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DATE(S): September 11th, to 14th, 2020
LOCATION: Chicago (Evanston), IL
PRESENTER(S): Dave Berger, MA, MFT, LCMHC, PT, SEP 
DATE(S): 12/4/20 – 12/7/20
LOCATION: Chicago (Evanston), IL
PRESENTER(S): Dave Berger, MA, MFT, LCMHC, PT, SEP 
DATE(S): 8/13/21 – 8/16/21
LOCATION: Bozeman, MT
PRESENTER(S): Dave Berger, MA, MFT, LCMHC, PT, SEP 
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Course Information

BODYWORK & SOMATIC EDUCATION (BASE™)
Module 2: Social Engagement, Orienting and Trust

Basic BASE™ Training

Bodywork and Somatic Education™ (BASE™) is clinical, body-oriented approach to help clients overcome the emotional, relational and and physical effects of trauma. BASE™ provides psychotherapists and somatic practitioners with a versatile toolkit to use with individuals, couples, and families dealing with symptoms of trauma. The training is designed to: a) clear relational attunement b) help psychotherapists develop clinically and ethically appropriate hands-on touch skills, and c) to help bodyworkers and movement educators refine and expand their hands-on skills with a paradigm that focuses on expanding a client’s capacity without triggering cathartic overwhelm.

The body’s holding of psychological trauma and its importance as the vehicle for healing are now broadly recognized in academic, clinical and research settings. Physical and relational dysregulation, including persistent high arousal and dissociation, go hand in hand with developmental wounding, illness and shock trauma. When our interoceptive (internal state of the body) systems are signaling discomfort, pain or distress, we are in a self-perpetuating feedback loop that fuels dysregulation. This persistent state of high arousal causes both intrapersonal and interpersonal difficulties, such as feeling detached from the self and the world, relationship and work issues, learning problems, chronic pain, headaches, gastrointestinal problems, sleep issues, anxiety, PTSD and other challenges.

BASE™ brings two aspects of somatic work together:

  1. Somatic education: learning from the inside through the kinesthetic sense of self.

  2. Skilled touch: how to use ethically appropriate touch to facilitate and enable increased regulation in body tissues, organs and structures.

BASE™ teaches the use of non-touch somatic awareness strategies as an important tool for clinical attunement, assessing trauma and working with a client’s internal state. The training is designed to support psychotherapists interested in adding touch work to their practices to become skilled in somatic therapy. Students learn movement and somatically-oriented interventions, as well as assessing how and when it is appropriate to use touch to support clients. BASE™ students develop a highly refined attunement to clients’ internal, non-verbal states, enabling them to track health and dysregulation by observing a) what is happening physiologically (i.e. anxiety, shutdown/dissociation, etc), b) how it is manifesting (i.e. constriction, etc) and c) where the dysregulation is located in the body. Participants will learn how to help clients release internal freeze/shutdown states and facilitate expansion, capacity and ease. The approach gives clients new ‘interoceptive’ experiences that provides critical, regulating information to the brain, enabling them to experience greater resilience and choice—the opposite of a trauma response. In turn, this improves relational or interpersonal dynamics.

This workshop offers 24 CE hours.

There is no conflict of interest or commercial support for this program.
 

Presenter

Dave Berger, MFT, PT, LCMHC, MA, SEP is a physical therapist and somatic psychotherapist. Dave is also a consultant and teacher of Somatic Experiencing®, a neurobehavioral intervention for recovery from the effects of emotional and physical trauma. Dave’s own BASE™: Bodywork and Somatic Education Training for trauma therapists is an integration of his life’s clinical work. As a therapist, teacher, consultant and mentor, Dave’s passion and commitment to deep healing guide his work. Click here to learn more about Dave.
 

Target Audience:

Psychologists, Psychoanalysts, Psychiatrists (←only partial credit for MDs via APA), Social Workers, MFTs, Counselors, Substance Abuse Counselors, Occupational Therapists, Nurses, Dentists - Intermediate Levels

 

Course Objectives:

  • Non-verbal communication

  • Social Engagement and Orienting Structures, Social engagement and bonding/attachment dynamics

  • Affecting Orienting and Social Engagement

  • Systems beyond the vagus—Facial, Trigeminal, Accessory, Oculomotor, Eyes and Oral Elements

  • Posture and emotions—posture and self, containment, capacity, inhibiting distress, and body usage

  • Fascia and Intrapersonal communication

  • Interoception

 

Agenda

Bodywork and Somatic Education™ (BASE™) For Trauma Practitioners

4, 4-day modules, 24 CE hours each module

96 CE hours total, for all 4 modules

BASE Module 2:

24 CE hours

Day 1 9:30-5:30  (6 hours)

1.5 hour 9:30-11 Lecture, Experiential Exercises and Demo: What is social engagement developmentally, functionally and structurally/anatomically.

11-11:15 Break

1.25 hour 11:15-12:30 Practice Time: Strategies to affect Structures of Social Engagement (part 2).

12:30-2 Lunch

1.5 hour 2-3:30 Lecture, Experiential Exercises and Demo: Breathing Apparatus and Social Engagement continued. Breathing apparatus, trauma and dysregulation: psychology, anatomy, psychophysiology--integrating social engagement and breathing).

3:30-3:45 Break

1.5 hour 3:45- 5:15 Practice Time: Working with breathing distress/trauma reduction and social engagement.

.5 hour 5:15-5:30 Q & A, wrap up, review.

 

Day 2 - 9:30-5:30  (6 hours)

 

1.5 hour 9:30-11 Lecture, Experiential Exercises and Demo: Brain-Body Connection. Thoracic Inlet/Outlet Diaphragm and Trauma: psychology, anatomy, psychophysiology.

11-11:15 Break

1.25 hour 11:15-12:30 Practice Time: Strategies to affect the Thoracic Inlet/Outlet Diaphragm as it relates to affect regulation

12:30-2 Lunch

1.5 hour 2-3:30 Lecture, Experiential Exercises and Demo: Heart rate variability and trauma, Pericardium and the heart: psychology, anatomy, psychophysiology.

3:30-3:45 Break

1.5 hour 3:45-5:15 Practice Time: Strategies to regulate heart rate variability, the Pericardium/Heart as it relates to breathing and trauma.

.25 hour 5:15-5:30 Q & A, wrap up, review.

 

Day 3 - 9:30-5:30  (6 hours)

1.5 hour 9:30-11 Lecture, Experiential Exercises and Demo: Neck and Occipital Cradling: Trust, Orienting, Attachment and Bonding.

11-11:15 Break

1.25 hour 11:15-12:30 Practice Time: Touch, attunement and working with structures of trust, orienting, attachment and bonding.

12:30-2 Lunch

1.5 hour 2-3:30 Lecture, Experiential Exercises and Demo: Eyes and relationship—receiving and connecting with others, eye gaze and mirroring developmentally; psychology, anatomy, psychophysiology.

3:30-3:45 Break

1.5 hour 3:34-5:15 Practice Time: Strategies to work with relational with eyes, eye gaze and mirroring.

.25 hour 5:15-5:30 Q & A, wrap up, review.

 

Day 4 - 9:30-5:30  (6 hours)

1.5 hour 9:30-11 Lecture, Experiential Exercises and Demo: Interoception, proprioception and attunement. Skin as a structure of attachment and bonding, fascia and intrapersonal communication, muscle: psychology, anatomy, and psychophysiology

11-11:15 Break

1.25 hour 11:15-12:30 Practice Time: Attunement and strategies to work with intra- and interpersonal communication, posturing and grounding via skin and touch, fascia, muscle.

12:30-2 Lunch

1.5 hour 2-3:30 Lecture, Experiential Exercises and Demo: Assessment; Where to start, how to track activation and dysregulation in the body, how to determine what to do next. Posture, emotions and body usage as they relate to non-verbal intrapersonal communication, interpersonal communication and beliefs about self

3:30-3:45 Break

1.5 hour 3:45-5:15 Practice Time: Assessment, posture and emotions.

.25 hour 5:15-5:30 Q & A, wrap up, review.

 

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy

If cancellation is 30 or more days prior to start date of a module or workshop there is a full refund less $50; 15-30 days prior to start date there will be 50% refund less $50. Less than 15 days prior to start date there is no refund. Payment can be by check, cash or online as specified on registration and information materials. Refunds need to be request by from Cassidy Seminars, 866-992-9399 X105.