Level I: Affect Dysregulation, Survival Defenses, and Traumatic Memory

NOVEMBER 2, 2018 – JUNE 8, 2019

A high percentage of clients in outpatient treatment and a higher percentage of inpatients report histories of neglect, trauma, and/or attachment failure. In addition to being diagnosed with PTSD, this client population often presents as affectively dysregulated, chronically depressed, exhibiting symptoms of bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, and borderline or other personality disorders. Level I of The Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Training Program in Affect Regulation, Attachment, and Trauma equips therapists to better understand the symptoms and issues of these challenging client populations and to work with them in a more effective way. With a better understanding of the presenting problems of these clients and equipped with interventions that speak directly to how their issues are driven by the body and the nervous system, students will be able to directly impact the direction of treatment not only for these client populations but also in their practice settings.

The Level I Training presents simple, body-oriented interventions for tracking, naming, and safely exploring trauma-related, somatic activation, creating new competencies and restoring a somatic sense of self. Students will learn effective, accessible interventions for identifying and working with disruptive somatic patterns, disturbed cognitive and emotional processing, and the fragmented sense of self experienced by so many traumatized individuals. Techniques are taught within a phase-oriented treatment approach, focusing first on stabilization and symptom reduction. Sensorimotor Psychotherapy can be easily and effectively integrated into psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and EMDR-focused treatments.

This Training consists of approximately 80 contact hours.

Click here for more information on the SPI Training Program including Level I curriculum.

NOTE: A Level I Training is also being offered in Brooklyn in 2018 witha Sunday/Monday format to accommodate participants who observeShabbat or are otherwise unable to attend Fridays/Saturdays. Clickthe link below for more information on the Brooklyn Training or click“Training Application” below to apply to the Friday/Saturday Level ITraining in Manhattan:

Brooklyn Level I Training

Training Application


Training Dates:

  1. November 2-3, 2018
  2. December 7-8, 2018
  3. February 22-23, 2019
  4. March 29-30, 2019
  5. May 3-4, 2019
  6. June 7-8, 2019

Trainer Assignments: Each course module is taught on a rotating schedule by individual SPI faculty members as designated below. Trainers do not co-teach modules unless specifically stated otherwise. Specific modules and total number of modules designated to each Trainer may vary.

Dates and times may be subject to change; see Cancellation Policy


Tuition Policy


Financial Aid

Continuing Education Credit: Continuing education credit for this Training is co-sponsored by Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute (SPI) and The Institute for Continuing Education (ICE). The opportunity to secure credit is included with tuition; materials to secure credit will be provided for participants onsite.

Click here for more information about securing CE credit

Times: 9:00am-5:30pm (two 15 min. breaks, 1.5 hour lunch each day)
Location: The First Presbyterian Church in the City of New York, 12 West 12th Street, New York City, NY 10011. Map

The First Presbyterian Church takes up the entire corner of the block (12th Street & 5th Ave) and is surrounded by an iron fence, but the training site is in the Administrative building that was built onto the 12th Street side of the church. Because the entrance to the Administrative building is on the church grounds, but does not face 12th Street, the address can be confusing and hard to locate because the actual address is not marked on the building (Sometimes people can wander around trying to find “12 West 12th Street”, but only see the church).

The building where the training room is located (on the second floor) is a more modern-looking building attached to the church on the 12th Street side. There is an opening to the iron fence on the 12th Street side before reaching the corner of 5th Avenue, where participants will see a glassed-in lobby with a large entrance. It looks like a library. Enter there and there is a reception desk that will direct participants up the stairs to the training room on the 2nd floor.


Union Square (N, Q, R, L, 4, 5, 6) 14th Street (1, 2, 3, F, M) West 4th Street (A, B, C, D, E, F, M)


Fifth Avenue: M1, M2, M3, M5 Sixth Avenue: M5 8th Street: M8 14th Street: M7, M14

Trainers: Janina Fisher, PhD, Amy Gladstone, LCSW, Ph.D.
Tuition: 3,300 USD. 5% discount if application is received by 09/07/2018. 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. Refund Policy


Contact: SPI Admissions, 3034473290, admissions@sensorimotor.org.
Local Contact: Amy Gladstone, LCSW, Ph.D., 212-243-1540, amygladstone@comcast.net

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