05/17/2022-05/12/2023: Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for Developmental Injury

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for Developmental Injury

Statement of need: Research reveals the powerful impact that early childhood adversity, attachment disruption, and chronic stress play in our clients’ current lives. Early attachment experiences and the environment shape biology, brain development, somatic structures, perception, meaning making, and patterns of relating. This learning sits deep within, in our implicit and procedural memory. Difficulty managing relationships, depression, anxiety, somatic complaints, and addiction have roots in these early experiences and the resulting adaptations.

Presented by: Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute 

Contact: SPI Admissions 303.447.3290

Email address: admissions@sensorimotor.org

Event web site: https://account.sensorimotorpsychotherapy.org/s109200022/detail

Location: online

Session dates: 

17-18 June 2022

22-24 July 2022

19-20 August 2022

16-17 September 2022

14-15 October 2022

4-5 November 2022

20-21 January 2023

24-25 February 2023

31 March-01 April 2023

12-13 May 2023

Session times: TBA

Prerequisites: Candidates must fulfill each of the following criteria to be considered for enrollment: successful completion of either Level 1 course: SP for the Treatment of Trauma or SP for Trauma Themes, recommendation from trainers of the Level 1 course completed, and completion of the Training Application & Questionnaire found within the course listing. For additional admission and application information, see https://sensorimotorpsychotherapy.org/admissions/

Instructional level of this activity: 

Course credit hours: This training is co-sponsored by The Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute and The Institute for Continuing Education. The training offers a total of 113.50 credited contact hours. For additional information, see https://sensorimotorpsychotherapy.org/admissions/continuing-education/

Price: $5,500.00 USD; A non-refundable registration fee of $25.00. A deposit of $500.00 is due to provisionally secure a place in the training – deposit is not due at time of application. For additional information about tuition, fees, payments, discounts, and financial aid, see https://sensorimotorpsychotherapy.org/admissions/

Course description: Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for Developmental Injury addresses the interaction between traumatic, attachment, and developmental issues and how to provide effective treatment given their inevitable intertwining. In this training, research from the attachment and neuroscience fields provides the theoretical foundation for Sensorimotor Psychotherapy℠ interventions and practices that address the effects of suboptimal and/or traumatic early attachment.

Experiences in early childhood leave a legacy of conscious and nonverbal learning reflected in relational habits, affect tolerance and expression, meaning making and cognitive schemas that limit development, patterns of body structure, and the ability to connect deeply to one’s own emotions. In the training, participants will learn to track and name developmental and attachment patterns, help clients make meaning from the bottom up, manage consciousness, assess resources for relationship and full participation in life, connect to early memories and unresolved grief and loss, and transform painful emotions held by young child states.


Trauma, Traumatic Attachment, and Development: The legacy of attachment; developmental and traumatic wounds, somatic treatment approaches for secure, ambivalent, avoidant and disorganized/disoriented attachment patterns

Body Reading for Attachment History: Track how body structure, posture, gesture and movement reflects and sustains early childhood experience; interventions to alter the legacy of early attachment

Changing Procedural Learning: Identify and work with the emotional, cognitive, and physical action patterns that reflect early attachment history

Translating the Body’s Language: Understand how meaning is encoded in the body, and work with posture, expression and movement to change meanings conditions from early attachment interactions

Therapeutic Techniques for Developmental Themes: Learn body-oriented interventions that address procedurally learned habits and early attachment patterns

Verbal and Physical Experiments: Apply embedded relational mindfulness™ to introduce verbal and somatic experiments that address the legacy of attachment

Somatic Resources for Developmental Injury: Capitalize on the body’s resources for transforming painful unresolved attachment patterns

Re-working Limiting Beliefs and their Somatic Components: Identify manifestations of cognitive schemas in the body, connect meaning making to early attachment interactions, and learn interventions to transform limiting beliefs

Action Systems and Action Tendencies: Learn how motivational, or action, systems are disrupted by trauma and attachment failure, and discriminate maladaptive action tendencies from adaptive ones related to these systems

Befriending Adaptive Strategies: Explore how adaptive strategies form in childhood, how they affect us as adults, and how the can be a useful avenue toward healing

Therapeutic Enactments: Use a bottom-up approach to understanding and negotiating therapeutic enactments

The “Child” State of Consciousness: The connection between early memories and the child part that holds the pain reflected in limiting beliefs and procedural learning

Integration of Treatment Techniques for Developmental Injury and Trauma: How to work with clients who present with both attachment-related issues and unresolved trauma

Format: SP for the Treatment of Developmental Injury consists of approximately 126 contact hours divided into 7 multi-day modules, for a total of 21 days. Modules are typically spaced 4-8 weeks apart; trainings typically complete within 9-12 months.


May 17 2022 - May 13 2023

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