Short Course – Integrating Somatic and Relational Approaches: Holding Space

 ~with Jane Jacobs, EdD and Rosemary Segalla, PhD


Friday, November 10, 2017 from 2:00-5:15 pm
ICP+P Office, 4601 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 8, Washington, DC 20008


This course will explore how somatic awareness can be successfully incorporated into a relationally based psychotherapy approach.  We will focus on two somatically based procedures: activation of the social engagement system and dual awareness.

Social engagement system.  We know that when babies lack attuned responses to distress from attachment figures they may, as adults, find relationships too unsafe a place to find comfort or regulation.  In the psychotherapy setting, changes we observe in our clients’ bodies may be powerful indicators of distress as it was experienced in infancy.  By sharing our awareness of these indicators and helping our clients find ways to soothe themselves, we can enable them to safely engage in the therapeutic relationship.

Dual awareness.  It is crucial for clients to know they will not be overwhelmed by emotion as they begin to explore deeply disturbing experiences from the past.  Within the attuned relationship the therapist helps the client develop many methods of regulating physiological arousal through breathing, imagery, movement, and other means.   This is often referred to as “resourcing.”   The client then can learn how to be increasingly aware of the sensations associated with distressed states from the past.  At this point the client is able to explore the distressed states using dual awareness: if immersion in the childhood states is too activating the client can shift awareness to the present, eliciting the safety of the therapeutic relationship and using the resourcing methods to regulate excessive arousal.

For more information or to register, please visit https://icpeast.org/short-course-integrating-somatic/ or email administrator@icpeast.org. 3 CEs

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Also, you can register now for our December 9th conference, The Love That Dare Not Speak its Name – On the Therapeutic Action and the Limitations of Romance and Desire in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis featuring Steven Kuchuck, LCSW. Click here for more.


Continuing education credit: 3 CE credits available for full attendance. The Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis (ICP+P) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. ICP+P maintains responsibility for this program and its content. ICP+P is approved by the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners to offer Category I continuing education credit. Because ICP+P has approval from the Maryland Board, CE credits hours awarded by ICP+P may also be claimed by social workers licensed in Virginia and the District of Columbia. These continuing education credits meet the ANCC standards for nurses. Because these credits are approved by the American Psychological Association, marriage and family therapists licensed in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia will receive continuing education credit. (Marriage and family therapists in other jurisdictions and licensed counselors should inquire with their local Boards regarding continuing education credit.) Attendees from the above professional groups will earn 3 CE credits for attending the conference. Full attendance is required to receive the designated CE credit. ICP+P is accredited by MedChi, the Maryland State Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians. ICP+P designates this educational activity for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.