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

OCTOBER 26, 2018 – JUNE 1, 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.

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Training Application


Training Dates:

  1. October 26-27, 2018
  2. December 14-15, 2018
  3. January 25-26, 2019
  4. February 22-23, 2019
  5. March 29-30, 2019
  6. May 31-June 1, 2019

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

5% discount if application is submitted by August 31, 2018


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.

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Times: 9:00am-5:30pm (two 15 min. breaks, 1.5 hour lunch each day)
Location: Rudramandir, 830 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94710. Map
Trainers: Janina Fisher, PhD, Kelley Callahan, PhD, Ame Cutler, Ph.D.
Tuition: 3,200 USD. 5% discount if application is received by 08/31/2018. 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: Janina Fisher, PhD, 510-891-1809, drjjfisher@aol.com

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