Who can benefit the most from this training?

Because it is a professional master training for experienced clinicians, the prerequisites for admission are high:

a) an active professional practice in psychotherapy, bodywork, energywork, or education of individuals or groups, work that involves psychological processing,


b) an adequate somatic background such as completion of the advanced level of Somatic Experiencing (SE) training or equivalent training and personal knowledge of the body (determined on an individual basis).

ISP will prove to be of considerable value to you whether you are trained in a mainstream psychoanalytic or psychotherapy approach, a body-oriented psychotherapy approach (such as Bioenergetics or Sensori-Motor Psychotherapy), or a bodywork modality such as Polarity Therapy or Cranio-Sacral Therapy, or an energywork school, as long as your work also involves psychological processing.


What is Integral Somatic Psychotherapy (ISP)?

Integral Somatic Psychology (ISP) considers every approach to psychotherapy as valuable and understands them all as components of a broad unifying framework built on Eastern and Western psychologies. It offers clinicians from diverse therapeutic modalities the possibility of increasing treatment efficiency through greater embodiment of all the bodies that constitute the psyche.

All human experiences (perceiving, thinking, feeling, remembering, imagining, evaluating, relating, and responding) arise from our individual gross (i.e. physical) and quantum level subtle (i.e. energy) bodies that are in constant interaction with the dynamic collective gross and subtle bodies contained in an absolute collective body of pure awareness. Though valuable, the focus on the brain and to a lesser extent on the individual gross (physical) body as the beginning and end of all of our experiences has severely limited Western psychology’s comprehension of the larger domain in which human experiences originate; and has greatly diminished its ability to help those in need. Regardless of the psychotherapy approach we use in our practice, we can help our clients better with their cognitive, emotional, behavioral, relational, as well as somatic and spiritual difficulties, if we know more of the following:

a) how the three layers of the individual gross body, the five layers of the individual subtle body, the dynamic collective gross and subtle bodies, and the absolute collective body of pure awareness interact with each other to generate our experiences;

b) how the individual gross and subtle bodies can get dysregulated from difficult experiences and become disconnected from each other and from the three collective bodies and become symptomatic in many ways; and

c) how to make the individual gross and subtle bodies more available, regulated, balanced, and in better relationship with each other and with the three collective bodies while we work with our clients psychologically.

The value of ISP will be demonstrated especially through topics of current clinical interest: attachment, affect regulation, stress, and trauma.

Who can benefit the most from this training?

Because it is a professional master training for experienced clinicians, the prerequisites for admission are high:

a) an active professional practice in psychotherapy, bodywork, energywork, or education of individuals or groups, work that involves psychological processing


b) an adequate somatic background such as completion of the advanced level of Somatic Experiencing (SE) training or equivalent training and personal knowledge of the body (determined on an individual basis).

ISP will prove to be of considerable value to you whether you are trained in a mainstream psychoanalytic or psychotherapy approach, a body-oriented psychotherapy approach (such as Bioenergetics or Sensori-Motor Psychotherapy), or a bodywork modality such as Polarity Therapy or Cranio-Sacral Therapy, or an energywork school, as long as your work also involves psychological processing.

What is taught in the training?

General principles derived from a variety of disciplines including neuroscience and quantum physics for integrating all the bodies into any psychological approach, validated empirically in multiple clinical settings and cultures.

It offers all those who work psychologically a sophisticated body of knowledge to further increase the embodiment of body, energy, and consciousness dimensions in their work without having to change their prior clinical orientations or adopt interventions outside the norms of their professional practice. The role of body, energy, and consciousness in generating or disrupting psychological experiences in general and facilitating or hampering self and interactive regulation in particular is taught through applications in areas of widespread current clinical interest: affect regulation, attachment, stress, and trauma.

ISP offers considerable flexibility and choice in the tools used, such as awareness, movement, breath, sound, imagery, inter-personal resonance, self touch, and other touch, as appropriate to the clinical setting of the trainee.

An advanced approach to integrating body, energy, and consciousness into any psychological process – Raja Selvam, PhD, PhD

New York ISP Professional

Training Dates

Module One – March 18-21, 2016

Module Two – November 4-7, 2016

Module Three – March 31-April 3, 2017

Other US Training Location
Berkeley, CA 2016-2017

New York City Module One – Dates & Times

Friday March 18, 2016 at 9:30 AM EDT
Monday March 21, 2016 at 4:00 PM EDT

SLC Conference Center
15th West 39th Street
3rd Floor
New York, NY 10018

Louise Peyrot – Program Coordinator
Raja Selvam Trainings
(860) 965-5800


Are you stressed? Out of touch with yourself? Feeling confused about how you feel and what to do?

With our Level One Focusing course, we’ll begin to teach you all about the wisdom of the body and how it can help you. To us, Focusing is more than just paying attention to the task at hand.

Focusing encourages you to engage with feelings that come up when you sense inwardly. With this type of attention, your emotions get what they need in order to transform. And if you’ve dipped into mindfulness, you’ll learn that Focusing is mindfulness and more.

We’ll show you how even your most difficult emotions can be sources of positive change and growth.


Not Sure About Focusing Yet? Want a Free Taste of What You’ll Learn?

Let us show you how Focusing can help you in as little as one hour.

Sometimes we just need a little something more to help a decision along – maybe a personal interaction, or an experiential sense of what’s being offered, or even additional information – well here’s something more we hope will help if you’re just not sure yet.

Join us on February 24th from 4:00pm to 5:15pm Pacific for a Free* interactive Inner Relationship Focusing Training Program Open House will be where you can hear about:

  • Specific ways that Focusing can make a difference in your life
  • How the experience of being deeply listened to in Focusing Partnership can lead to the greatest potential for change you can imagine

You’ll also meet our program faculty. Learn about the content, format and structure of the program. Please feel free to bring your burning questions about Focusing.

A Self-Paced, 5-Day E-Course

This e-course consists of 5 lessons, and in each one, we will give you a practice that will make an immediate difference in how you approach your life right now, today, this moment. Each practice adds to your resources and fits with the others. By the end of the e-course, you’ll have 5 integrated ways to shift your energy and Get Bigger Than What’s Bugging You!

Feeling Lost? Like Your “Inner Compass” Is All Over the Map?

If you’ve ever struggled with anything like this, you know from experience that our strong emotional states can sometimes feel like they’re taking us over. You feel small, overwhelmed…or maybe you have thoughts of not being able to handle it. Maybe you’re reactive out of proportion to what’s actually happening, blowing up or bursting into tears at little criticisms or panicking at little setbacks. Too often your family makes you feel crazy or your clients irritate you. Whatever you’re going through…you’ve tried talking yourself out of the feelings, but they persist anyway.

Keep Calm & Carry On? Doesn’t Work, Does It?

I know this: it absolutely doesn’t work to try to stuff our feelings and impose calm. “Get over it.” “Think lovely thoughts.” All those positive thinking methods share the same problem: they ignore what is so.

Find out more on Focusing Resources Website:  CLICK HERE

An Introductory Body-Psychotherapy Workshop for professionals and people interested in opening their capacity for joy in their life. 

Provides 13 1/2 CEU hours through NASW

Traditional psychotherapy works toward congruence in a person’s thinking, emotions, actions, and life choices. Body-oriented therapy understands that the body is also profoundly affected by our life experiences.  Identifying and releasing attitudes and old images held in our physical structure adds an important component to therapy. This promotes lasting change, allowing for free flow of life energy from within us so we can more fully realize our life, our joy.

This experiential workshop will give participants the opportunity to experience the basic premises of Body-Psychotherapy that originated with Wilhelm Reich and now integrates Core Energetics and contemporary approaches including somatic approaches, current neurobiology and trauma therapy. The workshop combines lectures with movement and experiential opportunities. I also bring my understanding of many other approaches to employ creativity and spirituality to enhance the journey.

Saturday & Sunday June 18 -19, 2016


More Information Here

Are you facing questions around death, dying, and grieving?
Are you a caregiver for someone dying or with dementia?

Come along with us as we explore the profound opportunity for transformation that can open for us as we consider our own death, care for loved ones in the process, or travel grief in its aftermath.

Who For anyone approaching the end of life, caring for those nearing the end of life, or grieving.
Where Taught by phone – join us from anywhere in the world. Register to participate by listening to recordings.

Our Next Class

March 10 to April 7, 2016
5 Thursdays; 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM Pacific
Taught by Jan Hodgman. Telephone Class

More information here

Cost: $225 through end of day March 2, 2016, $275 after
Don’t Miss Out: The last day to register is March 5, 2016

Phone courses: We use an advanced phone conferencing system to connect you to other students and the teacher. You can also use Skype to call in. Students receive access to a private webpage where materials can be found.

For those who can’t attend the course live, you’ll have access to recordings of the class, as well as access to a forum to interact with the teacher and other students.

Mark Ludwig LCSW and Somatic Psychology Associates
Friday, February 26, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (PST)
Berkeley, CA

“Body Psychotherapy and Somatic Psychology Today “

Friday, February 26, 2016 Berkeley CA

The depth and scope of embodied clinical practice, Somatic Psychology, and Body Psychotherapy: A detailed, and critical exploration of the state of this expanding field and its contributions to contemporary psychotherapy. In celebration of the release of The Handbook of Body Psychotherapy & Somatic Psychology, edited by Gustl Marlock and Halko Weiss with Courtenay Young and Michael Soth, Foreword by Bessel van der Kolk

– Six international authors presenting

– In-depth treatment of core issues in embodied psychotherapy

– Ample discussion sessions in presenter breakouts

This program is developed by Somatic Psychology Associates, Oakland CA and is co-sponsored by the Somatic Psychology MA Programs at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in San Francisco and at JFK University, Pleasant Hill, CA.

The Handbook of Body Psychotherapy & Somatic Psychology, edited by Gustl Marlock and Halko Weiss with Courtenay Young and Michael Soth, Foreword by Bessel van der Kolk (North Atlantic Press 2015) is available at Amazon and other booksellers.

The Current State of Body Psychotherapy Research and Contemporary Somatic Psychotherapeutic Practices: A Case Study – Ilse Schmidt-Zimmermann

The Body Psychotherapy tradition manifests a substantial methodological repository and an emerging frame of practice that is currently under research investigation. One of the strengths of the field is its holistic scope of understanding and complexity of intervention models. When the client is held in a complex, temporally mobile, holographic perspective, the clinician must be ready to make contact with the available bio-psycho-emotional surfaces. Process and interventions vary considerably with the conflicts of the client, the therapeutic relationship, and the present situation. Elements of the therapy process are currently the subject of several international research projects. To exemplify the therapeutic action of Body psychotherapy, Ilse will discuss a clinical case of a patient who suffers from a profound dog phobia. She will describe and explain the different approaches of a psychodynamic and body psychotherapeutic understanding of the problem. She made her therapeutic reflections and interventions transparent with the client, which resulted in a successful outcome for that patient.

Ilse Schmidt-Zimmermann is a group and adult psychotherapist, a child and adolescent specialist and author of chapter on “The Spectrum of Body Psychotherapeutic Practices and Interventions”. Studied sociology, psychology and education in Frankfurt am Main, Psychotherapist, child and adolescent psychotherapist, was from 1999 to 2002 President of the European Association for Body Psychotherapy (EABP). Education background: Unitive Body Psychotherapy, gestalt therapy, group analytic and psychodynamic therapy as well as further developments in bioenergetics, Biosynthesis, and the Formative Psychology of Stanley Keleman. She is head of the German training program in Unitive Body Psychotherapy and lecturer, supervisor and therapist for teaching psychodynamic psychotherapy.

Post-modern Challenges to Embodiment and Human Vitality: A View from the Street and the Therapy Room – Gustl Marlock

A fundamental difficulty that exists in Western philosophy, epistemology, and science: the various aspects of what it is to be human—body, mind, and soul—have been abstracted and separated theoretically and practically for such a long time that it becomes both intellectually and linguistically hard to grasp and formulate them as interdependent aspects of a unified, functioning whole. Additionally, the therapeutic discourse itself is profoundly conditioned by its historical and social context. What was and is judged to be therapeutically meaningful and correct—and even the practical success of particular approaches—depends upon the respective social and cultural contexts within which therapy is practiced and understood, as well as misunderstood. This talk will look at some of the historical and contemporary forces impinging on a “unitive” experience.

Gustl Marlock MA is co-editor, creator, and author of Handbook chapters “Body Psychotherapy as a Major Tradition of Modern Depth Psychology” and “Sensory Self-Reflexivity: Therapeutic Action in Body Psychotherapy”. Gustl is co-director of the Center for Integrative Psychotherapy and Humanistic Psychology in Frankfurt. Dipl. Paed. Psychotherapist, child and adolescent psychotherapist with more than 30 years of clinical experience combined with a far-reaching knowledge of the different therapeutic cultures and dialects. He is head of German education in the Unitive Body Psychotherapy School, lecturer and supervisor for university based psychotherapy graduate training. Gustl frequently speaks publically and professionally from a Critical Theory perspective on pop cultural life and issues in mainstream psychology and body psychotherapy. Gustl will give some background to the Handbook saga, present his perspective on post-modern challenges to embodiment and human vitality, and offer critical cultural insight as a therapist, trainer and social observer.

Power, Culture and the Body: Diversity Issues in Contemporary Somatic Psychotherapy Practice- Christine Caldwell

In her talk Christine will overview this broad topic by speaking briefly about the bodies’ marginalization in most modern cultures, and the effects this may have on us as practitioners and on our clients. More importantly, she will introduce both post-modern theory and research on how the bodies of people who occupy marginalized social categories are ‘othered’ and pathologized by society, and how we as therapists can both blindly re-enact the somatic norms of those in power, as well as consciously contribute to somatically based social justice. She will use her own research activities as case studies. Clinical suggestions will be introduced and discussed with the participants.

Christine Caldwell PhD, BC-DMT, LPC, NCC, ACS is the author of the Handbook chapter “Movement As and In Psychotherapy”. She is the Founder and Chair of the Somatic Psychology Department at Naropa University. Her work began thirty years ago with dance therapy and has evolved over the years into a form of body-centered psychotherapy that she calls the Moving Cycle. This work emphasizes the transformational effect of movement processes. She has taught at several universities, and teaches and lectures internationally. She is the author of Getting our bodies back (1996) and Getting in touch: The guide to new body-centered therapies (1997)

Medical Trauma in Patients and Providers:Interpersonal Neurobiology and the Autonomic Nervous System – Jacqueline Carleton

Medical trauma in one form or another is experienced by all of us at one time or another. We may forget that it also happens to medical professionals, whether as providers or patients themselves. Clearly lodged in the body, such trauma is perhaps uniquely appropriate to Somatic Psychotherapy interventions centering on the dysregulation of the autonomic nervous system. This presentation will trace the treatment of two contrasting examples of the potentially devastating psycho-emotional toll of routine and necessary procedures and explore how in future such sequelae could be ameliorated or avoided.

Jacqueline Carleton Ph.D. is the co-author of Handbook chapters on “Body Psychotherapeutic Treatments for Eating Disorders” and “The Role of the Autonomic Nervous System” in body psychotherapy. Jacquie has been in private psychotherapy practice in Manhattan since the 1970’s. She attended Smith College, MIT, and holds a PhD from Columbia University. Since the ’80’s she has taught both body psychotherapy (Core Energetics) and principles of psychodynamic psychotherapy internationally. For the past 10 years she has incorporated Somatic Experiencing, into her practice. She is also on the Executive Committee of the Trauma Program of the National Institute for the Psychotherapies (NIP) in New York City, where she works on curriculum development. She is currently particularly interested in the neuro-relational treatment of early developmental trauma, complex medical trauma, and the secondary trauma in those who treat trauma in all fields. Jacquie’s trainings include Somatic Experiencing, AEDP, EMDR, and Jungian Analysis.

The Unique Issues in Training Embodied Psychotherapists: On Not Being a Stranger to Desire – William F. Cornell

“As a Body Psychotherapist, deeply influenced by psychoanalytic and relational models of psychotherapy, I want to offer my clients a somatic dyad—that is, a person with whom literally to move, as well as to think and speak. I seek to provide a safe space within which to experiment with movement, aggression, tenderness, and contact: a space within which one can act as well as think. I want clients to have the opportunity to affect and be affected by the actual bodyof another, a body different from their own: my body. As a psychotherapist, I want my clients to have the ongoing experience of two different minds engaged in a project of mutual interest. As a Body Psychotherapist, I extend the framework to offer the possibility of two bodies exploring new terrain and possibilities.” In this talk we ask Bill Cornell to apply his thinking about the body, relationality, vitality and psychotherapy to the training of psychotherapists.

William Cornell MA is a body psychotherapist, author and international trainer integrating relational psychoanalysis and somatic psychotherapy paradigms. He is the author of Handbook chapters on “Entering the Erotic Field: Sexuality in Body-Centered Psychotherapy” and “Entering the Relational Field in Body Psychotherapy”. His most recent book Somatic Experience in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (2015) is the latest volume in the prestigious Relational Perspective Book Series. Bill has been a central figure in the ongoing dialogue between psychodynamic relational perspectives, two-body models of therapy, and the body psychotherapy community.

How the Latest Research in Epigenetics, Neuroscience, Poly-vagal and Attachment Theories are Making Somatic Psychology and Body Psychotherapy Foundational for Effective Clinical Practice – Marti Glenn

Research discoveries from diverse fields are providing scientific evidence for the most effective clinical practices in mental health. This converging research suggests that healing can occur throughout the lifespan and that change takes place through a variety of paths into the human psyche-soma. The fields of Epigenetics, Poly-vagal Theory, Neuroscience and Attachment, among others, are providing evidence for the efficacy of some current Somatic Psychotherapy practices in studies continually affirm that in order to support healing, transformation and long-term health, both physical and mental, we must consider, become mindful of and work within the experienced body.

Marti Glenn, Ph.D. is the author of the Handbook chapter “Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology as Vital Foundations of Body Psychotherapy.A pioneering psychotherapist and educator for over 30 years, Marti was founding President of the Santa Barbara Graduate Institute, the first academic center in the US to offer PhD degrees in Somatic Psychology and Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology. She is the recent recipient of the Verny Lifetime Achievement Award in Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology. She co-produced the broadcast quality documentary, Trauma, Brain, and Relationship and has appeared in such documentary films as What Babies Want; What Babies Know; Reducing Infant Mortality and Improving the Health of Babies. She continues to train mental health professionals, with a particular focus on clinical applications of epigenetics, neuroscience, poly-vagal and attachment theories. ”. She is Clinical Director and Partner of Quest Institute offering intensive retreats to help adults heal early developmental trauma. Marti conducts professional training programs and is a frequent speaker at conferences worldwide.

For information contact Mark Ludwig LCSW somaticpsychologyassociates@gmail.com

Certificates of Attendance: Certificates will be provided at the end of the conference

Continuing Education

Continuing education credit for this event is co-sponsored by Somatic Psychology Associates and The Institute for Continuing Education. The program offers 6.00 contact hours with full attendance required. The CE processing fee is $25.00 per person and is payable to The Institute for Continuing Education with completed CE paperwork. CE applications will be available on site. CE verification will be mailed to workshop participants following the training. If you have questions regarding this training, continuing education, learning objectives, , or grievance issues, contact The Institute at: e-mail: instconted@aol.com.

Psychology: The Institute for Continuing Education is an organization approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Institute for Continuing Education maintains responsibility for this program and its content. All sessions may not be eligible for CE credit for psychology.

Social Work: The Institute for Continuing Education is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), though the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. The Institute for Continuing Education maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Provider No. 1007. Licensed social workers should contact their individual state jurisdiction to review current continuing education requirements for license renewal.

Counseling / Marriage-Family Therapy: The California Board Behavioral Sciences accepts programs sponsored by approved providers of the American Psychological Association ( APA ), the National Board for Certified Counselors ( NBCC ), and the Association of Social Work Boards ( ASWB).

Skill Level: Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced

Teaching Methodology:
May include: didactic, audio-visuals, demonstrations, role play,experiential exercises, large and small group discussions.

ADA: If you have special needs, please contact: (somaticpsychologyassociates@gmail.com)

Registration (each ticket comes with an additional small handling fee for on-line registration)

Full Fee: 130.00

Students with Current ID: 60.00


The David Brower Center

2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704


We encourage the use of transit whenever possible. Bike parking is available in front of the Brower Center and in the underground Oxford Garage.


Richmond Bound: Take the Richmond-bound train to the Downtown Berkeley station. Walk south on Shattuck and turn left onto Allston Way. The Brower Center is at 2150 Allston Way.

San Francisco / Fremont Bound: Take either the San Francisco-bound or Fremont-bound train to the Downtown Berkeley station. Walk south on Shattuck and turn left onto Allston Way. The Brower Center is at 2150 Allston Way.

Bus/ AC Transit

AC Transbay Lines: F and 800

AC Transit Lines: 1R, 52L, 1, 7, 9, 15, 18, 19, 51, 65, 67, 79, 604, 605, 851.

Garage Parking: Please carpool! There are many garages in downtown Berkeley, including the Oxford Garage just below the Center. Enter on 2165 Kittredge St. between Shattuck and Oxford. Other garages include the Allston Way Garage at 2061 Allston Way, between Shattuck and Milvia Street.

Refreshments and Lunch: Lunch is on your own. A list of local restaurants and café’s will be available at the site. No food will be served. Liquids and food are not permitted in the Goldman Auditorium.

Please help cover his crushing medical and recovery expenses following his pneumonia, congestive heart failure, and hemothorax that began in Germany. He has been in hospitals and rehabilitation facilities since October 20th. Happily, Al is now firmly on the road to a full recovery at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston’s North End.