the body and mind interconnection in psychotherapy with reference to current theoretical models and techniques. These theories will include psychodynamic (object relations, relational, intersubjective, depth analytic), attachment, affect regulation, and interpersonal neurobiology. The somatic focus and perspective will be integrated with other modalities of psychotherapeutic theory and treatment including CBT, DBT, Humanistic-Existential, Gestalt, and others to provide an understanding of bottom-up vs top-down psychotherapy, with a particular focus on trauma treatment. Techniques discussed will include Somatic Experiencing, Hakomi, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Expressive Arts (movement, music, theatre, visual arts, and poetry), Mindfulness, guided imagery, EMDR, and Yoga. The course will provide a basis for an interdisciplinary, holistic perspective that will inform case conceptualization, the development of treatment plans, clinical skills, choice of techniques, and therapeutic orientation with individuals, groups, children, and adolescents.
Somatic Approaches to Trauma and PTSD
This course will focus on recent advances in understanding the effects of trauma on the brain, mind, and body in general and with regard to specific forms of complex trauma and PTSD. Major current theorists and practitioners in the field will be studied in depth including Van der Kolk, Levine, Ogden, and Porges. Students will develop a solid theoretical understanding as well as training in specific treatment modalities and methods. Practical application to children, adolescents, veterans and other adult survivors of various forms of abuse and trauma will be addressed. Building upon traditional psychotherapeutic techniques and principles, students will learn approaches viewing the body as central in the therapeutic field of awareness, and includes observational skills, theories, and interventions not usually practiced in psychodynamic psychotherapy.
Movement, Mindfulness, and the Expressive Arts in Somatic Psychotherapy
This experiential course is grounded in somatic therapies’ principles and practices and will provide the student experience in integrating these practices with verbal psychotherapy. This course will draw from the field of dance/movement therapy, from mindfulness practices, and from the work of both Peter Levine and Pat Ogden. Elements of the expressive arts, with attention to present moment and body-centered experience, will be included in the course. Distinctions will be made between the expressive arts therapies and the clinician’s ability to utilize the arts as a tool in the course of therapy, without formal training in art, dance/movement, or music. This course will be experiential and will focus on practical application, as the student learns to integrate somatic tools in the here-and-now context of therapy, and to engage client collaboration with somatic and expressive interventions. Ethical considerations related to the use of touch and movement will be woven throughout the course. The course builds upon and expands upon the student’s previous clinical training, and on the theoretical information offered in additional somatic courses.
(2 weekends: Nov 8, 9 and Dec 6,7)
This Practicum course focuses on group and dyadic work using current case presentations, discussions, and explorations based in the theories and techniques learned in the program. This practicum will synthesize elements of somatic psychotherapy with assessment, treatment planning, differential diagnoses and work with multiple diagnoses, course of treatment, choice of modalities, cultural sensitivity, transference and countertransference, clinical intuition and the art and science of psychotherapy.
AUSB’s Somatic Psychotherapy programs are taught by faculty who are well-respected experts in the field of somatic therapy and other holistic therapeutic approaches. Students will learn from active professionals who are thought leaders, teachers, and practitioners with decades of experience. Some of the expert faculty who have taught in our Somatic Psychotherapy program include:
- Shira Musicant, LMFT – Musicant has been practicing as a somatic therapist for more than 30 years. In addition to training in dance/movement therapy (BC-DMT) and somatic experiencing (SEP), she has studied Hakomi with Dr. Ron Kurtz and is a Level II practitioner of sensorimotor psychotherapy. Her approach as a therapist is informed by more than 35 years of studying and teaching authentic movement and process-oriented EMDR.
- Victoria Stevens, PhD – Dr. Stevens is a licensed clinical psychologist, psychoanalyst, researcher, and educator, with specialized certifications in hypnosis and the treatment of victims and perpetrators of violent crimes. She studied interpersonal affective neurobiology with Allan Schore for more than a decade and is a founding faculty member of the California Institute of the Arts Teaching Artist Training Program.
- Melissa Cordero, PsyD – Dr. Cordero is a Spanish-speaking bilingual and bicultural certified yoga teacher and licensed psychologist. She received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Pepperdine University and completed her postdoctoral fellowship at Harbor UCLA, specializing in trauma and working with youth engaging in non-suicidal self-injury.
Deadline to register:
August 1 (Priority)
September 1 (Final)
(Note: Previous cohorts for this certificate have reached max capacity; applications will be accepted until all seats have been filled.)
- Eligibility: Existing Master’s degree in psychology or related field, or advanced training in movement arts, or relevant experience
- Brief essay: In less than one (1) double-spaced page, please respond to the question: How would you envision this training might impact your life (e.g. career, practice, awareness, personal growth, relationships) and what challenges might you encounter?
If you have questions about the application for admission or the requirements, please contact Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Space is limited. Registration will be on first-come, first-serve basis.
30 CEs (CEUs)
$1,800 Antioch alumni and faculty
Tuition does not include travel or accommodation expenses for out-of-town students.
Federal financial aid is not available for this program.